Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Genre: Regency Romance
Dates Read: March 12-14, 2021
Format: Paperback ARC from publisher
Caroline Gray would rather be daring and intelligent than demure and insipid, which is why she is still unmatched after her third season in London. Her family’s threadbare finances leave Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend is willing to consider an engagement to her.
Captain Thomas Scott loves the open sea as much as he despises the three-month, twice-yearly trip his ship makes as he ferries young English girls across the ocean. He can’t imagine what family would allow an innocent young woman to be matched up with the Englishmen of questionable reputation who work and live in India.
But when Miss Gray boards the HMS Persistence, all of Captain Scott’s plans are upended. Miss Gray’s fiery spirit can’t be contained, and he is shocked and secretly delighted at her boldness—and her beauty. But the rest of his passengers aren’t so kind.
Caroline finds herself an outcast among her peers, but Captain Scott becomes an unlikely ally. They share the same passions and interests, creating an undeniable attraction. But they both know any relationship between them is impossible. After all, Caroline has obligations to fulfill in India.
Caroline has until the end of the voyage to decide if she is going to marry a man she has never met or be brave enough to love a sea captain who just might break her heart.
I loved this book! Our two MC’s, Caroline and Thomas were both super stubborn but had such great chemistry. I was a bit uneasy about what would happen once they reached India, but I loved how the story played out.
The only thing I knocked half a star off for, was that I felt that the end just ended much too abruptly. I really would have loved if this story had an epilogue for us so that we could catch a glimpse of these two in the slight future.
Overall though, I genuinely adored this proper romance, and i look forward to more from Julie Wright in the future.
Special thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing who sent me a copy of the paperback ARC for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own
About the Author
JULIE WRIGHT was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s lived in LA, Boston, and the literal middle of nowhere (don’t ask). She wrote her first book when she was fifteen. Since then, she’s written twenty-five novels and coauthored three. Julie is a two-time winner of the Whitney Award for
best romance with her books Cross My Heart and Lies Jane Austen Told Me and is a Crown Heart recipient. Her book Death Thieves was a Whitney finalist.
She has one husband, three kids, one grandbaby, one dog, and a varying
amount of houseplants (depending on attrition). She loves writing, reading, traveling, hiking, snorkeling, playing with her family on the beach, and watching her husband make dinner.
“Wright follows Glass Slippers, Ever After, and Me with a delightful, not exactly traditional Regency romance. Smart, outspoken, progressive, and beautiful, Caroline just can’t stop being true to herself, making it hard to secure a husband. Caroline’s unusual forthrightness strikes a chord with Captain Thomas Scott, as does her courage during a storm, and she soon acquires his warm regard as well as an enemy, leading to intrigue and danger after their arrival in Mumbai. Wright weaves in Interesting historical detail, creates unique settings, and orchestrates a romance with an emphasis on shared interests, values, and goals, making for a thoughtful and keenly pleasing love story. Teen readers will enjoy this adventurous journey with its proactive heroine and exotic settings.”
-Booklist, starred review
“An unconventional woman finds herself at home at sea in this stirring Regency from Julie Wright.
Caroline is a worthy protagonist, whose forthrightness contrasts with the strict propriety of the women around her. Caroline’s repeated failures to meet the expectations placed on women of the time are endearing and only enhance her relationship with the captain, who similarly struggles to navigate social norms. This adventure is sure to entice fans of historical romance.”
“A ship traveling from England to India becomes a microcosm of Regency society in Wright’s touching novel. Thomas and Caroline discuss women’s rights and fair trade…their exchanges lead to sparks. They speak their minds and stoke their mutual intellectual attraction. Romance on the high seas may be a high-risk proposition for Caroline, but her discovery of new freedoms makes those risks worth taking. A charming historical romance in which smarts and sass are vindicated.”