Prize of My Heart

Prize of My Heart

by Lisa Norato

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Overview

Rich in Historical Detail, This Is a Romance that Delivers!

An unsolved mystery separates ex-privateersman Captain Brogan Talvis from his lost son--his only living relation, his only family. Shortly before her tragic demise, his wife abandoned their infant to strangers, refusing to reveal the child's whereabouts. Now, three years later, Brogan has discovered the boy at the home of a shipbuilder's daughter, Lorena Huntley.

Lorena guards a dark secret about her young charge. She finds herself falling for the heroic captain who has come to claim his newly built ship, unaware his motive for wooing her is to befriend the boy he plans on reclaiming as his own--until the day another's evil deceit leaves her helplessly shipbound, heading toward England.

As the perfect opportunity to reclaim his son unfolds, Brogan is haunted by thoughts of Lorena in her dire circumstance, and he is forced to make a heartrending choice between his child and the woman who has begun to capture his heart. But only his unselfish sacrifice can win him the greatest prize of all--love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441270016
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 294,299
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Lisa Norato first discovered a love of writing when assigned to write and illustrate a children's book at the art college she attended. She also enjoys walks with her Yorkie-poo, the New England seacoast and changing seasons, good friends, Italian food, historical dramas, and British comedy. A lifelong New Englander, Lisa lives in a historic village with homes and churches dating as far back as the eighteenth century. Currently she works as a legal assistant in the corporate department of a Rhode Island law firm.
Lisa Norato first discovered a love of writing when assigned to write and illustrate a children's book at the art college she attended. She also enjoys walks with her Yorkie-poo, the New England seacoast and changing seasons, good friends, Italian food, historical dramas, and British comedy. A lifelong New Englander, Lisa lives in a historic village with homes and churches dating as far back as the eighteenth century. Currently she works as a legal assistant in the corporate department of a Rhode Island law firm.

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Prize of My Heart 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
tiffanibelle More than 1 year ago
Captain Brogan Talvis has one goal: reclaim his young son, lost to him through the trickery of his (now-deceased) wife while he was at sea. This mission leads him to Duxboro, Massachusetts, where he has commissioned a ship from the man who adopted Brogan's son and is raising little Drew as his own, with an older daughter stands in for the boy as both sister and mother. Eventually, the daughter, Lorena, is tricked upon a vessel headed to England and it is Brogan's commission to save her. Romance and secrets are present throughout this exciting story of love and family in the early 19th century. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The presence of scripture and faith elements were authentically portrayed and appropriate for the moments in which they occurred. The story itself was fast-moving, and at times very sad and others very funny. The characters were well drawn and charming, while retaining some mystery. I found myself wanting to know more about them, and rooting for the romance that was budding. The perspective of the author allowed for us to hear the thoughts of the two main characters, which made the book move faster. Additionally, although I normally hate how much characters just don't "talk to each other" about their real issues, in this story by and large there was much less passivity than is common in Christian fiction. In fact, the times when I felt like "just tell her!" were times when it was appropriate for the character to be worried about speaking (related to the mystery elements of the story). After reading this story, I will look out for more by Lisa Norato. I highly recommend this book - 5 out of 5 stars. (full disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House, in exchange for my unbiased review. I am not affiliated with Bethany House or the author in any way.)
HalfDozenDaily More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved "Prize of my Heart", it's a wonderful book that you'll have a hard time putting down! There is something for everyone in this book, romance, mystery, suspense, secrets & faith. You're left asking yourself how much faith do you have that things will turn out all right, do you trust God enough to realize that His plans always better than ours? In the face of deceit & lies, can you find forgiveness within your soul? You'll have to grab this book to find out more... ;)
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Captain Brogan Talvis searches for his son that has been abandoned by his late wife. He feels hurt and betrayed that she has done this to him. His burning desire is to find his son and reunite with him. Finally after years of searching Captain Talvis has found a lead to where his son is living. He is living with Nathaniel Huntley, one of New England’s most notable shipbuilders. It is a mystery to Captain Talvis as to what plan Huntley played in his son’s disappearance. When Captain Talvis learns of the whereabouts of his son he devises a plan to be reunited with his son and steal away into the night with him. Upon arriving at the Huntley estate Captain Talvis watches a girl sitting on a flat rock. He wonders why a kitchen maid would be out so early in the morn. She immediately intrigues him. What Captain Talvis doesn’t know is the kitchen maid is none other than Huntley’s daughter Lorena. Thus the story begins. There is so much action and suspense in this book. The characters come alive and pull you into this thrilling adventure. There are many twists and turns throughout this great read. This story is a real page turner. I was on the edge of my seat many times worrying over what would happen next! I loved this book. I loved how the author Lisa Norato brings God into the picture. In her telling of this story she makes sure we are aware that Faith in God, Trust in God, and family is the most important things in life. This is the first book that I have read of this author. It won’t be the last! I wish to thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me this book to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
Kendra_Readers_Edyn More than 1 year ago
Sometimes your greatest treasure can lead you to something even greater! For full review including excerpt and dialogue highlight, please visit Reader's Edyn at: readersedyn (dot) blogspot (dot) com Review: ...So Brogan is a former privateer – not pirate. Although the distinction between the two for many was a thin line barely there. For me, hey ~ I love me a pirate! Brogan always wanted to captain his own ship. A difficult dream to obtain considering his harsh beginning in life. But he worked extremely hard and it finally happened. Prior to his captain position beginning, he married and had a son. But his wife was rather … ambitious ~ I guess is a good word for it. Though she had some other things going on as well. So while Brogan was away on his ship, she got rid of their son and told Brogan he would never find him. Soon after she perished in a fire and he never found out his son’s whereabouts. His purpose in life then became a focus of locating his son. Enter Lorena. Brogan has found his son and he is living in the home of the Huntley’s as Drew. Lorena is Drew’s sister and has charge of him much of the time. Her meeting with the Captain does not begin on the right foot, but eventually the two become friends and Brogan’s world is knocked upside-down. He struggles with carrying out his plan to take his son back and the strong connection he feels with Lorena. Lorena too shares strong feelings towards Brogan. Eventually the catalyst occurs when Brogan admits who he truly is and not only one secret is revealed, an entire web of lies and deceit is unraveled. But will Brogan and Lorena be able to more forward from the devastating truth or will it destroy their delicate new-found affection? What I really enjoyed in this story was the growth of all characters involved. Brogan starts out as a father desperate to get his son back. He hatches a plan to essentially kidnap his son away from the Huntley’s, but soon discovers a fondness for all of the Huntley’s. And when Brogan has to rescue Lorena, he realizes that fondness may be a bit more which pretty much throws a hitch in his plan. But this is not the only challenge Brogan will have to overcome, though I don’t feel I should reveal any more than I have. Lorena, too, has an epiphany of sorts when she realizes that someone she trusted was not as honorable as she had believed. She sort of blindly trust everyone and has a very good heart. But she also realizes that she should have understood signs that had always been present. But because of her nature to see the best in people, she denied existence of the negative qualities. The reader even sees growth in Drew and Mr. Huntley. Growth of character is one component I look for in a well written book. The story was enjoyable and a pleasure to read. While lacking the physical intimacy that I generally read, I found that this story did not need such an enhancement. Prize of My Heart is beautifully written as it is and is easily a story of faith, perseverance, and inspiration. What one man holds as his greatest treasure ultimately leads him to the greatest treasure of all … the prize of his heart. I very much enjoy how Ms. Norato wraps the book up wonderfully with a sweet epilogue. I look forward to reading more of her stories in the future. (ARC paperback won from LibraryThing; provided by author)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly entertaining!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am finding it hard to find just a few good things to say about this book,lol. Cause there wasnt one thing that WASNT good.A lovely story about love lost then found in more than one way.I loved how "gentle" the Lord moved in each characters life.And you get to go on a journey of friendship, family, and forgivness.I cried in more than one part~
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
The Prize of My Heart by Lisa Norato Captain Brogan Talvis has been searching for his son. Three years ago his late wife had taken their two year old boy and brought him away. Brogan has been searching for the boy he loves and has finally found a small lead...one that pans out. A rich shipbuilder has his son. So he has Nathaniel Huntley build him a ship, the very man who has Ben, and when it's finished he will take Ben and sail away. Although plans of man and plans of God are often very different. Brogan was told he was too bad for God to care for him, a base-born orphan, but he was told wrong and perhaps a beautiful woman and his son can show him God's love. Lorena Huntley will only marry for love and her childhood friend, George Louder, just don't want understand that she won't marry for less. He has turned into a man who just wants money and power...he wants to possess Lorena but he don't love her or she him. Now the new Captain in town catches her eye and perhaps her heart. A giant of a man who has a gentle heart when it comes to young Drew. Adventure on land and the high seas are in this story of two people with dark secrets. Secrets that will have them holding back on love until they are revealed, and once revealed...will they still be able to hang on to their love? When a perfect chance comes for Brogan to take his son, who they call Drew rather than Ben, can he take his new ship and head home...or will he rescue the woman who has a piece of his heart as well and give up his son? An enjoyable book set in 1815. There are secrets being kept, kidnappings being planned, a young boy who's hero is David the King and he has learned to wield a sling shot just as well! We have our devious villain and more. I really enjoyed this book and the author kept you wondering and wanting to almost the very end. Which made it a book that I couldn't put down until the last page was read. **Book received through Bethany House for review.
jo2son on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Prize of My Heart is the story of an American ship captain in the early 1800's and his search for the son his wife gave away a number of years ago. Very interesting descriptions of shipbuilding and life on a ship are woven throughout the story. The faith of the characters was incorporated well into the storyline. Having said that, I found this book very hard to get into. The beginning of the book felt like it could do with some more editing as some of the story felt like it dragged and became a bit repetitive. The last third of book did grab my attention. The plot moved along at a good pace and I wanted to continue reading to see what would happen.
Kegsoccer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Prize of My Heart" by Lisa Norato was an enjoyable story. I was glad to see that it was not too heavy handed with the religion and Christianity, but a good mix between that and the historical fiction. (I've read several books in the past that were either too much religion or not enough for a book to be labeled Christian fiction, but that was not the case here). My only complaint would be that this book was a bit short.
Neverwithoutabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable Christian romance with a touch of mystery to bring our two romantic prospects together. I found the story to be a bit short and would have liked more interaction, but it was a quick read and quite lovely.
BrookeYvonne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Prize of My Heart. I love historical fiction and thought this would be similar. The focus of the book is the romance with a little suspense ¿ and just set in a different time period. For those searching for a book that is big on the ¿historical¿ aspect, I didn¿t find that in this book. It was your basic romance in another setting. The only Captain Tavis¿ is searching for the son his wife abandoned while he was at sea. He finally finds his son and begins to fall in love with his guardian. There is a conflict of emotions as he faces feelings of wanting to abduct his son and falling in love with his guardian.
Chandra-of-Red on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
**Thank you to Bethany House publishing and author Lisa Norato for providing me with the opportunity to be an early reviewer**AUTHOR: LISA NORATO is an Inspirational fiction author.SETTING: Year 1815, 19th century, Massachusetts, With America having fought gallantly against English rule many have turned to ship building and trading of goods..CENTRAL FEMALE CHARACTERS: She comes from a well to do family. Her father is a shipmaker. She is the mother "figure" to little Drew, a boy taken into the home as a toddler. Drew loves her with all of his heart and holds on to the stories that she recites from the Bible, particularly David and Goliath. CENTRAL MALE CHARACTER: He is to commandeer one of the greatest American ships ever built. His past as a ship's captain and privateer does not prevent him from searching the one son that was lost to him. Having been given a poor beginning and his relentless search for his son, he doubts about God in his life.FAVORITE PART:Rescue from the "Lady Julia" ship. Numerous mysteries. Lesson about "forgiveness"LEAST FAVORITE PART:I felt that the first third of the book was too descriptive. Although the author was providing a proper setting for the story, there should have been more dialogue and interaction between the characters.YOU WILL LIKE THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE: Inspirational fiction, 19th century, Shipping industry in early American, Mystery, Love of a man for his son.WHY (4) STARSMany parts of the book were spent on setting the stage. HOWEVER, this book will have you sizing up your relationship with God. I was in complete blubbering tears through the last third or fourth of this book. It is an encouraging book that reminds us of how important it is to stay in God's Word.
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Prize of My Heart was deeper and most touching than I expected. I have always been a softy when it comes to stories about orphans and people finding families where they feel like they truly belong. This story was emotionally engaging on so many levels. The romance was sweet, but tender and not at all fluffy. The heroine was a strong woman who loved deeply. She won me over and I could see how she softened Brogan's heart. I also felt crushed when he felt crushed. At the same time, I totally saw what she was trying to help him see, and thankfully, he listened and took it to heart. He was still hurt but saw beyond his pain. I loved that. I can't stand it when people declare to love people deeply, but then in their hurt they hurt the person they love more than they show that they love them. This story didn't do that, so it moved my heart. The ending was wonderful, too. The author's writing was beautiful and touching. This story shed light on forgiveness and what it truly means to let go of the past. It also shows how God wants to free us from hurt and resentment so we can enjoy His will and His plan for our lives. What an encouraging story! Loved it! It's making my favorites list for 2012.
rjmoren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. Characters were not shallow and it was not too preachy as some Christian fiction can be. For me, there was just enough suspense, romance, and faith put together for a great read. It takes place in 1815 Massachusetts. Follows a sailor on his quest to find his son and the family who cares for him. Lovely twist at the end that I suspected early in the book. I highly recommend this one if you enjoy historical Christian fiction.
tarenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
PRIZE OF MY HEART by Lisa Norato is a wonderful inspirational historical romance set in 1815 Massachusetts. This is the story of Lorena Huntley, a shipbuilder's daughter,and Captain Brogan Talvis,whose wife abandoned his son with someone and will not tell Talvis, then dies.With high seas adventure,divided loyalties.secrets,romance,deceit,and love. "Prize of My Heart" is am emotional love story of the love of one's child,determination to find said son,secrets revealed,truths you will not see coming and a love that can survive all obstacles. A true trial of faith,as Talvis,finds long hidden truths,and Lorena hides a dark truth. "Prize of My Heart" has not only mystery,and suspense as you follow Talvis and Lorena on their journey of peril and love. A Great read! Received for an honest review from Library Thing and the publisher. Details can be found at Bethany House Publishers,the author's website and My Book Addiction and More. RATING: 4HEAT RATING: SWEETREVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More
mkh4d on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not generally a fan of Christina fiction, but this book was well written and I literally couldn't put it down. From the moment Brogan's plan to kidnap the son his dead wife hid away from him is introduced it is a strugle to see if he and Lorena will be able to overcome their secrets and find a solution that benefits everyone involved. The high misunderstandings and high seas adventures along the way only add to the tale of Brogan's reformation and search for a family to which he truly belongs.
msh09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fun historical read set in early 1800s New England. I liked the mix of characters Lisa Norato created in Prize of My Heart. I enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first half. Once they got into the sea voyage and the adventures involved there, I didn't want to put the book down. Captain Brogan set sail in his new ship in order to save Lorena from a kidnapping that would take her across the sea to England. Brogan was a broken man, having suffered from many cruel actions of others. This story ties up nicely with forgiveness and redemption.I received this book from Bethany House in order to provide an honest review. This is my true critique of the book, not influenced at all by the publisher.
TammyPhillips on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lisa Norato is a welcome addition to Christian Fiction. Her novel Prize of My Heart takes place in the historical setting of the 1800s and brings to life elements of pride, honor, duty, and love as they were commonly expressed in this time period. While it wasn't the most suspensful or romantic writing that I have ever read, it was pleasant and entertaining as she developed her characters. Fans of sea faring novels will appreciate the high seas adventures and the story's conclusion will warm any reader's heart.
milibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lisa Norato's debut novel brings a new voice to Christian fiction. While parts of the plot are predictable, the historical background is more unique. Set after the War of 1812, Captain Talvis is searching for the son his late wife gave away while he was at sea. In the process he meets Lorena Huntley. He soon faces the conflict between his feelings for her (and his desire to protect her) and his plans of abducting his son. While the ending is never really in doubt, the twists in plot and character development make this a worthwhile read.
kaykwilts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about a man searching for his son. His late wife took his son with her and dropped him off at the Huntleys where they raised him with love. Captain Tavis eventually learns where his son is living and plans to reclaim him. Just when you think the story is winding down and have everything figured out there are lots of twists in the book. This alone is enough to keep you reading to the last page.
hobbitprincess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the realm of Christian romance, this book by Lisa Norato is one of the better ones I've read. The romance portion itself is predictable, withing the first few pages, but the plot is not. Just as you think you've got it figured out, something changes and the action picks up. Norato has written a fine piece of historical fiction also. I can tell it's either been researched heavily or she is familiar with shipping history because she is from that area. I almost felt like I was on the ship from her descriptions, and I do not profess a knowledge of sailing at all! I enjoyed reading about a part of the country during a time in history that is not all that familiar to me. If you start reading this novel, don't think it's your average predictable romance - stick with it. You'll be pleasantly surprised and glad you did.
ReviewsFromTheHeart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lorena Huntley has a huge dilemma, she has attracted the hearts of more than one man who is captured not only by her beauty but by her heart as well. However one of those men is fast becoming more than just a friend to her if she can keep her emotions in check.One of those is her strong-willed protector. Being one of the only men in her life besides her father, he has grown to love her in a remarkable way. He is Andrew Benjamin Huntley, otherwise known as her adopted brother of just five, but with a heart of gold in keeping Lorena from any man who wishes her harm, even if he is truly a giant and a pirate.This is where we meet Captain Brogan Talvis, who happens upon a chance meeting with Lorena mistaking her for a simply maid in the Huntley household, and when he gains the opportunity to flatter her not only with his charm and good looks, he falls flat on his face. The victim of a simple sling shot and a rock, thanks to Andrew who has finally slayed his giant and now runs away with Lorena to the safety of their house before he awakens.When Captain Brogan is invited to the Huntley household for dinner and a possible business proposition, he has his eye on more than one prize. Andrew Benjamin is actually his long lost son that his late wife abandoned without telling him where to find him. Now that he has, he must find a way to gain the trust of not only Lorena but for Benjamin as well. But will he have what it takes to win her heart in order to steal back his son, or will his moral convictions of doing whats best for his son override his desire?I received Prize of My Heart by Lisa Norato compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. Here we find an interesting turn of events where we have a roguish sea captain bent on acquiring the one prize he hasn't been able to find, his son, until now. Thinking he would simply take the boy out for a boat ride and then sail off with him, he finds that trust is something he will have to earn in order to make his plan work. There seems to be no way to gain Benjamin's attention until he can win Lorena's trust first. This is truly a love story in the making as we see the rough outer exterior of Brogan blend with the warmth of love for his son. As tough as it is to want to race out and claim your son, he must realize it's not that simple and must be patient. Something that is going to be a challenge for him since he's been a privateer for most of his life. He simply has taken what he wants but that will not be the case now. This one rates a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and will capture the heart of all sea loving romance fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down!
grannyj57 More than 1 year ago
Great Read!! Very nice christian book. Dont have to worry about corupting my granddauthers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I cried, I cheered. What a wonderful Christian Historical novel.