Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

The Merchants Yield by Lorri Dudley May 21, 2020

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 4:21 pm

It was a marriage of inconvenience… 

Charlotte Amelia Etheridge has cowered to her mother’s sharp tongue and endless demands for the last time. In a fleeting moment of rebellion, she recklessly asks the last person her mother would ever consider appropriate, a foreigner from the Leeward Islands, for a dance. However, her courageous act ends in disaster when an innocent mistake lands her in a compromising position with the islander. Forced to wed a stranger, Lottie leaves the only home she’s ever known to sail across the Atlantic to the isle of St. Kitts.

Life has a wicked sense of humor…

Nathaniel Winthrop’s troubles are mounting. The rumors of him being cursed are spreading, and his merchant ships have been raided. The last thing he needs is a wife to care for. Especially when he discovers Lottie had been confined to a sick room most of her childhood. Her weak constitution will never survive the hardships of island life. The fever has already claimed the lives of his mother and sisters. Nathan guards his heart against falling in love with this gentle beauty, knowing that, for Lottie, island life will be a death sentence.

The meek shall inherit the earth… 

No longer under her mother’s scrutiny, the newfound freedom of the island rejuvenates Lottie’s spirit with fresh wind. She is tired of being told she’s too ill to enjoy life. If her days on this earth are limited, then it’s time she lives it to the full. Lottie must prove to Nathan that God is more powerful than any curse, and that even though Nathan was forced to marry her, she is the one he can’t live without.

Freedom isn’t the absence of struggle; it’s the presence of God.

My thoughts:

Wow. This was a great story and Lorri knows how to write a good kiss. I would compare her to Jody Hedlund in the romance department. That first kiss between Nathan and Lottie was awesome.

The faith and romance development in the story is so well done. Lottie and Nathan both learn to rely on God and not superstitions or wounds from the past. In their relationship they learn to love each other but not without a lot of ups downs that makes it all more interesting.

I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it but I think I liked this one even more. I have the third one to review soon and I can’t wait to read that now.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 


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