When Lacey Whitman buys a restored Victorian home, she never dreams discovering an antique diary will lead her back to sea and into the arms of the dive bum she’d rather forget. Her habit of living in the past comes to a screeching halt as diver Max Bertrand and the diary of his ancestor take Lacey on the quest of a lifetime: To discover and raise the privateer ship, Specter, and bring the treasure and legacy of a true hero home again. But will finding it cost her heart?
Sitting outside, one of the divers looked busy replacing the o-ring on a scuba tank. "I'm looking for
The long haired employee didn't bother to stand, much less look up.
"I'm Lacey Whitman, and I'm looking for the Max that owns the museum."
"You call that worthless shack a museum?"
Dumbfounded, Lacey couldn't think of any reply.
"What do you want?"
"I'm looking for Max," she repeated, feeling a flash of impatience. "I have some papers for him."
"Warrant, restraining order, or paternity test?"
After a pause in which she realized he was serious, she replied in frustration, "I have some research for the Bertrand family and someone at the museum told me to come down here."
Lacey caught herself biting her lip.
Finally, the man of absolutely no assistance put down the tank and stood up. Short and compact, he had amazing turquoise eyes that glowed from a dark, tanned complexion. Loose strands of sun-kissed brown hair blew about his face in the breeze.
"Max doesn't need anymore paperwork. He doesn't want to see your research, and he is not giving dive lessons."
"I didn't ask for a dive lesson."
The diver sat back down again, crossing thick tattooed arms over himself. They stared one another down until he won. It was cheating to look her over as if she was a sweet little morsel, but it worked.
"I just want to talk to Max," she demanded.
He stared back with no expression. "You just did. Now get off my beach."
Lacey's cheeks were already flushed from getting the once over by this beach bum. His insult made her red all over.
"I'll be sure to let them know at the Bertrand Museum," she threatened, as if it mattered.
She turned on her heel and stalked off but he called after her, "Lady, I am the Bertrand Museum!"
"By Heart and Compass is a fast moving romantic adventure that is sure to keep you turning the pages. I love her characters Lacey and Max, and the plot is well developed and never lagging. Ms Thorne has a natural ability to draw the reader in from the beginning, keeping them spellbound until the very end. I highly recommend you pick up a copy! You won't be disappointed!"
Rating = 5 Stars
"The plot is tight and laced with some unexpected surprises that will keep the reader on their toes.
Thorne's passion for genealogy and the sea shines through in her characters...By Heart and Compass is a story steeped in pirate myth and full of adventure."
Stephanie - Classic Romance Revival Reviews
Rating = 5 Wings
"Who doesn't love a romance with treasure hunting wrapped in it? I enjoyed this well written, entertaining story. Ms. Thorne really does a superb job telling a story... They turn out to be a great pair and the chemistry between them is great. I loved the whole pirate, missing treasure story line and I especially loved where the Specter was hidden. Such a good ending to the story too. Left me wondering if there will be a sequel."
You Gotta Read Reviews
Rating = "You gotta read this book!"
"BY HEART AND COMPASS is a tender romance of how two people must let go of their fears in order to surrender to their hearts. Danielle Thorne pens a fairy tale weaved with a wonderful tale of treasure hunting. The characters are charismatic and the scenery lush with detail. I felt like I was sitting on the boat and feeling the excitement of finding a link to the past... BY HEART AND COMPASS is a sweet romance that will leave your heart filled with joy. If you are looking for a light romance filled with pirates and treasure, then I would recommend this lovely tale."
Billie Jo -- Romance Junkies
Rating = 4 Ribbons