A Heart Adrift

Revell. Jan. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780800734978. pap. $16.99. CF
Christy Award winner and ECPA best-selling author Frantz’s (Courting Morrow Little) latest release is the tale of Esme Shaw, near 30 and reconciled to a life without romance. She and Henri Lennox, the dashing sea captain and unabashed chocolate lover who had won Esme’s heart parted ways, and though a decade has passed, wounds remain fresh. Esme spends her time working as a chocolate maker and in charity work, yet the bustle of her life doesn’t always dull the ache. When Henri returns to port after years away, more than their past stands in the way of romance. In 1755, war with France is on the brink and Henri is asked to spearhead a dangerous top-secret expedition for the colonial navy. In addition, a wealthy suitor vies for Esme’s attention. Full of rich historical detail readers have come to expect from Frantz, this title is rooted in its time yet filled with issues that resonate today such as racial inequalities, economic injustice, and a pandemic. Somehow, Frantz also layers in spiritual threads deftly with themes of forgiveness, redemption, and healing.
VERDICT Fans of Christian historical fiction will delight in this sweet tome. Highly recommended.
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