5 Stars Out Of 5
One of Karen's Best!
August 2, 2016
Full Steam Ahead is one of Karen Witemyers stand-alone novels that I have been meaning to read for quite some time, especially since I found it at a local bookstore for a really great price a while back. Its been sitting on my bookshelf begging to be read ever since, but somehow I just never got around to reading it. Until now. And let me say I dont know what took me so long, because this book is absolutely fantastic and I couldnt get tired of it if I read it every single week for a whole year. Im serious. Its that good. If Im completely honest, I think it might be one of my favorite books that Karen has ever written.
Nicole Renard is such a fantastic character! I am fairly positive that if things were different and it were possible, we would have been the best of friends. She is so brave, so courageous, and has so much spitfire, that I couldnt help but love her from the start. I immediately felt for her, as Im a Daddys girl myself and would hate knowing that my father was always disappointed in the fact that Im not a boy, so that also helped me bond with her, and helped me get behind her cause when it came to the decisions she had to make in order to procure her father the heir he wanted. She captured my heart from the very first page, and I couldnt help but devour her story, and the story of someone else who captured my affections.
Darius Thornton. Oh. My. Word. Im utterly speechless. There are no words to describe how completely and utterly perfect he is. Yes, he makes mistakes, and yes, he can be a bear sometimes, but he is so sweet, and so funny, and so honestly himself, and I couldnt help but love him the moment I met him. I knew from the start that he was perfect for Nicole, and once they started to see that for themselves, I couldnt help but melt my way through the rest of the story. They were so sweet together that I ended up in a little puddle on the floor by the time it was over, and I already wanted to read this novel again.
All in all, as if you couldnt already tell, I really loved this novel. Im so, so glad I own this book, and I can promise you I wont wait long before reading it again, definitely not as long as it took me to finally read it the first time. Im already making plans to lend this book to my best friend, and then who knows who Ill lend it to after that! All I know is, I cant imagine not giving this book all five bookshelves and a place on my all-time favorites list, and I would definitely recommend it as a fabulous book to read!