Book Description: On the cliffs of 19th-century Cornwall, a spirited, impetuous young woman is torn between the honor of her family and the longing of her heart. England, 1811 A tarnished reputation. A distant home. A forced engagement to a dangerous man. When Elizabeth Trelawny flees London, she has more than one reason to run. And when her carriage, pursued by her would-be fiancé, is caught in a storm, she quickly accepts the help of a dark stranger. Anything to get back to Cornwall. Rowan Curnow is not exactly a stranger. Not quite a gentleman either, class disparity once kept him from courting Elizabeth . . . even if it didn’t keep him from kissing her. The couple elude their pursuers and reach Bastian Point, Elizabeth’s future inheritance and the one place she calls home. But in the very act of spiriting her to safety, Rowan has jeopardized Elizabeth’s inheritance---if her Grandfather ever learns she spent the night, however innocently, in the company of a man. When smugglers unite the pair in a reckless, flirtatious alliance---an alliance that challenges the social norms that Elizabeth has been raised to revere and rattles Rowan’s fledgling faith in God---Elizabeth must choose between the obedience of a child and the desires of a woman: whether to cling to the safety of her family home or follow the man she loves.
My Thoughts: This is the first book that I've read by Laurie Alice Eakes.
This story begins with a lot of action and excitement. The story really grips the reader.
Honor is something that is worth more than gold. It seems that Elizabeth is in quite a quandary! Her fiancee is literally chasing her on a dark and stormy night. But lo and behold! there is a kind, handsome dark stranger on that very road, Rowan!
It seems, to me, that Elizabeth may be a bit spoiled (not sure if that is what the author intended for the reader to see in her character) but this character trait makes me like her cousin.
It seems that Rowan is always coaxing Elizabeth to meet him unchaperoned and alone. Even though Rowan is suppose to be a "good" guy this character trait makes me "wonder" about his intentions. After all, this is a read about honor, especially keeping a lady's honor.
This was an okay read. The story begins so well but begins to lag . . . maybe because I didn't like the character traits I saw in the main characters.
You, dear reader, may enjoy this story. You may see a different character trait in these fictional characters.
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