In order to avoid a forced marriage to a dangerous man, Elizabeth Trelawney flees London. An unexpected stranger arrives to help her, and as they elude her pursuers across Cornwall in the night, Elizabeth realizes her rescuer, Rouan Curnow, is familiar.
Their differences in social status kept Rouan from pursuing a courtship with the lady his heart wouldn’t let him forget. Now because of dangerous smugglers and local murders, the two are plunged into a reckless alliance that rattles Rouan’s fledgling faith in God.
The closer they get to Bastian Point-Elizabeth’s true home-the more she realizes it is the only place she longs to be. Even the sight of its solid structure perched on the cliffs makes her feel safe. Elizabeth is the most likely to inherit Bastian Point if Grandfather never learns she spent the night, however innocently, with a near stranger.
As spring warms into summer, Elizabeth finds herself torn between wanting to be the perfect grandchild and her growing love for a man of whom no one will approve as a match for her, a man she knows she shouldn’t entirely trust. Unsure whether she is being foolish or following the right path, she sets out with Rouan on a quest to find the true culprit behind the local violence.
Their quest leads them to danger, and she must choose whether to follow the man she loves or cling to the safety of her family home.
The musical poetry of this book causes you to see the bluffs, cliffs, to smell the sea air and feel the danger lurking around every corner. I find this amazing, as the author of this book is blind. She has a way of weaving word pictures, I believe, in an expert manner, because of her blindness. We can all be blessed by it. This book is a little slower getting into it, even though it starts off with a chase and a romantic stranger, I found myself setting it down a couple of times and about the middle, not wanting to put it down.
The history of America and the prejudice the American’s faced from those in the United Kingdom is really pointed in this book, as well as the issues that unwed or perceived unwed mothers faced at the time period. Ms. Eakes wove a tale of tragedy, mystery and romance without the sordid details. This book is clean enough for a teen to read, but will give them an accurate picture of what an older young woman would have faced in this time period. Even though there is the romantic story line woven through, it is very light and clean. The history of smugglers that threatened others to gain power, was also fascinating.
I found myself wanting to visit the bluffs and see the sights after reading this book. I could feel the feeling of being trapped by a marriage you did not desire or long for, yet feeling you had no choice, but to go through with it to please others. I related to Elizabeth in that way, feeling her pain throughout the book.
Check this one out, if you are looking for a good historical read.