Item description for Beloved Castaway (FAIRWEATHER KEYS) by Kathleen Y'Barbo...
Overview 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?
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?
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Studio: Barbour Publishing, Inc
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.59 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2007
Publisher Barbour Books
Series Fairweather Keys
Series Number 1
ISBN 1597895938 ISBN13 9781597895934
Availability 0 units.
More About Kathleen Y'Barbo
Bestselling author Kathleen Y Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of fifty novels with almost two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad and nominations including a Career Achievement Award, Reader s Choice Awards, Romantic Times Book of the Year, and several Romantic Times Top Picks. A proud military wife and tenth-generation Texan, she now cheers on her beloved Aggies from north of the Red River. Find out more at www.kathleenybarbo.com.
Kathleen Y'Barbo currently resides in Houston, in the state of Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Beloved Castaway (FAIRWEATHER KEYS)?
Not what I expected Aug 4, 2008
I had high hopes for this book. I found it choppy and confusing at the beginning. The writing did not seem to flow to me. I gave it a three because I put it down to read something else and haven't finished it yet. I will try to pick it back up but just am not sure that it will ever get finished.
A swashbuckling Christian romance... Jun 23, 2008
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com
The lives of Captain Josiah Carter and Isabelle Gayarre were entwined by fate. Both were escaping certain captivity at the hands of the same man. Isabelle was a runaway slave. Her father sold her to a brutal old man, determined to use her in any way he wants. She deceptively bought passage on the Jude. Her abiding faith in Jesus Christ gives her strength and courage to persevere the trails that await her. Josiah's father was cruel. Rather than allow the old man to abuse his younger brother; Josiah stole him away. Josiah struggles with faith issues. Together the young couple faces danger at sea and the enticement of forbidden love. Beloved Castaway has an action-filled plot. The characters are endearing as they struggle to survive. History comes alive in this tale. Kathleen Y'Barbo demonstrates the saving grace of God in this beautifully written love story. Beloved Castaway is a historical swashbuckler sure to please fans of Christian romance.
Swashbuckling Adventure Jun 16, 2008
This books has the flavor of a swashbuckler without duplicating M.L. Tyndall's pirate series from the same publisher. There is all kinds of emotional tension in this book, and it is heightened by the spiritual thread. Isabelle has a quiet but steadfast faith...and that faith collides firmly with the intentional skepticism that Josiah has pulled around himself. Yet he doesn't suddenly have an epiphany that commands him back to faith. It is a realistic transformation as he has to confront the events in his life.
There are several twists and turns in the plot and characters that kept me flipping the pages. Anytime I thought it could slide into routine, the author threw a new twist. This book was a very enjoyable read -- I commend it to you -- especially if you enjoy historical romance, but want to try something different.
1st book in series great romance May 8, 2008
Beloved Castaway by Kathleen Y'Barbo is the first book in the Fairweather Keys series. Isabelle Gayarre has booked passage on Josiah Carter's ship out of New Orleans hoping to start a new life in England. Born into slavery and sold to an older man, she's fleeing for a better life on her faith in God. Josiah is shocked to discover that his passenger I. Gayarre is a female, and the news only gets worse when her half-sister and another society woman show up and they all insist on traveling with Isabelle. Josiah is running from his past as well: debts and an angry father. Isabelle and Josiah face fire and shipwreck together before landing on Fairweather Key in Florida. Josiah and Isabelle are both likable characters, and their romance is a foregone conclusion, but Y'Barbo places several intriguing obstacles in their path. Isabelle's faith carries her through the worst of times, and her reliance on it affects those around her becoming a powerful witness to the power of God. The denizens of Fairweather Keys are varied and quirky and will make for more enjoyable books in this series.
Freedom At The Cost of Love? Apr 24, 2008
There was a time when being born into the wrong family meant the difference between a life of ease and one of bondage. Kathleen Y'Barbo enchants readers with this time in history in her book, Beloved Castaway.
Isabelle Gayarre, the illegitimate daughter of Jean Gayarre, was raised in New Orleans by a maid she called Mama Dell. Isabelle was trained for one thing, to become a bondservant to the man who purchased her when she became of age. Isabelle's free spirit rebels at the idea of being enslaved to Hezekiah Carter and risks everything, even her life, on one chance for freedom. She books passage to abolitionist England on the Jude under Captain Josiah Carter.
Josiah Carter needs Isabelle's fare to escape New Orleans and his father. Isabelle's presence on the ship becomes both a distraction and a godsend to a man who long ago turned his back on God.
Two people trying to escape, one from his past and the other from her future, travel the seas and battle fires, storms, faith, and love along the dangerous Fairweather Keys. When the Jude crashes into the reefs, it appears hope is lost. Isabelle's search for freedom from bondage is as elusive as Josiah's for freedom of the tormented soul. Will Isabelle's strong faith and Josiah's new found faith be enough to carry them when the rest of the world falls apart?
This was the first of Kathleen Y'Barbo's books I have read. I was intrigued with her ability to make history and the geography come alive as I read. I could almost smell the smoke from the fires and feel the sand on the shores. Her characters are endearing and I had to wipe a few tears away as I read. I highly recommend this book.