With knowledge, he believed
he could find answers.
She had only faith.
Derrick, a surgeon, is haunted by his brother’s death. When his prayers went unanswered, he turned his faith to science. He believes studying with an esteemed surgeon in England will return meaning to his life.
Margaret’s fiancé died at the hands of a doctor who bled him to death. On board the Prosperity, she meets the arrogant Doctor Fortune who considers her no less than a milkmaid. She considers him a butcher. Though she must journey to England to hear the reading of the will of her grandfather, the Earl of Broadcraft, she finds herself constantly confronting Derrick on his methods of healing. Yet, there is something about his soulful eyes that attracts her. When a British ship presses the Prosperity’s sailors into service, Margaret and Derrick must work together if they are to reach England. But can they ever learn to trust each other enough to allow love into their hearts?
Of this sequel to PATRIOT’S HEART, one reviewer said, “This tale is filled with adventure and conflict and woven well with history. The high seas and British society challenge both characters to grow in ways they never imagined and a far greater gift awaits both Margaret and Derrick. Faith is handled well and it is fun to see Margaret, a secondary character in Patriot's Heart, get her own story and see her lost dreams redeemed in surprising ways.”
My Review: A masterfully told historical novel centers on the heroine, Margaret, who must go to England to hear the reading of her grandfather’s will. Travel is treacherous in post-Revolutionary War times, especially a sea voyage to England.
On the ship Margaret meets Derrick, a young doctor. She finds his ways arrogant, and he’s unwilling to believe in the ointments and common items she also uses to heal. He’s on his way to England to study and find a cure for sepsis that killed his brother.
Through several heart stopping events, they arrive at their final destination only to be met by an overbearing relative, lawyers, and a stipulation put onto Margaret that she is struggling to accept. The couple find themselves drawn to each other, but an unknown faction is attempting to tear them apart.
Ms. Marzec has brought this era to life in her descriptions and action packed scenes aboard the boat and once the couple has reached England. There’s a bit of danger, a bit of humor, and a delightful romance. Well done.
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Penelope Marzec grew up along the Jersey shore, heard stories about Captain Kidd, and dug for his buried treasure. All she got was a bad case of poison ivy. Deciding books were better than buried treasure, she discovered romance novels and was soon hooked on happy endings. She became an early childhood educator and found her own hero in an electrical engineer who grew up in Brooklyn, played the accordion, and was immune to poison ivy. Now retired, Penelope either writes her stories or paints seascapes in oils. Sometimes she sings while her husband plays the accordion.
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