Review: A Captain For Carolyn Gray by Julie Wright

Posted June 27, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: A Captain For Carolyn Gray by Julie Wright
A Captain For Carolyn Gray

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Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Shadow Mountain
Released on March 2, 2021
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Carole @ Carole's Random Life

It is fun to try new authors. This sounds like a great story and I am glad that it worked so well for you.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

I agree. Always a chance to come across a new favorite. 🙂 I’m a sucker for a sea romance.

Christina Morland
4 months ago

Thanks for this review, Sophia! This book sounds compelling. There’s something about an unconventional, independent-minded woman and a gruff, caring man that really appeals to the romantic in me!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

Yes, and put them on a sailing ship and I’m a goner. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
4 months ago

I just can’t imagine living back then when things like this might happen. To not have control over your own life is crazy.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yeah, it was a scary thing to get on a ship, sail half-way around the world knowing you were probably gone for good to marry a guy whose a stranger.

4 months ago

It’s a new one one to me but why not?

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

Yes, why not?

Carole Rae
4 months ago

Ooooo! I want to read this one!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Glad to put it on your radar, Carole!

4 months ago

Sounds like a perfect summer read.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  vvb

Yes, a shipboard romance on the way to India makes a great summer read. 🙂

4 months ago

Sounds like a great romance! I’d be on pins and needles worrying about what’d happen when she steps off the ship and off to her intended!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

Yes, and their big blow up came right about then so I had no idea what way she was going to jump at that point.