Friday, May 25, 2012

Review on Prize of My Heart

A Missing child, the kidnapping of a lovely young lady and thrilling battles at sea are just a few of the captivating adventures that you will find in the wonderful historical novel Prize of my heart by Lisa Norato.   The novel opens with the very tall Captain Brogan Talvis, a privateer Captain searching for his lost son.  His late and rather wayward wife had not been the best of mother’s and had abandoned their son to strangers and not disclosed to Brogan where the boy was.  Through much searching and after surviving the war of 1812 as he captained a privateer he was always haunted with the knowledge that his son who he dearly loved was out there and he needed to find him.  Finally he has discovered that his son has been adopted by a good family, a New England shipbuilder Nathaniel Huntley who also happens to be the father of  Lorene Huntley, a lovely young woman who has been a mother type figure to “Andrew”, Brogans long lost son.  Brogan’s initial plan was to get in, find a way to grab his son, and get out quickly with his new ship commissioned to be built by Nathaniel Huntley. As always in a good historical fiction novel, things didn’t quite work out as the Captain planned as he realizes that the way to win over his son is to also win over Lorena.  However, in the process, he finds his heart is caring for more than just his son.

There were several things that I enjoyed about this novel.  The opening for one- I always love a good opening to and the way that Lisa Norato introduces her character’s to each other is just so well done- there is a little bit of tension and miscommunication as Lorena and Brogan meet for the first time as well as Drew (Brogan’s son) as he rises up to protect Lorena against the giant that is Brogan that is very humorous.  Also, who doesn’t love a hero that drops everything to save the woman he loves by taking off in his ship to rescue her from a kidnapping- love it!  But the themes in the book were the best, love, forgiveness, letting go of the past and surrendering and trusting God with the future are all present and enjoyable to read.
For those that enjoy a good historical Christian novel with some adventure, humor and heart, definitely pick up Prize of my Heart by Lisa Norato.

4 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.