“Full Steam Ahead” by Karen Witemeyer

Weaving the historically accurate dangers of steamboats with a story of a pirate’s legacy, Karen Witemeyer keeps her readers enthralled and educated.  Her main characters are flawed and deeply attractive to readers, and to each other!  Darius is an obsessed and reclusive scientific-type who has never been one for social graces, but turns out to be the perfect match for the feisty guardian of a special dagger, who is searching for a husband and running from danger.  As time runs out they must learn to rely on one another and on God to save them from the dangers without and the pain within.

I really loved the development of the romance in this story.  Great dialogue, mixed with great character idiosyncrasies made for funny but poignant interactions.  The heroine is definitely too hard-headed for her own good, but I suppose the story would not be as exciting without it.  I did find the villians very villainous, without much back story explaining how they got to such a point in their lives. They had no redeeming qualities except stupidity; which is sad, because in God’s eyes we are all redeemable.  It would have made the intense scenes a little more bearable if they had been softened with this truth at least at the end.

Hope you’ll enjoy the book as much as I did.  I’m pretty sure I read it through in one sitting even though it’s a full length novel.  It was just that good (and gripping).

Thanks to Net Galley (https://www.netgalley.com/) and Bethany House for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  And thanks to Karen Witemeyer for writing another great novel.

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