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A Pirate at Pembroke

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Keeping company with a reputed pirate is one thing, but falling in love with him could ruin the eccentric Crestwood family for good...

Sophie Crestwood is never going to catch a husband. Her father is a gossip, her mother has her nose in a book, and little Jack has shamefully been dismissed from boarding school. Worst of all, a pirate moves next door into Pembroke Hall.

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Kindle Edition, 433 pages
Published April 25th 2018
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Julie Carpenter
This was a fun book that had me thinking back to all the different characters in Jane Austen's novels. She has almost a formulaic cast of characters and this book definitely had a very similar cast. While reading, and a character would be introduced, it was fun to try and figure out which character matched an Austen character. I saw many similarities to characters from Emma and Pride and Prejudice. A gossiping father, a bookish mother, a full of adventure and mischief brother, spiteful character ...more
Katie W
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sophie comes from a pretty non-traditional family and they're pretty quirky. It's her father (not her mother) who is the gossiping goose and her mother (not her father) who reads Gothic novels. It's fun to see those stereotypical roles reversed. Her little brother is a brat, especially when he leaves her in the rain and as for Sophie, she is clueless in her quest for a match. But...I liked the light-hearted (and at times, silly) feel that was brought to the story because of all of this.

There we
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
My experience reading this book was varied. I was excited for the story from reading an excerpt during its promotional blog tour, but once I got into it, I discovered that overall the author's writing style isn't my cup of tea, as well as being annoyed by the main character Sophie. She seems likable enough, but also behaves in a shallow manner, at times immature, condescending, judgmental. Fortunately she improves over the course of the book, but later when she is called on her earlier behavior, ...more
Amy Koster
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, regency
What happens when a mysterious man moves in next door and a nosey neighbor gets curious? Sophia Crestwood found she wanted to know all about the new Captain Jack Murdock. Rumor is he is a pirate and a brooding one too. Sophia and Jack soon become well acquainted, despite her father’s wishes, all while knowing she needed to make a good match.

I love Sophia! She is not a silly girl of the Regency Era out to catch a husband. She is smart, cleaver, and cares for her family. Jack is brooding, moody, a
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Nicole
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Pirate at Pembroke (2018) is an excellent standalone novel by Danielle Thorne. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 433 pages in length. With a full-time job and a busy six-year old, this book took me two days to read. I received a copy of this novel in eBook form from the author via Kathy at I Am a Reader. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give A Pirate at Pembroke 5 STARS. This book is a Clean Historical ...more
Mara
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The house and property next door to Leatherbury, the Crestwood's estate, has been vacant and neglected for many years, but now it looks like an heir, Captain Edward Murdock, has come to take possession of Pembroke Hall and its surrounding lands. According to Sophie's brother, Jack, the servants he saw "looked like pirates", which he gladly shares at the supper table that night, and thus it seems the rumor has started.

One reviewer said the characters in this story reminded her of ones from severa
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Suzie Waltner
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
It took me a little while to figure out why I was struggling with this story at first and then it hit me. It never felt like we got into Sophie’s deep point of view. Instead, this story often read like a narrative. Which is fine when the story is conducive to it.

That said, I did get used to it after about halfway through the book, but I never felt like I really got to Sophie’s heart. Maybe that was purposeful since Sophie didn’t seem to know her heart at all. She is kind of naïve when it comes t
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Bess
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
Cute story, no pirates. But there is a surly Captain to keep things interesting. Nice story with some side storylines as well.

My one complaint was noted, I wish people, not only this author, would understand the difference between shaking one's head and nodding one's head. The former is disagreement; the latter agreement. The author messes this up several times much to my chagrin.

Aside from that, this was my first read from Ms. Thorne. It was a sweet read. I don't like reading books that make m
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Alisa
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
With a gossiping father, an out-of-touch mother, and a mischievous younger brother, Sophie Crestwood has her hands full. At 20 years old (and after her first season) she feels like she is practically "on the shelf" when not one - but THREE - eligible bachelors move into the area! When she and her friend are invited to a house party where all three eligible bachelors (plus a few more) are in attendance, Sophie must figure out how to look beyond appearances and figure out what is real and what is ...more
Yana
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars

I received a free ebook review copy of this book but was under no obligation to post a positive review

This is a story that knows how to pull you in. With every page, it calls you to continue and explore the plot further and further. A great Regency Romance seasoned with intrigue and mystery.

When the mysterious heir of Pembroke Hall arrives to England from The Indies he is accompanied by a slew of rumors- the most prominent of which states that he is nothing but a cunning Pirate.
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Kelly
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet story! There is lots of gossip, misunderstandings, secrets, dreams of a 14 year old boy, and a romance that takes forever to evolve from friendship!

I like the relationship that Sophie has with her brother Jack. They have a good bond, but with the normal sibling squabbles as well!

The romance was moving at a good pace! It took awhile to come to fruition! Sophie actually made the first move and she was shot down! But I love how things come around and what Sophie learned about her own
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Cathy
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has such a great premise! I love the idea of a “pirate” moving in next door. So much fun!

This book started a bit slow for me. But as the plot got going, I got more and more into it and ended up loving it!

I liked Sophie. I liked the way she wasn’t your average young lady. She was always wandering off into the forest with her younger brother, Jack. And, like any other young lady at the time, she wants to find someone and get married. What young lady doesn’t find it romantic to marry a pi
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Stacey
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
I have been so eager to read this story since I first discovered it as a nomination on Kindle Scout - which I voted for but sadly it didn’t win. I was so excited to be notified that it was being published so soon afterwards though!

I have to say the story had many different twists & turns to it that I wasn’t always expecting & sometimes I wished for more than one point of view but having said this, the story probably would not have been as intriguing had this been the case. As it stands I
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Amanda
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
I really enjoyed this story and had a hard time putting it down. I loved the characters especially Sophie and Murdock. Their romance was definitely a slow burn and I enjoyed every minute of it. I can see myself rereading this in the future and will be read more works by this author.
Amy
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Pirate at Penbroke is a good Regency. Sophie Crestwood and Captain Edward Murdock seem to be quite the opposite but perfect for the story. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense surrounding the Captain. It was fun to keep guessing what would happen next. The book, also, has some action, adventure, romance, and some laugh out loud moments.

I recommend A Pirate at Pembroke for those who love a good, sweet, and clean Regency. I give this one for stars.

I received this book from the publisher. This revi
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Sara
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm a little on the fence about this book. I didn't dislike it, but it wasn't my favorite, either. The writing style was very regency, which I struggle with a bit. The main character, Sophie, was a bit air headed at times, which is something I dislike personally in my main characters, but others might not be bothered by at all.
I guess it comes down to preference. The book wasn't badly written, just not my preference. The story was very clean and had very little heat to it which isn't bad, but I
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Dawn Pearson
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sophie Crestwood is content with her life, but at 20 years old, her parents are eager to see her married, and married well. But, she enjoys watching after her younger brother, Jack, and wandering about the estate. So, when the heir to the neighboring estate shows up unexpectedly, the mystery about who he is soars in the household. And, after her first encounter with him, her intrigue only grows. Jack says he's a pirate, but is he really?

Captain Edward Murdock has arrived at his ancestral home f
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Phyllis
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Pirate at Pembroke by Danielle Thorne

Sophie is wonderfully untalented and is not especially attractive, at least according to her standards. She is not an exceptional musician, she isn’t especially smart and she has a terrible sense of direction. She even got lost on her own property! Granted, she was disoriented after having been tied to a tree by Jack, her younger brother and left in the rain. . .

As you may have guessed, A Pirate at Pembroke is written in a fun tongue-in-cheek style. Sophie’
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 Mummy Cat Claire
Sophie Crestwood is 20 years old and of age.. She has been out for some years and he parents are looking for her to make a good match. Sophie's family is distinguished but lack a title.
Sophie's younger brother, Jack, has always dreamed of sailing in a ship. So when a new neighbor moves into the abandoned house that borders their estate, Jack is very intrigued. The man's name is Captain Edward Murdock and he was born in the West Indies. Rumor has it that he's a pirate.

"If there was any truth to
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Maria Thomas
While this Regency book started out really slow for me I quite enjoyed it in the end. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting based on the title. I mean I thought there might be a little swashbuckling but what little there is, we don't see.

There were a few things that we don't see but I wish we'd have found out. The biggest thing is what was Jack thinking when he left his sister in the forest to get lost? If he ever explained himself, I missed it. As much of an imp Jack is, I loved that he stood
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Heather
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-next
70%..... finished { I will update when 100% finished}
I wanted to love this book. I did to some extent. But I felt like it was very slow getting to the point of the book. I didn’t mind Sophie she was a little immature at times with her thinking. I know I was that way when it came to dating my Husband. I was never going on another date with him again after our first date. He was very shy and didn’t speak much during it first date. My mom thought I was silly and I need to give him more of a chance.
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Kim  Gregory
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read, although at times it dragged a bit, overall I quite enjoyed it.

Sophie is a dichotomy. She tries to be the dutiful daughter who is acting the gentlewoman, but she also loves to roam the woods and be outside in the garden and she has very decided opinions, which she isn't afraid to share - perhaps a little too often according to her family and friends. She adores her little brother Jack who gets her in a few scrapes.

Captain Murdock has taken possession of his inheritance, Pemb
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Gayle
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun Regency story with some lovable and quirky characters and a little bit of mystery as well. The heroine, Sophie, was sweet and kind but a little unsure of what she wanted out of life. Over the course of the story, we see her grow and mature and learn that there is more depth to people than what is on the surface, that you can't believe everything you hear, and that standing up for yourself is important. The story felt a little slow in parts, but the second half picked up the pace. ...more
Donna May
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great novel. Even though it was a little slow at times, I couldn’t put it down. I truly love reading about England and this period of time. But, I am also very thankful I didn’t live in this time. Too many women were forced to marry people that they didn’t want to. Everything was about rank and money. Plus women had no freedom. They couldn’t have respectable jobs, or vote, or even receive an inheritance from their parents. My how things have changed!

We are so hard on ourselves and so m
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Linda
May 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I struggled with this story until the end of chapter 5 & then gave up. The heroine, Sophie was not one that I cared for at all. I thought she was shallow and quite a busybody. Too interested in finding a suitor and getting married & not particularly kind to her young brother who at 13, longs for a career in the navy rather than one of the church that his parents are planning for him. When she gets lost one day & is caught in a storm, she is rescued & brought to Captain Murdoch’s ...more
Kellie
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had this book on my to read list, so when it came up for review I was excited. The title in itself sounds intriguing. I enjoyed the Crestwood family. Even though they had their eccentricities , they were a tight-knit family.

I really got interested when Sophie went to the house party. Most regencies I read are all about the balls and society, but I liked how the author wrote about what people did in their free time, hunting, walking the gardens, and exploring the outdoor maze.

I would give this
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Vicki Johnson
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A truly delightful book to enjoy!

I just picked this book up and started reading. I didn't know the author of what it was about. Just liked the title. What a fun read! . The author has done a great job with the characters. Lots of things going on in the story to keep you engaged from one chapter to the next. I was wrapped up in the lives of these people by the end of the book. A wonderful ending! I would highly recommend this book to any readers that like this genre. I will definitely look for mo
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Shauna
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story and its regency twist. Originally, I thought it was going to be about pirates and was trying to figure out why the girl on the front didn't look like she should be on a ship. Yes there are misconceptions and miscommunication constantly, but it lead to the typical regency style and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. There was growth in the characters and an enticing Captain to fall in love with. Jack made the book so much fun! I'm positive I will be reading ...more
Lydia
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Danielle's novel. It was a nice escape to visit the Regency time period in the countryside. Sophie is delightful, a perfect blend of caution, laughter and caring. Her suitors ranged from nefarious to a pure gentlemen and in the end she choose well. The novel read well, kept a good pace and had just the right amount of twists and turns. Each character was well defined, Sophie's brother Jack being my favorite. I'd give my highest recommendation for anyone wanting to read a sweet ...more
Eliza Jones
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet historical romance

I dont know enough about historical accuracy to judge this, but it was a great read and seemed very well done. Near the end I nearly wondered if she wouldn't end up with Murdock at all because he'd never encouraged her and in my memory quite a bit of the heroine's time was spent with Billingham. But I do think those two were better as friends, and Sophie ended up with the man she truly loved.
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Danielle Thorne is the author of classic romance and adventure in several genres. She loves Jane Austen, pirates, beaches, cookies, antiques, cats, dogs, and long naps. She does not like phone calls or sushi. A graduate of BYU-Idaho, Danielle saw early work published by Every Day Fiction, Arts and Prose Magazine, Mississippi Crow, The Nantahala Review, StorySouth, and… you get the idea. Besides wr ...more