I cannot say enough good things about this story. In this last of the series, the friends continue on their quest for pirate treasure.
Ms. White delves deep into the lives of the people she portrays, whether to show their stellar qualities or reveal the scoundrel within. I love the way she crafts her characters, giving them layers and a spiritual journey. Bram is kind, gracious and insightful: "Mercy is not for those who deserve it-it is for those who don’t.” “How did mercy and justice meet? With pain and sacrifice. And beauty beyond anything he had ever seen.” “if I am unwilling to extend mercy, then... perhaps I blind my own eyes to seeing where God extends it to me too.” Emily is cowed by her brother and father but manages to learn how to stand up for herself. And she sees God providing for her.
Danger is ever present as the group of friends uncover a fascinating twist in their endeavor to find Mucknell’s pirate stash. Another legend of epic proportions makes its way known.
Ms. White has put together a grand tale that ticks all the boxes. If you are looking for a history lesson or a great romance or two, enjoy following Bram, Emily and their friends as they search for answers to a haunting legend or two and find themselves and their purpose in the process.
I am sorry to say goodbye to this series. It makes me want to visit the Scilly Islands and search for treasure!
*I received a complimentary copy of the book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
5 stars + and a strong faith thread
"Live the legacy . . . Walk worthy of His calling. Go forth boldly - and live."
At one time, the Earl of Teleford, "Bram Sinclair", might have politely scoffed at those words, but not anymore. He "wanted his legacy to be championing those who needed it, righting a few wrongs, charging boldly to slay whatever dragons awaited him". After all, he had become a secret admirer of King Arthur and his brave knights all those years ago . . . actually he still was, if the truth were known, which it wasn't yet . . .but soon would be.
And his "damsel in distress"? None other that the lovely ginger topped Lady Emily Scofield, whose own legacy of kindness was being trampled by her vile brother; Nigel's thirst for treasure-hunting had turned into a deadly obsession. When Bram and Emily charade a romantic bond in order to protect Emily from her powerful father's schemes, their feelings unexpectedly entwine, for who knew that the crabby day-time Bram could actually transform into a companion most tender, as evidenced by these words of worth; "You, Lady Emily Scofield, are an absolute delight, and no one in his or her right mind could possibly do anything other than crave your company".
Readers will love being privy to this amazing circle of Scilly Isles friendships, divinely connected and more precious than silver or gold. Keeping in mind . . . there are real treasures that require quite the daring adventures . . . the kind that legends are made of.
*I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 4.5 stars
After a summer of successful pirate-treasure hunting, Lady Emily Scofield and her friends must hide the unprecedented discoveries they've made, thanks to the betrayal of her own family. Horrified by her brother, who will stop at nothing to prove himself to their greedy father, Emily is forced to take a stand against her family--even if it means being cut off entirely.
Bram Sinclair, Earl of Telford, is fascinated with tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table--an interest he's kept mostly hidden for the last decade. But when a diary is unearthed on the islands that could lead to a secret artifact, Bram is the only one able to piece the legends together.
As Bram and Emily seek out the whereabouts of the hidden artifact, they must dodge her family and a team of archaeologists. In a race against time, it is up to them to decide what makes a hero worthy of legend. Is it fighting valiantly to claim the treasure . . . or sacrificing everything in the name of selfless love?