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By Heart and Compass

By Heart and Compass

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by Danielle Thorne

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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


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?

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"The plot is tight and laced with some unexpected surprises that will keep the reader on their toes. Thorne's passion for genealogy and the sea shines through in her characters...By Heart and Compass is a story steeped in pirate myth and full of adventure."

Stephanie - Classic Romance Revival Reviews

Rating = 5 Wings

"Who doesn't love a romance with treasure hunting wrapped in it? I enjoyed this well written, entertaining story. Ms. Thorne really does a superb job telling a story... They turn out to be a great pair and the chemistry between them is great. I loved the whole pirate, missing treasure story line and I especially loved where the Specter was hidden. Such a good ending to the story too. Left me wondering if there will be a sequel."

You Gotta Read Reviews Rating = "You gotta read this book!"

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Desert Breeze Publishing, Incorporated
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Danielle Thorne writes from south of Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of sweet romantic adventure books, both historical and contemporary. Danielle has published poetry and short fiction as well as novels.

Other work has appeared with Espresso Fiction, Every Day Fiction, Arts and Prose Magazine, Mississippi Crow, The Nantahala Review, StorySouth, Bookideas, The Mid-West Review and more. She was the 2009-2010 Co-Chair for the New Voices Competition for young writers, is active with online author groups such as Classic Romance Revival and EPIC and moderates for The Sweetest Romance Authors at the Coffee Time Romance boards. Her popular blog, The Balanced Writer, focuses on the writing life and the pursuit of peace and happiness.

Ms. Thorne has four sons with her husband, Rob. Together they enjoy travel and the outdoors, Marching Band competition and BSA Scouting.

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By Heart and Compass 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReaderwriterBarb More than 1 year ago
By Heart and Compass by Danielle Thorne is a sweet, contemporary novel published by Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc. in July 2010. If you love the sea, the ocean, nature, boats, hidden treasure, old homes, pirates, and their ships, this novel is the read for you! Did I mention diving and the beautiful turquoise water? Not to mention the dive bum, Max Bertrand, who has eyes as deep and turquoise as the water. Lacy Whitman lives in the past, loves history, and is picking up where her father left off, trying to discover a missing pirate ship. She restores an old Victorian home in Georgia and discovers an antique diary. Will it lead her back to the sea and the dive bum she once encountered and has tried to forget? Lacy is a determined character who follows her father's advice of letting her heart be her compass.. I love the vivid description, and the ending was glorious and unexpected. What hidden treasure will Lacy Whitman ultimately discover? I also loved the title and how it fits perfectly with this story. Check out Danielle's other novel TURTLE SOUP. I loved it. Adventure with Max and Lacy and discover their finds.
MMRoethig More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a clean romance novel that will lift your spirits, this is a book for you!! The characters are lovable, the story believable, the plot suspensful; an all around feel good book. I love that the story is not clouded with garbage so the sweet romance can shine through.
SallyPinkReviews More than 1 year ago
"By Heart and Compass" has a little bit of everything in it - friendship, romance, adventure, and a healthy dose of pirate treasure. Lacey Whitman is a genealogist who has traced the descendants of privateer Julius Bertrand down through the decades. This research has led her to the Goss House. When she discovers an amazing find on the property, she's in for the adventure of a lifetime. The novel opens with Lacey returning to Newton, GA, where she grew up. Lacey has bought an old house, the Goss House. Her friend, Jeanine welcomes her back. Lacey is excited about the purchase because Molly Goss was a descendant of Julius Bertrand, pirate turned privateer in the 1720's. While exploring her new house, Lacey discovers clues which leads her to a secret - she uncovers Kate Bertrand's diary, (Julius's wife) and several uncut diamonds. Kate's diary reveals the location of her husband's prized ship, The Specter. With Jeanine's support, Lacey reaches out to Max Bertrand, a great, great grandson (many times over) of Julius. Max is a good looking guy, but as crusty as an old salt and rather abrupt and distrustful of Lacey. Lacey, however, manages to convince him to enter into a partnership to salvage The Specter. Lacey travels to Antigua and meets Max's crew. They take Max's boat, Layla, out to the coordinates and find a sunken ship. Max comes to trust Lacey. Unfortunately, Lacey held back the fact she found diamonds with the diary. When Max finds out, he's livid. Can Lacey build the shattered trust that took so hard to earn from Max? Thorne's plot is tight. The story never lingers, moving ahead at a good clip, keeping the reader engaged. Thorne's research and personal knowledge gives the story authenticity. The novel uses a good economy of words to paint a clear, crisp setting for the reader. Lacey and Max are both dynamic characters. Through Jeanine's eyes we learn that Lacey was picked on in high school earning the nickname "goober." Now, she's blossomed into a clever, intelligent woman full of optimism and has a can-do attitude. She's just what Max needs. Max has had a difficult childhood. His mother proved herself a gold-digger after leaving his father and taking all of his money. Since, then, Max does not give his trust easily or quickly, it has to be earned through deeds. The story is sensual for romance readers with Max and Lacey sharing kisses and tender embraces. By Heart and Compass demonstrates the power of following the heart's compass.