Book Review, Historical

Book Review – A Heart Adrift

A Heart Adrift

by Laura Frantz

About the book

A Virginia chocolatier and a privateering sea captain collide once more after a failed love affair a decade before. Will a war and a cache of regrets keep them apart? Or will a new shared vision reunite them?*****It is 1755, and the threat of war with France looms over colonial York, Virginia. Chocolatier Esmée Shaw is fighting her own battle of the heart. Having reached her twenty-eighth birthday, she is reconciled to life alone after a decade-old failed love affair from which she’s never quite recovered. But she longs to find something worthwhile to do with her life.
Captain Henri Lennox has returned to port after a lengthy absence, intent on completing the lighthouse in the dangerous Chesapeake Bay, a dream he once shared with Esmée. But when the colonial government asks him to lead a secret naval expedition against the French, his future is plunged into uncertainty.

Will a war and a cache of regrets keep them apart, or can their shared vision and dedication to the colonial cause heal the wounds of the past? Bestselling and award-winning author Laura Frantz whisks you away to a time fraught with peril–on the sea and in the heart–in this redemptive, romantic story.

My Thoughts

Isn’t this cover simply gorgeous? I knew I had to read it! And then, I heard the fact that the main character is a chocolatier, and I was hooked.

Esme and Henri (pronounced On-ree) have a complicated history. Once upon a time, many years ago, they had an understanding. And then, his love for the sea took him away, and she stayed and kept her mother’s dream of a chocolate shop alive.

At the time of this story, their paths cross once again, and they have to determine what is most important in life. This is easier sad than done, because each has realized they still have feelings for the other.

This is set during the early colonial American time period. A time of war, slavery, beautiful dresses, and so much more.

I loved visiting Williamsburg and York, and getting a glimpse and what life might have been like in those days.

Laura Frantz has a way of bringing these places and times of long ago to life.

I highly recommend this story to all who enjoy reading historical fiction.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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