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Full Steam Ahead

Karen Witemeyer
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Full Steam Ahead

Karen Witemeyer
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When love simmers between a reclusive scientist and a wealthy debutante, will they abandon ship or is it full steam ahead?


Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole's father has always focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.

Vowing to find a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it's too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But her father's rivals come after the dagger, forcing a change in Nicole's plans.

After a boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana nearly took his life, Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. Even if it means letting a female secretary into his secluded world.

Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grow between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to another? And when her father's rivals discover her hiding place, will she have to choose between that love and her family's legacy?

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When love simmers between a reclusive scientist and a wealthy debutante, will they abandon ship or is it full steam ahead?


Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole's father has always focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.

Vowing to find a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it's too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But her father's rivals come after the dagger, forcing a change in Nicole's plans.

After a boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana nearly took his life, Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. Even if it means letting a female secretary into his secluded world.

Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grow between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to another? And when her father's rivals discover her hiding place, will she have to choose between that love and her family's legacy?

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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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Fun Reading
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 406478
  • Product Code 9781441264084
  • ISBN 1441264086
  • EAN 9781441264084
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Romance
  • Publisher Bethany House Publishers
  • Publication Date May 2014
  • Sales Rank #72363
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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