This debut novel hits all the right notes with a skillful and delicate touch, breathing fresh new life into standard romance tropes. The author moves the plot along nicely, although the end result is never in doubt and could’ve been resolved a bit more quickly.

Bound by a deathbed promise to her best friend, Amelia Barrett will risk anything to keep Katherine’s infant daughter. She jilts her seemingly perfect fiancé and proposes marriage to Katherine’s guilt-ridden husband, who’s newly returned from war on the high seas. Captain Graham Sterling refuses the heiress’s unorthodox proposal. But when little Lucy is kidnapped, Amelia and Graham trust in God as they work to recover the baby and realize their love. (THOMAS NELSON, Apr., 320 pp., $15.99)

Reviewed by: 
Carolyn Martin