An engrossing tale of love on the high seas from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood.
Sara Winchester has joyfully anticipated the day when her husband Nathan, Marquess of St. James, will return to claim her heart at last. Charmingly innocent, she dismisses the ancient feud that divides Nathan's family from her own, the feud that their marriage was supposed to settle.
But when he finally returns, Nathan is not the prince charming Sara had imagined. The man before her now is perplexing, arrogant and powerfully handsome—a notorious pirate whose touch arouses her to the wildest, deepest pleasures of love.
Nathan has never bared his soul to any woman, but he's soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara's sweet, defiant ways. Aboard his ship, The Seahawk, she is brave, imperious and determined to win his heart completely. But upon their return to England, Sara's love will be sorely tested as a vile conspiracy threatens to tear them apart...
This bland romance, which borders on formulaic, recycles a few elements from Garwood's earlier novel Guardian Angel . In 1802, in an attempt to bring peace between two warring families, the king arranges a marriage between the 14-year-old Nathanialsp ok Baker, marquess of St. James, and Lady Sara Winchester, who is four. Fourteen years later and now a pirate, Nathan wishes to claim his bride--and the property that comes with her--but the Winchesters aren't cooperating. Nathan decides to indulge in a ``clean, uncomplicated kidnapping'' and spirits his wife out of England on one of his ships. In fact Sara, long infatuated with her absent, mysterious husband, settles into life at sea quite cheerfully, enlivening the voyage by accidentally destroying a couple of sails, giving the crew food poisoning and setting the vessel on fire. Despite it all, her determined affection for and faith in Nathan and his crew gradually wins her a place in their crusty, seafaring souls and a loyalty that is tested when, on their return to London, Sara's father threatens to expose an old scandal that could ruin the St. James name.