The Roarin’ Twenties
JoAnn Carter
Inspirational romance
Desert Breeze Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61252-060-5
July 2011

JoAnn Carter has done it again! She has given her followers another fabulous story and it’s Book One (which means it’s a series)! I cannot wait for the second book. Ms. Carter is definitely on another promising storyline.

This book was set in Lake Champlain, Vermont in 1923. Philip Lawhorn was a newly promoted Captain of the Ticonderoga. His relationship with the owner of the Champlain Transportation Company was an amiable one and Philip was thrilled with his new duties. That is, until he met his newly appointed steward(ess)! His relationship with women was less than stellar. His relationship with his own mother had tainted his opinions.

Ellie Dunkling had spent her entire life dreaming of working on the Ticonderoga. Her initial meeting with Captain Lawhorn wasn’t exactly what she expected. He informed her she was definitely mistaken in her ideas that she would work for him. She, too, knew the ship’s owner, Mr. Trembley. He was the one that gave her the opportunity to do this job. What else could happen to this trend-setting woman in the 1920s?

Ms. Carter has blessed us with her extraordinary writing abilities. The more I read, the more I wanted to read. It was definitely one I didn’t want to put down. Her characters were better than ever! The exceptional support characters just enhanced the book even more. The actions and attitudes of these people are a study in how to trust God in everyday life.

The spirituality in this book is distinctive but definitely not offensive. As this couple faced daily challenges, it was refreshi ng to read how both dealt with the relationship, not only together, but also with God. The romance is effective and sweet. The storyline is something the entire reading population will enjoy. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Great job, Ms. Carter!

Overall rating: 5hearts
Sensuality rating: Sweet
Reviewer: Brenda Talley