Escaping to the New World is her only option…Rescuing her will wrap the chains of the Inquisition around his neck.
Marisol Valentin flees Spain after murdering the nobleman who molested her. She ends up for sale on the indentured servants’ block at Charles Town harbor—dirty, angry, and with child. Her hopes are shattered, but she must find a refuge for herself and the child she carries. Can this new land offer her the grace, love, and security she craves? Or must she escape again to her only living relative in Cartagena?
Captain Ethan Becket, once a Charles Town minister, now sails the seas as a privateer, grieving his deceased wife. But when he takes captive a ship full of indentured servants, he’s intrigued by the woman whose manners seem much more refined than the average Spanish serving girl. Perfect to become governess for his young son. But when he sets out on a quest to find his captured sister, said to be in Cartagena, little does he expect his new Spanish governess to stow away on his ship with her six-month-old son. Yet her offer of help to free his sister is too tempting to pass up. And her beauty, both inside and out, is too attractive for his heart to protect itself against—until he learns she is a wanted murderess.
As their paths intertwine on a journey filled with danger, intrigue, and romance, only love and the grace of God can overcome the past and ignite a new beginning for Marisol and Ethan.
Marisol ~ Spanish Rose is an emotional journey that crisscrosses the Atlantic Ocean during the period of the inquisition. Filled with fascinating, up-close glimpses of history, this story takes you on an adventure that keeps you guessing what will happen next. The heroine is strong but vulnerable and as the reader I was rooting for her to not only survive, but thrive. She is both compassionate and headstrong. There were moments when I wanted to shake her a little bit and demand she exercise more caution, yet I understood her reasons for doing the things she did. The hero’s past engaged my heart from the beginning and I wanted nothing more than to see him healed and blessed. He’s an honorable man, fully worthy of the heroine’s heart and I was eager to see where their journey would take thier relationship. Several times I couldn’t see how she or the hero would escape the trouble they’d gotten into, and each situation kept me turning those pages to see how they would survive. Toward the end, there were one or two small things I’d like to have been different, but overall, I was satisfied with this read. I recommend this novel to those interested in this period of history, as well as to those who enjoy a high-seas adventure.
TRIGGER WARNING: Please be aware that the very first scene references an act of sexual violence. The descriptors are minimal, but I always try to point these out when I see them because I know some readers prefer to avoid them due to their own past.
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