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Book Review ~ Carried Home by Heather Manning

About the Book

Carried HomeThe Caribbean is no place for a society lady of London, yet after a daring quest to save a friend, Lady Ivy Shaw finds herself trapped far from home. Now, driven with worry for her young brother, she is determined to return to England in all haste. So, when a new acquaintance offers to sail her to her brother’s side, she jumps at the offer, scarcely caring that the man is a privateer.

Captain Gage Thompson is just learning how to be a captain. He sailed for years under the command of his longtime friend, Caspian Archer, but serving a captain and being a captain are, as he soon discovers, two very different roles. While struggling to gain the respect of his newfound crew, he now faces the distraction of beautiful Lady Shaw. He finds himself entranced by her and promises to give her passage home.

After a brief stop in Port Royal, Ivy and Gage discover an abandoned child. They both decide to bring her with them on their voyage to England. But problems soon arise in the form of hurricanes and enemy pirates, and Ivy and Gage find themselves scrambling to not only care for a lonely child, but also gain command of a motley crew.

Will love bud between Ivy and Gage as they journey home?


Historical Romance


Christian/New-Adult (N/A)


4.5 Stars


I didn’t quite know what to expect with this book. But being that I loved the first installment in the series—Swept to Sea—I looked forward to reading it. It was so much more than I expected! Mixed with the element of romance, an engaging plot, a depiction of the Caribbean waters in the 1600s, as well as a hint of the humorous (and ridiculous!) dramas of the high society of England at the time, I found myself chuckling at some instances—especially where “class” met “brute,” as in the case of Ivy and Gage, and his sailors.

Manning is a gifted writer, with a keen sense for combining human drama and chaos to create something neat and special. Her writing flowed effortlessly from one scene to the next, no matter how soft or chaotic—whatever she chose to portray!

I have to mention that my favorite scene was the last one in the book. I didn’t see that coming, considering the characters involved. Definitely eyebrow-raising! And this is why I’m looking forward to the next story!

The theme was a brilliant reminder that before God, all men are indeed equal, and He could write your love story, choosing anyone of any status—anyone at all!—no matter what the rules of society have to say about it. And, hasn’t history and time proven that this is true, even in the case of Joseph, son of Jacob? Humility is what we all need if we will submit to God so that we can fully enjoy His blessings.

That being said, well done, Heather Manning! I applaud your excellent penmanship!

*Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. My heartfelt thanks to the author, Heather Manning and her review Coordinator, Opal Campbell, for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion*

About Heather Manning


Heather Manning 2Bestselling author, Heather Manning, is a young lady who loves to read—and write. After she won several writing competitions, her first book was professionally published and quickly became an Amazon Bestseller. She is an active member of her local ACFW chapter and lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she attends high school, sees plays, devours donuts, and acts in community theater. You can find Heather on her blog:!


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