Suspected of killing her husband, Charity Westcott flees on the first ship out of Portsmouth, Englandheading for the colonies. Loathing all men after her abusive marriage, she hopes to reunite with her family in Charles Towne, but the ship ends up in Nassau. When she spots her husband’s brother, who is intent on seeing her hang, boarding her ship, she jumps overboard.
Pirate turned preacher, Elias Dutton, must get to Barbados as soon as possible. His sister is in danger, and his parents have charged him with her safety. He cannot let them down—again. But after rescuing a madcap woman from the bay, he now finds himself tricked into masquerading as her husband so they both can procure passage to Barbados.
Pirates, storms, shipwreck and betrayal threaten to delay the couple in their journey even as sparks fly between them. With her brother-in-law in fast pursuit, the last thing Charity wants is help from a man, especially a religious one, but she has no choice. After Elias’ heart was broken by a sordid woman who nearly ruined his life, he seeks a woman pure as the virgin sands of the Caribbean. He believes he has found such a woman in Charity. Until he discovers she is a murderer and is now faced with two choices: letting her go or turning her in to the authorities.
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Charity Westcott (aka. Lady Charity Villemont)
At only 25, Charity feels as though she's already lived a lifetime. In order to escape the lonely and
ofttimes unhappy life as the daughter of an overbearing Admiral, Charity married the wrong man. Well, he seemed like the right man at the time. Lord Herbert Villemont had a title, status, and wealth. Everything Charity wanted from life--to have nice things and be someone important. But her plan backfired when her husband became abusive.
Now, having spent two years enduring unimaginable horrors, Charity has a wounded soul. She's bitter, angry at God and man, and desperate to make her own way in life without anyone's help. She trusts No One, especially not a man, and especially not a religious one, like her husband was. Yet, underneath her crusty heart lies a woman who simply longs to be loved, cherished, and protected. She is also very kind, charitable, full of mercy, and loves children. But will anyone ever break through the shield she has erected around her soul in order to get to know the real Charity?
Charity is petite, standing just over 5 feet tall, wiih long coffee-colored hair, and intense golden eyes.
Strengths: Smart, Independent, Loyal, Kind, Brave, Resourceful,
Weaknesses: Wounded, Bitter, Angry, Stubborn, Emotional, Irrational, Trust no one, Angry at God
Son of the notorious pirate, Rowan Dutton and connected by marriage to the famous Hyde family of missionary pirates, Elias has much to prove. At 25, he has spent most of his life at sea, first on his father's ship, but now captaining his own, the Restoration. As the eldest of eight siblings, Elias has always felt an overwhelming sense of responsibility for the protection of his family. He has a knight's heart and values family above all else. So when his sister lost her leg in an accident, he blamed himself entirely and vowed never to allow tragedy to strike his family again. Or to anyone under his care.
Raised in a Godly home, Rowan, however, spent a few years testing his skills as a pirate, but quickly came to his senses and returned to God. Since then he has become one of the Caribbean's most successful preachers to both pirates and natives alike
Elias is six foot tall, muscular, with stark blue eyes and chestnut-colored hair. He is trustworthy, loyal, merciful, wise, ship-smart, and honorable. The wooden cross he wears around his neck is made from a crate that struck his sister and is a constant reminder to remain diligent in his duties to keep his family safe. Bearing the weight of such responsibility, Elias often blames himself for everything bad that happens and also pushes himself much too hard.
Strengths: Smart, Brave, Loyal, Godly, Moral, Trustworthy, Honorable, God and Family come first
Weaknesses: Low Self Image, Pushes himself too hard, takes on too much responsibility, demanding, controlling
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