Dr. Michael Radcliff is Annemarie's father. He knew that his daughter had been given too much freedom as a child, and thought it was time for her to be married. He believes the Colonel may make a good husband.
Trevor Mowbray sailed his frigate into
Annemarie Ratcliff’s life changes abruptly, when a drunken sailor spins a tale about a female pirate by the name of Anne Bonny. An English Colonel believes his story and quickly gathers information that implicates Annemarie’s father as an accomplice to the pirate’s escape from prison. He charges Annemarie’s father with treason and threatens to hang him unless she consents to become his mistress.
But Fate sets sea captain Trevor Mowbray on a collision course with Annemarie and her father, when he sails into the port of Norfolk, Virginia. Trevor and Michael Ratcliff form a quick and fast friendship. Michael entrusts his daughter’s welfare to Trevor, when Colonel Dinwidde makes good on his threat to imprison him. Trevor risks his life, when he rescues her from Dinwidde’s clutches. Unfortunately, his frigate shipwrecks in a tropical storm. All aboard are presumed dead.
Two days later a daring woman appears in Charlestown and sets tongues wagging, when she buys a frigate and sails her herself. She is none other than Annemarie, but will her life ever be complete without Trevor?
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Annemarie had just lost her mother and all she wanted to do was to go home and grieve, she just needed to be alone. When Colonel Robert Dinwidde approached her, he grabbed her arm and spoke to her; she knew he was someone to fear. Dr. Michael Radcliff is Annemarie's father. He knew that his daughter had been given too much freedom as a child, and thought it was time for her to be married. He believes the Colonel may make a good husband. Trevor Mowbray sailed his frigate into the harbor of Norfolk. As they were docking, he noticed the most beautiful young lady on the docks and as he watched, he knew he had to meet her. What was he thinking? He didn't have time for romance. As the third son of the Earl of Mowbray and would never inherit a thing, so he had to make his own fortune. But when he saw her enter the store, he knew he had to meet her. After meeting Dr. Radcliff and Annemarie that day on the docks, Trevor and Michael became fast friends and he learned that Dr. Radcliff had been keeping many secrets, secrets that could cause him his life. Colonel Dinwidde heard in the tavern one night about a pirate named Anne Bonny and concluded that Annemarie had to be her daughter. He decided to blackmail Michael so that he could have Annemarie, as far as he was concerned, she was his, and he would make sure of it. Michael asks Trevor for help because there wasn't much time and Annemarie had to be protected. Could they get her away before Dinwidde made his move? Having spent time with Annemarie, Trevor found she was the only thing he could think of and he would die before letting something happen to her, which might just be the case. I really enjoyed this book by Heide Katros. In my opinion, she could give any other good romance writer a run for their money. This book kept me in suspense throughout. At times, I had tears in my eyes, and other times I was laughing. It was just a well-written book that I really enjoyed. It had true love that would last a lifetime and heartbreak that made you want to cry and of course, there always has to be a villain. I do believe this was the first of her books I've read, but I do intend to see what else she has to offer. Reviewed by: Dee