Tuesday, March 13, 2012

CFBA Tour For Prize of my Heart by Lisa Norato

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Prize of My Heart
Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2012)
Lisa Norato


A life-long New Englander, Lisa Norato lives in a historic village with homes and churches dating as far back as the eighteenth century. She was born into a close-knit Italian family that hungered as much for the things of God as they did for lasagna. After church, the family spent Sunday afternoons gathered in fellowship around a never-ending feast that featured her grandmother's homemade spaghetti and pizza.

From the time she learned to read, her mother impressed her with the joy of getting lost in a good book. She passed novels along to her as early as age thirteen, but it wasn't until many years later that Lisa felt compelled to write one herself.

She first discovered a love of writing when assigned to write and illustrate a children's book at the art college she attended. She balances writing with a career as a legal assistant specializing in corporate law. When not creating stories, she enjoys domestic pursuits like precious time with her dog and family, cooking, baking and eating vegan, reading, her Bible, her favorite television shows and crocheting.

Lisa is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Rhode Island Romance Writers (RIRW) and American Colonial Christian Writers.


An unsolved mystery separates ex-privateersman Captain Brogan Talvis from his lost son--his only living relation, his only family. Shortly before her tragic demise, his wife abandoned their infant to strangers, refusing to reveal the child's whereabouts. Now, three years later, Brogan has discovered the boy at the home of a shipbuilder's daughter, Lorena Huntley.

Lorena guards a dark secret about her young charge. She finds herself falling for the heroic captain who has come to claim his newly built ship, unaware his motive for wooing her is to befriend the boy he plans on reclaiming as his own--until the day anothers evil deceit leaves her helplessly shipbound, heading toward England.

As the perfect opportunity to reclaim his son unfolds, Brogan is haunted by thoughts of Lorena in her dire circumstance, and he is forced to make a heartrending choice between his child and the woman who has begun to capture his heart. But only his unselfish sacrifice can win him the greatest prize of all--love.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Prize of My Heart, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS-I had previously never heard of Lisa Norato as an author before but I was intrigued by the plot of this book. You have to admit, it is not one often seen in the Christian fiction realm. But that is what pulled me into this book, and I am glad I started it. Prize of my Heart was well written and I loved it!

This really was an intriguing book. Like I said above, I had never heard of Lisa Norato before this one, but I am going to be on the lookout for others. Her writing style is fresh and I really enjoyed how she penned this book. The characters were very well written and I fell in love with them. Almost all the people in this book were entertaining and well constructed. The detail given to the scenery and the houses, etc. really comes across in this.

It opens with meeting Brogan Talvis in a shipyard. He then comes upon what he believes to be a maid being lazy in her work but he doesn't realize she is Lorena Huntley, daughter of the man he is going to be joining up partnership with. He is really funny in dealing with her but quite impudent. In turn, something hilarious happens from her younger brother, who also happens to be his son. I don't want to give anything away so I am going to drop off here but I loved this book from beginning to end. Brogan is set in his ways while Jabez Smith, his first hand man, is a Christian and trying to help him come to the Lord. Lorena struck me as a brave and resourceful young lady. I liked how she was helping in a lot of running the household for her family. Quite a lady!

Overall this book was quite interesting and an entertaining read. A fresh change from a lot of my normal books! Excellent book Lisa! I will definitely be on the lookout for Lisa's next book and hopefully there is another one in this series to come? Can't wait:)

I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation.


Cozy in Texas said...

Great interview. I miss living in an area where there are buildings with lots of history (I moved from London to Texas). I'll look out for this book - it looks good.

Lisa Norato said...

Charity, I am beyond thrilled that you enjoyed my book and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your beautiful review. Have a blessed day; you've certainly blessed mine!

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