Title: Spirit of the Winds
Author: Judy Kentrus
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense, Romantic Adventure
Cadell Leighton’s dream is about to come true. He’s worked hard to gain the knowledge to captain a new design in sailing ships. Spirit of the Winds, the latest addition to Leighton Shipping, will prove his claim to deliver cargo in record time. Wagers are heavy against him that he won’t make it back to Boston harbor alive.
His only regret is that his father, a ship’s captain, couldn’t share in the Wind’s maiden voyage. He was forced to leave his homeland under mysterious circumstances. Cade is determined to get answers to his many questions.
His command of the ship is contested by a Boston society chit who causes unforeseen calamity in his life. Backed into a corner, he’s forced to sacrifice his cherished freedom. The different moods of the sea won't be the only thing that will challenge his command and his heart.
Katherine Jameson hates the prim and proper life of a society deb. She’s being pressured into honoring a marriage contract that her mother has arranged to an undesirable clod old enough to be her father.
Her dream has always been to go to sea, following in the footsteps of her father, captain of a sailing ship. When she discovers her late father, who died under mysterious circumstances, made her part owner of a magnificent clipper, she sees it as a chance to fulfill her dream.
When these strong-willed characters are forced into a marriage neither of them wants, the storms won't only be confined to the seas. They’ll also have to work together to get answers to the questions behind their father’s past lives before they can get their much deserved, happily-ever-after.
Katherine Jameson yearns to follow in her father's footsteps and sail a ship. She hates all the trappings of being a lady, including being forced to marry an old man. She learns her father made her part-owner of a ship before he died. She jumps in with both feet, determined to make her dreams a reality. The only problem, the ruggedly handsome captain of the same ship she rightfully owns. His name is Cadell Leighton and he frustrates her to no end. When they're forced to get married, things are about to get stormy and passionate on the rough seas. Can they help each other answer burning questions about that fateful night many years ago? Will they both deny the love shared on the high seas is the greatest love of all?
Spirit of the Winds is a breathtaking historical romance on both land and sea. From the first page to the last, I was transported to another time and another place. The descriptive narration is magnificent, historically accurate down to the last detail. I connected with Katherine right away. Her spunk and feistiness clashed with Cadell's expectations, which made for enticing reading. The characters are well-developed with their own voice and personality. The plot moves at a natural pace, allowing for the sub-plots to unfold. The romance starts out combative but evolves into an emotional journey between two people who fall in love. My favorite parts were out at sea. Spirit of the Winds has a swashbuckling vibe, but it's so much more than that. Judy Kentrus is a brilliant romance writer and I look forward to reading more from her. If you love historical romance, you'll want to dive into Spirit of the Winds. If you enjoy adventurous heroines, you'll love Spirit of the Winds. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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I’ve always been a romantic at heart and married my high school sweetheart. I make my home in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. After raising our two children, I followed my dream to publish my books. I love to travel and include some of the places I’ve visited in my books. When I’m not at my computer giving couples their happily-ever-after, you can find me in the kitchen, baking, especially cookies. I’ve been dubbed the cookie queen by my family and friends. My stories are fun, sexy, romances that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N