When I was in high school, my favorite book was The Sword and the Shadow by Sylvia Thorpe. In the story, swashbuckling pirate Captain Crispin Barbican swears an oath to protect Lady Francis from her evil cousin by taking her to the West Indies. Romance and adventure ensue. I think I checked that book out from the school library and read it at least a dozen times. A few years ago, I bought it from a used bookstore. When my daughter read the back, she made fun of me for reading a book whose main character was named “Crispy Barbecue.”
I have found a new pirate book to love: Swept to Sea. In this romantic adventure, Lady Eden Trenton stows away on a pirate ship to escape her abusive fiancé. When pirate captain turned privateer Caspian Archer discovers her aboard his ship, he promises to take her to the Caribbean. He doesn’t plan on what a handful Lady Eden will prove to be. Of course, Lord Rutger, Eden’s fiancé commissions a fast ship to pursue his prize, and when Eden’s friends Ivy and Aimee decide to hire their own captain to join in the game, a high speed race to be the first to find Eden follows.
I laughed sometimes while reading this. My favorite line in the book was: “It was such a sad thing he would grow up to be what she despised most: a man.”
The author, Heather Manning, is really talented at bringing characters to life, giving each one his or her own talents, idiosyncrasies, and flaws. She also has a talent for weaving romance–which is what I love in any novel. I now have two pirate romances to love, and to read over and over again.
You can find Swept to Sea on Amazon in Kindle for $3.99 and in paperback for $11.69.
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