A historically rich slow burn romance, with well researched details that come alive as a love once thought lost is given another chance.
Chocolatier Esmee Shaw has contented herself tending to the needs of her family's shop and advocating for those in need. But when the dashing sea captain who once claimed her heart a decade ago, re-emerges into her life she struggles with uncertainty and the ghosts of lost dreams. On the brink of a coming war with France, is an uncertain future enough on which to rekindle an old romance?
A thoughtful read, that pays great attention to detail to bring colonial times to life. One of my favorite things about Ms. Frantz is how she does such a wonderful job of rendering authentic patterns of speech and dialect for the time. This book is no different. Esmee is a sensible and compassionate heroine, who knows her own heart. She is a rock for her father and sister, and through her kindness has won a handful of true friends. Henri is honorable, a man of integrity with a natural leadership about him.
Overall, this was an absorbing read that I was loathe to put down. A captivating read with characters masterfully created and brought to life. The story reminded me a bit of Persuasion by Jane Austen. I loved how the faith was a natural part of the everyday lives of the characters, and two of the people that surprised me most were Nathaniel and Eliza. A well written novel of love, faith, hope, as richly tempered as the chocolate. Highly recommend.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.