HEART'S SAFE PASSAGE
It's 1813 and all Phoebe Lee wants out of life is to practice midwifery in Loudon County, Virginia. When Belinda, her pregnant sister-in-law, presses Phoebe to accompany her onto a British privateer in order to cross the Atlantic and save her husband from an English prison, Phoebe tries to refuse, then finds herself kidnapped.
Captain Rafe Docherty is a man in search of revenge. His ship is no place for women, but he needs Belinda in order to obtain information about the man who destroyed his family and his life. Between Belinda's whining and Phoebe's hostility, Rafe can't help but wonder if he made the right choice.
When it becomes apparent there is an enemy among them on the ship, the stakes are raised. Will they reach the English shore in time? Can love and forgiveness overcome vengeance?
In my humble opinion you can't go wrong with a Laurie Alice Eakes book and this one is no exception! I love the way her words immediately catapult me into a different era. Her choice of descriptive phrases, dialogue and setting exude that Regency feel. I was swept away to the open seas, queasy with sea-sickness, stalked by the terror of enclosed spaces and immediately enamored by an intriguing privateer. I felt this book as much as read it.
Eakes has fleshed out an intriguing plot involving perils on the high sea and enough swash-buckling to require a fainting couch at hand for the gentle reader. :-) Definitely a dream of a read!