Breaking Ties

Breaking Ties

by Jo Grafford


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Rose, a skilled clerk working a man's job, signs up for a risky colonial venture and flees to the New World to outrun a broken heart. When she and her friends fall prey to a deadly conspiracy, she must turn to their only Native ally for help. Unfortunately, the price for his services is steep. He wants her!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944794033
Publisher: JO GRAFFORD
Publication date: 08/18/2016
Series: Lost Colony Series , #1
Pages: 482
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Jo Grafford is a lover of all things historical, romance, mystery, and action. She adores alpha males, strong-minded women, and humorous sidekicks.

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Breaking Ties 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
NikkiWDublin More than 1 year ago
Loved this story, loved the writing! Breaking Ties is a beautiful story full of intrigue and action. It's a compelling plot of adventure and danger with plenty of rock solid romance. The story is told through the eyes of Rose Payne, a young Scottish woman escaping a past while she makes her way to the Americas to help colonise. I loved Rose as soon as I met her, she was drawn well with flesh and bone, a mind of her own, and a bloody strong backbone - my favourite kind of heroine. Her romance and adventure, along with a strong cast of supporting characters made for a real page-turner from start to finish. I must admit I generally don't read historical novels, but Jo Grafford's beautiful prose and compelling story really opened my mind and thankfully expands my reading choices (I read that 'Trail of Crosses', the second novel in the Lost Colony series, is out now, so I will be reading this too.) Highly recommended!
HeatherM3 More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book for an honest review by the author. I love this time period in history and being from that area, I was very drawn to her story. I found myself not wanting to put the story down so I could find out what was going to happen next, as action just kept coming and the story moved along smoothly. Almost the entire book takes place on a ship bound for Roanoke Island, baring new colonists from England and Rose--who is running away from a broken heart. The writing, diction and timeline is very believable and after getting used to the sailors usage of words, I was able to follow the book very well. There were a few instances where, I think, the conversation was "too fast" and I had to stop, go back a page and begin again to remember who was talking and what they may have been referring to. A few times I was very confused as to who someone was and I think this is because there are so many characters. (Someone once told me, if you need a list of characters before the story in your book, then you have too many.) However, since this was a colony of English folk, a ship full of sailors, a Native American or two, and a few women, then you almost need a list to tell/remind the reader who is who. The ending was touch and go there for awhile, not knowing who was going to make it after certain events happened on the island but when the ending did come, I felt it was rushed. Rose had made a pact with a certain Native American and you knew she would honor it, because that is who Rose is. However, the way it came about--and her title at the end--felt a bit contrived to me, meaning that the earlier Rose would not have tolerated someone trying to fool her into something, but she did in this case because she loved him. Overall, this is a wonderful, original story full of history, research, business and trying times. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical romance, history, strong-willed women as a main character or if you like a good, clean romance. I wish there would be a sequel so I could find out what happened to a few characters, know how Rose is faring and if she ever gets to see certain people again.
MistyDietz More than 1 year ago
Wow. I have to say that I've never read a book quite like this in terms of setting and context, but I'm so glad I did. Ms. Grafford certainly has a talent for description that carries you along and makes you feel like you're the one wearing the period clothing, tasting the food, and watching the ship slice through the water. I generally read fast-paced romantic suspense. This is a not that, but it is truly perfect at what it strives to be: an epic drama about a group of people who embody the timeless qualities of humanity: bravery and cowardice, kindness and treachery, hope and disappointment. And of course...romance. :) There were times I was a bit lost as to who was who because the cast is quite large, but it wasn't a problem in the big picture. I loved Rose and totally rooted for her and the dreamboat Manteo. Oh, he's yummy. At the end of the story I stayed up way past my bedtime because I couldn't put it down. Grafford tied the romance up neatly at the end with a HEA, which I so much appreciated. And I for one cannot WAIT to read Jane's story!
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book! I love how the author used one of the greatest mysteries of the colonial times and made into her own story. Great clean romance too. I would recommend this book and I hope to read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I happened upon Breaking Ties by accident and decided to give it a try. I like a little romance in my books, but had never tried a historical romance. I was hooked from the very first chapter! I completely related to Rose and fell in love with Manteo! Jo Grafford is a talented writer and I felt like I was right there in the story the whole time! I went through a wide range of emotions while reading and continually got completely lost in the story. I read well into the night, suffered fatigue at work, and rushed to get ready for bed (I read every night before bed) just to get back to the book because I could barely put it down. This is definitely a MUST read and I highly recommend it!
Wendi5 More than 1 year ago
Through Jo Grafford’s rich, descriptive prose, we are transported to the late 16th century and travel along with Rose Payne as she sails away from England in order to escape her past. Rose has signed on as ship’s clerk with a group of colonists, bound for the New World to establish the City of Raleigh. Through Rose’s eyes, we become acquainted with a number of well-developed characters, including Manteo, a handsome and mysterious Native American, and experience intrigue, romance, betrayal, and much more. After reading BREAKING TIES, I am convinced Jo Grafford is of the best authors of our time. I’m anxiously awaiting the continuation of The Lost Colony Series and will be sure not to miss any other stories she pens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago