A Captain for Caroline Gray by Julie Wright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
My thoughts: Caroline has been put in a hard situation. Either go to India and try to make a match or be passed from relative to relative. For a woman with strong opinions and an active mind, it is a difficult decision.
I loved Caroline. She has so much compassion and looks out for others. The title leaves the ending open. Caroline has two captains, Captain Barrit or Captain Scott. One she has promised to think about making a match with and the other finds his way into her mind and heart.
The majority of this novel is set on the high seas. I enjoyed Caroline's fascination with the ship and crew. Her artistic talents help her make friends with people who really matter. The people that high society would not look at twice.
This book is a keeper. It is interesting and entertaining. Caroline and Captain Scott are the kind of people that I would love to associate with.
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
"A charming historical romance in which smarts and sass are vindicated."— Foreword Reviews
"…a delightful, not exactly traditional Regency romance. 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…This adventure is sure to entice fans of historical romance."— Publishers Weekly
Julie Wright wrote her first book when she was fifteen and has written over twenty novels since then. She is a Whitney Awards winner for best romance with her books Cross My Heart and Lies Jane Austen Told Me, and she is a Crown Heart recipient for the novel The Fortune Café.
She has one husband, three kids, one dog, and a varying amount of fish, frogs, and salamanders (depending on attrition). She loves writing, reading, hiking, playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.
She hates mayonnaise.