Marrying Christopher by Michele Paige Holmes
Having seen both his sisters Grace and Helen happily married, Christopher Thatcher is free to pursue his dream of life in America. With adventure in his heart and mind, he boards one of the first steamships set to cross the Atlantic in the record breaking time of only twenty-five days. Within the first two of those, his resolve—to avoid women and the complications they often bring to a man’s life—falters when he meets Marsali Abbott, a young woman with a past even more troubling than his own. Whether from years of habit protecting his sisters, or simply because he feels drawn to Marsali, Christopher chooses to help her and becomes her friend. As the truth about what awaits Marsali in America becomes evident, he is faced with a more difficult choice, one that will impact their lives far beyond four weeks together at sea.
It took a couple of chapters before I was drawn into this story. I wondered if I'd skipped something between the first and second chapters. I also struggled with the main female character's unusual name (names can really hold me up when reading). But I did get pulled in.
Life on a steam ship crossing the Atlantic was quite interesting. And the small group of passengers and crew with their varying personalities made for an entertaining journey.
As the story progresses it becomes somewhat of a soap opera-lots of drama and miscommunication. I'm not typically in the mood for that, but if you like drama, this could be the historical fiction novel for you. It is clean and has a sweet love story with a happy ending.
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