Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WoW #35 : Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer
Bethany House June 2014

When Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston from an eastern finishing school, she's stunned to find her father in ill health. Though she loves him, he's only ever focused on what she's "not." Not male. Not married. Not able to run their family business, Renard Shipping.

Vowing to secure a suitable marriage partner, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure: a dagger personally gifted to Nicole's father by the pirate Jean Lafitte. Many believe the legend that the dagger is the source of all Renard Shipping's good fortune, though Nicole is sure her father's work ethic and honorable business practices are the keys to their success. Before she can board the steamer to New Orleans, Nicole finds her father's rivals--the Jenkins brothers--on either side of the gangplank, ready to grab her and steal the dagger. Quickly, she decides to instead travel north, to Liberty, Texas, where she can decide what to do next.

Darius Thornton needs a secretary--someone to help him get his notes in order. Ever since the boiler explosion aboard the "Louisiana, " Darius has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. The pretty young socialite who applies for the job baffles him with her knowledge of mathematics and steamships. He decides to take a risk and hire her, but he's determined her attractive face and fancy clothes won't distract him from his important research.

The job offer comes at exactly the right time for Nicole. With what Darius is paying her, she'll be able to afford passage to New Orleans in mere weeks. But Mr. Thornton is so reclusive, so distant, so unusual. He can create complex scientific equations but can't remember to comb his hair. And his experiments are growing more and more dangerous. Still, there are undeniable sparks of attraction between them. But Nicole is leaving soon, and if she marries, it must be to a man who can manage a shipping empire. Darius certainly doesn't fit that description. And the Jenkins brothers have not given up on kidnapping Nicole and seizing the Lafitte dagger for themselves.

Why I want to read it
Isn't the cover lovely? Wish I had a dress that color. I loved Short straw Bride, really enjoyed Stealing the Preacher. While this doesn't sound like it involves the next Archer brother, I hope they make a cameo appearance! June please come soon and not just for this book. June you hold many things to look forward to!

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  1. Thanks, Rina, for sharing your excitement about my next full-length project. I'm sorry to say there are no Archer brothers in this one - it actually takes place about 30 years before the Archers' stories do. However, there is a novella collection coming out January 1 called A Match Made in Texas that features the youngest Archer, Neill. I just couldn't let those Archer brothers go without giving them all the happy ending they deserved. Hope you enjoy both A Match Made in Texas and Full Steam Ahead. :-)

    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting Karen! I have really enjoyed your books - even froze my tail off sitting on the floor in B&N so I could finish Short straw Bride. :-) Sad to hear that the Archers' aren't in this book but it still sounds delightful. Looking forward to the novella in January! So glad we get to hear Neill's story. :-)

  2. I am also looking forward to this one. I have enjoyed all of Karen's books but Stealing the Preacher and Head in the clouds are my two favorites.

  3. I haven't read Head in the Clouds yet, but I want to. Thanks for the reminder! :-)


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