Full Steam Ahead

Full Steam Ahead

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by Karen Witemeyer
     
 

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When love simmers between a reclusive scientist and a wealthy debutante, will they abandon ship or is it full steam ahead?


Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole's father has always focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard

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When love simmers between a reclusive scientist and a wealthy debutante, will they abandon ship or is it full steam ahead?


Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole's father has always focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.

Vowing to find a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it's too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But her father's rivals come after the dagger, forcing a change in Nicole's plans.

After a boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana nearly took his life, Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. Even if it means letting a female secretary into his secluded world.

Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grow between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to another? And when her father's rivals discover her hiding place, will she have to choose between that love and her family's legacy?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441264084
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/27/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
20,394
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Two-time RITA Award finalist and winner of the HOLT Medallion and ACFW Carol Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to provide the world with more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher and shower singer, and she bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more at www.karenwitemeyer.com.
Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.

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Full Steam Ahead 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
ANOTHER WINNER for Karen Witemeyer! ! !  --   Karen has not failed, she managed to capture me and pull me into yet another one of her stories. I have yet to find a book of Karen's that I don't like. There is a hint of humor in here, some falling in love, and some danger, what else could you ask for in a historical fiction book. I would highly recommend this book and any of Karen's other books she's written. There is a second book in this series that is already out for the Kindle, Love on the Mend, but no date for a paperback or hardback yet.
Romans8v39 More than 1 year ago
Karen Witemeyer has become one of my all time favorite authors! I enjoy the detailed descriptions, the history weaved within, and the relationships between the characters! There's so much depth! It was a fun, exciting read, but it had so much more underneath it all! I'm already planning on reading this again and I'm super excited for the Full Steam Ahead Novella that's coming out soon! *Free book thanks to the Bethany House Blogger Review Program
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Full Steam Ahead is another incredible book by Karen Witemeyer. I have enjoyed all the books from start to finish I have read by Karen. This book concerns Nicole and Darius. Nicole is trying to marry and produce an heir per her father's wishes. Darius left his family because he felt unworthily of their love. I enjoyed the humor between the two and the developing romance. I highly recommend this book! I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen Witemeyer is an amzing author! Her plot and character development is wonderful and her stories are one of my favorite escapes from the world. Thank you for writing clean historical romance. I reccommend this book it is tender and keeps you laughing with the characters and their wit.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
What a delightful book! This is the first I've read from Ms. Witemeyer. It's good to get to know another fabulous writer of Historical Christian Romance. I'm a fan! I was caught up right from the beginning of the book. Learning about Darius and the fatal steamboat accident of 1849 quickly brings you deeply into the story. It was then a pleasure to get to know Nicole and her family. Brought together from entirely different agendas and both from highly successful shipping families, they had a lot in common, but it took quite some time for them to discover that about each other. The author brings each and every character to life perfectly. The lessons and Christian values throughout the book wonderfully support the story. This is an incredibly interesting tale of some depth as well as a very satisfying romance. And it's full of heart stopping danger. I read this book in 24 hours - I didn't want to put it down! Now I'm hoping there will be a second book, and I'll be first in line to read it. I received this book from Heidi Reads blog and this is my honest review.
TingsMom More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I just love a great book! The preface of this book threw me a little bit and I was afraid that I was going to be disappointed in the story. But as soon as the actual story got started I was hooked. Of course, the preface worked its way into the story line, but in a much more meaningful way. Watching Nicole and Darius fall in love got me so excited. I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter to see how everything would work out for Nicole, Darius, and Renard Shipping. This was one of those books that kept me up at night wanting to finish it because I had to see how it all turned out. I would love to see this story on the big screen!
Anonymous 7 months ago
A very good read - trying to keep the most treasured family item the young lady escapes with it and tries to reach New Orleans in order to marry a worthy man to take over her family's shipping business. As so often happens circumstances change and she ends elsewhere with little money. Looking for a job - remember women seldom worked outside the home in this time period - she lands one with someone who may be mentally challenged.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
Karen Witemeyer never fails to deliver a mix of humor, love, and faith in her stories. Full Steam Ahead is no exception and I enjoyed every minute. From the first chapter, I was hooked. The story was fast-paced, the characters were complex, and the romance built steam steadily until it exploded at just the right time. I love how Karen portrays her characters. None of them, not even the secondary characters, are portrayed as perferct. They are all enchantingly flawed. Nicole Renard is probably one of my new favorite heroines. She is determined, beautiful, humble, and loyal to a fault. She is smart, witty, and gritty all rolled into one fantastic character. Darius Thornton grumpy, yet kind; smart, yet exceedingly unconvenctional. I loved him from the very start. Another thing I love about Karen Witemeyer: her ability to take an important lesson and weave it flawlessly into a story. Both of these characters make mistakes they think are unredeemable in God's eyes. Darius is haunted by his past. Nicole is running from her present mistakes. The message, as Darius so aptly puts it, is simple: "Repent from your mistakes, learn from them, and move forward. Trust God to bring good out of whatever mess you're in." Overall, Karen Witemeyer expertly produces a story full of humor, love, and faith. I absolutely loved this story and look forward to more by this excellent author.
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DaliCastillo More than 1 year ago
A Smile on Your Face I have yet to read a Karen Witemeyer book that I don't like. She has rapidly become one of my favorite authors. Her stories are a mix of humor, romance, mystery, and intrigue, laced with just the right amount of a spiritual message. Nothing is ever over done and you always walk away from the story with a smile on your face. Full Steam Ahead is no exception to this rule.  What happens when head strong Nicole Renard goes toe to toe with the intriguing Darius Thornton, a man that suffers from a guilt that drives his obsessive behavior? Can Nicole get past Darius' seclusion while protecting her own secrets? Will Darius dare let his guard down while trying to discover what Nicole is hiding? Karen Witemeyer has once again written a story has her signature elements in it and it's one that's guaranteed to leave you walking away from it with a smile on your face.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Cute diversionary read... Full Steam Ahead   By Karen Witemeyer   When Nicole Renard is summoned home because of her father's declining health she little realized the danger she was returning home to.  Danger that would quickly send her on a mission - a mission to secure a husband that would protect her family's legacy.  But when her enemies cause her plans to change Nicole must rely on her intelligence and quick wits to fulfill her promise to her family. But she never expected to have to seek employment with a reclusive madman.  But Darius Thornton is not a madman but rather a man obsessed. And Darius's obsession is the unpredictable and dangerous nature of steam engine boilers.   Full Steam Ahead is a diverting story - great if you want to pass time in a quiet activity.  Nicole and Darius are both stubborn in their own way.  But this very stubbornness could be what draws them together and it could also increase the danger that they are facing.  But both have regrets that is the drive behind their motivations - regrets that they must overcome to find true happiness and love. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through BookFun/TBCN in exchange for my honest review. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. The characters were wonderful.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
Karen is an author who's books I know won't disappoint. They are usually set in Texas in the 1800s and are so creative and fun I savor them as a treat. Full Steam Ahead did not disappoint. This story is a frolic through the race to improve steam engines and end the explosions that led to terrible disasters in the mid-1800s. Funny that two of the last books I've read dealt with scientific advancements. I loved learning a bit about steam engines...but I adored the hero and heroine. The hero has an edge of the beast to him -- a self-imposed recluse who is misunderstood because of his all-consuming drive to fix a horrible problem. And the heroine is a woman who can match mind and wits with him. There is also a thin thread of suspense that doesn't overshadow the story but adds a layer to it. 
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer is another delightful story from this author. Nicole Renard is a beautiful, rich, and head strong young woman and when she returns home to Galveston, Texas, she meets Darius Thornton a reclusive and obsessive scientist. He was aboard the Louisiana when a boiler exploded causing the death of many passengers. Darius is determined to built a better boiler and this experimenting causes him to work for long periods of time not bothering to eat or sleep. When he meets Nicole, he thinks that she is just another pretty face but she convinces him that she could be a great help to him as his secretary for she could organize his notes and findings. Not only is she pretty but she has a head full of knowledge concerning shipping and boats and this helps her becomes an excellent assistant to Darius. Nicole’s father has never let her forget that she is not a son that can take over his shipping business. The author did an excellent job in developing all the elements of the story. Nicole was so real that I could just see her doing all the things that she did to get herself into trouble. And Darius with all his experimental explosions was quite loveable in spite of his obsessiveness. Each time there was an explosion in the story, I felt as if I should duck and run for cover. The dialogue of Nicole and Darius gave me some good laughs as did all her antics. In addition to the romance, there was the mystery surrounding the Lafitte Dagger to keep one guessing. This story was a page turner and I could not stop reading until I finished the book in one sitting. I highly recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of Karen Witemeyer. Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
It's pretty hard to give an unbiased opinion of Karen's books when I love her writing style and her sense of humor. And I really like ALL the books I have read by her so far. So although this review may not be unbiased, it is certainly honest! I like just about any kind of book. But Karen's are my favorite weekend, no brainer reads. I mean that in a positive light. Her books are fun and relaxing. I don't have to stress over the plot or re-read something to make sure I understood it before I move on. I can laugh, maybe cry (depends on the book) and sometimes skim just a bit to see what's gonna happen.  They are just easy reads. I always come away refreshed! The plot in this book is interesting. Girl, Nicole, is sole heir to a shipping industry; she runs away with family heirloom with intentions on finding a husband and an heir to her father's legacy. She ends up in at a completely different destination than originally intended.  Meets crazy but cute scientist, Darius, and tries hard not to fall in love. There's romance, mystery, suspense, and of course a sweet ending. What more could you ask for?  Well, there is a bit more to the story. Darius is dealing with issues of his own. His are deep and troubling. He rarely sleeps, rarely eats and is constantly blowing things up.  If you have never read Karen's books, you have to pick one up and give it a whirl! I was blessed with this book by TBCN and Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given and I am not required to give a positive review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen Witemeyer has a style of writing that makes her stories real and believable. She infuses humor, danger and faith into a beautifully flowing plot. You root for the heroine as she steps out on her own to save her family while hiding from the danger hunting her. You feel great heartache and sadness for the hero who deals with inner turmoil that drives his every thought and action. The characters are all engaging and full of personal traits that make you believe it could be a real story. The author has that gift of writing! I loved the element of danger mixed with the sparks of romance. The detail into all the steamships and boilers made this exciting. I wanted to root for Darius to find the solution and heal his broken heart! You can never be disappointed in picking up a Witemeyer book – I highly recommend it!
Digging4Pearls More than 1 year ago
Nicole Renard is determined to find an heir who will be capable of running her father's shipping company, even if it means traveling alone in order to do so. She is a determined, strong heroine with knife skills. I found myself laughing at her 'out of character' antics. Darius Thornton is obsessed with finding a way to make steamships safe after surviving an explosion on one. He is in need of a male assistant to decipher his notes and drawings and isn't prepared when a woman shows up for the interview. Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer is a delightful tale of two strong characters who are determined to forge their own futures and aren't afraid to do what it takes to get there. I highly recommend this novel. This book was provided free for review by the author and Bethany House Publishers.
Liz51 More than 1 year ago
Set in the times of steamboats for river travel, Darius leaves his family's business to research boiler safety after experiencing an explosion on a steamboat. Nicole is sent by her father to New Orleans to find a man to marry who could run the family shipping business. To avoid her father's rivals, Nicole is forced to change her travel plans and find work to pay for her journey. Taking a job as secretary to Darius begins Nicole's romantic journey.
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
Karen Witemeyer writes such fun stories, and this one is no exception. I loved the connection to Galveston and was fascinated to discover there were steamships in Texas! Clever character development and verbal sparring between Nicole and Darius sparked plenty of chuckles as I read. On the flip side, the issues burdening their hearts are as relevant today as they were in the 1850's and added depth to the story. Witemeyer deftly weaves a thread of faith throughout, making this both an enjoyable and inspiring novel. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this this book from Baker/Bethany House Publishing as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
BookJunkie15 More than 1 year ago
I am a very big fan of Ms. Karen Witemeyer's books so of course I was very excited about her new book coming out. I was automatically pulled in from the first few pages, it was so good that I started and finished it in two days, I found myself never wanting to put it down. Her books have never disappointed me and this one I will happily say was no different! Nicole Renard was a very strong female character and I really loved her. I loved the strength she displayed as well are her courage to protect her family even when it could very well put her life in danger, the selflessness she displayed in these acts was admirable. I found myself learning from Nicole's character. She was stubborn and determined which at times came in handy and I enjoyed her spunk (especially when she stood up to Darius and his bullheadedness) but at other times did get her in trouble. She comes from a very refined and proper family and this is the air she displayed upon first meeting but those who knew her knew she that she is a fighter and stands up to those that she is smaller than. She was afraid but had the courage to beat all when she needed it. I loved how she never hid her intelligence. Aside from all the rough and tough traits she had, she was very sweet and caring as well. I really enjoyed getting to "know" her and enjoyed her character very much.  Darius Thornton was a hero unlike any other I think I have ever read I do believe. I have never read a story about a mad scientist, his character was very intriguing. As Nicole broke his walls you seen a glimpses of a man, a hurting man and well as a gentleman. His determination to help others and save lives based on destruction he seen first hand touches depths of the heart. But because of that destruction he was also tortured, feeling responsible for an accident that was out of his control. I really did enjoy watching this journey, though painful for him, it allowed the theme of forgiveness to flow throughout the book. I loved Darius from the beginning.  Both characters had struggles, as Darius struggled with not being able to forgive himself and not being able to accept God's forgiveness on his life. I did love how Karen handled this though, how this process of healing happened throughout the book and wasn't rushed. He over time finally gave up the fight even though it wasn't without a struggle. Nicole struggled with being enough for her father, all her life she strove to fill in the shoes of the son her father had always wanted but never got. She felt like the dagger meant more to her father than she did. Which made me sad that her father hadn't corrected this assumption before but it was a very sweet and heartwarming moment when her father told her that she and her mother meant more to him than anything in the world and without them he truly had nothing.  I extremely enjoyed this book and I have no complaints. As I have said previously Karen Witemeyer has never disappointed me and she certainly didn't disappoint on this read either. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good historical romance with a hint of suspense as well as interesting and quirky characters! I received this book from The Book Club Network Inc. for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are mine.
weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
Another Winner!      Nicole was never the son her father wanted. When she returns home she finds him very ill. With him in bad health her family is in danger of losing something very valuable. Her only choice is to set out and find a husband an heir to take over her fathers shipping business. Before she can set out trouble forces her to divert her plans and she ends up working for a crazy young man named Darius who likes to blow up things and nearly himself in the process! Nicole soon finds out there is more to the handsome crazy man then she thought and he might just be the answer to her problems. But her trouble finds her and may ruin everything she is trying to save.      This was a good book and I enjoyed it. I have read a few books with steamboats as part of the plot and find them very interesting. What I liked: I liked Nicole. She was smart and  spoke her mind. She was willing to do what she needed to do to keep her family safe. Even if she was not 100% ready to get married she understood her family needed her. Yet she was still herself and her interaction with Darius was very enjoyable. I liked how they both had to work through personal issues to find they needed each other and Gods help. What I did not like: The whole idea that Nicole had to get married to protect the family business was kind of silly.      Overall this was a great book and fun read. Definitely one to add to your to read list
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer Full Steam Ahead is set on the Texas coast in 1851. Nicole Renard is the only child of the owner of Renard Shipping. She is willing to do just about anything to make her father proud and give him an heir. He never had a son so she tried to be one of the guys in order to please him. Darius Thornton is obsessed with making steamboats safer; it is his life’s goal. Nicole’s life runs amuck as she searches for the perfect heir for her father and tries to protect the Lafitte Dagger. Daruis life is full of hurt and regret but Nicole adds the right touch of sass to his life to get his attention. I found Full Steam Ahead to be a great book. The characters are full of life, funny and inspiring. Karen Witemeyer did a great job of giving life to the characters. They were highly developed and authentic. I found this book to be entertaining and amazing. I don’t read many historical fiction books but the cover caught my attention, I am so glad I picked this book. The history of the steamboat was fascinating and factual. I give Full Steam Ahead 5 stars and highly recommend it. I want to give a high-five to the author Karen Witemeyer and publisher Bethany House for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. The Book Club Network Inc. provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.
bookgirl_2134 More than 1 year ago
A fun and engaging read.  My first by this author, but I enjoyed her style of writing  historical Christian fiction and will buy her other books. Witty banter, great research, empathetic characters, fast moving plot- all present in this book. You won't regret any time spent reading her book!! NetGalley provided the ebook, the review is mine alone.