CFBA Prize of My Heart by Lisa Norato


This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingPrize of My HeartBethany House Publishers (March 1, 2012)byLisa NoratoABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.

Prize of My Heart is a very heartwarming story set in the aftermath of The War of 1812. This era of book is beginning to really grow on me. Having not read any of this author’s books, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’ve ended up with another new favorite author. The characters were well thought about and created, and as we follow their lives though the story we grow to love them as our friends and family!

This is truly a story of love and forgiveness, second changes and redemption. But you will also find a little mystery, some deep secrets, a little romance and a good hint of living for God throughout the book.

This book is worth the read, so go grab a copy for yourself.

A copy of this book was provided by CFBA for me to read and review. A positive review was not required. The opinions in this review are mine only.

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

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