3.5 out of 5 stars
Cut to the Chase:
This love story is all about choices… and in some case, sacrifices. Though the hero and heroine are almost immediately attracted to one another (ok, he desires her immediately, she finds him both fascinating/intriguing and irritating/upsetting), they’re held apart by their vastly different expectations of what they think they want. She’s already loved and lost once (her fiance died of cholera during the war) and wants nothing more than to somehow move on, get married, and settle down. He has been at sea since he was 14 years old, and in some ways, he’s not sure he could ever be tied down to a normal, landlocked life. Their relationships definitely stems from physical attraction, eventually builds to something more, and is interesting because even as they’re not-choosing-each-other, it’s not from misunderstanding or other outside calamity. It’s more that they both seem to recognize that being together might involve sacrifices neither of them are fully prepared to make. Though it’s ultimately more his sacrifice than hers, and their relationship just wasn’t as emotionally moving as some other romances (I just found some of the behavior, especially earlier on, a little contrived), it’s a solid, definitely-above-average read, more so if you’re into the idea of ships and seafaring.