In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.
This book received a lot of hype, and I wasn’t entirely sure I would enjoy this book, being a traveling into past, present and future times. But I actually did. The beginning of the book was a bit slow to my liking but I stuck it out and found myself awestruck with how wonderfully well written it was. The chemistry between Etta and Nicholas was Insta love and I actually like that in a book, call me sentimental but I like it. It got you hanging on the edge of your seat, wanting more.
Conversation between Etta and Nicholas.
“Do pirates ever surrender?” she asked. “I thought they only went down in blazes of glory.”
Hasan’s great words to Etta.
“I cannot help but think, it matter not who you love, but only the quality of such a love. And so what I wish to say is… a flower is no less beautiful because it does not bloom in the expected form. Because it lasts an hour, and not days.”
Nicholas in meeting Rose.
“Nicholas. Nicholas Carter.” He managed a curt bow despite his disgust and fury. “Your servant, ma’am.”
Some of the ice in her expression chipped away as she gave him a small smile. “My, you’re serious.”
The song that suits this book is “Count On Me by Bruno Mars.”
I rate this book 4.5 stars.