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Marrying the Captain (Channel Fleet #1)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  981 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
Ever since her father tried to sell her as a mistress to the highest bidder, Eleanor Massie has chosen to live in poverty. Her world changes overnight when Captain Oliver Worthy shows up at her struggling inn. Despite herself, Nana is drawn to her handsome guest....

Oliver planned to stay in Plymouth only long enough to report back to Lord Ratliffe--about Nana. But he soon
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ebook, 288 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Harlequin Special Releases (first published December 2008)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Carla Kelly has done it again. I read my second book by her and fell in love with her characters and her writing. Oliver Worthy was completely sigh-worthy. What an honorable man. He was very down to earth, and, at his heart, a really good, decent man. The Navy was his life, and he had convinced himself that marriage was not for him, because it wouldn't be fair to his wife. But, Nana Massie slipped past his defenses. It wasn't quite love at first sight, but darn close. This young woman had the po ...more
Dina
Apr 15, 2012 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dina by: Rane Aria
4 1/2 stars

This was only my second book by Carla Kelly, but I can already say for sure that she is one of my favorite authors now. I love her writing and the way she fills her books with accurate and realistic historic details without turning them into a textbook... Well, that's how I feel after reading only two books, but I doubt they're exceptions to the rule. :)

Marrying The Captain is the first book in the Channel Fleet trilogy. The story takes place during the Napoleonic Wars and, unlike wha
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Rane
I loved this book!
It was well detail on the life of a navy officer in the early 1800's from sickness to daily life.
The heart of the book was two people- Nana and Oliver finding love and each other in war.I did cry in some parts as I couldn't help but think of the many men and women who go off to war leaving they're love ones behind to wait for them. Just being with they're family and love ones- ever second is dear to them.
Oliver just stopping by to hold and kiss Nana on his way to report
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TJ
4.5/5.0

Awww... How wonderful it is to experience a sweet, quiet, emotion-filled romance reminiscent of the classics! There are no loins burning desperately the moment the characters meet or wild dangerous intrigues with villains lurking behind every door. There is, however, instant attraction that over time blossoms into deep and passionate love, the kind of love that the reader can believe will truly last forever. The premise is also delightfully different. An illegitimate daughter of a Viscoun
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Zoe
Jan 22, 2016 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
oh Captain Oliver Worthy, I am so in love with you.

I have heard about Carla Kelly for a while, lots of positive things, but this is my first book from her. I think her style is a little too innocent for me. But there is no denying it: she is a great writer. What I love about this book is Captain Worthy and his internal dialogues. Haven't we all been there, where the characters' internal dialogues drove us nut? Not in this Kelly novel. I wouldn't call her novel funny. It is not that. It is how po
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Karla
I enjoyed it. The protagonists were super-nice and could have been dull/annoying from all the sugary sweetness, but Kelly knew the limit and didn't cross the line. Usually such "good" characters make me throw a book at the wall, but Kelly has obvious talent for dodging the pitfalls of such positivity because I read great chunks of it at a time without getting a cavity.
Jaimey
May 10, 2009 Jaimey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Regency or just plain romance fans
Synopsis: Eleanor "Nana" Massie's father, Lord Ratliffe, recruits Captain Oliver Worthy to spy on Nana at the small inn she runs with her grandmother. As soon as he meets Nana, he realizes Ratliffe is up to no good.

What I liked: I am a fan of Carla Kelly. I have read some of her older traditional Regencies and I LOVED them. I liked this one but not quite as much. The characters are likable, the plot is believable and the historical detail is just enough to put you in the time period without maki
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Linda
This charming Georgian story is a must-have for anyone who enjoys historical romances. It is what I refer to as a 'workhorse'; it has it all. It is an enchanting love story with a wonderful hero and heroine: Captain Oliver Worthy and Eleanor 'Nana' Massie. There is a villain, Lord Ratliffe, who is Nana's father. There are also some great secondary characters: Gran, Pete, Mrs. Fillion and Matthew to name just a few.

The story itself grabbed me from the get-go. I started it in one evening and was f
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Lorelei
Sep 25, 2013 Lorelei rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lorelei by: Simcha
A very enjoyable story. A navy romance with the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars, some knowledge of the period would be helpful in understanding all that is going on. This is the first Harlequin I've read in well over a decade, and I was entirely unprepared for the graphic pornography. It is only in one scene, the wedding night. Call me a prude if you will, but had it been necessary to further the plot, or even because it was a natural inclusion of a regular part of the story, I would not complai ...more
Jane Stewart
It’s not the kind of book I would say “you have to read.” But it’s nice.

It’s what I expect from Harlequin. Nothing really special or unusual, but ok. I was pleased there were no contrived conflicts or stupidity.

A captain falls in love with a woman while he waits for his ship to be repaired. She loves him but feels they cannot be together because she would hurt his reputation. Her parents did not marry. She and her grandmother don’t have enough money for food. The captain helps them out. Her fath
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H2bourne
Jun 28, 2014 H2bourne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well-told story with all the ingredients needed to keep the reader engaged. Yes, it's a romance but there are other elements to make this a well-rounded read. Eleanor Massie (Nana) is the by-blow of William Stokes, Viscount Ratliffe, aptly referred to by some as Lord Rat, and Rachel Massie, who died in childbirth. Rachel's mother, Mrs Massie, somehow brings Lord Ratliffe to task and he agrees to educate Nana at Miss Pym's Female Academy in Bath. At the age of 16, she is sent for a ...more
Kate
So I'm a wee bit disappointed. While I liked the story, and am glad to read about someone who doesn't have a title as a hero, I found it mostly unsatisfying. It wasn't bad, but it didn't thrill me.

Nana (Eleanor) is a bastard daughter of a Viscount whose maternal grandma was such a good gramma she got the Viscount to put in writing that he would educate Nana and set her up for a good position in life. He sends her to school, all right, but the position he has in mind makes Nana furious and she ru
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Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
A real love story in the traditional, Regency sense of the word with an honourable hero and a genteel lady despite being born on the "wrong side of the blanket". Refreshing.

3.5
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DemetraP
I read Marrying the Captain by Carla Kelly. It's a romance where the heroine is a bastard and she's living with her grandmother and they are slowing starving. They own an inn and with the blockade of France because of Napoleon, they don't have any customers at the inn.

The Captain (the hero) goes to their inn and has a bad cold. Heroine helps nurse him back to health and they fall in love.

I just liked all the characters in the book. Everyone was very down to earth and I believed in the romance. T
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kris
Aug 26, 2014 kris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oliver Worthy is a Captain of a ship (and also pretty damn rich from the ~spoils of war). Eleanor "Nana" Massie is the granddaughter of an innkeeper (and also the illegitimate daughter of a Viscount). Because of said Viscount, Oliver goes looking for Nana and they fall in love! And get married! And some other plotty bits happen!

1. This was enjoyable even though there was approximately zero romantic...tension? Like, Nana realizes she loves Oliver in Chapter Five. Oliver realizes he's in love a ch
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Kyraryker
Hope you all are ready for this....
Right away I have distinct feelings for Nana (yeah wish her name was different) and Oliver and like them a lot. I have only read two chapters and already feel attached to these characters and can not wait to see how they come together.
The way the author writes Oliver's private thoughts was a huge boost to this story. An example of this and a part which made me laugh out loud was when Oliver was sick and woke up having to pee and thought Nana was still in the ro
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Cortney
Mar 26, 2011 Cortney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since her father tried to sell her as a mistress to the highest bidder, Eleanor Massie has chosen to live in poverty. Her world changes overnight when Captain Oliver Worthy shows up at her struggling inn. Despite herself, Nana is drawn to her handsome guest....

Oliver planned to stay in Plymouth only long enough to report back to Lord Ratliffe--about Nana. But he soon senses that Lord Ratliffe is up to something, and Oliver will do anything to keep this courageous, beautiful woman safe--even
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Estara
Dec 04, 2011 Estara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who can overlook TSTL heroine behaviour at the end
Shelves: dnf, read-in-2011
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Ruth
Feb 27, 2014 Ruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nana Massie, the only granddaughter of a poor but respectable Plymouth innkeeper, has every reason to distrust the naval men upon which her and her beloved Gran's livelihood depend. The illegitimate daughter of a lieutenant, now a lord of the Admiralty, she fled the education her father provided when he revealed his true plans for her future -- selling her as mistress to the highest bidder to cover his debts. She's resigned herself to a life of struggle and poverty, sure that no one could ever o ...more
Dana
May 04, 2009 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marrying the Captain is the first book in a new series from Carla Kelly. I loved this book. The characters and the romance worked for me. I liked that the characters were just average people and I ended up caring about what happened to them. I also liked that the book was filled with enough period detail to make it believable. I look forward to the next book in the series, The Surgeon’s Lady, due out in June.
Ruth
Absolutely one of my all-time favorites. Beautiful story, beautifully written and populated by characters who are so real you can almost reach out and touch them. The development of love between the hero and heroine feels totally believable and the descriptions of naval affairs adds a huge amount to the story without dominating. Lovely. Will stay on my Kindle for ling trans-Atlantic flights!!
Alison
Aug 15, 2013 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mostly enjoyed this story - the fact that it is involving the Royal Navy and characters that are not grand or titled - but I didn't love it.

The only thing I can think that it was language and the way the characters talked that put me off, plus I did find the heroine's name a bit of a distraction.
SheLove2Read
Mar 06, 2009 SheLove2Read rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very sweet romance. I liked the heroine of this story alot. She wasn't "oh poor me" about her station in life and our hero, the Captain couldn't have cared less. He falls in love with her for all the right reasons. PG13 for limited sexual situation.
Lisa
Mar 15, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a clean read...just a FYI. I had to skip a few pages and would have skipped the end - but it was THE END. Anyhoo, it was a great story - bummer that it had the hoo-ha in it!
Donna Hatch
Mar 21, 2009 Donna Hatch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Not your typical Regency, but the hero was an uber tough guy with a tender heart and I fell in love with him quickly.
Cathy
Ever since her father tried to sell her as a mistress to the highest bidder, Eleanor Massie has chosen to live in poverty. Her world changes overnight when Captain Oliver Worthy shows up at her struggling inn. Despite herself, Nana is drawn to her handsome guest....Oliver planned to stay in Plymouth only long enough to report back to Lord Ratliffe--about Nana. But he soon senses that Lord Ratliffe is up to something, and Oliver will do anything to keep this courageous, beautiful woman safe--even ...more
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
*Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance, during Jazzy July to celebrate the release of Lauren Willig's The Other Daughter, including introductions by Lauren! (July 2015)

Nana and her grandmother are just scrapping by running an inn in Portsmouth. Not located directly on the water, they rarely have guests and it's even more rare that they have full stomachs. Nana could have had a comfortable life, she was educated at a private academy in Bath by her father. But little did
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Cruth
May 13, 2014 Cruth rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, regency
Author: Carla Kelly
First published: 2009
Length: 3646 locations
Setting: 1808, Plymouth, England.
Sex: Explicit but not frequent. After marriage.
Heroine: Poor, illegitimate, innocent.
Hero: Son of a vicar. Captain in the Admiral's Fleet. Honourable.

A good read but not overly exciting.

It works. It has no pretensions to any grandeur. It is a simple romance.

Sweet.

Lord Ratliffe's Daughters / Channel Fleet:
Book 1 Marrying The Captain - Eleanor (Nana) Massie and Captain Oliver Worthy
Book 2 The Surgeon's L
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Kaetrin
Jan 13, 2016 Kaetrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, historical
Why I read it: This one was recommended to me by my friend Merrian. I bought it a while ago. My experience with Doing No Harm recently was so positive, I wasn’t ready to let the vibe go, so I dug this one out of Mt. TBR.

Marrying the Captain was my third Carla Kelly book. It was different to my first two experiences in two major ways. First, it took me a little time to get into. Partly that was because I had trouble getting my head around the heroine’s name being “Nana”. Yes, I know that it was a
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Jan
This was my first book by Carla Kelly, and I think I've got a new addition to my favorite authors list.
I think this might be the best Harlequin I've ever read (only I already read the next installment - The Surgeon's Lady - and that now currently holds that position, I'm just a bit too late with my review, so technically it's now the 2nd best).

The Canal Fleet Trilogy tells the stories of 3 bastard sisters, who find love during the Napoleontic War.

Eleonor - Nana - Massie's mother died in childbi
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 03, 2015 11:14AM  
  • The Sergeant's Lady (The Arringtons and Wright-Gordons, #2)
  • The Fortune Hunter (Lord Rival, #2)
  • Lord Braybrook's Penniless Bride
  • Lady with a Black Umbrella
  • Sweet Disorder (Lively St. Lemeston, #1)
  • A Regency Christmas: Scarlet Ribbons / Christmas Promise / A Little Christmas
  • Beauty and the Scarred Hero
  • The Viscount Claims His Bride
  • Miss Winthorpe's Elopement (Belston & Friends #1)
  • An Angel for the Earl
  • September Moon
  • Conor's Way
  • After the Kiss
  • Tallie's Knight
  • One Perfect Rose (Fallen Angels #7)
  • A Taste for Scandal (Sealed With a Kiss, #2)
  • My Darling Caroline
  • His Lordship's Mistress
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Although Carla Kelly is well known among her readers as a writer of Regency romance, her main interest (and first writing success) is Western American fiction—more specifically, writing about America's Indian Wars. Although she had sold some of her work before, it was not until Carla began work in the National P
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Channel Fleet (3 books)
  • The Surgeon's Lady (Channel Fleet, #2)
  • Marrying The Royal Marine (Channel Fleet, #3)

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