I’ve just returned from 19th Century England (AGAIN!). This time, I met Julia Witherington, a 29-year old spinster who is desperate to outwit her conniving aunt and cousin. Desperate enough to propose to William Ransome, the man she’s sworn to hate after he jilted her 12 years earlier.
Ransome’s Honor is the first installment of Kaye Dacus’ Ransome Trilogy. The story takes place in Portsmouth, England in the early 1800s. 17-year old Julia feels certain that Lieutenant Ransome will propose, even though her father is an Admiral in the Royal Navy. Much to her shame, William runs away. Flash forward a dozen years. William, now Captain Ransome, returns to Portsmouth for a brief stop. He finds that Julia has returned from Jamaica, and that she still holds his heart. When Julia’s scheming aunt, Lady Pembroke, tries to force a marriage between her despicable son Drake and Julia in order obtain Julia’s fortune, Julia devises a plan of her own. She must put the past behind her and ask William to marry her first.
Ransome’s Honor is a delightful read filled with suspense, romance and wit. I’m thankful to Harvest House Publishers for allowing me the chance to review it, and am eagerly anticipating the release of the second book, Ransome’s Crossing (The Ransome Trilogy), later this year.
Melissa has been captivated by books for as long as she can remember. She resides in Virginia and blogs at Breath of Life.