Review & Giveaway: The Merchant’s Yield by Lorri Dudley


About the Book

The Merchant's Yield

Book: The Merchant’s Yield

Author: Lorri Dudley

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: March 31, 2020

It was a marriage of inconvenience, but life has a wicked sense of humor.

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 a foreigner from the Leeward Islands for a dance. But her one courageous act lands her in a compromising position. Forced to wed a stranger, Lottie leaves the only home she’s ever known to reside on the isle of St. Kitts.

Nathaniel Winthrop’s troubles are mounting, and the rumors of him being cursed are spreading. Due to the dwindling sugar crop, he risks everything to start his own shipping company. The last thing he needs is a wife, especially one with a weak constitution. Yellow fever has already claimed the lives of his mother and siblings. He must guard his heart against falling in love with this gentle beauty, knowing island life will be a death sentence.

No longer under her mother’s scrutiny, the newfound freedom of the island rejuvenates Lottie’s spirit. If her days on this earth are limited, then it’s time she lives life to the full. Now it’s up to her to prove that even though Nathan was coerced into marrying her, she’s the one he can’t live without.

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My Review

The Merchant's YieldWell, I love marriage of convenience stories and The Merchant’s Yield was a great one! What a rocky start these two characters had. There were some moments on the ship, as Nathan and Charlotte were traveling to the island, that had my emotions rolling first one way and then the other. There were misunderstandings and mistrust, yet I loved the moment that Nathan realized that his words, spoken in anger, had done true damage to his wife’s well being. His immediate attempt to help her and care for her gave us the first peek into the kind of man he really was.

Charlotte made such a difference in so many people’s lives in this story and she worked hard to point everyone, including Nathan, to the one true and powerful God, who could overcome any supposed curse that held them in fear.

This was such an enjoyable love story and I wish there had been an epilogue. I would have loved to have seen what was happening in Charlotte and Nathan’s lives a few months down the line. This is book two in the Leeward Islands series, yet it can be read completely as a stand alone.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

About the Author


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. Find her online at

More from Lorri

The Merchant’s Yield is the second book in the Leeward Island series. The idea for my heroine, Lottie Etheridge, stemmed from a writing prompt—Pretend you are a relative from your past. My family has often speculated where the bright red hair that pops up every other generation (my dad, my cousin, and my niece) originated, since my grandfather was adopted. My opening hook at one time was Lottie’s mother stating, “Red hair is for opera singers and ballet dancers. You should have powdered your hair.”

In my research about the island of St. Kitts, I came across a French-American pirate named Jean Lafitte, educated at the military academy on St. Kitts. The concept of my hero, Nathaniel Winthrop, a merchant who could have schooled with a pirate, set my creative juices flowing, especially after reading about Lafitte’s outlandish and quirky behavior. I couldn’t resist interlacing the lives of my main characters with the daring pirate.

I enjoyed writing Lottie’s struggle between pacifying others, yet trying to stay true to how God made her. Also, I can relate to her attempts at rebellion backfiring, for I too could never get away with anything. Lottie’s soft heart contrasts nicely with the guarded hero, Nathan, as she peels back each painful layer of his thick façade to reveal the devoted and ardent love he holds beneath.

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To celebrate her tour, Lorri is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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14 Responses to Review & Giveaway: The Merchant’s Yield by Lorri Dudley

  1. Diane Flowers says:

    Thank you for the delightful review! I’m starting Lorri’s 1st book today & can’t wait to read the entire series!

  2. Lori Smanski says:

    thank you for your review. Oh but I love this cover. This story sounds fascinating. I love the last paragraph of the blurb. I dont read a lot of regency, but I think I may need to read this one.

  3. Rita Wray says:

    I liked the review, thank you.

  4. tleonie says:

    Sounds like a lovely read!

  5. Wow! I love stories of marriages of convenience.
    I need to read this one. Thank you for the tantalizing review.

  6. Teresa Warner says:

    New author for me, sounds good!

  7. Lelia “ Lucy” Reynolds says:

    I think this cover is stunning. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Emma says:

    This sounds like a fun story!

  9. James Robert says:

    Thanks so much for both the book description and giveaway as well. I enjoy hearing about another good book.

  10. Paula Shreckhise says:

    Sounds like a good one! I’ll be sure and look for the first one, too!

  11. carylkane says:

    Excellent review, Britt! Sounds like a must read. 🙂

  12. diannekc says:

    Sounds like a book I would love to read. Adding to my TBR list.

  13. agboss777 says:

    Yay! Another Christian Regency series!!! This book sounds so good! Thank you for the wonderful review, Brit! I have added the series to my TBR list! 🙂

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