“How did one let go of the past and risk love again?”
I’m always delighted when Laura Frantz writes a new book. She is one of my favorite writers of historical fiction, and how could I resist this book when the heroine owns a chocolate shop? Set in Virginia in 1755, Esme Shaw and Henri Lennox meet again after a failed love affair ten years before. Esme is courageous, compassionate, and wondering if she made a mistake by turning down Henri’s proposal all those years ago. Henri is a brave, heroic sea captain who has made a name for himself but has not given up his love of the sea.
Frantz’s writing flows beautifully and flawlessly and immediately caught me up in the story. Her careful attention to historical detail and colorful, realistic, emotionally layered characters add authenticity and depth to the tale. Packed with adventure, suspense, romance, and threads of forgiveness, hope, and faith, this novel of second chances has earned a spot on my keeper shelf.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers through LibraryThing. All opinions are my own.
A Virginia chocolatier and a privateering sea captain collide once more after a failed love affair a decade before. Will a war and a cache of regrets keep them apart? Or will a new shared vision reunite them?
It is 1755, and the threat of war with France looms over colonial York, Virginia. Chocolatier Esmée Shaw is fighting her own battle of the heart. Having reached her twenty-eighth birthday, she is reconciled to life alone after a decade-old failed love affair from which she's never quite recovered. But she longs to find something worthwhile to do with her life.
Captain Henri Lennox has returned to port after a lengthy absence, intent on completing the lighthouse in the dangerous Chesapeake Bay, a dream he once shared with Esmée. But when the colonial government asks him to lead a secret naval expedition against the French, his future is plunged into uncertainty.
Will a war and a cache of regrets keep them apart, or can their shared vision and dedication to the colonial cause heal the wounds of the past? Bestselling and award-winning author Laura Frantz whisks you away to a time fraught with peril--on the sea and in the heart--in this redemptive, romantic story.