Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer

Full Steam Ahead  -     By: Karen Witemeyer
OverviewWhen love simmers between a reclusive scientist and a wealthy debutante, will they abandon ship or is it full steam ahead?

Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole's father has always focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.

Vowing to find a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it's too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But her father's rivals come after the dagger, forcing a change in Nicole's plans.

After a boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana nearly took his life, Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. Even if it means letting a female secretary into his secluded world.

Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grow between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to another? And when her father's rivals discover her hiding place, will she have to choose between that love and her family's legacy?

ISBN-13: 9780764209673 | Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/03/2014
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My Review: Karen Witemeyer never fails to deliver a mix of humor, love, and faith in her stories. Full Steam Ahead is no exception and I enjoyed every minute. From the first chapter, I was hooked. The story was fast-paced, the characters were complex, and the romance built steam steadily until it exploded at just the right time. 

I love how Karen portrays her characters. None of them, not even the secondary characters, are portrayed as perferct. They are all enchantingly flawed. Nicole Renard is probably one of my new favorite heroines. She is determined, beautiful, humble, and loyal to a fault. She is smart, witty, and gritty all rolled into one fantastic character. Darius Thornton grumpy, yet kind; smart, yet exceedingly unconvenctional. I loved him from the very start. 

Another thing I love about Karen Witemeyer: her ability to take an important lesson and weave it flawlessly into a story. Both of these characters make mistakes they think are unredeemable in God's eyes. Darius is haunted by his past. Nicole is running from her present mistakes. The message, as Darius so aptly puts it, is simple: "Repent from your mistakes, learn from them, and move forward. Trust God to bring good out of whatever mess you're in."

Overall, Karen Witemeyer expertly produces a story full of humor, love, and faith. I absolutely loved this story and look forward to more by this excellent author.

About the Author: Karen Witemeyer is a confirmed bookaholic who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. To that end, she combines her love of bygone eras with her passion for helping women mature in Christ to craft historical romance novels that lift the spirit and nurture the soul.
After growing up in California, Karen moved to Texas to attend Abilene Christian University where she earned bachelor and master's degrees in Psychology. It was also there that she met and married her own Texas hero. He roped her in good, for she has lived in Texas ever since. In fact, she fell so in love with this rugged land of sweeping sunsets and enduring pioneer spirit, that she incorporates it into the pages of her novels, setting her stories in the small towns of a state that burgeoned into greatness in the mid- to late1800s.

Karen is living her dream by writing Christian historical romance novels for Bethany House. Her books have consistently hit bestseller lists and have garnered awards such as the ACFW Carol Award, the Holt Medallion, and the Christian Manifesto's Lime Award for Excellence in Fiction. In addition, she is a multiple RITA and National Reader's Choice finalist. Karen is also a sought-after speaker for national writing conferences and regional workshops.

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