Five Star, Jan 5 2011, $25.95
In Grenfels Corners, England, teenage best friends Gwenneth Hume and Patience O'Connor look forward to the future. Having no marital prospects, Gwenneth expects to be a spinster aunt to her brother’s children while also continuing her work as a cook and server at her father’s inn. Patience has studied to be a midwife so she has an occupation when she leaves the Sisters’ orphanage; like her buddy she has no male prospects either.
They learn that a French shipping company is offering free transportation to the New World on the ship Merrywinds for single women. They discuss it and agree to take a chance. On the Atlantic voyage, people become ill including the cook. Whereas Patience treats the ailing; Gwenneth takes over the cooking. Each enjoys the trip as they go gaga over the sights they see and fall in love with a hunk and the New World.
Merrywinds is a warm entertaining historical that stars two courageous young women on a sea voyage to new lives. Each has “marketable” skills that prove needed on the oceanic trip, but also diminishes many issues they may have faced as single females without male protection; no one dares harms the cook or the medic. Enjoyable in a Hallmark cozy way, fans will root for the darling daring duo as they take their chances in the New World.