Sally Kent is not like most young ladies her age. Belonging to a large Naval family, she is more at home at sea on a frigate than she is in a ballroomSally Kent is not like most young ladies her age. Belonging to a large Naval family, she is more at home at sea on a frigate than she is in a ballroom or parlor. Sally does the unthinkable when accompanying a brother off to his first ship as a young teenager. Said brother never reports and runs away. Sally decides to follow her heart to the sea for one real adventure and disguises herself and reports for duty as her brother.
Lieutenant David Colyear, a friend of the Kent family finds something odd with his new midshipman. Letters from the Kent family revealed a younger brother who would be sullen, pious, and weak. Attributes that no Lt. wants to deal with when training boys how to be useful sailors. However, the Kent he receives is smart, knowledgeable, and encouraging to other young recruits. Pretty soon Colyear figures out that Sally is not a boy, and she is actually the Kent daughter. He is furious, but does not want to cause a scandal for Sally or jeopardize his position. He decides to let her stay and remembers that Sally is too young for him, but he was attracted to anyway. Readers will definitely get plenty of adventure and even a journey to love, but this reader had a hard time in the believeability of this romance. Sally was on the brink of womanhood at the age of nineteen. Because of her interactions with Colyear, I found her to be immature. Not in what she did but I felt like Colyear was falling for a child. A thought that definitely turned me off of this story. I never felt a true connection between the hero and heroine.
Also, I found that all the naval details to bog down the flow of the story. Some explanations and details are necessary, however Essex provided so much I kept wondering if this was truly a romance novel. Ultimately the story became tedious. I am a fan of Elizabeth Essex, but do not recommend this to other historical romance readers unless you are a fan of the author or enjoy anything related to the British Navy. I do recommend "The Pursuit of Pleasure" by this author. As a great example of historical romance, especially to readers looking to try this author's work.
This book is a first in a new series, but the Captain was seen in previous books ("The Danger of Desire"). It is not necessary to read Essex's previous books. I hope that Essex can redeem herself with the next book in this series, "A Breath of Scandal."
Review to be posted June 30, 2012 * I received this ARC courtesy of St. Martins Press via Netgalley...more
This book had real potential, in the end I just found it mediocre. Enjoyable enough to keep reading, but one that will be forgettable. I loved that thThis book had real potential, in the end I just found it mediocre. Enjoyable enough to keep reading, but one that will be forgettable. I loved that this book took place during the end of King Henry VIII reign. His health was rapidly declining, death was eminent. His last wife, Queen Catherine Parr cleared her name and head from the block. All children of Henry's are re-legitimized and court games and intrigue about. This book is supposed to be loosely connected to two other books, but can be read as a stand alone, which is how I read it.
Lady Justina Winscott, Dowager Baroness is a pretty pawn of Viscount Biddeford. A man one will truly hate. Appointed as guardian to Justina's young son, Brandon, the viscount lords threats and her son over her head to do her bidding. Mainly finding out information in any way possible. Resigned to her fate, the idea of her son keeps her sane. During a treacherous moment while visiting Baron Ryppon's Amber Hill she meets a knight, Sir Synclair who intrigues her as no other man has before. Synclair who recently fulfilled his duty as knight sets of to court to pursue Justina. Things do eventually work out for a happily ever after and reuniting this new family together.
As an aside, I loved this beautiful cover, but I am no historical fashion expert. The gown appears to me to look Gerorian and the accessories in the background, including the lamp are definitely not from the Tudor era. I have to say some on the art department for their historical inaccuracies....more
"When Dreams Come True" was such a sweet historical romance. This edition is a reprint of an older novel (also available as an ebook).
Eden was a young"When Dreams Come True" was such a sweet historical romance. This edition is a reprint of an older novel (also available as an ebook).
Eden was a young child living in the gutter in a terrible part of London when she is rescued by Madame Indrani who took her in, sheltered her, educated her, and trained her to be an exclusive mistress for a Sultan in the future. Eden is beautiful and smart, but was still an innocent. Her brief respite from life was her chats with the vicar's wife in a beautiful little garden. Eden learns that she is sold to a Sultan to become part of his harem and believes she has no choice. The vicar's wife told her she could take a chance and safe herself and make her destiny basically her own. Eden takes her opportunity aboard a ship that is to take her away once a storm hits.
She ends up in Cornwall, rescued by the Earl of Penhollow, Pierce Kirrier. Pierce is a self made man. Saving his family and title from ruin from a father who was a drunk, and ruined the family fortunes. The servants and townspeople are such a nice cast of secondary characters who helped raise Pierce become the man who he is. And in turn, Pierce takes care of these people. The town believes in a bit of magic and a Widow who does charms. They convince her to make a charm and ask for a wife for Pierce. Once Eden is shipwrecked everyone is convinced that she is the wife they have asked for. Whether a charm or just a gift of hope Eden and Pierce eventually fall in love.
This is just a sweet story with sweet characters and is enjoyable. Even though not everyone is rooting for this couple to get together. Pierce's mother, bitter from her failed marriage and being stuck in the country, decides because they don't know anything about Eden that she isn't good enough for her son. She enlists the help of the fickle, judgmental gentry to thwart any blooming love. But guess what, love does prevail and Pierce's mother does come around.
When Eden first stayed in Pierce's house she took on the guise that she lost part of her memory to not have to explain her past. Something that should have been explained because it wasn't such a big deal. But Eden was too terrified to tell the truth and afraid that Eden would eventually be found and carried away. Once she fell in love and got married she still couldn't be honest with her husband and reveal her past.
The truth comes to light and makes things much more difficult to resolve. Pierce, who is such a good loving man, must decide if Eden is who he wants. There were more twists and turns to this, but I don't want to reveal too much. In the end the HEA is realized to make this book one very enjoyable read. Eden gets what she always wanted, a home, a name, and a loving mann. I recommend this to any historical romance fan that is looking for a good, light story....more