Mary Burton. Heart of the Storm. Toronto: Harlequin, 2005.

In this novel set just after the Civil War, Rachel Emmons is a woman of the run from an abusive husband .  Fleeing Washington, she boards a schooner heading down the coast.  When the captain and crew abandon the ship in a storm, Rachel is left unconscious, locked in a cabin.  She is rescued by a lighthouse keeper, Ben Mitchell.  Back at his cabin, Ben attempts to warm Rachel with the heat of his body.  A spark is lit, but it is one they both fight even as others in the isolated island community–Ben’s aunt, his cousin, shopkeepers–take to Rachel.  Could this isolated community be a place for her to start over? Can Ben keep Rachel safe when her husband comes looking for her?

Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.

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