My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Received from the publisher to review.
Genre: YA Historical Romance
Book Description: Sixteen-year-old Adam Garrow ran away when he learned the truth about his father and his inheritance. After six long years away from his family’s estate, Adam returns to make amends with his parents and help his brother, Phillip, grow into his role as head of the estate. Before he even makes it to the door, a chance meeting with one Solana Rosenlund— his intended from before his self-imposed exile—sparks a fire in his heart that will not be quenched. But before they truly get a chance to explore their feelings for each other, Adam is devastated when a head injury results in Solana forgetting that they had ever met.
Things only get worse when Phillip’s business venture to Morocco is commandeered by pirates. Adam and his friend Ian O’Connor leave England to rescue Phillip, and in doing so discover a sinister plot that threatens the Garrow estate and all those they left at home. Through conspiracy, sabotage, and kidnapping, can all three men survive what fate has thrown at them and find their way back to the women they love?
My thoughts: This book has elements that will be sure to appeal to the YA reader. Romance, suspense, pirates, and intrigue.
The book has two main characters, Adam and Solana. I would say that the focus is on six characters who play a profound role in the story: Phillip, Ian, Iris and Abigail. The story is short but does not lack for action and movement in the plot.
For me, this would have been better as a longer and more detailed book. I felt like many things were glossed over. I would have loved to have some of the back story played out in the pages, rather than talked about. The characters had so much potential, but fell a little flat for me. That is not to say that for someone else it may be the perfect mix. I would love it if the author wrote more about the characters and their stories. There is so many places she could go with this world and people she created!
This book is clean with chaste kisses and non-graphic violence.
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