About the Book
A Virginia chocolatier and a privateering sea captain collide once more after a failed love affair a decade before. Will a war and a cache of regrets keep them apart? Or will a new shared vision reunite them?
It is 1755, and the threat of war with France looms over colonial York, Virginia. Chocolatier Esmée Shaw is fighting her own battle of the heart. Having reached her twenty-eighth birthday, she is reconciled to life alone after a decade-old failed love affair from which she’s never quite recovered. But she longs to find something worthwhile to do with her life.
Captain Henri Lennox has returned to port after a lengthy absence, intent on completing the lighthouse in the dangerous Chesapeake Bay, a dream he once shared with Esmée. But when the colonial government asks him to lead a secret naval expedition against the French, his future is plunged into uncertainty.
Will a war and a cache of regrets keep them apart, or can their shared vision and dedication to the colonial cause heal the wounds of the past? Bestselling and award-winning author Laura Frantz whisks you away to a time fraught with peril–on the sea and in the heart–in this redemptive, romantic story.
In My Opinion
My absolute favorite novel written by Jane Austen is Persuasion. There’s just something about a love that lasts through years of separation and comes out stronger for it. In that same vein, A Heart Adrift by Laura Frantz brings together two people who have been separated by time, distance (and one more commonality with that Austen novel: the sea).
Frantz is one of the best at writing immersive fiction that sweeps you into the time and place. Colonial Virginia is finding it’s footing, but threats of war remain. I loved the scenes on the island as Esmee minds the lighthouse. Her giving nature endears her to readers quickly. And Henri is a man of character.
This book did feel slow for me in the middle, but I’m positive that’s just because I wanted Esmee and Henri to find their way back to each other as soon as possible.
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