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Marrying The Royal Marine by Carla Kelly
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Aug 03, 2014

really liked it
Read from December 31, 2011 to August 02, 2014

Hugh Philippe d'Anvers Junot, a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Marines, is lonely. His recent promotion took him from deep water to the conference table at Plymouth, where he attends meeting after meeting. During a visit to the Stonehouse Navel Hospital, he comforts a dying Marine and learns that, while the Marine contingent about each ship is a well-honed fighting machine, groups from several ships do not work together as well as they could. Hugh suggests to his Admiral that he should talk to Marines in the Peninsula and get their ideas on how they could best be employed in the war effort. On his way to Portugal, he meets Polly Brandon, who is on her way to the satellite naval hospital at Oporto, which is run by her brother-in-law, Surgeon Philemon Brittle, and her half-sister, Laura. (See The Surgeon's Lady.) Alas, Polly is no sailor, and when she becomes too sick to care for herself, Hugh steps in. It is the beginning of an unlikely friendship between the 37-year-old Marine and a bespectacled 18-year-old miss. Their adventures continue once they are in Portugal, and soon they find themselves married, if only fictitiously. Neither realizes the other wishes the marriage real.

Ms. Kelly has penned another excellent book. Hugh and Polly are ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations, and Ms. Kelly's deft characterization brings them to vibrant life. This book, like the previous two in the Channel Fleet series, is one for the keeper shelf.

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