Book Review: Prize of My Heart

31 Jul

209420_w185An unsolved mystery separates ex-privateersman Captain Brogan Talvis from his lost son — his only living relation, his only family. Shortly before her tragic demise, his wife abandoned their infant to strangers, refusing to reveal the child’s whereabouts. Now, three years later, Brogan has discovered the boy at the home of a shipbuilder’s daughter, Lorena Huntley.

Lorena guards a dark secret about her young charge. She finds herself falling for the heroic captain who has come to claim his newly built ship, unaware his motive for wooing her is to befriend the boy he plans on reclaiming as his own–until the day another’s evil deceit leaves her helplessly shipbound, heading toward England.

As the perfect opportunity to reclaim his son unfolds, Brogan is haunted by thoughts of Lorena in her dire circumstance, and he is forced to make a heartrending choice between his child and the woman who has begun to capture his heart. But only his unselfish sacrifice can win him the greatest prize of all — love.


76541d46dea8870eb6cebe29b2fa333b_qy5gLisa Norato writes Christian seafaring romance of suspense and adventure set during New England’s federal era. In writing the Sea Heroes of Duxbury novels, Lisa’s goal is to spin stories rich in historical detail which will transport readers back in time and encourage Christians in their faith and in finding the courage to place their trust in God.
Lisa has received critical praise for her romantic fiction from reviewers such as Publishers Weekly, Booklist and RT Book Reviews. Her previous novels include a western time travel and a contemporary romantic comedy. Also in the works for Lisa is a small-town contemporary romance series with a historical twist.

A native Rhode Islander, she lives in a historical village with homes and churches dating as far back as the eighteenth century. She balances writing with her day-job as a legal assistant specializing in corporate law, a career that has spanned nearly twenty-five years.

Lisa also enjoys exploring early American daily life with her fellow bloggers on the Colonial Quills blog.


My Impressions:

Looking for a swashbuckling tale that combines romance, mystery and adventure?  Then look to Prize of My Heart by Lisa Norato. Set on land and sea in the early 1800s, this historical romance features a dashing hero and a sweet, but determined, heroine striving to overcome the past and make a way for a better future.

Privateer Captain Brogan Talvis has never really had a family. An orphan, his deceased wife gave up their son while he was at sea. Determined to reclaim his child, Brogan finds Ben, now Drew, is living with a loving family and attached to the very lovely, Lorena. Brogan’s plan to retake his son is thwarted by the growing feelings he has for Lorena.

Although a quick read, Prize of My Heart delivers a lot within its pages. The plot twists and turns with one surprise after another. The characters quickly endear themselves to the reader. And if you are looking for a hunky hero, Brogan Talvis is your man!  I found the New England setting of the early 1800s interesting as well. Norato does a great job in exploring the themes of family and father and sons — earthly and heavenly.

All in all, Prize of My Heart is a good choice for those who like a fast-paced historical romance with a faith message.


Audience — older teens and adults.

(Thanks to Bethany House and Library Thing for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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