I can not explain how excited I was to read this book… and when I had a chance to review it, I just had to! My excitement over it only grew as I read…
Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer is about a slightly unconventional female, who is on a mission: to protect her family and to find a husband. After all, as a woman, she can’t fill the role her father desires which is a son to take over Renard Shipping. After a twist to Nicole Renard’s initial plans to travel to New Orleans, she arrives in a different town and the need to find a job.
Darius Thornton feels strongly that his role in life is to find a solution to stop steamship boiler explosions, even to the point where most people find him a bit eccentric. His desperate need for a secretary leads him to hire Nicole.
The sparks of attraction that fly between them only lead to more problems for Nicole, because leaving her heart with Darius will only make it more difficult for her to decide to marry someone who can be the heir her father needs.
First of all, the characters in this book are so charming! Nicole has a HUGE personality and is extremely likeable. I wish I could have jumped into the book and become best friends with her. Darius certainly isn’t boring either. His passion drives him and throughout the story I admired him quite a bit.
Some of the scenes in this book had me laughing. In many ways, the majority of this story was quite light-hearted making it a joy to read. However, it also touched on some aspects of faith were a bit thought-provoking. Novels that can couch God’s Word so seamlessly in an enjoyable story are quite admirable, and that certainly describes this book.
The background of the steamships and their problems with the boilers was fascinating. Seeing how Darius completed his experiments was also quite interesting, and made for some fabulous scenes.
Readers of Historical Romance, be sure to pick this one up, as I’m sure you will not be disappointed!
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Bethany House provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.