Introducing Elizabeth M. Carola Storyteller
Leaden Hearts follows the story of Sorcha Kennedy, Declan and Michael Fitzgerald. As they fight to survive the famine in Ireland and the resulting events, choices must be made. Cherishing the leaden hearts that Declan gave them, can Sorcha and Michael fight for the promise the memento represents?
Archeologist Mackenzie Allen likes getting her hands dirty excavating and documenting the history of Amelia Island, particularly the remnants of the Timucuan Indians that first settled there. The complete absorption of detail that her work requires, helps her to pause her thoughts on the two tragedies that have left her feeling hollow and at sea. A chance meeting with visiting FBI Special Agent Nico Capoletti upsets the careful passivity that she has struggled to maintain in her life.
Nico is feeling at sea himself with a previous failed romantic relationship and the new environments precipitated by his transfer from Boston to the Jacksonville Field Office. His work in the sex crimes unit consumes him and he hopes a much-needed weekend break on Amelia Island will help him recharge.
Mackenzie’s and Nico’s chance meeting on the beautiful sand beaches of Amelia Island (known as Napoyca to the Timucuans) will engulf them in dangerous forces working toward their downfall and start a romance that will need to defy the odds stacking up against them.
Paperback and Ebook download Publication Date January 15, 2022
Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2021Verified Purchase
Based on historical records, The Oathing Stone is the story of teacher Alexina McDonnell and soldier Duncan McKenzie. They grew up and met in the highlands of Scotland where she is teaching is sister's children and he's returned from fighting overseas. Both have a reason to emigrate to Australia. Lexi wants to find her father and Duncan promised a woman to help her, but neither trusts the other.
The writing is excellent with fascinating details of Scottish customs such as the oathing stone of the title. All the settings, whether the highlands, life on shipboard, or prospecting in the goldfields of Australia, are historically accurate and interesting. Lexi and Duncan are strong protagonists and a great match for the other. The other characters are well-defined, adding to the overall story.
If you like historical fiction with some romance, I think you'll find The Oathing Stone an enthralling read.
Elizabeth M. Carola lives in New Milford, CT with her husband Eddie. She enjoys family, hiking, cooking, reading, ancestry research, traveling, and so much more.
She is currently working on various stories.
My sister, N. W. Moors (Antrimcycle.com) started me on my family tree research and was the first to read The Oathing Stone. Both things changed the way I view myself in ways big and small.
My son, Matthew Cesca (matthewcesca.com) has written some wonderful fantasy books and a Science Fiction book that you should check out. His captivating storytelling made me wonder if I could do the same in my favorite genres.