Sunday, November 27, 2016

Book Review: By Heart and Compass by Danielle Thorne

About the Book:

When Lacey Whitman buys a restored Victorian home, she never dreams discovering an antique diary will lead her back to sea and into the arms of the dive bum she'd rather forget. Her habit of living in the past comes to a screeching halt as diver Max Bertrand and the diary of his ancestor take Lacey on the quest of a lifetime: To discover and raise the privateer ship, Specter, and bring the treasure and legacy of a true hero home again. But will finding it cost her heart?

Book Details:

Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc. (November 20, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1612529801
ISBN-13: 978-1612529806



My Review:

Lacey Whitman's quest to locate Specter, a sunken ship has swelled to new heights as she purchases an ancestral home owned by the family of the captain. It's not until she discovers information that leads her to locate a missing journal with cryptic clues to the whereabouts of the Specter, that her research shifts into high gear. This new information puts her right back in the path of a descendant of the captain of the privateer ship.

Max Bertrand has taken his family's journals from his small museum on the island of Antigua on a travelling tour - first stop Savannah, GA. When Lacey finds out that the journals are on display, she rushes to the location to see them and comes face-to-face with a member of the Bertrand family; one who refused to take her research seriously in a previous encounter. Lacey then decides to make a deal with Max about the journal, the Specter, and other details. Will Max and Lacey find what they have been desperately searching for in life?

Lacey is a very determined genealogist. Whether she's working with a client or doing personal research, Lacey leaves no stone unturned. As you read the book you will realize that this line of work for her is an obsession, which sometimes alienates her. She's also very personable, easy going, and passionate. Max, on the other hand, has built up a wall that, at first glance, seems impenetrable. He's gruff, rude, and automatically assumes that people are trying to use him. His views of Lacey are no different. The dialogue between these two is explosive at times, gentle at others.

Danielle Thorne is an excellent storyteller. Her enthusiasm for the subject matter is felt in her writing. I love the blending of historical fiction with contemporary romance. The story is fast-paced and the plot is solid. I was able to get fully invested in the book and felt the excitement, anticipation, and sadness conveyed within the page. By Heart and Compass really resonated with me. I grew up cemetery hopping with my mother as she traced her family's genealogy. I was never really involved in my mother's work but, to this day, love cemeteries. I love them in a historical, non-morbid way and prefer the parts of local cemeteries with the markers from the 1800's.   

I am so glad I had the opportunity to read By Heart and Compass!

I voluntarily reviewed an author provided copy of this book.

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