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  • 04/2020
  • 9781545674581 B087KX5B7J
  • 480 pages
  • $8.99
Ebook Details
  • 04/2020
  • 9781545674581 B087KX5B7J
  • 294 pages
  • $2.99
Heart's Blood
More than a century has passed since the Salem witch trials, and the Puritan village in Massachusetts is the wealthiest town in America, where a new breed of men have built a new kind of aristocracy. He is a damaged man looking for a reason to go on living Captain Isaac McCallister has returned from a living grave, after five harrowing years of slavery in Algiers. His resurrection has rattled Salem, particularly the family of his dead step-brother, three women living in genteel poverty on his estate. And from the moment he sets eyes on Eleanor Hampton, Isaac sees a path out of the darkness, back to the land of the living. She is an independent woman looking for the courage to love Eleanor Hampton is a gifted artist and, by the standards of little Salem, an obstinate eccentric. Her life is the struggle to become a painter and to safeguard her mother and sister. As for romance, it’s brought only calamity, and Eleanor has long resolved to do without. But from her first sparring match with Isaac McCallister, Eleanor knows she’s found a man more than her match in pride and determination. All Salem is astonished when Eleanor accepts his swift offer of marriage. And as her passion for her enigmatic husband consumes her, Eleanor will need that determination, as well as courage, to face down the threat out of Isaac’s past. Heart’s Blood is a story of the resilience of the human spirit, and the power of love to heal the darkest wounds.
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Indie Reader

"Intimacy versus desire is explored in depth in HEART'S BLOOD, a sprawling historical romance by Alice Von Kannon, as Isaac and Eleanor learn to fully love each other, not only in body but also in soul." 

Kirkus Reviews

Von Kannon (co-author: Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies for Dummies, 2008, etc.) tells a tale of romance and intrigue in this historical novel set in 17th-century America. 

In 1803, the United States is still coming to terms with what it means to be independent from Britain. Salem, Massachusetts, is a mighty naval city whose docks bustle with commerce, and imports from all over the world fill warehouses that line the shore. Capt. Isaac McCallister is a successful businessman and seaman from one of Salem’s wealthiest families—or at least he was before he was captured by Barbary pirates and enslaved in Algeria for five years. Francois Déguerre, a loyal Frenchman who is his friend, ransomed him and set him free. After returning home to Salem, McCallister is bewitched by Eleanor Hampton, his late stepbrother’s daughter. She’s a headstrong, fiercely talented painter, and they quickly fall in love despite family drama that threatens to destroy their happiness. While grappling with the trauma from his time in Algiers, Isaac is accused of a grave crime and must fight to clear his name. Von Kannon appears to have modeled the relationship between Eleanor and her mother, Fanny, on the one between Mrs. Bennet and Elizabeth from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and as Austen did in that classic tale, the author provides a meddling cousin and snooty siblings to effectively add to the tense, exasperating family dynamics.

The overall drama is propelled by strong dialogue and careful research that makes the historical fiction ring true. Despite its length, this novel is well paced and offers up some steamy romantic scenes that break up the drama into digestible sections.

An engrossing tale of navigating new love and finding one’s way back home after a perilous journey.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 04/2020
  • 9781545674581 B087KX5B7J
  • 480 pages
  • $8.99
Ebook Details
  • 04/2020
  • 9781545674581 B087KX5B7J
  • 294 pages
  • $2.99

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