MARRYING THE CAPTAIN
The atmosphere of a bustling harbor town filled with sailing ships, wartime dangers and a sweet love story fill the pages of Kelly's pleasant, quick read.
Captain Oliver Worthy lives up to his name. A man more honorable, honest and loyal could not be found, which is why Viscount Radcliffe asks him to see that his illegitimate daughter, Eleanor "Nana" Massie, is doing well when his ship docks in Plymouth.
Taking rooms at her grandmother's inn, Oliver sees times are hard for the Massies, but Nana's hard work and optimism carry them through, just as her gentle nursing gets Oliver through an illness. Usually immune to men, Nana is fascinated by Oliver, allowing him into her heart. Their love is tested as the war draws on and suspicions of spying lead them to danger. (Harlequin, Jan., 300 pp., $5.99)