Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Deep Within My Heart


Title: Deep Within My Heart
Author: Rie McGaha
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.silverpublishing.info/
ISBN: 978-1-920468-34-7
Genre: {M/F} Historical, Action-Adventure
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Mary-Michael Murray is grieving after the death of her mother, and she is now alone at the age of sixteen. She still has her nurse to keep her company while she travels to America to her guardian. Her Aunt Margaret, who is her only living relative, will be caring for her. Because her aunt has nothing left for her in the city she’s lived in, the three of them head for New Orleans and a warmer climate.

Now that the long rough journey from one city to another is over, Mary-Michael, Aunt Margaret and Mary-Michael’s nurse, Emma gets settled their new home. What her aunt is now contemplating is an arranged marriage for her but the one thing her aunt doesn’t know is Mary-Michael has no intention to being any man’s wife. She is more interested in is going to school to learn law, which she’s been told is a profession suited only for men. While out at a social function, Mary-Michael is approached by Caleb Jordan and she is never the same afterwards, because she falls in love with him.

Caleb Jordan is a pirate, who had a hard life growing up and swears off marriage to any woman. When he invites himself to a function in town and sees Mary-Michael while he is standing at the top of the stairs, he’s smitten. He knows that he has to find out who she is and after dancing with her, takes her into the garden, where they both realize the attraction they have for the other. After leaving her for the second time, Caleb is shaken badly by what they both feel for each other and swears never to see her again. Then he finds out she is to be married soon and he sails back to New Orleans to stop the marriage.

Deep Within My Heart is truly an adventurous story of pirates, deceit and finding out what the real world is like after living a sheltered life. I felt like I was on board the ship sailing and hearing the cannons roar, living the fantasy life of a pirate. I was totally engrossed with this story, and enjoyed reading every page.

Mary-Michael proved to be a resourceful young lady to have lead, such a very sheltered life and her courage to be independent. When she put her trust in Caleb’s hands and willingly followed him, I thought she would rebel after a while. Caleb turned out to be quite a strong willed man, who learned to let go of his past and to have happiness in his life.

Ms. McGaha is quite a talented writer, whose storytelling ability can captivate her readers and leave them wanting to read more of her books. This is not my first time reading one her great stories and I’m adding this one to my list of keepers.

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