The Seahawk's Sanctuary

The Seahawk's Sanctuary

by Lynne Marie


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The Seahawk's Sanctuary by Lynne Marie

*** 2013 Silver Medal Winner - Global eBook Award - Historical Romance

** 2011 Best Book Nominee in Historical Romance - The Romance Reviews

2011 Nominated for the Global eBook Award in 2 categories: Best eBook Cover and Historical Literature - Fiction

Editorial Review -
A historical fiction that's easy to read and hard to put down. This novel takes place in 1772, during the brief lull in American history when, for the most part, rebellion is still whispered and loyalties, while questioned, are not, as of yet, tested.

The story opens on the high seas with American pirates swarming over the decks of a ship, while others are bashing down the door of the captain's quarters. Once they gain entry, the pirate captain is confronted with not only the British captain lying on the floor with a knife in his back, but an abused cabin boy. After offering the boy the opportunity to join his pirate crew, he soon discovers that the cabin boy is, in reality, a young woman fleeing a royal decree.

Weeks later, when the pirate ship finally sets anchor outside the colonial Charles Town harbor, the captain, although intrigued, lets the mysterious woman go. Intertwined with deceptions on the part of the American pirate and the English woman is a love story in which these two strong-willed individuals, with similar convictions yet different perspectives, overcome their differences on a coastal South Carolina rice plantation.

Synopsis -
Wishing to escape the dull responsibilities of his rice plantation home, Grant Hawthorne sails the seas procuring boycotted goods for the American colonies. While plundering an British merchant ship, he discovers the captain's ill-treated cabin boy, Vic, and offers the youth the opportunity to join his crew. Grant quickly learns, however, that Vic is actually Victoria, a young woman who, for unknown reasons, is fleeing England. They try keeping her gender a secret from the crew, until a sailor exposes her deception, causing tensions to explode to mutinous proportions.

After several weeks at sea, the ship sets anchor outside the Charles Town harbor and Grant, though intrigued by Victoria's spirit and beauty, lets her go. While in port, he is confronted with the fact that a tragic accident has placed all the Hawthorne properties and assets in jeopardy. He suddenly realizes both Victoria and his home, are too precious to lose. With a firm determination, Grant initiates a search to locate the mysterious Victoria while he prepares to fight for what is rightfully his.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468115390
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/10/2012
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Meet Lynne Marie -

I grew up in South Carolina and have lived and worked in the coastal region with my husband for over 30 years. I started writing in the mid-1990s, but with no formal training in creative writing, and a family to raise, the learning curve took years.

I soon discovered that I loved what I refer to as spike history - everything I could learn about a time span, usually 5 years or less, in a very localized setting. I have spent uncounted research hours scouring through many coastal libraries, as well as touring numerous plantations and historic sites collecting data. I went on low-level flights in a Piper Cherokee over the Waccamaw and Santee River Basins in order to view the layout of the rice fields, which are still visible from the air. Huzzah!!!

Through all the years, I never gave up on my stories... I am not trying to change the world. My novels do not have a deep and profound meaning, but they do carry the message of not giving up, no matter what happens. I guess, in essence, I just want my stories to provide light entertainment and a short escape from the day-to-day existence that we all get caught up in.

My husband and I have raised a family of three girls and all have obtained college degrees. With a mutual love of history, we still plan family trips with our daughters to Colonial Williamsburg and attend historic events dressed in period clothing. The only baby left at home is May, a black Lab mix, who has quickly become spoiled rotten.

In my spare time, I enjoy working on large and small projects in a type of faux stained glass. (A gallery of the largest ones may be seen on my Facebook page.) I also love to cook, especially Southern comfort foods, and have recently started collecting orchids. Some bloom, some haven't yet, but they all like the muggy summer heat more than me!

If you want to learn more about me, please visit my web page at

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The Seahawk's Sanctuary 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time reading this author and so glad i did!
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SullysPen More than 1 year ago
Lynne Marie has created an exciting and romantic novel that all readers, both male and female, will enjoy. Her characters are round and dynamic, making the reader want to turn the page for more. She has nailed both the time period and location in which the book is set, and the reader can easily visualize the characters sailing in and out of the Charleston Harbor during pre-revolutionary times. I hope to read more from this author and would love to see a sequel to The Seahawk's Sanctuary.
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Paige Baird More than 1 year ago
loved this book. give it full five stars. hope. they make into a movie and hope the author will write more on these characters
CayceM More than 1 year ago
This book is WONDERFUL. It's fast-paced, exciting, keeps you thinking, but remains at the same time an easy read. The characters are 3-dimensional, real and believable, as is the storyline and its setting. The descriptions of events are detailed and vivid without interrupting the flow. It's fast-paced, easy to read and hard to put down. I enjoyed this story immensely. A must read.
CarolinaGRITS More than 1 year ago
OMG! Hello Capt. Grant Hawthorne...He is such a dynamic character that's so richly described, I thought he would materialize from the pages. However, I think it was very clever of Lynne Marie to introduce Victoria first. I was immediately drawn in by her 'what's next' attitude while pirates are bashing on the cabin door, and her quick wit of putting on a disguise. The reader gets a good taste of her fortitude and knows she will hold her own - even against Grant. The true depth of Victoria and Grant is revealed against the vivid backgrounds of the colonial Carolina coastal region. The supporting cast of characters are well-rendered, and I especially loved spunky Mama Lil and Grant's loyal best friend, David. The love scenes were highly sensual, but tasteful - well worth the wait. Definitely an easy read that's hard to put down. I believe ANYONE will enjoy reading The Seahawk's Sanctuary; it's escapism at its best!
BotanicalPam More than 1 year ago
I was totally blown away by this book! Hooked from the very first line, the book never let my interest lag. The characters draw you in to their world of pirates, lust, chivalry, Colonial tug-of-war, scallywags, friendship, and southern gentry, with surprising twists and turns throughout. Accuracy and depth of knowledge was apparent, which is important when writing about such historic places as Charleston and Georgetown in South Carolina; but don't let the worry of 'history' scare you off. It is woven into the storyline so easily and interestingly that you never realize you're learning history! This book is one of those rare gems that you read slowly because you never want it to end. I certainly hope there's a sequel!