Petals on the River
by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
A proud and spirited woman whose life was stolen from her. . .A man of secrets accused of a terrible crime. . .In a place of new beginnings their destinies are joined—in a gloriously romantic new work from the incomparable storyteller.
The fiery and outspoken adopted daughter of one of England's most formidable a women, Shemaine O'Hearn has made powerful enemies. And now her adversaries have found a way to remove the hot-blooded beauty from her life of privilege: by falsely convicting Shemaine of thievery and sending her in shackles to America, where she is to be sold in indentured servitude to the highest bidder.
In a bustling port city in the colony of Virginia, she becomes the servant of Gage Thornton—a shipbuilder with a young child in need of a nanny. And despite whispered rumors condemning the handsome widower for the untimely death of his wife, Shemaine cannot ignore her desire for this caring, generous and enigmatic stranger who silently aches with his growing need for her—even as grave peril reaches out from across a vast ocean to threaten their flowering love.
A Reader's Opinion
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss in indeed an incomparable storyteller of historical romance. Petals on the River will sweep you away on a sea of exquisite romance and daring adventure. Shemaine O'Hearn is everything Gage Thornton had ever hoped for, but never imagined he'd find. When she arrives in America, the victim of subterfuge, she had little hope for her life in the colonies, and doesn't imagine she'll ever see her home or family again. Gage Thornton and his delightful young boy welcome Shemaine into their home, and despite the circumstances which bring them together, they form a bond and eventual love that is certain to make a reader fall in love with these strong-willed and devoted characters. Highly recommended for readers of historical romance.
Woodiwiss is to this day, one of my favorite historical romance authors. My only complaint with this book is that some of the dialogue leans toward sappy, and yet I find myself reading it over and over again, so it can't bother me overmuch. This isn't quite my favorite of her books, but it's in the top five.
Format Read: Mass Market Paperback
Book Source: Reviewer's Personal Library
Reviewed By: MK McClintock