Can love breathe new life into a shattered heart?
Christiana Saint-Ange is ready to die. Revolutionary France has become a living hell and her life along with it. When her aristocratic brother enlists the aid of the freedom-loving Americans to rescue her from her appointment with Madame Guillotine, she finds herself sailing to America. Can she put her country and her past behind her?
Captain Neil Blakely is more than willing to be the white knight when the situation calls for it. He’s just more accustomed to his damsels in distress being grateful for his help. His latest charge is threatening his crew with the cutlery. In the time it takes to sail to America, can he discover what demons haunt his reluctant passenger? And, does her family really expect him to just hand her over to a fiancé she’s never met?
Madam Guillotine awaits Christiana and she longs for the freedom death will give her. The guillotine has already taken her husband but before she can put her head upon the block she is taken back to the cells. Neil Blakely has been commissioned to save Christiana and return her to her brother in America but he cannot understand the lady’s unwillingness to be rescued.
Due to the way she has been treated by men, the lady does not go willingly and the trip to America is fraught with tension and mistrust. Chased by a man who believes Christiana is his, ordered not to start a war with France, and a sister who has her own thoughts on the way Neil should behave and you have a book full of….well, full of a bit of everything.
I really enjoyed this book. At first it seemed the story would be serious due to the beginning where Christiana’s husband loses his head, but once the two main characters meet, the conflict between them is intense but at times quite humorous. When Neil’s sister is added to the mix the levity increases. The book is not exactly lighthearted but definitely entrancing. It has serious moments, lots of tension in the right places and humor in other places. A good read and well written with strong characters.