The Merchant’s Yield is the second book I’ve read by Lorri Dudley and I’m definitely a fan. Looks like another author has been added to my must have list! I was thoroughly entertained and captivated by her first book The Duke’s Refuge so I opened this one with great expectations. I was not disappointed. Once again the author has given readers exemplary characters who practically walk off the page. Her frequent touches of humor act as a welcome counterpoint to some very serious circumstances throughout the plot.

Amelia was my kind of heroine. Always dominated and criticized by her mother, the one time she rebelled against her mother’s unreasonable expectations, Amelia found herself innocently in what looked to be a compromising situation. It wasn’t long before she was married to an unwilling but honorable husband and on her way to the Leeward Islands. I so enjoyed watching Amelia and Nathaniel get to know each other despite their awkward circumstances. It was so heartening to watch Amelia step into her own strength and dignity with a steadfast spiritual confidence.

The Merchant’s Yield has it all – action and romance along with danger and betrayal and pirates. What more could a reader ask? I honestly did not want to put this book aside for anything! I can’t wait for The Sugar Baron’s Ring, third book in the Leeward Island series. If you love historical Christian romance, please give this new author a try. I don’t think you will be sorry.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Wild Heart Books. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


It was a marriage of inconvenience… 

Charlotte Amelia Etheridge has cowered to her mother’s sharp tongue and endless demands for the last time. In a fleeting moment of rebellion, she recklessly asks the last person her mother would ever consider appropriate, a foreigner from the Leeward Islands, for a dance. However, her courageous act ends in disaster when an innocent mistake lands her in a compromising position with the islander. Forced to wed a stranger, Lottie leaves the only home she’s ever known to sail across the Atlantic to the isle of St. Kitts.

Life has a wicked sense of humor…

Nathaniel Winthrop’s troubles are mounting. The rumors of him being cursed are spreading, and his merchant ships have been raided. The last thing he needs is a wife to care for. Especially when he discovers Lottie had been confined to a sick room most of her childhood. Her weak constitution will never survive the hardships of island life. The fever has already claimed the lives of his mother and sisters. Nathan guards his heart against falling in love with this gentle beauty, knowing that, for Lottie, island life will be a death sentence.

The meek shall inherit the earth… 

No longer under her mother’s scrutiny, the newfound freedom of the island rejuvenates Lottie’s spirit with fresh wind. She is tired of being told she’s too ill to enjoy life. If her days on this earth are limited, then it’s time she lives it to the full. Lottie must prove to Nathan that God is more powerful than any curse, and that even though Nathan was forced to marry her, she is the one he can’t live without.

Freedom isn’t the absence of struggle; it’s the presence of God.


“Why I write…
I believe readers should be led on a heart journey. Romance should allow for an escape from everyday life. It should also lead us to a better understanding of the human condition and how God views us. I believe readers, like the heroines and heroes of stories, are not static creatures and can discover different aspects of themselves through empathizing with characters’ comical mishaps and dramatic misunderstandings. I believe romance novels can depict a fallible human heart that can be made whole again by a merciful creator and remind us of the hope for the same.”

Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone-filled household.