I found Fiona to be stubborn, a little naïve at times, hard-headed and willful. There were many times throughout the story that I wanted to take her aside and talk some sense into her! She takes risks without thought of consequence for herself or others around her. But she also had the tenacity she needs to live a fearless life in the face of opposition. She’s quite resourceful when necessary, finding clever ways to solve problems. And she’s much loved by her extended family. As for Charles Kinkade, I wasn’t sure how to take him at first. He lost his memory and thus has no idea who he is. Fiona somehow seems familiar but he cannot place her. As the story progresses, he knows he’s a British spy, and thus danger ensues on his life as well. Fiona hatches a plan to exchange Charles for Sullivan in a prisoner exchange; sounds easy doesn’t it? But then where would the story go if it ended there? Adventures galore that will keep the reader invested await both characters!
I also met some other wonderful characters that made this story well rounded. Sehoy, Oliver, Desi, Maddy and her son Elijah and many others! There were layers upon layers to this story that kept my nose in the pages. There were times when all the information was a bit overwhelming and the constant switching scenes often had me lost until I could catch up to it. Otherwise, I enjoyed every moment of it!
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher on the authors behalf and was not obligated to leave a favorable review. *
Fiona Lanier is the only woman in the tiny Gulf Coast settlement of Navy Cove. While her shipbuilding family races to fill the demand for American ships brought by the War of 1812, Fiona tries to rescue her brother who was forced into service by the British Navy.
Lieutenant Charlie Kincaid has been undercover for six months, obtaining information vital to the planned British invasion of New Orleans. When a summer storm south of Mobile Bay wrecks his ship and scatters the crew, Charlie suffers a head injury, ultimately collapsing in the arms of a beautiful mermaid who seems eerily familiar. As Charlie's memory returns in agonizing jags and crashes, he and Fiona discover that falling in love may be as inevitable as the tide. But when political loyalties begin to collide, they'll each have to decide where their true heart lies.
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