From USA Today bestselling author Glynnis Campbell... A notorious Scottish rake becomes an unwitting stowaway on a ship bound for America, until a spirited young botanist restores his reputation, and he becomes the only one who can save her from a twisted fate.
Amateur botanist Charlotte de Ware couldn't be more excited about sailing with her orchid collection from Scotland to New York to visit kin for Christmas. When she stumbles upon a dashing stowaway on the ship, she refuses to let the captain throw him overboard. But she soon questions her charity when she learns that the stowaway surgeon is a notorious rake. Travis Jameson never meant to go to America. But his controversial medical studies have made him a dangerous target, and his friends spirit him aboard a packet ship for his own safety. He finds adventure on the ship and love in the charming yet unattainable lass who comes to his aid. But when they reach their destination and must part ways, a terrible secret and a twist of fate reverses their fortunes, and it's up to the tarnished scoundrel to save the desperate young miss.
Prequel novella for California Legends
These are chronicles of the Old West--of the native people who lived on the land for generations and the pioneers who came from all over the world in search of riches…the struggle to survive in a land without laws…the strange bedfellows that resulted from the clash of cultures…and the common language of the heart that spoke of a love more precious than gold.
Length: 29,000 words = ??? pages
Rating: R-rated for passionate passages
In This Series
1810 – THE STOWAWAY (a novella)
1851 – NATIVE GOLD
1875 – NATIVE WOLF
1875 – NATIVE HAWK
Key Themes: Regency historical romance, Scottish characters, ocean voyage, immigrating to America, 19th century, doctor hero, orchids, seafaring stories, 1800s ship, medical history, botany, indentured servant, Scottish terrier, Edinburgh, New York, stories with dogs, rakes, scoundrels, stories with humor
More Historical Romances by Glynnis Campbell
The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch
THE SHIPWRECK (a novella)
A YULETIDE KISS (a short story)
The Warrior Daughters of Rivenloch
THE STORMING (a novella)
A RIVENLOCH CHRISTMAS (a short story)
BRIDE OF FIRE
The Knights of de Ware
THE HANDFASTING (a novella)
THE REIVER (a novella)
THE OUTCAST (a novella)
What an interesting story. I really enjoyed it.
Loved it. A very short story that pulls you in from page one.
I definitely recommend!
This prequel novella to the California Legends tells the story of Charlotte de Ware, who is led to believe that she is traveling to the Americas in the company of her brother, George. The truth, which Charlotte doesn’t find out until much later, comes as a shock to this gently bred young daughter of nobility. Making the best of the situation, she accidentally encounters a stowaway and his faithful terrier, whom she takes pity on, when the captain threatens to throw them both overboard. The stowaway, surgeon Travis Jameson, is also aboard under false pretenses, though through no fault of his own. An unlikely friendship and more slowly develops between these two as they face the difficulties of an ocean passage and what awaits them in the New World. As always, Ms. Campbell writes lovely, descriptive prose which moves the plot along and keeps me reading long after I should have gone to sleep! I definitely recommend this glimpse at the origin story of the characters in the later California Legends series.