Tides of Love Author:Patricia Matthews Phillip was the most beautiful man Marianna had ever seen, and she knew that he would be killed unless she risked her own life to save him. Marianna had grown up in 19th-century Carolina with the wreckers, a band of men and women who set beacon fires to lure ships to the rocky shoals off the coast, salvaging the cargo and killing any survivors. ... more »Marianna was Jude Throag's woman-had been taken by him when she was only 15. Then Phillip's ship was wrecked, and she found him washed up on shore. But even as she hid Phillip, nursing him back to health, warming him with her own body, she knew that if Jude discovered them, he would kill them both.
But it was Jude who died in his fight with Phillip. The young lovers fled to Boston, where Phillip's aunt offered Marianna a home and the opportunity to become a lady. But when Phillip left on a vengeful search of his own, her new life of luxury seemed empty.
Then Aunt Prudence died, and Marianna was once again alone in the world. Remembering the kind sea captain who had rescued her and Phillip during their escape from the Carolinas, she made her way from Boston to the Long Island port of Sag Harbor. There, despite her private vow to remain faithful to Phillip, she found herself responding to Captain Adam Street-and his proposal of marriage.
But fate had not yet finished with Marianna: past evils threatened her new respectability. And Phillip returned, forcing her to choose between two men-two different kinds of love.« less