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. 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.
  2. 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!!!
  3. Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Weekend Read with Fun Humor
    August 12, 2014
    Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It's pretty hard to give an unbiased opinion of Karen's books when I love her writing style and her sense of humor. And I really like ALL the books I have read by her so far. So although this review may not be unbiased, it is certainly honest!

    I like just about any kind of book. But Karen's are my favorite weekend, no brainer reads. I mean that in a positive light. Her books are fun and relaxing. I don't have to stress over the plot or re-read something to make sure I understood it before I move on. I can laugh, maybe cry (depends on the book) and sometimes skim just a bit to see what's gonna happen. They are just easy reads. I always come away refreshed!

    The plot in this book is interesting. Girl - Nicole, is sole heir to a shipping industry; she runs away with family heirloom with intentions on finding a husband and an heir to her father's legacy. She ends up in at a completely different destination than originally intended. Meets crazy but cute scientist, Darius, and tries hard not to fall in love. There's romance, mystery, suspense, and of course a sweet ending. What more could you ask for? Well, there is a bit more to the story. Darius is dealing with issues of his own. His are deep and troubling. He rarely sleeps, rarely eats and is constantly blowing things up.

    Karen also adds a bit of the history of the steamship, its faults and the inventions that helped perfect the safety of it. If you have never read Karen's books, you have to pick one up and give it a whirl!

    I was blessed with this book by TBCN and Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given and I am not required to give a positive review.
  4. Cara Putman
    Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic addition to her work
    August 12, 2014
    Cara Putman
    Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Karen is an author who's books I know won't disappoint. They are usually set in Texas in the 1800s and are so creative and fun I savor them as a treat. Full Steam Ahead did not disappoint.

    This story is a frolic through the race to improve steam engines and end the explosions that led to terrible disasters in the mid-1800s. Funny that two of the last books I've read dealt with scientific advancements. I loved learning a bit about steam engines...but I adored the hero and heroine. The hero has an edge of the beast to him -- a self-imposed recluse who is misunderstood because of his all-consuming drive to fix a horrible problem. And the heroine is a woman who can match mind and wits with him. There is also a thin thread of suspense that doesn't overshadow the story but adds a layer to it.
  5. deanna13
    Jonesboro, LA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer
    August 11, 2014
    deanna13
    Jonesboro, LA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer is another delightful story from this author. Nicole Renard is a beautiful, rich, and head strong young woman and when she returns home to Galveston, Texas, she meets Darius Thornton a reclusive and obsessive scientist. He was aboard the Louisiana when a boiler exploded causing the death of many passengers. Darius is determined to built a better boiler and this experimenting causes him to work for long periods of time not bothering to eat or sleep. When he meets Nicole, he thinks that she is just another pretty face but she convinces him that she could be a great help to him as his secretary for she could organize his notes and findings. Not only is she pretty but she has a head full of knowledge concerning shipping and boats and this helps her becomes an excellent assistant to Darius. Nicoles father has never let her forget that she is not a son that can take over his shipping business.

    The author did an excellent job in developing all the elements of the story. Nicole was so real that I could just see her doing all the things that she did to get herself into trouble. And Darius with all his experimental explosions was quite loveable in spite of his obsessiveness. Each time there was an explosion in the story, I felt as if I should duck and run for cover. The dialogue of Nicole and Darius gave me some good laughs as did all her antics. In addition to the romance, there was the mystery surrounding the Lafitte Dagger to keep one guessing. This story was a page turner and I could not stop reading until I finished the book in one sitting.

    I highly recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of Karen Witemeyer.

    Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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