Moon in the Water

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"Compelling ... offers a charismatic hero who will easily beguile readers.... Grayson's details about river running would make Mark Twain proud."
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Set in Mississippi during the turbulent mid-19th century, this compelling romance from Grayson (Color of the Wind, etc.) offers a charismatic hero who will easily beguile readers. A for-hire riverboat pilot of humble origins, Chase Hardesty has long dreamt of owning his own boat, so when his boss, James Rossiter, offers him a deal-the Star Line's new stern-wheeler if he marries Rossiter's pregnant stepdaughter Ann, whom Chase has never seen-Chase finds that he can't refuse. For her part, Ann only wants to be free of her brutal stepfather and stepbrother. Assuming Ann will stay with Rossiter while Chase makes a riverboat run up to the wilds of Fort Benton, he is startled to find that his willful bride has stowed away on the boat and locked herself in his cabin. Circumstances enable Ann to gradually trust and admire Chase and even develop a rapport with his crew, but Ann carries a secret that may destroy their fledgling marriage. Grayson's absorbing plot races nimbly along a fast current. The sandbars and snags are as realistic as the people who confront them, and her details about river running would make Mark Twain proud. When the dramatic denouement finally occurs, readers will feel as if Ann and Chase are personal friends. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553584240
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/30/2004
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013


    Hold ceremonies and funerals here!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2005

    Non Historical reader pleasantly surprised!

    I generally do not read historical fiction. I must say though that if Elizabeth Grayson were to write a sequel I would be one of the first in line. I enjoy reading and sell books on line so when I come across a book that sparks my interest I will read it before selling it. I generally do not read historical fiction, however I thought this would be a good time to see if it interests me. This book was a wonderful introduction to historical romance. I currently live in the midwest and I loved the setting and time period of Elizabeth's book. I enjoyed that the setting of the story was on the steamer. It felt like you were sailing back in time. I found myself thinking about what problems a woman of that time period would have faced in her daily life. This book left me feeling thankful for today's many conveniences and marveling at the emotional and physical strength of the women of the past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2004

    History Can Be Interesting!!

    MOON IN THE WATER exceeded my expectations!! It will especially appeal to anyone having lived in Midwest as I have OR impress the reader who has not. The characters, plot, setting, were outstanding, a book that proves history is EXCITING. Ms Grayson, PLEASE give us another historical story - as only you can write them - and SOON!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    Another Huge Success!!!

    I have read all of her books, I have them all still. She takes you back in time, and makes you yearn for more. 'Annie' as you come to know her, was a strong woman, who was as surprised by her new husband, as he was of his new wife. It was a wonderful novel, I wish Elizabeth would make sequels to her stories. It was an enjoyable read that made me feel 'warm & fuzzy' all over when I was 2 days!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2004

    Excellent romance

    In 1867 in St. Louis, Commander James Rossiter offers Chase Hardesty a deal that the younger man cannot refuse. James will give ownership of the Star Line¿s just leaving the shipyard steamboat the Andromeda in exchange for Chase marrying his pregnant stepdaughter. Chase¿s life time dream would be fulfilled with this deal so though he questions why him he agrees to marry a woman he has never seen. Ann feels incarcerated in her stepfather¿s household. Though she would prefer not to wed this Chase whom she has just met, she sees the unknown devil being much better for her regardless of temperament than the known demons, her step-brother and James. She agrees too.................................. Just after they marry, Chase captains a riverboat run to Fort Benton expecting that his bride would stay with her family. Instead Ann stows away on his ship. As they become acquainted and each one wins the other¿s heart, she knows that she carries a secret that she must reveal to Chase if he is to trust her, but believes that once the revelation is made, the marriage will dissolve.............................. MOON IN THE WATER is a fast-paced trek on the Reconstruction Era Mississippi that will provide Elizabeth Grayson with many new passengers joining the ride. The vivid story line is reminiscent of the classic Life on the Mississippi, but this deep look back, also contains a delightful romance as the leading duet finds love before they find trust. Though the villain offers no redeeming qualities, post American Civil War readers (not just romance though that is a key subplot) will appreciate this picturesque trip along the mighty Mississippi.......................... Harriet Klausner

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