Anne Dutton is sailing to the New World with her aunt and uncle whom she has lived with since she was a child. When something happens that causes concern for Anne's safety, her aunt makes a deal with Sir Thomas Blackaby (the handsome man who protected the queen) to protect Anne. Thomas and Anne are to pretend to be courting with the hope that no further trouble will arise. But when hearts are involved things get complicated. For she is promised to another in the New World. And what will happen when the truth of who each of them really is and how their past is connected comes to light?
First let me say that the cover of this book was beautifully done! It made me want to read the book! The story inside was just as well done. Filled with danger, mystery, intrigue and romance, Sharon Balts keeps you guessing to the end, of Anne's fate. The journey starts on a ship and ends on the shores of the New World with all the things that those traveling to this new place might have encountered. Sickness, Indians, sword-fights and those out for revenge are part of the package. I love the way this author so clearly spelled out the Gospel through the entire story as the characters struggle with heart issues such as forgiveness. They battled with knowing what they needed to do but didn't want to. Trusting the Lord can be difficult at times because of our own humanness. Seeing the characters grow was an encouragement to me. This was a great tale and I would definitely recommend it.
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