Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Book: Beloved Counterfeit

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Beloved Counterfeit

Barbour Publishing, Inc (May 2009)


Kathleen Y'Barbo


KATHLEEN MILLER Y’BARBO is a tenth-generation Texan and a mother of three grown sons and a teenage daughter. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and an award-winning novelist of Christian fiction whose first published work jumped onto the Christian Booksellers Association bestseller list in its first month of release. Kathleen is a former treasurer for the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is a member of the Author’s Guild, Inspirational Writers Alive, Words for the Journey Christian Writers Guild, and the Fellowship of Christian Authors. In addition, she is a sought-after speaker, and her kids think she’s a pretty cool mom, too…most of the time, anyway.



Washed ashore on Fairweather Key, Ruby O’Shea and her three nieces─the offspring of the pirate Thomas Hawkins and Ruby’s late sister─have a chance for a new beginning as Ruby takes a job in a boardinghouse and the girls are passed off as her daughters. But will Ruby be able to confess all when she falls for Micah Tate, a widower, wrecker, and soon-to-be preacher?

Micah is determined to marry the young woman who has captured his heart despite knowing she has something to hide. But will he be able to remain true to his vows when his lady love’s shady past comes to light?

Captain Thomas Hawkins will go to any length to discover the whereabouts of his daughters. What will his determination cost the folks of Fairweather Key?

When Ruby finds herself bereft of her new found love and protector, will she run away in an attempt to escape her present as she did her past? Will Micah’s love cover the multitude of Ruby’s sins, or will Ruby’s duplicity cost her everything?


This is the third book in the series and I haven't finished it yet... but I have read the other two in the past week! And I would say they are pretty good. I have a feeling this one would mostly stand alone, but the background knowledge definitely helps.

The first book was a bit slow and the descriptions sometimes are a bit tedious, but if you like adventure on the high seas and historical romance then these books are for you!

I think this might be the first set of historical fiction books that I've read set in the Caribbean so it's another side of history that is coming alive for me. I'm glad to find an author that is using a new setting/time period for her novels rather than the traditional "wild west".

Edited to add: I just finished this book (Sunday after publishing this review) and I am rather disappointed. The ending left me with a pretty sour taste in my mouth and for being the last book in the series there were a few to many things that either didn't add up quite right or didn't fit the style of the series. There was definitely a twist that I didn't like and none of the consequences for a period of months were discussed. That's all I can say without giving too much away, but I am pretty disappointed in the end of the series.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Beloved Counterfeit, go HERE

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