Revell, Jun 2 2015, $14.99
In 1846 Key West, Elizabeth Benjamin loves wrecker Rourke O'Malley, but he is not what her parents want for her as her father believes the man a dangerous scoundrel beneath their social status. Instead they expect her to go to Charleston to make a high society match. Abetted by her brother Charlie, Elizabeth sneaks out to see her beloved; but a storm leaves her sibling crippled.
Four years later, escorted by Aunt Virginia exiled Elizabeth comes home following the death of her mother. Feeling guilt over failing her mom by not being the dutiful daughter and for what happened to Charlie, Elizabeth vows to achieve the goal her mom set for her. However, when their ship crashes onto the reef, Rourke and his crew arrive only his smelling of jasmine warns him Elizabeth is back. At her house, her sanctimonious father still believes Rourke is a pirate, acrimonious Charlie hates her, and the servants treat her with disdain. When Elizabeth learns the truth about her family, she considers deserting them for the love of her wrecker, but fears the consequences on them.
Elizabeth’s tale as she will hurt someone she cherishes with her Hobson’s choice between love for a forbidden wrecker and love for her family.