'The River Rose' is written by Gilbert Morris and published by B & H publishers, and appears to be the second book in the 'Water Wheel' series. The first was 'The River Queen', which was released in October of 2011, and the third will be released this upcoming January.
Jeanne Bettencourt is a young widow with a six-year old daughter, trying to make her way through life. She works at a low-paying job and struggles to provide for her and her daughter's need. Hope arrives in an unexpected way - it would seem as if she has inherited a steamboat, The Helena Rose, from a distant relative who died. Thankfully, Jeanne's father had captained a steamboat as Jeanne was growing up, so she was somewhat familiar with piloting one.
However, things are not all that easy. Jeanne cannot just grab her daughter and sail away into the sunset. There is another heir to the boat- a big, tough man named Clint Hardin. Jeanne is appalled at the idea of living on the steamboat with a man that she does not even know, but both are in dire need of a job, so they agree to keep their relationship strictly business-minded.
As they begin their journey on the boat, Clint slowly starts being attracted to Jeanne, who is currently being courted by a kind, wealthy plantation owner. With her daughter and livelihood on the line, Jeanne must choose which man to trust with her heart.
Thank you to B&H publishing for providing this book for me to read.