Review Prize of My Heart
by Lisa Norato
(Bethany House, 2012)
I loved this book! I received a softcover book from the publisher and it read fine. But I enjoy using my Kindle and so I purchased it to read the story. (Hint: We have a very gently used copy of this book to do as an additional giveaway at the end of the week in addition to our regular giveaway!)
The War of 1812 is over and a privateer, Captain Brogan Talvis, can search out his son, Ben, now five-years-old. Having acquired money through his exploits, he has arranged for a ship to be built in the shipyard of the family who adopted his son. His wife, shortly before her death in a fire, gave away their son to strangers.
Little Benjamin was renamed Andrew and called “Drew” and is being cared for by Nathaniel Huntley, a widower. Huntley’s daughter Lorena has essentially been raising the boy. She is a winsome character with a strong faith.
Brogan plans to take the child with him when he departs with his ship. But he falls in love with Lorena, whom he initially mistakes for a household servant, startling her on the beach one morning.
Mr. Huntley has sponsored and helped a gifted young architect, who has been friends with Lorena and who persists in seeking her hand in marriage despite her continual refusals. A British citizen, the suitor has accepted an excellent offer in England and intends to take Lorena with him.
Brogan has a choice to make when Huntley reports his daughter has been taken away on board a ship bound for England, apparently against her will. Should he take Ben and sail away or race after the beautiful young woman who has captured his heart?
Nice job with the spiritual arc of the hero, who has had a very rough life and is dealing with abandonment issues. The secondary characters are well-developed and add great flavor to the story.
The Huntleys have their own secrets, too. When these are revealed will Brogan be able to pick up the pieces of a heart and soul betrayed and deceived? Read and find out!
This was a lovely book and I highly recommend it. Prize of My Heart can be purchased at Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and other bookstores.
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