Reviewer: A reader
In 1805 on the high seas, English Captain Willis has a twelve year old American lashed for refusing to work as a sailor under the English flag. Due to the fast action of a French prisoner, the lad's life is saved, but he mentally and physically crippled.
A decade later, a Quaker Judith Mercer escorts a strange young man to the Windover Plantation in Virginia. She swears to the wealthy Randolph family that the crippled creature is their lost son Ethan, who allegedly died at sea ten years ago. As Judith helps Ethan regain his physical and emotional health, the pair falls in love with each other. However, Judith has demons of her own to surmount before she can ever think of entering into a loving relationship. Then there are those who would prefer the heir to be impressed by the British again. With all this hanging in the air, it appears that two deserving souls will still fail to find happiness.
THE RANDOLPH LEGACY is a fast paced historical fiction, with a strong romantic thread running through the well researched and fascinating story line. The issue of British impressment of American citizens are seen through a fresh perspective, a trademark of Eileen Charbonneau. The lead protagonists are endearing character, who add emotional depth as they struggle to overcome their personal histories to forge a future together. The colorful story line is brisk and exciting. Ms. Charbonneau, known for her young adult novels, should receive acclaim as a multi-genre talented author.