Three years ago, Captain Brogan Talvis’ late wife abandoned their son, leaving no clue as to the boy’s whereabouts. After searching relentlessly, Brogan discovers his son was adopted by a New England shipbuilder. And the man’s daughter, Lorena Huntley, acts as loving guardian to the child.
Lorena, who hides a dark truth, finds herself falling for the handsome captain and ex-privateer who’s come to secure ownership of one of her father’s ships. She’s unaware of Brogan’s own secret when another’s deceit has her sailing toward Europe against her will.
Haunted by thoughts of Lorena in peril, Brogan is compelled to choose between the boy he longs for and the woman who has captured his heart.
Captain Talvis is a giant of a man with a tender heart. He never gave up hope in finding his son, even though the chances of success were slim to none. When faced with the opportunity to actually regain guardianship of his son, Captain Talvis, as a former privateer, is haunted by a moral dilemma of whether or not “taking back what is yours by right is not stealing”.
Lorena was a lovely supporting character, in her mothering role to the young boy, and throughout the budding romance with Captain Talvis. I especially enjoyed the young boy, who has enormous imagination and a lot of pluck.
The last few chapters held several twists and turns to the plot, as the reader discovers that the Huntleys’ deep secret is not as simple as one would originally believe.
In all, while Prize of My Heart has an air of intrigue and adventure, the more prevalent theme is about a father’s deep-rooted and unwavering love for his child.
A story cannot get much sweeter than that.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.