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HaBO: Lock the Shipbuilder

This request comes from Kim, who is looking for a shipbuilder romance: 

I've got a HaBO for you. I've recently been reading Sarah Vowell's Hawaii
book, and it reminded me of a book I read about ten years ago. The book was,
if I recall, not particularly recent when I came across it (most likely in
one of the bags of books that my mother traded back and forth with her
friends and then passed on to me), but it was also not particularly old
school, so it might have been published anytime in the 90s. I've tried
googling around, but, alas, no luck. So here's what I remember:

–It takes place primarily on the east coast (possibly Baltimore, but
definitely in a city with a port), during the 19th century.

–The hero's name is Lachlan or some variant thereof; people call him Lock.
He is, or was, a shipbuilder. I have vague recollections of some sort of
tormented relationship with the past (shocking in a romance novel, no?).

–I can't remember the heroine's name, but she came from Hawaii (possibly
somewhere else in the Pacific, but I'm pretty sure it was Hawaii). She comes
to the east coast for some reason and has trouble fitting in (she likes to
go shoeless, etc.).

And that's it. I'm really wishing I hadn't passed this one on, and it's
driving me crazy that I can't find it. Help?

Anyone recall this book? 

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  1. 1
    ch says:

    Is it The Master’s Bride by Suzannah Davis?

  2. 2
    Susan says:

    So sad—I just looked at the author’s bio and she was only 46 when she died.

  3. 3
    Kim says:

    Yes! It is! I had totally forgotten about the delightfully dreadful cover design. Thanks!

    —Kim

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