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?

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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. Mocha with Linda
    Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable and inspiring read!
    July 31, 2014
    Mocha with Linda
    Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Karen Witemeyer writes such fun stories, and this one is no exception. I loved the connection to Galveston and was fascinated to discover there were steamships in Texas! Clever character development and verbal sparring between Nicole and Darius sparked plenty of chuckles as I read. On the flip side, the issues burdening their hearts are as relevant today as they were in the 1850's and added depth to the story. Witemeyer deftly weaves a thread of faith throughout, making this both an enjoyable and inspiring novel.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this this book from Baker/Bethany House Publishing as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. footballgal
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Karen Witemeyer Does it Again!
    July 31, 2014
    footballgal
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am a very big fan of Ms. Karen Witemeyer's books so of course I was very excited about her new book coming out. I was automatically pulled in from the first few pages, it was so good that I started and finished it in two days, I found myself never wanting to put it down. Her books have never disappointed me and this one I will happily say was no different!

    Nicole Renard was a very strong female character and I really loved her. I loved the strength she displayed as well are her courage to protect her family even when it could very well put her life in danger, the selflessness she displayed in these acts was admirable. I found myself learning from Nicole's character. She was stubborn and determined which at times came in handy and I enjoyed her spunk (especially when she stood up to Darius and his bullheadedness) but at other times did get her in trouble. She comes from a very refined and proper family and this is the air she displayed upon first meeting but those who knew her knew she that she is a fighter and stands up to those that she is smaller than. She was afraid but had the courage to beat all when she needed it. I loved how she never hid her intelligence. Aside from all the rough and tough traits she had, she was very sweet and caring as well. I really enjoyed getting to "know" her and enjoyed her character very much.

    Darius Thornton was a hero unlike any other I think I have ever read I do believe. I have never read a story about a mad scientist, his character was very intriguing. As Nicole broke his walls you seen a glimpses of a man, a hurting man and well as a gentleman. His determination to help others and save lives based on destruction he seen first hand touches depths of the heart. But because of that destruction he was also tortured, feeling responsible for an accident that was out of his control. I really did enjoy watching this journey, though painful for him, it allowed the theme of forgiveness to flow throughout the book. I loved Darius from the beginning.

    Both characters had struggles, as Darius struggled with not being able to forgive himself and not being able to accept God's forgiveness on his life. I did love how Karen handled this though, how this process of healing happened throughout the book and wasn't rushed. He over time finally gave up the fight even though it wasn't without a struggle. Nicole struggled with being enough for her father, all her life she strove to fill in the shoes of the son her father had always wanted but never got. She felt like the dagger meant more to her father than she did. Which made me sad that her father hadn't corrected this assumption before but it was a very sweet and heartwarming moment when her father told her that she and her mother meant more to him than anything in the world and without them he truly had nothing.

    I extremely enjoyed this book and I have no complaints. As I have said previously Karen Witemeyer has never disappointed me and she certainly didn't disappoint on this read either. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good historical romance with a hint of suspense as well as interesting and quirky characters!

    I received this book from The Book Club Network Inc. for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are mine.
  3. weatherlover1
    U.P Mi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Winner!
    July 29, 2014
    weatherlover1
    U.P Mi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Nicole was never the son her father wanted. When she returns home she finds him very ill. With him in bad health her family is in danger of losing something very valuable. Her only choice is to set out and find a husband an heir to take over her fathers shipping business. Before she can set out trouble forces her to divert her plans and she ends up working for a crazy young man named Darius who likes to blow up things and nearly himself in the process! Nicole soon finds out there is more to the handsome crazy man then she thought and he might just be the answer to her problems. But her trouble finds her and may ruin everything she is trying to save.

    This was a good book and I enjoyed it. I have read a few books with steamboats as part of the plot and find them very interesting.

    What I liked: I liked Nicole. She was smart and spoke her mind. She was willing to do what she needed to do to keep her family safe. Even if she was not 100% ready to get married she understood her family needed her. Yet she was still herself and her interaction with Darius was very enjoyable. I liked how they both had to work through personal issues to find they needed each other and Gods help.

    What I did not like: The whole idea that Nicole had to get married to protect the family business was kind of silly.

    Overall this was a great book and fun read. Definitely one to add to your to read list.
  4. Jenna
    Canada
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome!
    July 29, 2014
    Jenna
    Canada
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Karen Witemeyer never seems to disappoint. Ive loved and devoured each and every one of her books! Each novel is witty, enjoyable, exciting, and completely different from the other. The characters are always extremely likeable, and the plots decidedly original.

    From the first chapter to the last page of Full Steam Ahead, I was hooked wanting Nicole to save her fathers business, hoping that Darius finds a way to prevent further steamship explosions, and in the end, finding a way that both Darius and Nicole can be together.

    Guaranteed to be an enjoyable read for anyone who enjoys a good historical romance, Full Steam Ahead will make many new fans for Karen Witemeyer, and endear her current readers ever more dearly to her books.

    Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
  5. Marilyn
    Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book
    July 28, 2014
    Marilyn
    Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Nicole Renard must prove to herself and her papa that she is just as capable as any man. However, since she is a woman she must find an male heir to take over her ailing fathers business. When things go wrong and her plans change she must find employment to get enough money to find a suitable husband. However when she finds employment with the reclusive scientist, Darius Thornton, she is not expecting the explosive feeling that she is having. How will she ever find a husband that will make a suitable heir and also stir the feeling she is having around this 'unsuitable' man?

    Darius Thornton needs a male secretary to help him get all his work done, when someone finally answers his ad he is not prepared for the hard- headed, stubborn, opinionated Nicole Renard. What secrets is she hiding behind that beautiful intelligent mind of hers? Can he prove to her he is an suitable heir? Will it be too late?

    Karen Witemeyer writes with such passion and her characters truly come to life. I love the spunk, twist and turns and life lessons learned throughout the book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes Historical Christian Fiction Romance. I was given a copy of this book from bookfun.org (the book club network) for my honest opinion.
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