Review, Speculative Fantasy

Shenandoah Nights by Lisa Belcastro

A modern-day school teacher on Martha’s Vineyard. A captain in the American Revolutionary War. Can true love cross timelines?

Shenandoah Nights by Lisa Belcastro - Faithfully Bookish review

The last thing sixth-grade teacher Rebecca O’Neill wants to do during the final week of her summer vacation is chaperone twenty-five students on a six-night, seven-day trip aboard the schooner Shenandoah. But after a desperate phone call from her school principal, she doesn’t have a choice. Worse, the ship is rumoured to be “haunted.” Five years ago, during the Holmes Hole student cruise, teacher Melissa Smith complained about hearing voices and seeing visions, then disappeared without a trace–from the very same cabin where Rebecca will be staying.

Everything seems normal on Sunday afternoon as Rebecca boards the impressive Shenandoah. But as she sits in Cabin 8, she hears hushed voices whispering about a cannon. Mike, a crewmember, insists he believes the crazy Island story that Melissa time-traveled to Colonial Boston. His eerie interest and constant tracking Rebecca’s whereabouts rattles her nerves.

Her first night onboard, Rebecca drifts off to sleep…and wakes the following morning with memories of a dream about secretive conversation concerning a battle with Britain. Monday night Rebecca crawls into her bunk after an adventurous day of sailing, swimming, and overseeing students. She’s startled awake when a man grabs her and yells, “Stowaway!” Dragged in front of Captain Benjamin Reed, she looks up into the most gorgeous brown eyes she’s ever seen….

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My Thoughts

Okay, so even though I really liked Lisa’s A Dream for Love, I found myself putting this one off because I’m not exactly a time-travel fan. Silly me! Lisa Belcastro hit the nail on the head in Shenandoah Nights! First of all, I want to go on this field trip! Living on a historic ship for a week would be such an adventure!

Rebecca O’Neill has heard the rumors about the ship and missing teacher so when strange things start happening to her, she goes into detective mode and tries to put all the pieces together. I love the way Lisa worked out all the little details and cultural differences without making the story feel weird or far-fetched (which is my biggest pet peeve with time-travel stories!). The romance between Rebecca and her Revolutionary War Captain was woven into the story so seamlessly, the emotion and connection felt completely authentic. Now that Lisa has sparked my imagination, I will be reading more books from this series!

I won this book in a giveaway on Robin Lee Hatcher’s website. The opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Lisa Belcastro Lisa Belcastro lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard.  She loves chocolate, gardening, outdoor activities, cooking, laughing, reading, traveling, a healthy dose of adventure, and her cat, Ben, who keeps her company while she creates fictional lives for the numerous characters living inside her head.

Lisa runs as an ambassador for TEAM 413 (www.team413.org), and has completed a marathon (26.2 miles) in all fifty states.

Lisa’s stories are set on the Vineyard amidst the magnificence of the ocean, the beauty of sandy beaches, rolling hills, and ancient cliffs, as well as the people and events that make the Island so very unique.

Lisa’s debut novel, Shenandoah Nights, won the Christian Small Publishers Association’s Romance Book of the Year in 2014, and also won the RWA New England Chapter’s Reader’s Choice Award in 2014. A Shenandoah Christmas won the 2015 Booksellers Best Award and the 2015 SELAH Award for Best Novella.

When she’s not at her desk, Lisa is living in paradise, volunteering at her daughter’s school, serving in her church community, planting and weeding her numerous gardens, training to run the Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge in January 2016, walking the beach looking for sea glass, or enjoying a great meal while she pens the cuisine column for Vineyard Style Magazine.

Connect with Lisa
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Are you a time-travel fan? Am I missing out? Be sure to tell me some of your favorite time-travel titles!

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