by Elizabeth Grayson

April 2004
ISBN: 0-553-58424-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback

Pregnant and locked in her stepfatherís townhouse; Ann Rossiter is presented with one chance at freedom. That chance is to marry the man her father has picked out and bought for her. She really doesnít even have a choice in the matter, and if the man agrees; sheís stuck with the marriage or living life locked in the house. Immediately after the ceremony, she sets sail with her new husband, wondering if they can possibly build much of a future together, given their circumstances.

Just a lowly on a boat, Chase Hardesty is given the chance of a lifetime, when Annís stepfather approaches him about selling his good name. In return he will get a brand new steamer and become it's captain. At first, he wants to honor Annís wishes in the matter, but the dangling lure of the steamer is too much for him to resist. Agreeing to the marriage, he never expects the stubborn, strong willed woman his wife appears to be. And he canít understand why she seems to constantly push him away as he thinks they are getting closer. But he steels himself to thinking he will make the best of the marriage.

There are many secrets and mysteries that unfold throughout the pages of this romance. Such as how Ann came to be in her pregnant condition in the first place, and just who is the father of this womanís baby? The characters were very well drawn out, each strong with an unfailing good heart towards anyone in need. As a female, this reviewer felt especially drawn to Ann and some of her many emotional turmoilís.

However, the beginning of the book moved very slowly and there are a lot of details that tend to bog the main story down. While some of it was made more interesting by the fact that I related to the area talked about, there were times when I wished the details had been a little sparser. It detracted my attention away from Chase and Annís wonderful story.

Reviewed in March 2004 by Katy.

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