Full Steam Ahead  -     By: Karen Witemeyer
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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764209671
ISBN-13: 9780764209673
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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?

Author Bio

Two-time RITA Award finalist and winner of the HOLT Medallion and ACFW Carol Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to provide the world with more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher and shower singer, and she bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more at www.karenwitemeyer.com.

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  1. Teddy G
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Stronger Heroine than expected!
    September 20, 2014
    Teddy G
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    Full Steam Ahead - Karen Witemeyer

    Nicole Renard is the only daughter of the successful business owner of Renard Shipping. Rumors abound that her father's success is directly tied to his possession of the Lafitte Dagger, a rumor pervasive enough to drive her father's competitors to threats and violence to possess it themselves. Determined to find her father a worthy heir, in the form of a husband that she chooses, Nicole sets off for New Orleans, only to be waylaid in a small town along the way. The small town where Darius Thornton is known as the eccentric hermit who occasionally blows things up at his property outside of town. Most people don't know that he is actually doggedly pursuing ways to prevent steamship disasters. In need of money to continue her journey, Nicole ignores Darius' request for a male secretary and the town's warnings about him, and proves her worthiness as not only a transcriber of notes, but of a contributor to his experiments. But what of her own pursuit, and pursuers? Will she risk the lives of those she's come to care for if she's found, or will she run away again? And what of the heir for her father?

    Once again, I felt misled by a cover; I expected a much fluffier book, with a sort of wilting heroine. I found much the opposite; Nicole Renard was an intelligent, brave, independent woman, with a strong sense of family loyalty. She was willing to make necessary sacrifices for her father, but with an eye to not sacrificing her own well-being along with them. I loved watching her relationship with Darius develop, as she proved that she was not only capable of copying his chicken scratch, but interpreting it and correcting it as necessary. I may have a weak spot for heroines who excel at math. Ahem. Additionally, watching the other characters come to care for her and her for them made the story warm and gave it depth. Nothing was solved easily, but there was hope for all, and it was enjoyable watching it all come together.

    I give this book 3.5 stars. I'm glad that I picked it up to read, despite the cover!

    I received a copy of this book from Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Andrea Cox
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Watch out! Spunky fun inside.
    August 31, 2014
    Andrea Cox
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    By Andrea Renee Cox

    If youre looking for a delightful read that will keep you riveted from beginning to end, look no further than Karen Witemeyers latest offering, Full Steam Ahead. Even though Ive read two of Karens previous novels and knew enough to expect her spunky storytelling, I was quite surprised to see an even greater depth of character and history than usual from her hand. I especially admired the way she meticulously wove the truth about steamboats and boilers into the storyline in such a way that I didnt even question whether or not shed checked her facts. Such easy-to-read fiction isnt an easy accomplishment, but rather speaks of a very talented author who dares to put in long, tough hours, tweaking and honing each chapter until they leap off the page.

    During the Facebook book banter in which I won a copy of this book, I asked Karen how many drafts she goes through in the writing of her books. Her reply? Since she edits what she wrote the day before, she really only has one draft. One draft! Can you imagine? I can only dream of that ability at this young stage in my writing endeavors. (Thank you so much for answering a few of my questions during that chat, Karen. Thank you and Bethany House for the complimentary copy of Full Steam Ahead. I hope my review inspires others to pick up a copy next time they visit their favorite book vendor.)

    Even though Full Steam Ahead takes place mostly on land, it has the feel of a pirate story. Perhaps thats due, in part, to the fact that the lead female, Nicole Renard, carries a dagger in her garter. Or maybe its because the lead male, Darius Thornton, calls her his little pirate. Somehow I think its more to do with the adventure style of the tale. With plot twists, witty dialogue, and peculiar characters, it really isnt much of a wonder why it has that high-seas feel to it.

    In Full Steam Ahead, Nicole Renard faces a dangerous journey, with a couple of brutish men on her trail, to protect her familys legacy and find a husbandwho would become her fathers heir, as she is his only child. When circumstances cause her to cut her trip much shorter than shed planned, she ends up working for a madman. Will she be able to see past his unkempt appearance and exploding experiments to the heart of this out-of-the-ordinary man? When trouble searches her out, will she trust the odd scientist with the truth of her identity and mission? Can she place her safety in Gods capable hands?

    My favorite line in this book came in chapter five:

    Shed managed to wring an address out of the postmaster, now all she needed to do was convince a madman to hire a female secretary before he blew her to bits.

    That brought a burst of chuckles to my lips immediately. Many times throughout this book I found myself laughing and smiling. Definitely a keeper that Ill be reading over and over again. Five stars, for certain.
  3. Patti Shene
    Southeastern Colorado
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A GREAT READ THAT TAKES THE READER THROUGH A RANGE OF EMOTIONS
    August 30, 2014
    Patti Shene
    Southeastern Colorado
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Nicole Renard carries a heavy responsibility on her shoulders. She must find a husband worthy to inherit her ailing fathers shipping business. She carries with her the Lafitte Dagger, the familys most treasured possession which is to serve as her dowry. Her fathers rivals, the Jenkins family, will stop at nothing to obtain ownership of the dagger, forcing her to abruptly change her plans.

    Short of money with no place to go, Nicole gains employment as the secretary to the strange and elusive Darius Thornton, a man whose guilt fuels his obsession to find a solution for steamship boiler explosions. Nicole and Darius draw closer to each other through mutual respect that leads to much deeper emotion. Still, Nicoles problems are not solved. Surely Darius cannot fill the position soon to be vacated at Renard Shipping, and she constantly fears the ruthless Jenkins brothers will catch up with her.

    Full Steam Ahead is full of sadness, regret, hurt, and frustration, but the author strikes a nice balance with tenderness, forgiveness, joy, and humor. She portrays her characters beautifully, but the relationship between Nicole and Darius is especially well done. The change in Darius follows a realistic progression through Nicoles tender attention and instruction about the power of Gods forgiveness. The plot moves along at a good pace with plenty of action and danger as well as deeply emotional scenes that show the hurt and healing of the characters hearts.

    I especially liked that interesting facts about the evolution of boiler safety in steamship travel were woven into the story,. This is the first book I have read by Karen Witemeyer. I will definitely search for other titles by this author in the future.

    I would recommend Full Steam Ahead to adult readers who enjoy well-written 19th century historical romance. Some scenes depicting violence and some kissing scenes may not be suitable for younger readers.

    I received this book from Bethany House Publishers through Fred St Laurent and The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Bookaholic
    Atlanta (GA)
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Historical Novel
    August 16, 2014
    Bookaholic
    Atlanta (GA)
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is an excellent book and I enjoyed it so much that I look forward to reading a sequel if it comes out. It is a stand alone book.

    The characters are well developed. Even though I love mysteries, this historical novel has some very exciting events.

    Nichole Renard is an only child and feels her father wishes she was a son. Her father wanted a son to take over the business of the Renard Shipping Company of Galveston, Texas. Due to the illness of her father, Nichole hurries home but still has the feeling she does not meet her father's expectations. However, she knows her father loves her. He gives her the option of marriage. She can go to New Orleans and find a husband to take over the company. What a father, huh?

    Her father is in possession of the Lafitte Dagger. Do others want the dagger and why? Read the book to find out.

    After someone breaks into the home, she takes and dagger and flees so quickly she only has limited resources.

    She knows in order to get to New Orleans and low on funds, she must get a job.

    It is there she meets Darius Thornton who has secrets of his own. He needs a secretary so will she get the job?

    Darius is working to find a way to eliminate boiler explosions on ships which have caused terrible accidents. Will he be able to find a way to do this or will he fail? Why is he so passionate about it?

    This book is so good that I really do not want to say anymore about it because I want you to buy the book. Read it and enjoy it as much as I have. I received this book from bookfun.org to review for my honest opinion.

    Buy it.
  5. jojosutiscorner
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    DONT MISS IT!
    August 13, 2014
    jojosutiscorner
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have to start by saying that I love the fact that this book is set on Galveston Island, Texas!!! I love Galveston. My family and I vacationed their my entire life, so the minute I heard this was the setting for Karens newest release, I knew I had to grab it up!!! Ok....on with the review....

    I'm so in love with this author and her books, the more I read, the more I love them!

    I love that the hero and heroine are such opposites...these type of characters make the reading experience lots of fun, as they figure out how to set aside their differences for the greater good.

    if you are a fan of fun historical fiction with romance and humor, dont miss Full Steam Ahead!!!
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