This was a really good book – a splendid read. I think the reason it was so good – was the fact it was loaded with a storyline. Reader boredom is not an option! Jo Goodman can tell a story and I had no idea where this tale was going and I loved it!
Rand Hamilton is the last male in the powerful Hamilton family. A family cursed, yet lured by a long-lost treasure. Claire Bancroft’s godfather, has agreed to finance the Hamilton treasure expedition. However, Rand Hamilton must bend to one reluctant term. He must allow Claire Bancroft to accompany him on his crusade. Claire Bancroft is determined to unlock the haunting secrets of her past, but first she must convince Rand Hamilton to allow her participation.
Jo Goodman takes her reader on a wondrous nautical journey. The author begins her story in damp misty London, travels to beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, and then sails onward to the sun islands in the South Pacific. Ms. Goodman unfolds a magnificent descriptive voyage, a voyage that enables two people to fall in love.
More Than You Know has one astounding element. Creating a unique twist, Goodman reveals her shocker earlier on and I refuse to expose the startling surprise. I wasn’t expecting it, it caught me off guard, and I will not spoil Goodman’s coup for another reader. This was a GOOD writing ploy, Jo Goodman!
Ms. Goodman writes a romance/adventure – a treasure hunt, and what is a treasure hunt without a villain? But is the obvious villain the villain? The uncertainty constantly intrigued me. Yes, the story is a fine mystery and an enjoyable read. Goodman’s heroine, Claire Bancroft, was a wonderful creation. She is feisty, yet vulnerable, and at first, Rand Hamilton was the typical composed hero. However, in the end, he was loving, he was protective, and he was Claire Bancroft’s friend.
My sister recommended this author to me, and I thank her. Yes, More Than You Know is a good read; however, as a reader I felt the ending was open. Jo Goodman didn’t seal it; she left loose ends. Could it be the author wanted us to track down the sequel, Bria Hamilton’s story, More Than You Wished? Could be? All I know is – I will be looking for Bria’s book!
- Overall Rating: A-
- Overall Sensuality: Warm and Tender.