Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Review: Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer

Book Details
Title: Full Steam Ahead
Author: Karen Witemeyer
2014, Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0764209673
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Book Summary
When 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?

My Review
This book was interesting in the fact that it talked a lot about Steamships. It really went into the dangers of the boats and how so many people were killed because of the unstable nature of the boilers.
This book was told from the POV of Nicole Renard and Darius Thornton. Nicole ends up running for her life (and her family's lives) to a tucked away estate in Texas. She means to just take a job for a short time to hide from those following her, but she gets engrossed in the work of the eccentric owner who works himself to the bone trying to find a way to make steamships more safe.
As I said, the book is interesting. I like the  characters alright except I felt they were not completely realistic. Nicole was a little too independent and I was pretty sure a single, rich girl would not be traipsing about the country by herself and have it not be super noticeable, but the rest of the story was interesting, so I decided to ignore that part of the story I didn't like. 
If you like stories that are very historically correct then this one is probably not for you. If you like a good story set in a different time and don't really care how accurate it is, then you'll probably like this one!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.

No comments: