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  • Loved this high-seas historical fiction book!

    I enjoyed this women's historical fiction/romance novel so much. The plot is fast-moving, with some unanticipated twists, and the main characters, Grace and Seamus, are written complete with the kinds of flaws that make them both likable and irritating; in other words, totally relatable. There were moments when the decisions each made left me aghast, but they always redeemed themselves in ways that made me care about them and their happy ending. The book is very well-researched, from the details of early 1800s London to life aboard a British Navy tall ship, and the dialogue also rings true. Reading this book was something of a time-travel experience for me; I really felt "right there." I learned a lot about the period's British navy, and some of the terminology brought back my own experience of a week aboard an expedition tall ship in the South Pacific, so that was another enjoyable aspect of the book. By the last page, I wasn't quite ready to say goodbye to Grace and Seamus, so I'm happy this is the first book in a series. There are also some plot twists left hanging, and I'm looking forward to seeing how these will be resolved in the next book!

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  • Thoroughly enjoyable!

    I love this book so much! Ms Lombard’s words paint such clear portraits of the characters that they quickly endear themselves to you like old friends, except for a few villains that you will soon love to hate - especially Lord Silverton, who is so vividly described as to be impossible to not be repulsed. I thoroughly enjoyed being swept up in Grace’s adventure as a co conspirator, keeping secrets and taking sides. With just the right mixture of adventure, action, and a sprinkle of romance I have genuinely laughed out loud at times, and then been so sad at other parts that I needed to make a cup of tea before continuing. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys leaving reality behind them for a while to be immersed in another time and place; and am eagerly waiting to find out what happens next

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  • Adventure on the high seas for a plucky lass

    As a fan of historical fiction, I was delighted to find this book transported me to a period of time I relish reading about but am thrilled to not have to live in. I loved the spunkiness of the main character, Grace; definitely not a shrinking violet. She manages to get into all sorts of scrapes but has the resolve to deal with them. To add to Grace’s adventures is a dishy lieutenant, Seamus. Of course, what is a good book without a character everyone loves to hate? Silverton’s vileness seeped through the pages to the point I wanted to climb into the book and sort him out myself. The story made me laugh, cry, cringe and giggle. I can’t wait to read the next instalment.

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  • A Brilliant Read

    If you like your novels to be set upon the high seas, and in particular women’s historical fiction, then I think this is a book that you will really enjoy.

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  • Great Read!

    There is adventure. There is romance. This is an evil villain. A pirate. And a heroine who is determined to take control of her own destiny. This novel was so much fun. Grace, the ever resourceful protagonist in this book, manages to dupe the entire crew of HMS Discerning into thinking that their latest recruite (her) is a teenage boy. Even Lieutenant Fitzwilliam, an acquaintance from Grace’s in her former life, does not recognise her!! When Grace’s true identity is discovered, Seamus finds himself slightly flummoxed, as he tries to decide what the best thing is to do with this stowaway. Does he send her back to her family, knowing she will be forced to marry Lord Silverton (who is a truly disgusting man, who is not averse to rape) or does he marry her himself? decisions, decisions, decisions!! I loved this novel because it does not let up. It is one exciting adventure after another, and I had no idea where the story was going. And the plot twist at the end—I did not see that coming. This is a wonderful book from a very talented author. I loved it and I am sure you will love it as well. *I received a copy of this book from The Coffee Pot Book Club for review consideration.

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