Full Steam Ahead

Full Steam Ahead

Large Print - 2014 | Large print edition.
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Witemeyer Is the New Big Name in Historical Romance
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.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. : Gale Cengage Learning, 2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410470553
Branch Call Number: Large Print WIT
Characteristics: 487 pages (large print)


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bwortman Oct 17, 2016

Witemeyer has quickly become one of my favourite Christian romance authors. While the writing in this one was a little rough at the beginning with some bumpy dialogue, the book quickly took off and I was quickly charmed by both the lead characters and their romance. As is usual with Witemeyer's b... Read More »

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bwortman Oct 17, 2016

Witemeyer has quickly become one of my favourite Christian romance authors. While the writing in this one was a little rough at the beginning with some bumpy dialogue, the book quickly took off and I was quickly charmed by both the lead characters and their romance. As is usual with Witemeyer's books the suspense plot adds a forward momentum to the plot that keeps thing moving. I'd recommend this one to readers who enjoy Christian romance but I wouldn't suggest this be the first Witemeyer novel to try.

Jul 06, 2016

Although I liked the characters and was interested in the history around the boating industry, the romance got really tedious and I scanned the entire last half of the book. Too much time spent on small details and thought processes regarding the romance aspect. The story itself was good but could have been told in half the pages.

Oct 01, 2015

This is an extremely fun book! While the characters are delightful and adventurous, the plot is engaging and unique. Furthermore, Karen weaves interesting historical elements into her story-- especially, about steamboat boilers. Her inspirational tone is sure to leave readers encouraged.

Aug 24, 2015

Karen Witemeyer is one of the best Historical Fiction authors from Bethany House. She always provides a fun, enjoyable read for readers. Her characters are well developed and sometimes quite amusing. Karen's way of showing the feelings and thoughts of both Nicole and Darius is also highly enjoyable for her readers. So, whether nearly drowning or blowing up because of an experiment, Nicole and Darius will have you entranced for hours.

Aug 20, 2015

I always enjoy books by Witemeyer, she does know how to make her readers giggle. this is another fun book by her which is an easy and delightful read.

Jul 06, 2015

Another great Karen Witemeyer book.

JCLBreH Mar 09, 2015

Inspirational read with humor and light romance. This one historical fiction you will enjoy.

Feb 02, 2015

Excellent book. The twists and historical subject matter make it hard to put down. Biblical messages fit in perfectly and aren't too "in your face" but remind us of where we stand and Who is in charge. Well written.

Aug 21, 2014

This is the third book I have read by Karen Witemeyer, but actually the fourth "work" that I've read by her, if you count her short story in the collection of novellas entitled "A Match Made in Texas". This one was very pleasing. Nicole and Darius were both great characters (very realistic), the plot was interesting, and the writing was very good. Although I got bogged down a little over half way (maybe 3/4), I was able to finish it and I can say it is a great, clean, romance novel that many will enjoy.

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Aug 21, 2014

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Aug 21, 2014

Nicole Renard isn't your ordinary woman. She's got more than just looks. She's got an intellectual mind, a knack for fighting (a knife, her weapon of choice), and a determination you don't find much among her type in the 1800s. But there's one thing she hasn't got: a husband. And with her father's death possibly looming in the future, he has commissioned her to find him an heir to take over the business. Along the way, Nicole receives temporary employment from a certain Darius Thornton, a hardened man hungry to undo his past and revolutionize the modern steam ships of America. Nicole knows what she must do for her father, but her heart cannot but help falling for the man who treats her like no one ever has. But, it would never work...would it?


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