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Published by Shadow Mountain
Released on March 2, 2021
An unexpected ship-board romance between an outspoken bluestocking on her way to India for a possible arranged marriage and the blunt, but caring ship captain who never plans to marry. I’ve spotted this one about and I loved what I saw of the blurb and the cover. I enjoy trying new to me authors and discovering new reading gems along the way.
Caroline is in a fix. Her father passed away with his estate entailed away to a male relation and she and her mother are left financially precarious. Three seasons in society have not produced a single proposal and mostly because Caroline struggles with society’s rules for ladylike conduct. An offer to journey to India to consider a marriage to Captain Barritt is her best chance. Or is it?
Captain Scott has been taking potential brides out to India and can’t see these arrangements working out well. He’s a good captain and under his gruff exterior and blunt speech; he cares. He sees Caroline’s outspoken notions getting her ostracized among the other passengers, but he personally finds her refreshing and interesting. But, she’s going to India to marry, right?
I was not surprised that I slipped right into the story and the writing and lost myself for long periods at a time. Caroline was a bit more modern, but nothing too much to believe. She’s smart and doesn’t bother to hide it. I enjoyed her strong spirit even as she had to grow. Thomas Scott was a wonderful match for her and I fell in love with him and the crew members. Though yes, they didn’t make it easy and things had to get interesting after the ship made port.
Beyond the characters, the portrayal of life for the women of the “Fishing Fleet” and the life they found in India was truly fascinating. It is the sort of adventure that is driven by desperation and need much like a mail order bride situation.
The end came quickly and I would have liked a bit more after the big moment, but all in all, it was lovely and I hope the author writes more. I’ve noticed that there are other Proper Romance Regency titles so I’ll have to check those out, too. Regency Romance lovers should definitely give this one a chance.
I rec’d the book from the Amazon Vine program to read in exchange for an honest review.
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