Nicole Renard, only heir (and only daugher) of Renard Shipping, comes back to her parents’ home in Galveston, TX to find her father ill. She is determined to save the family business and to protect the long-held heirloom of the LaFitte dagger. However, the horrid Jenkins brothers are hunting for the dagger which they believe they need to change their fortune. Nicole heads to New Orleans to find a suitable husband to run the company for her father. She believes that she, though well-schooled in math, science and the shipping industry, is not able to run the business on her own. To be fair, this is set in the mid-1800’s and it would be unusual for a woman to run a business (at least on the letterhead) of such size.
Her plans for travel are upset by the Jenkins’ pursuit and she ends up at a plantation where she takes refuge as a secretary for an eccentric engineer. Turns out that Darius Thornton is her saving grace. And, he is more sensible than Nicole.
Follow Darius and Nicole through some plot twists. The romance is a bit fast-moving to believe, but the story is entertaining and quick to read.
Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing me a copy for review.