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Full Steam Ahead

Karen Witemeyer
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Full Steam Ahead

Karen Witemeyer

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Witemeyer Is the New Big Name in Historical Romance!

When Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston from an eastern finishing school, she's stunned to find her father in ill health. Though she loves him, he's only ever focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run their family business, Renard Shipping.

Vowing to secure a suitable marriage partner, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure: a dagger personally gifted to Nicole's father by the pirate Jean Lafitte. Many believe the legend that the dagger is the source of all Renard Shipping's good fortune, though Nicole is sure her father's work ethic and honorable business practices are the keys to their success. Before she can board the steamer to New Orleans, Nicole finds her father's rivals--the Jenkins brothers--on either side of the gangplank, ready to grab her and steal the dagger. Quickly, she decides to instead travel north, to Liberty, Texas, where she can decide what to do next.

Darius Thornton needs a secretary--someone to help him get his notes in order. Ever since the boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana, Darius has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. The pretty young socialite who applies for the job baffles him with her knowledge of mathematics and steamships. He decides to take a risk and hire her, but he's determined her attractive face and fancy clothes won't distract him from his important research.

The job offer comes at exactly the right time for Nicole. With what Darius is paying her, she'll be able to afford passage to New Orleans in mere weeks. But Mr. Thornton is so reclusive, so distant, so unusual. He can create complex scientific equations but can't remember to comb his hair. And his experiments are growing more and more dangerous. Still, there are undeniable sparks of attraction between them. But Nicole is leaving soon, and if she marries, it must be to a man who can manage a shipping empire. Darius certainly doesn't fit that description. And the Jenkins brothers have not given up on kidnapping Nicole and seizing the Lafitte dagger for themselves.

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About "Full Steam Ahead"

Witemeyer Is the New Big Name in Historical Romance!

When Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston from an eastern finishing school, she's stunned to find her father in ill health. Though she loves him, he's only ever focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run their family business, Renard Shipping.

Vowing to secure a suitable marriage partner, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure: a dagger personally gifted to Nicole's father by the pirate Jean Lafitte. Many believe the legend that the dagger is the source of all Renard Shipping's good fortune, though Nicole is sure her father's work ethic and honorable business practices are the keys to their success. Before she can board the steamer to New Orleans, Nicole finds her father's rivals--the Jenkins brothers--on either side of the gangplank, ready to grab her and steal the dagger. Quickly, she decides to instead travel north, to Liberty, Texas, where she can decide what to do next.

Darius Thornton needs a secretary--someone to help him get his notes in order. Ever since the boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana, Darius has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. The pretty young socialite who applies for the job baffles him with her knowledge of mathematics and steamships. He decides to take a risk and hire her, but he's determined her attractive face and fancy clothes won't distract him from his important research.

The job offer comes at exactly the right time for Nicole. With what Darius is paying her, she'll be able to afford passage to New Orleans in mere weeks. But Mr. Thornton is so reclusive, so distant, so unusual. He can create complex scientific equations but can't remember to comb his hair. And his experiments are growing more and more dangerous. Still, there are undeniable sparks of attraction between them. But Nicole is leaving soon, and if she marries, it must be to a man who can manage a shipping empire. Darius certainly doesn't fit that description. And the Jenkins brothers have not given up on kidnapping Nicole and seizing the Lafitte dagger for themselves.

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Meet the Author

Karen Witemeyer

Karen Witemeyer holds a master's degree in psychology from Abilene Christian University and is a member of ACFW, RWA, and the Texas Coalition of Authors. She has published fiction in Focus on the Family's children's magazine, and has written several articles for online publications and anthologies. Tailor-Made Bride is her first novel. Karen lives in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children.

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5 stars By Laura, Oct 23 2015
Karen Witemeyer is an outstanding author with great talent. Full Steam Ahead has lovable, in depth characters that readers will become attached to. The plot is intriguing with many funny moments along the way to keep you interested. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone looking for a light hearted romance read with Christian morals and inspiring true love.

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Great Story
5 stars By Hannah, Mar 16 2015
Such a fun book, although you'd be hard pressed to make it through the prologue without crying. That said, the prologue sets up the rest of the book and the character of Darius so well that you couldn't leave it out. I loved both main characters - Darius with his strength, passion and gruffness and Nicole with her quick wit, determination and passion for life. They tugged me in pretty fast and I had to know what happened next in their budding romance! 

But I also found myself taking notes as I read, determined to remember the same lessons they learnt about misplaced guilt, the power of the atonement Jesus has already made on our behalf, and the importance of being who we were created to be. 

Really enjoyed it!
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Fun reading
5 stars By Laura, Dec 15 2014
Karen Witemeyer is an outstanding author with great talent. Full Steam Ahead has lovable, in depth characters that readers will become attached to. The plot is intriguing with many funny moments along the way to keep you interested. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone looking for a light hearted romance read with Christian morals and inspiring true love.
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Enjoyable reading
4 stars By Jacqui, Sep 02 2014
Karen Witemeyer has again written a novel that brings joy to the reader. It is very easy to fall in love with Nicole and Darius, the two main characters as they interact with each other. In classic Karen Witemeyer style you are drawn in so you feel a part of the family of characters and are disappointed when the book ends, not from the ending,which is very satisfying, but because you are saying good bye to close friends. Throughout the story you learn along with Nicole and Darius what really trusting God and his plans means and the peace that it can bring. I loved the book.
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Witemeyer's Best Yet
5 stars By Iola, Jul 13 2014
I really enjoyed Full Steam Ahead. It perhaps didn't have as much humour as Karen Witemeyer's previous novels, but there was a depth of research and characterisation they didn't have. They reminded me of novels by Jody Hedlund or Deanne Gist, in that it was based on the real-life historical issue of exploding boilers and unsafe shipping. The real-life background was integrated with a plot full of both romance and suspense. 
 
I found Nicole and Darius to be a well-matched couple (although neither of them thought so to begin with), especially in terms of their intellects. It is good to see an intelligent female character who excels in a subject like mathematics, especially in historical fiction. I also liked the fact that Darius respected her abilities and wasn't too proud to employ a woman in a 'man's role'. 
 
I think I've read every one of Karen Witemeyer's books, and haven't had a dud yet. This is a step in a slightly different direction, but it's as good if not better than her previous titles. I'll look forward to her next book! 
 
Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for revie
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  • Catalogue Code 396945
  • Product Code 9780764209673
  • ISBN 0764209671
  • EAN 9780764209673
  • Pages 352
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Romance
  • Publisher Baker Book House Fiction
  • Publication Date Jun 2014
  • Sales Rank #51926
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 24 mm
  • Weight 0.362kg

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