The Merchant’s Yield (The Leeward Islands #2)
By: Lorri Dudley
Publisher: Wild Heart Books
Release Date: March 31st, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 402 pages
Where You Can Buy It: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book, Lifeway, and everywhere else books are sold!
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Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
It was a marriage of inconvenience, but life has a wicked sense of humor.
Charlotte Amelia Etheridge has cowered to her mother’s sharp tongue and endless demands for the last time. In a fleeting moment of rebellion, she recklessly asks a foreigner from the Leeward Islands for a dance. But her one courageous act lands her in a compromising position. Forced to wed a stranger, Lottie leaves the only home she’s ever known to reside on the isle of St. Kitts.
Nathaniel Winthrop’s troubles are mounting, and the rumors of him being cursed are spreading. Due to the dwindling sugar crop, he risks everything to start his own shipping company. The last thing he needs is a wife, especially one with a weak constitution. Yellow fever has already claimed the lives of his mother and siblings. He must guard his heart against falling in love with this gentle beauty, knowing island life will be a death sentence.
No longer under her mother’s scrutiny, the newfound freedom of the island rejuvenates Lottie’s spirit. If her days on this earth are limited, then it’s time she lives life to the full. Now it’s up to her to prove that even though Nathan was coerced into marrying her, she’s the one he can’t live without.
I can’t tell if I liked this one or the first book better. They both were so unique in their own ways and that’s why I love this series so much. Ms. Dudley writes books that are “cliche” in the regency genre but she adds her own unique flare that pull me in from the beginning. I don’t know how she gets her ideas, but this series is so entertaining. I find myself laughing, hurting, and just feelings with the characters.
Speaking of characters can I just say that Nathan was an amazing male protagonist? He was amazing. I loved his character and his development over the course of this book. His protective nature of Lottie was so enduring and I loved how much he cared for her. Lottie was also amazing and I loved her character. She was such a fun protagonist to follow. Her personality was so sweet and I loved every moment that we got to spend with her. She was literally a walking ball of sunshine.
The romance between Nathan and Lottie was pretty much the main plot of the whole book, but I did love the slight undertone on mystery/suspense that was woven within as well. I think Ms. Dudley did a fantastic job at making her plot twists surprises and I was in shock a couple of places after some things happened.
I cannot wait for the third book. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Dudley has in store for us!!
*I received a copy of this book from the author through Celebrate Lit in exchange for a review. All though are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.*
About the Author
Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household.
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