Author: Christine Johnson
Series: Keys of Promise #3
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Can Pirates of the Caribbean characters come to life in an alternate book?
Catherine Haynes is facing a difficult situation. With both of her parents now deceased, her cousin has taking control of their estate, but must pay a stipend to Catherine until she is wed. Now he is in a hurry to get her married and sell the estate. Rather than succumb to his wishes, Catherine decides to take a severance from him and sail to her mother’s homeland of Louisiana to meet the family that doesn’t know she exists. Along the way, she is shipwrecked on the island of Key West, where she meets dashing Captain Tom Worthington, who may be the only man she has met that can match her wit, which infuriates her more. Even so, Catherine and Tom find themselves drawn to one another even though each has their own plans. Would it be better to stay with Tom in Key West or venture to an uncertain future in New Orleans?
This was a fun historical fiction read that had me picturing Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann from Pirates of the Caribbean. Not because of their situation, but because of their personalities. There was lots of fun, wit, and action throughout the book. But there were also valuable lessons learned about trust and love. Johnson did a great job of setting the scene in pre-Civil War New Orleans. I hadn’t realized that England had already abolished slavery by that time period, so I was happy to get to do some research based on the book. I also love the Key West area, so anytime I get to go there in my mind is well worth it.
Even though this was the third in the series, it is easily a standalone. I recommend reading it even without a copy of the first two.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.