Girls*Heart* Books: Castaway Hearts by Taryn Raye: Review

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Castaway Hearts by Taryn Raye: Review

Twice orphaned, Catherine Barrett arrives in Virginia a stranger to her closest kin and secretly engaged to the one man her family would disapprove of—her seafaring grandfather’s apprentice. Add to her troubles, the rich and intriguing older brother of her secret betrothed, Dawson Randolph, a plantation owner who is as heartless as he is handsome. Heartbroken when her intended sets sail for his maiden voyage, Catherine finds it difficult to adjust to her new life, hoping to befriend the one man who is, undoubtedly, the match her grandparents wish for her. Dawson’s distaste for her secret engagement to his brother makes it clear he has no designs for marriage to anyone. Especially her.

Ten years since the tragic loss of his young wife and infant son, Dawson Randolph is convinced love and marriage is a fool’s game and resents being pardon to his brother’s hidden engagement. Damned by his instant attraction and his own growing desire, Dawson vows to befriend her against his better judgment. Determined to bring her happiness in a time of fear and uncertainty, Dawson puts aside his animosity to become her confidant, only to realize Catherine holds the key to his heart. When tragedy strikes at sea, Catherine’s guilt pushes Dawson to the fringes of her life as madness consumes her.

Can his love save her before she drowns in her own grief? Or is he doomed to love her from a distance, always in the shadow of her love for his dead brother?
(from Goodreads)

Castaway Hearts is a stand alone historical romance by Taryn Raye. When asked if I would review this book, I jumped at the chance. I adore historical romance novels and this one seemed like something I would really enjoy. I'm very happy to report that I was right; this is a very sweet story and a quick read.

The story is told from the points of view of our two main characters, Catherine and Dawson. They were really the very best part of the book for me. They are both such vivid, funny and strong characters, they really  brought the story to life for me.  We see a spark between these two from the very first time they see one another. I really enjoyed watching them come to terms with their feelings for one another. 

 With a fast moving plot, plenty of conflict and likable characters, this was an easy read for me. I really loved the love story. I will definitely be looking for Ms. Raye's next book! 

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  1. Taryn, wonderful review! I'm reading the story right now. Can't wait to see what happens with Catherine and Dawson. Kathy

  2. Thanks so much, Melissa. I'm really glad you enjoyed Castaway Hearts.

    Katherine- I hope you enjoy it, too.

    1. You're so very welcome! I really enjoyed the story!!! <3

  3. Another one for the tbr pile! :) thanks!

  4. Great review Taryn, congrats!! I'll be reading it soon as well.


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