Full Steam Ahead


urlBook Review: Full Steam Ahead

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Bethany House’s website description of Full Steam Ahead:

When love simmers between a reclusive scientist and a wealthy debutante, will they abandon ship or is it full steam ahead?

Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole’s father has always focused on what she’s not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.

Vowing to find a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it’s too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family’s greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But her father’s rivals come after the dagger, forcing a change in Nicole’s plans.

After a boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana nearly took his life, Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. Even if it means letting a female secretary into his secluded world.

Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grow between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to another? And when her father’s rivals discover her hiding place, will she have to choose between that love and her family’s legacy?


I was so excited to get the chance to request a review copy of Karen’s latest, Full Steam Ahead, since I am a big fan of her writing. I’m always a big fan of romance, history, and suspense all set in the wild west.

This novel is a bit different than her other offerings. Rather than the dusty west, this story takes place on the banks of various Texas rivers. This particular heroine comes from a wealthy family. Our hero is obsessed with finding a way to make riverboat travel safer.

In other ways, Full Steam Ahead is just as I expected from Karen. Nicole is a feisty heroine who will do whatever it takes to keep her family safe, even to the point of putting herself in danger. Darius is driven to right past wrongs, revealing a tender heart scarred by the tragic steamboat explosion. And, as always, Karen infused Full Steam Ahead with rich historical detail and a subtle, yet poignant spiritual message.

I loved how these characters were willing to sacrifice for each other, be it their dreams, their safety, or even their lives. Nicole and Darius’s relationship is fun to read about, as each are passionate about certain things, and when they begin to be attracted toward each other it is truly full steam ahead. 🙂

The danger in this book is real, with a no-holds-barred feel. Nicole and Darius must be truly willing to risk everything to keep those they love safe.

Darius and Nicole both must realize that in order to truly be whole, to be fixed, they have to place themselves in God’s hand. They are incapable of fixing their many flaws on their own, but God is willing to fix their broken vases.

Who are your go-to authors? I’d love to hear who you would recommend!

About the Author

Biography from Bethany House’s website: Two-time RITA finalist and winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion and ACFW Carol Award, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance because she believes that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com

I was given a review copy of Full Steam Ahead from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.


4 responses »

  1. To start us off, I’d say some of my go-to authors are Karen Witemeyer (big surprise), Jen Turano, Susan May Warren, and Jennifer Erin Valent.

  2. I love Deeanne Gist at the moment, and Mary Connealy’s got some great stuff too.


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