It was a marriage of inconvenience, but life has a wicked sense of humor.
Charlotte Amelia Etheridge has cowered to her mother's sharp tongue and endless demands for the last time. In a fleeting moment of rebellion, she recklessly asks a foreigner from the Leeward Islands for a dance. But her one courageous act lands her in a compromising position. Forced to wed a stranger, Lottie leaves the only home she's ever known to reside on the isle of St. Kitts.
Nathaniel Winthrop's troubles are mounting, and the rumors of him being cursed are spreading. Due to the dwindling sugar crop, he risks everything to start his own shipping company. The last thing he needs is a wife, especially one with a weak constitution. Yellow fever has already claimed the lives of his mother and siblings. He must guard his heart against falling in love with this gentle beauty, knowing island life will be a death sentence.
No longer under her mother's scrutiny, the newfound freedom of the island rejuvenates Lottie's spirit. If her days on this earth are limited, then it's time she lives life to the full. Now it's up to her to prove that even though Nathan was coerced into marrying her, she's the one he can't live without.
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Problems are the soil where the power of God blossoms.
We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
The author has once again written a book you don’t want to put down until the end. The characters are mostly lovable, except for Lady Etheridge whose caustic tongue was not one you would want to meet. Charlotte, aka Lottie, unfortunately received the brunt of much of that negativity. While she suffered under those less than positive thoughts for a time, it was absolutely wonderful to see her blossom into her own woman, known for being positive and encouraging.
Caught in a compromising situation, a hasty wedding is planned and suddenly the world as they know it is completely different. An oft repeated phrase was...pain is unavoidable, but misery is optional. Would Lottie and Nathan end in misery or would they learn that every miracle begins with a problem that must be solved? With kidnapping, betrayal and near death experiences this adventure kept me wondering what on earth could happen next.
This copy of Book #2 in the Leeward Islands series was received through Wild Heart Books and CelebrateLit. The impressions and comments are my own and were in no way solicited.