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There once was a time when most supplies came by sea from trade boats all around the world. In those days it was impressive to make it from the Boston Harbor to California in 90 days. A rough and tough hard-spirited crew and boat captain were needed to make such a passage. To The Wind by Ute Carbone tells the tale of one boat and crew's hardship on sea and land during the time of the gold rush in California. It is the sequel to the author's Sweet Lenora (Dark Heroes). Anton and Lenora had escaped to the safety of the Sweet Lenora. Setting sail again on their journey with only half of the deck hands they had started with, and the accusation of kidnapping fresh on their minds, they headed for California, leaving it all behind them. Never could they have imagined that the rest of their journey would turn out to be far worse as they struggled with mutiny, betrayal, and sickness - a nightmare no crew, captain, or young couple ever want to experience firsthand.
As in the first novel, Sweet Lenora (Dark Heroes), Ute Carbone captures the reader's interest immediately with an adventurous, emotional tale of a sailor's life on the sea as they follow orders from bosses within the trade business of the California gold rush era. It also tells of incredible love, heartfelt compassion, and the pure admiration a young couple can have for one another. Ute Carbone's To the Wind has a bit of everything in it, making it appealing to many types of readers. It is a short story written so skillfully and descriptively it is as though you are watching a movie screen rather than reading a book.