About the Book
Lady Eden Trenton never wanted to leave her privileged existence in London—until her father invites a dangerous suitor into her life. Left with few options, Eden devises the best reprieve she can: escape. Chasing freedom, she stows away aboard a pirate ship, praying she will gain her independence in the colonies before she is discovered by the nefarious crew.
Captain Caspian Archer has spent the last five years hardening his heart and searching to exact revenge for the event that tore his life to shreds. When he catches word that his enemy is residing in Jamaica, Caspian steers his ship toward the colonies in all haste. His plans soon change, however, when he discovers the young beauty hiding in his ship’s hold.
Cut from the only lives they have known, Caspian and Eden are pulled together as each pursues a fresh hope upon the sea.
5 out of 5 (stars)
I loved this book so much!
It took me a while to get into, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. My favorite character was Captain Caspian. Between Heather Manning and MaryLu Tyndall—these authors have led me to fall in love with pirate fiction. Manning gave me a blast with this book.
The characters were very well fleshed out, and the setting, so vivid. I actually felt like I was on the ship myself. This story had two villains—the main one, and a secondary. Out of humor, I asked myself how a sweet romance story like this would be able to tackle two very annoying people. Well, that’s were skill comes in. It was sort of funny (in a humorous way) that the two were actually tackled at the same time. What a scene!
I also loved that the author from the beginning of the story, set a premise for the sequels to follow, as I’m hoping that is the case and looking forward to. In all honesty, I’m truly surprised that this book is Manning’s debut novel and at age sixteen. It is very well written. Her storytelling skill is unique, while giving you that Catherine Palmerish feel at the same, but only bolder.
The Christian theme was very mild, and not as fleshed out as I would have liked. In some ways though, I could relate to moments with the characters where they felt forsaken by God, but in the end, realized and acknowledged that He’d been there all along.
In general, I really enjoyed this piece, and I’m looking forward to others by Manning.
*Although I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. A ‘thank you’ to Heather Manning, the author, for reaching out to me with a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion. You can also find this post on facebook.
About the Author
Heather Manning is a young lady who loves to read–and write. She has won multiple competitions for her writing with “Nextgen Writers” and placed first in some writing contests with the “Go Teen Writers” blog and is a proud member of ACFW. She lives in Missouri where she attends high school, acts in community theatre, eats donuts and reads every Inspirational Historical Romance she can get her hands on.
She is proud to say that her first novel was professionally published while she was only 16 years old.
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