Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Ransome's Quest (The Ransome Trilogy #3)” as Want to Read:
Ransome's Quest (The Ransome Trilogy #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Ransome's Quest (The Ransome Trilogy #3)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  489 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
The pirate El Salvador has haunted the waters of the Caribbean for almost ten years. When he snatched Charlotte Ransome, it was a case of mistaken identity. Now Charlotte’s brother, whose reputation in battle is the stuff of legend, is searching for him with a dogged determination. But another rumor has reached El Salvador’s ears: Julia Ransome has been kidnapped by the ma ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Harvest House Publishers (first published July 2011)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Ransome's Quest, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Ransome's Quest

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,010)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Aug 19, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a wonderful conclusion Ransome's Quest was to an adventurous and delightful series! I enjoyed every moment I spent in this book and while each book was engaging, I found this one very difficult to put down for any length of time. The Ransome Trilogy is a grand blend of Pride and Prejudice and Pirates of the Caribbean! Captivating!

On the eve of their arrival to Julia's Jamaican home, their lives are disrupted once again when Charlotte is taken by the pirate Salvador. This starts a chain of e
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

Bad pirates who turn out to be good, evil pirates with devious intentions, chivalrous navy officers, and two damsels in distress who will not go lightly make for an adventure reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean minus the supernatural elements. The naval rhetoric and activities took some getting used to as did the contemporary relationship dynamics. Kaye is certainly well researched on the era and naval profession. I enjoyed the hum
Apr 26, 2014 Kaye rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
In reading the Kindle version of this book, I'm pretty sure that my publisher used the unedited ARC/galley version instead of the final, edited version that was published in paperback. There were SOOOO many errors/changes that I know I made corrections on the galley before the book was published. I actually started marking them with the notes feature on the Kindle as I was reading.

That aside---and wanting to make additional edits/changes to make the story and the prose flow better---after four y
Oct 03, 2011 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes you on a roller coaster ride--lots of twists and, because it's the last book in the trilogy, lots of revelations.

It starts off rocky for me; I had to read the opening several times before getting into it. Perhaps the clunky language? Or maybe just a general feeling that characters, background, and plot were being dumped on me all at once within a few pages.

Books do this to me sometimes, and in the hands of a more skilled writer, it could've been an exciting opening.

This is the f
MaryLu Tyndall
Nov 16, 2011 MaryLu Tyndall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fabulous conclusion to the series and my personal favorite!! Of course I may be partial since I also write Swashbuckling romances, but Miss Dacus has outdone herself with this story. Her research on ships and the Royal Naval sang through the adventure but did not overwhelm what turned out to be a plot full of twists and turns that kept me reading late into the night. Characters you grew to love through the series were placed in horrific situations that seemed so real, I felt their pain. Honora ...more
Jan 22, 2012 Janelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
The final book in the Ransome Trilogy and a really great series overall. My favorite in the series was the first book by far. I really did enjoy all the sea faring and pirates involved in the later books though. The last book really went a teensy bit darker with the evilness of one pirate but it made it that much better. I do look forward to reading more from this author. She's so entertaining! Between her and another fantastic author, MaryLu Tyndall, I shall never be short on reading Christian ...more
Wow. This first book in this trilogy was interesting, albeit predictable. The second was the same. Both were believable, I felt. But book three? Yikes. It's like a soap opera, all the drama. This series jumped the shark towards the end of book two.
Feb 18, 2013 BritGirl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One star for sentences like this: "If he weren't a no-good, dastardly, cowardly, kidnapping pirate, she might consider him handsome."

Read Kaye's other books "Ransome's Honor" or "A Case for Love" instead.
Aug 09, 2011 Dyanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first book in the series, and the second one was pretty good too, but this third one felt contrived. And the epilogue was too tidy. Nevertheless, the entire trilogy is a fun read.
It was as predictable as the other two books in the series, but still a fun read. Too bad life's loose ends can't be tied up as neatly and sweetly as they are in this series
Feb 19, 2015 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this one as much as the other two, and here's why: It all tied together with so many unlikely and unrealistic happy endings that it really seemed so cheesy. Which made me wonder if they were all cheesy and I just didn't realize until I got to the end.
It had some redeeming qualities, like the very good descriptions of the different vessels (although there were so many in this book that it got confusing trying to keep track of each crew and who was on which ship) and I still think t
Lis K
May 22, 2014 Lis K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Ransome Trilogy. Although past events are summarized in this book, I'd recommend reading at least the previous book in the series, Ransome's Crossing, as this book picks up immediately from where the second book ends. There is so much going on in this book and I mean that in a good way. There is not just one but two pirates! Not just one but two (and a half) abductions! Lots of twists and turns and secrets from the past coming to light. For those readers who are int ...more
Aug 19, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's summer, vacation time but just in case you can't make to your tropical destination of choice this year with books like Kaye Dacus's Ransome's Quest there's no need to worry. The latest book in the Ransome Trilogy has sultry breezes, cerulean waters and huge ships that will take you on a journey to rival any trip to the beach. Ms. Dacus has put together a satisfying conclusion for the characters we've all grown to know and love.

The adventures of Julia, Charlotte, William, and Ned along with
Aug 21, 2011 Jolene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Commodore William Ransome is accustomed to being in command. The ability to control his crew and his ship earned him the rank of commodore. However, when his wife, Julia, is kidnapped only days after his sister, Charlotte, is taken, he is torn by the fact he cannot save them both himself. Entrusting his sister to her fiancé, Ned Cochrane, William seeks clues leading to his beloved wife. Strength and bravery alone will not be enough to rescue the two ladies. When a pirate offers vital information ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
September, 1814, Tierra Dulce Plantation, St. Catherine’s Parish, Jamaica, is a day and place that Commodore William Ransome won’t be forgetting. His only sister, Charlotte, has been captured by a pirate. While attending to his pursuit of his sister’s captor, his wife, Julia, has been captured by yet another pirate, Shaw, known for his vicious treatment of his captives, and considered an enemy of the Royal Navy. Who does he go after first?

Captain Ned Cochrane volunteers to sail after Charlotte,
Dec 22, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Kaye Dacus
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
August 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7369-2755-0
Genre: Inspirational/historical/pirate/romance

Charlotte Ransome is outside with her intended, but she doesn’t want to marry him, having found out that he’s only after her fortune. She breaks up with him, sending him away amidst threats, and then agrees to marry Ned Cochran. But they barely seal their agreement with a kiss when they are set upon by strangers and Ned is left bleeding and he
Tamara Tilley
Jan 27, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
RANSOME’S QUEST, the third installment in the Ransome Trilogy, was a great ending to the characters Kaye Dacus brought to life in RANSOME’S HONOR and RANSOME’S CROSSING.

Commodore William Ransome’s life is once again in turmoil. Both his sister, Charlotte, and his wife, Julia have been kidnapped by pirates with vendettas against him. Captain Ned Cochrane’s love for Charlotte is all that is needed for him to sail off to find her, freeing William up to search for Julia in the hands of the horrific
Jun 04, 2012 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The back of the book doesn't do it justice - it is amazing! And its not just the suspense of what will happen to Charlotte but who really is Salvador and why does he want to protect Julia? In reading all 3 parts of the trilogy I will say that you will enjoy this book much better if you read part 1 and 2 first. Especially the last chapter when you're introduced to a couple you haven't heard of since part 1. What I really loved was the progression of Ransom and Julia's feelings for each other. Par ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
This is first fiction novel that I have had the opportunity to review that was unique in that this one involved pirates. Not like Captain Jack Sparrow pirates, but more along the lines of the Will Turner possibility of a pirate.

Known by most as El Salvador, this pirate has captured Charlotte Ransome, the daughter of Commodore William Ransome, whose goal is it to send a message that he can not ignore, that is unless the life of his daughter isn't worth the cost. Leaving her soon-to-be suitor Ned
Jan 16, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I want to say that I have not read the first two books in the series. However, after reading this book, I think that it would be fine to read them out of order or just to read one of them. Some things might have been better understood if I had read the other ones first, but I think the author did a great job at making it not absolutely necessary to read the other ones first.

I absolutely LOVE sweet romances….. and when you throw in men in uniform and pirates, action, sword fights, t
•o•:*:•.Jane Austen meets Pirates of the Carribean!.•:*:• o•

Ransome Trilogy – Ransome’s Honor, Ransome’s Quest, Ransome’s Crossing
by Kaye Dacus

I am rating the books as a trilogy since I read them all back to back. These books surprised me. I felt book one started out a little slow and a bit stiff. But, they definitely got better. I started book 1 on a Sunday, finished Monday and started book 2 that night, finished it on Tuesday, started book 3 that night and finished by Wednesday afternoon. The
Shannon McNear
Aug 29, 2011 Shannon McNear rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third and final volume of the Ransome Trilogy is a delightful romp across the Caribbean that neatly wraps up the stories of William and Julia, and Ned and Charlotte, with some wonderful surprises thrown in. It is, predictably, the most fun if the reader is already familiar with the first two installments of the series, Ransome’s Honor and Ransome’s Crossing, and it provides an exciting, sometimes heartwrenching but completely satisfying conclusion to the overall story. It’s a must-read if ei ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hold Fast! There's plenty of action and drama on the high seas in this world of piracy and Royal Navy life. Cannon fire and mayhem. Swashbuckling heroes and damsels in distress. Author Kaye Dacus has brought me into the wonderful world of piracy. Oh my, did I just say wonderful? Well, there is romance involved so wonderful it must be!

Although I haven't read the first two books in this series I have thoroughly enjoyed the exciting escapades of Charlotte. She's a spunky young woman with tremendou
Aug 22, 2011 Ausjenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This is book three of the series and a great book to end the series. This books has so many humourous scenes. Starts of with Charlotte being kidnapped only the kidnappers have the wrong woman. They were after Julia. El Salvador wanted to kidnap Julia to protect her now he's left her at the mercy of the pirate Shaw.
Both Ned and her brother William are off to rescue here which leaves Julia free to be kidnapped. As Charlotte was a midshipman before she knows about ships she knows her duty is to try
Apr 12, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 24-hour-read
I loved this book! I loved how Salvador was brought in, and I knew exactly who he was the first time we meet him. My only complaint is that Charlotte annoyed me. She was silly and childish in my opinion, and seemed to steal the show from Julia. Even though Julia went through worse torture, Charlotte still got more attention. The ending, though, was highly satisfying, and gave us nice (if sad) closure to the series.
Mar 19, 2016 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story moves rapidly and offers a great conclusion to the series. I found myself a little lost in some of the nautical and fighting details, however that isn't my usual genre so I wasn't too surprised by being over my head. I appreciated the use of three books to draw out the depth in each relationship.
Chelsea Johnson
Oct 02, 2013 Chelsea Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a conclusion to the Ransome Trilogy!

Picking up right where Ransome's Crossing left off, Ransome's Quest provides an exciting and at times heartwrenching conlcusion to the stories of William and Julia, Ned and Charlotte along with a few surprises thrown in.

Kaye Dacus does a good job of taking you along for the ride through these character's lives. You get to feel Ned and William's fear and frustration over Charlotte, William's fears over Julia, Julia's fear and determination to not give in
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jul 22, 2014 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved these books- especially on airport travel days. You can start it at the beginning of a 3-4 hour flight and be pretty much done with it by the time you land. Very light and easy reading, but the plot (while predictable) flows quickly.
Charlotte is kidnapped by pirates and William and Ned set out to find her, they soon discover that it wasn't Charlotte they wanted and Julia is also taken.

An interesting twist to end this trilogy.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 33 34 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Nov 21, 2014 06:12PM  
¿Por qué no una traducción al Español? 1 1 Oct 22, 2014 03:10PM  
Translation to Spanish, why not? 1 1 Jul 07, 2014 05:39PM  
  • The House in Grosvenor Square
  • A Flight of Fancy (The Daughters of Bainbridge House #2)
  • Pirate of My Heart
  • Surrender the Night (Surrender to Destiny, # 2)
  • The Doctor's Lady
  • A Great Catch (Lake Manawa Summers, #2)
  • A Suitor for Jenny (A Rocky Creek Romance, #2)
  • Flora's Wish (The Secret Lives of Will Tucker, #1)
  • The Lady's Maid (Prairie Dreams, #1)
  • Sweeter Than Birdsong (Saddler's Legacy, #2)
  • A Most Peculiar Circumstance (Ladies of Distinction, #2)
  • Beyond All Measure (Hickory Ridge, #1)
  • Love by the Book (Ladies of Summerhill, #3)
  • A Love Forbidden (Heart of the Rockies, #2)
  • Thief (The Brides of Alba #2)
  • The Shunning/The Confession/The Reckoning (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #1-3)
  • Deep Trouble (Wild West Weddings #2)
  • Echoes of Titanic
Kaye Dacus is a professional editor, author, and educator who has been writing fiction for more than thirty years. Pursuing her passion for writing, she earned a Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she works in higher education as an academic editor and writing/literature instructor. In her "other" life, she writes contemp ...more
More about Kaye Dacus...

Other Books in the Series

The Ransome Trilogy (3 books)
  • Ransome's Honor (The Ransome Trilogy, #1)
  • Ransome's Crossing (The Ransome Trilogy, #2)

Share This Book