Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer

Full Steam Ahead

Publication Date: June 2014

Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC from Bethany House and Netgalley.com



Only, the treasure he hunted was already on his arm. A priceless treasure whose value was far above rubies and one he would hold tight to forever. “                                                                                                                                                                           -Darius Thornton

How appropriate an ending for another happily ever after tale from Karen Witemyer. Those of us that read Karen Witemeyer know that her tales generally end on a positive note. This story is no exception. I had some trouble getting into this story initially due to the complex number of technical issues dealing with the steam engines which made the reading tedious in the early pages. However, once I got past the first few chapters, the story drew me in. I knew it would be a good ending, but I am always interested in finding out about the journey to get there.

This novel tells the tale of Darius Thornton, driven, unconventional experimenter, and Nicole Renard, dagger throwing, math expert, in the guise of a sweet Southern young woman. Nicole is on the run trying to save her family heirloom, the Lafitte dagger. She is in need of money to continue implementing her plan; however, just as she is feeling a bit desperate, she runs across an ad for a secretary for Darius Thornton.

Their story unfolds as she begins her work for Darius, tries to evade the bad guys intent on stealing the dagger, teaches the new employee, a little homeless boy, how to throw daggers, and falls hopelessly in love with her odd employer.

The characters have many similarities that make them loveable and interesting. The personal struggle each of them undergoes strengthens their story, and Darius’s reconnection to his faith adds a satisfying undercurrent to the tale. The conclusion is fun and the story draws to a satisfying end.

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishing and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.


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