August 5, 2009
Summary: Caroline Pembroke is a lovely young woman, attempting a dangerous transatlantic ocean crossing on her own. As she sails away from France,toward the Delecroix plantation in Louisiana, she has no idea how far the journey will take her. When pirates intent on plunder attack the ship, she unwittingly becomes part of the plunder herself. For a brief, dizzying moment she finds herself at the mercy of the swashbuckling captain of the privateer Black Eagle. Although Caroline arrives in Louisiana safe and sound, she realizes that the captain has stolen more than just gold and jewels...he also has her heart! Will she ever be able to drive the image of the man out of her head? Will she ever see him again?
Review: Weird the lead female's name is Caroline Pembroke and it rings so familiar to me. I hate when character names from different books are similar, it takes me out of the story for some reason and now it's going to eat away at me until I can remember where I recognize the name Caroline Pembroke.
The author does such a wonderful job of creating her characters. I feel like I could walk into a room and correctly name who everyone was. I am however, feeling like I've been introduced to the characters enough and just want the actually story to start. I don't know how to exactly describe it, but there seems to be too many "filler" pages, although they are written really well, but I just want some action.
Really great writing but after I was done reading it I didn't feel as if I had read much of a story. This book was a good break from the over abundant 1800's duke/spy/tenacious woman books that are flooding the market. I'm definitely a fan of Patricia Maxwell/Jennifer Blake's writing style, she can completely transport you into the story. She has an incredible ability to give the reader a feel for her characters without blatantly coming out and saying he's handsome/brooding/strong or she's pretty/caring/outgoing. Her characters are always memorable to me.
With all that said, this wasn't her strongest work. Caroline and Jean the lead characters hardly spend any time together. It is a really short story and if you want to read something different it wouldn't be a bad choice actually. In the end though, it was all filler and no killer. Oh, I forgot the title and description of this book is totally misleading! I thought there was going to be some sweet high seas action but Jean wasn't even a pirate but a privateer! Plus there was only a page or two talking about him on his ship the Black Eagle. Lame.
Next to be read: "The Trouble of with Valentine's Day" Rachel Gibson. Please, please, please be a good book and get me out of this slump. I'm starting to feel like the Pittsburgh Pirates. (I realize the last statement was totally dramatic but I'm feeling that way today. My slump is probably closer to the Twins and the ability to remain mediocre, in a completely mediocre division. Sigh. Double sigh.)