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Friday, October 16, 2009

Sapphire and Gold by Penny Rader

Sapphire and Gold by Penny Rader
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (301 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Cholla

In 1752 Philadelphia, Alexandra Whittaker overhears the man who has raised her—and intends to marry her—admit to kidnapping her. She then uncovers a locket containing a portrait of herself as a child. Confused and frightened, she flees, heading for Williamsburg, Virginia, the place inscribed on the back of the locket. On her way out of Philadelphia, she stumbles across a bear and ends up in the river.

Sea Captain Derek Tremaine is guilt-ridden over the disappearance of a small girl left in his care as a youth. Always searching for her, he hears she may be alive and travels to Philadelphia where he discovers an unconscious young woman in the river. She bears a strong resemblance to the mother of the missing girl who has haunted his dreams. He is drawn to assist and protect her as she sails with him to Williamsburg in her hunt for answers about her life. But will the truth give them peace and allow their growing love for one another to blossom? Or will it drive them apart?

Imagine overhearing a conversation that changed the way you looked at your life. Imagine just one sentence shattering all you thought was true about your past. Just imagine what Alexandra Whittaker is facing at that very moment…

Having been kidnapped and blocked the memories, Alexandra has quite a shock the evening she overhears Bartholomew Taylor admit to kidnapping her. However, despite this shock, she gets out as soon as she can and sets out to find her parents. She really struggles with trying to reconcile what she once knew with what is now true and this causes much anxiety and insecurity on her part. Alexandra’s character, however, really does grow and evolve over the course of the story. She gains confidence, experience, and a whole new outlook. By the end of the story, she is a very likable, capable woman.

Derek Tremaine is caught between helping and strangling Alexandra. While he understands the trials she’s struggled through, he is also captain of his ship and used to being obeyed. So, he is quite thrown for a loop when confronted with an insecure, scared yet willful woman like Alexandra. But she teaches him patience while he teaches her confidence and they both emerge as better people all around. Not to mention the fact that they blossom into one explosively hot couple, hungry for each other’s bodies and souls.

This was a unique historical for me as I’ve never read one prior that was partially set on a ship without having had pirates in it. In addition to that aspect, it was loaded with action, suspense, and a bit of mystery, a little bit of everything to keep your interest alive. The romance between Derek and Alexandra was rocky at times, but as in life, when a couple overcomes so many obstacles, the love – and steamy, sexy love scenes – are so much stronger and better. An excellent, richly told read!