Nicole Renard must find a husband…and fast. On the bright side her father has agreed to allow her to choose her own husband…he’s just sped up how soon. With her father’s health failing fast Nicole must act quick to find an heir who will be table to take over the reins of Renard Shipping. Easier said than done. Tough competition comes in the form of the Jenkins family who are working hard to steal the Renards’ most valued possession, the dagger of Jean Lafitte bestowed upon the Renards and said to ensure the success of whoever held it. For Nicole this is a dangerous undertaking. The Jenkins will stop at nothing to obtain the dagger. As they dog her steps the heroine must alter her travel plans to escape their careful eyes. And so she finds herself in another town working as a secretary for an eccentric named Darius Thornton. Yay….
Ever since he was unable to rescue a little girl from death in a shipwreck, Darius has been obsessed with boiler explosions and how to ensure against them. In a secluded estate he has carried out his experiments and driving the townspeople to conclude he is quite mad. And perhaps he is. Mad with guilt. Although not at first welcomed Nicole proves not only a valuable assistant but an interesting distraction. But can she help him atone for the past?
Meh. I’m not a big fan of Karen Witemeyer’s books but I thought I’d give this one a go since it involved shipping. Overall I can say it wasn’t a waste of time to read. On a day when I needed a distraction it helped to pass time. I love ships, that much is apparent but Full Steam Ahead dealt mostly with the engineering aspect. Mostly I glossed over the techy details while I did find a number of others fascinating.
It was almost like reading a Wild West version of Beauty and the Beast. In fact one of the lines reminded me of the Disney movies when Nicole was told that she should not keep the master waiting. Doesn’t that sound just likes Mrs. Potts?! Anyhow, it is worth a read but not something I would consider flipping through for a second time.
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