ebook, 350 pages
Published July 30th 2015 by Mirror Press
(first published July 1st 2015)
Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
Having seen both his sisters Grace and Helen happily married, Christopher Thatcher is free to pursue his dream of life in America. With adventure in his heart and mind, he boards one of the first steamships set to cross the Atlantic in the record breaking time of only twenty-five days. Within the first two of those, his resolve—to avoid women and the complications they often bring to a man’s life—falters when he meets Marsali Abbott, a young woman with a past even more troubling than his own. Whether from years of habit protecting his sisters, or simply because he feels drawn to Marsali, Christopher chooses to help her and becomes her friend. As the truth about what awaits Marsali in America becomes evident, he is faced with a more difficult choice, one that will impact their lives far beyond four weeks together at sea.
I've loved this trilogy about this family of two sisters and a brother. Christopher's story is different than his sisters', but still every bit as engaging. I have read the other stories, but felt that this one can stand alone. This cover captures the story perfectly!
Christopher has longed to set out for America and find his dream life in the adventures that await him there. He wants to be a farmer and he doesn't need the trouble a woman can bring to accomplish that. Something prompts him to help a young woman on his steamship--Marsali--and he can't help but make choices that lead to an ultimate, major decision. He is very level headed, humble, and likable, as is evident in the way he treats others. Marsali comes from a very troubled past, yet is so selfless and always finds the good in a situation. I enjoyed the friendship she forged with Lydia, another passenger.
This story definitely isn't short on either adventure or emotion. Ms. Holmes does an amazing job of capturing the feelings of the characters and their situations and putting them on paper (or on a screen, in my case). I really love a story that draws me in and allows me to feel so much. I felt like I was there with these characters, feeling their triumphs and disappointments. I felt so resigned and frustrated at times, but then I would feel joy and hope at other times. I loved the way this trilogy wrapped up, although it wasn't in an expected way. I really can't stop thinking about this family and their perseverance through life.
Content: mild romance (a shady situation at the beginning and clean kissing); no language or religion; mild violence (an abusive beating situation). Nothing graphic. Clean!
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