Beth Tremayne has always been drawn to adventure. During her childhood, she fed that desire by exploring every inch of the Isles of Scilly. As an adolescent, she dreamed of love in London’s ballrooms. Now, stumbling across an old map on her family’s property, she’s found more adventure than she ever craved in the hunt for pirate treasure. Unfortunately, Beth can’t escape the attentions of her family’s guest, Lord Sheridan.
Sheridan has spent years pursuing whatever archaeological interests caught his imagination. And when he discovers that Beth’s search connects with one of his favorite pirates of history, he can’t help getting involved. Plus, he finds her irresistible, even though she insists he stole a prized possession of hers.
As they work together following different clues and drawing closer to danger, they start to piece together a story of tragic love and piratical adventure. But the true surprise is the treasure they discover in each other.
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I throughly enjoyed this story. There were a few elements that I found to be slightly disappointing, but other elements – namely, Sheridan – mostly made up for them.
To begin, let’s discuss the setting: the Isles of Scilly are beautifully depicted and I am (still) dreaming of visiting them. Reading To Treasure an Heiress had me missing the ocean terribly (and irrationally wishing that I knew how to sail). Sadly though, I missed the depth of The Nature of a Lady‘s focus on the natural world and the beauty of the Isles.
“But shame Senara…it’s for a purpose. It’s there to strike our consciences, to remind us of the standard of the Lord. It’s there to let us know we’ve sinned.”
The characters, and more specifically the male characters, were truly the stars of the book. So, I suppose that it is fitting to devote the vast majority of this review to them.
I must begin with Sheridan. He completely swept me off my feet and has joined my un-official, all-time favorite character list.
Sheridan is simply hilarious: witty and sweet. I mean, I have yet to meet another character who could pull off mentally calculating how long it will take to convince their love interest to marry them and simply seem charming in doing so. His inner dialogue is a complete joy to read – he is so endearingly human. I truly cannot express how wonderful of a character Sheridan is.
“Even if you have upset her…sometimes we need to be upset. Sometimes that’s the only thing that will convince us to let down our walls and allow someone in. Or even to turn to God.”
Now, for Beth. I liked Beth, truly I did. Her wanderlust and stories, her love for her family and her independence; it all made for a lovable character. In the end though, I found that the most memorable thing – rather unfairly – about Beth is her relationship with Sheridan.
The way the White combined insta-love and enemies-to-lovers into Beth and Sheridan’s relationship is simply perfect. There were plenty of laughs and plenty of sweet moments – my personal favorite of said moments is when Sheridan is telling Beth about his many, fascinating adventures.
“Beth felt closest to [God] out here. Where the wind could tear across the hillocks without anything man-made in its way, where there was nothing but heather and seagrass and sand and water before her.”
Moving on from our lovely couple to Senara Dawes, who provides us with a third point of view throughout To Treasure an Heiress– a point of view that is simultaneously distinct and completely connected to the rest of the story. I really appreciated her growth, or rather her reclaiming of the person she was prior to the constraints of being a nanny and making a couple of stupid mistakes. Her conversation with Mamm-wyn about shame has really stuck with me.
And to bring this lengthy section to a close, I would be amiss to neglect to mention Ainsley. He was interesting, a bit puzzling initially. I grew to appreciate his wisdom and his love for Sheridan. Ainsley pushes Sheridan to be a better person, while seeking to protect Sheridan’s heart.
“She loved the islands. They’d always been home. But they weren’t all. There was so much more world out there, just begging to be seen. Explored. Discovered.”
And now for the pirates…well, the Pirate Prince played a large role in the story, but he still seemed to take backseat from Beth and Sheridan, a fact that I found rather sad. I found the treasure-hunting piece of the story to be enjoyable, perhaps it is not groundbreaking, but there is nothing quite as thrilling as (reading about) the digging for, and discovery of, actual treasure.
And now, seeing as I am long overdue to bring this review to a close and finally share it with all of you, I will end here.
I received a complimentary copy this book from the publishers. I was not required to provide a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
How do you feel about pirates? And princes? Do you find that your favorite characters are consistently female or male, or an even mix of both?