Beloved Castaway by Kathleen Y’Barbo
Historical fiction set in New Orleans and the Florida Keys in the early 1800s is the stage for intrigue and danger.
Beautiful slave, Isabelle Gayerre is the heroine with a heart for the LORD running for freedom. Her path crosses with a sea captain, Josiah Carter, who believes himself to be too far removed from the path for God’s notice. Their first meeting is full of mistrust and deception. How can anything positive come from this?
Beloved Castaway was a rapid read, engaging from the beginning. Y’Barbo draws the reader right into the infamous New Orleans culture. This story is full of twists and turns and mounting tensions. There is nothing superfluous in the telling though, and I was very grateful for that because I became extremely attached to Isabelle and wanted to reach a conclusion for her flight.
I stayed up way to late one night to finish this—there was no way it would wait until the next day.
Kathleen Y’Barbo is new to me, although she is a prolific writer. This won’t be the last of her work that I read.