Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Book Review - Beloved Captive

Beloved Captive

Beloved Captive
Fairweather Keys: book 2
by Kathleen Y'Barbo

Risk, romance, and redemption in the Florida keys. Emilie Gayarre grew up in luxury, but when she left it all to help save two friends, she discovered her life was a lie. There is a stigma attached to her birth that could steal any hope for a happy future. She is content living in relative obscurity until the handsome young naval commander, Caleb Spencer, comes to her Florida key. Caleb is seeking to redeem for the shadows in his family past, but they continue to haunt his naval career. When he meets Emilie, there is no denying the attraction, but if her mixed race heritage is found out, even greater things than his career are at risk.

If you like danger, romance, suspense, and action this is the book for you. (Pirates play a major part in this story).

What I found interesting in this book is that the hero and heroine don't even meet until almost half-way through the book. The parts leading up to that is setting the background for each character. You get to understand them in a whole new way before you even read about them knowing each other.

Caleb is torn between his love of the sea and a feeling of obligation to his late father's wishes. He finally learns the meaning of the verse, "...and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32) He is set free of his obligation and follows what he believes is what he should do with his life.

Emilie's parentage is discovered in the beginning of the book and it bothers her throughout the rest of the story. She feels guilty over things not under her control and finally learns that she was put in her position for a reason.

When Caleb learns of Emilie's true heritage it doesn't bother him at all. He has had to contend with his own feelings from his mother's side of the family. Once he had made peace with that, finding out about Emilie didn't affect him.

And, of course, along with all the inner conflicts going on and the struggle of their relationship, there is an outside force to reckon with. A pirate with revenge on his mind. They thought after the sentence was carried out that they wouldn't have to worry about him anymore, but he escaped and came to find them.

It all comes to a happy ending of course, but the journey is fun to read about. I've read a few other books by Kathleen Y'Barbo and I'm happy to say that I would love to read more. She develops her characters and brings them to life in a way I haven't seen before. I enjoy the sometimes exotic settings where her stories take place. Who wouldn't love to be in the Florida Keys in the spring?

If you would like to get this book, or the other books in the series, just go to my christianbook.com search engine on the right and type in the title of the book or the author's name.

Until next time...

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