Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Publisher’s Description:
“Isabelle Gayarre, fleeing a life of servitude, refuses to be owned by anyone, yet soon finds her heart in danger of being possessed by the godless Captain Josiah Carter. Can Isabelle trust him to help her escape without losing her heart? Josiah Carter, running from demons of his own, is stirred by the presence of the beautiful woman seeking refuge on his ship. Realizing that a runaway slave can never be his, legally or otherwise, a storm begins to brew within. Will their love ever reach a safe haven, or is it doomed to wreck upon the jagged reefs of the Fairweather Keys?”

Born a slave, Isabelle Gayarre has been raised with the expectation of becoming the mistress of a powerful and wealthy man, in an arrangement known as placage. But Isabelle’s deep faith and strong sense of moral goodness compel her to resist the arrangement and risk her life in a desperate bid for freedom. Hoping to find sanctuary among abolitionists in England, Isabel bargains for passage aboard the Jude, forcing her to trust an equally desperate person, the Jude’s captain, Josiah Carter.

Beloved Castaway’s first few chapters are initially confusing, but the captivating plot and setting lured me to turn page after page, seeking answers from Isabelle and Josiah’s past as they struggle to survive and to protect their growing but forbidden love. By the end of the book, author Kathleen Y’Barbo’s characters drew me into their story and left me looking forward to the sequel, Beloved Captive. Enjoy!