Monday, April 5, 2021

A Captain for Caroline Gray by Julie Wright (Book Review)

I enjoyed this Proper Romance story and recommend it to fans of clean Regency romances who enjoy adventurous stories on the high seas.

Book Details:

Title: A Captain for Caroline Gray (Proper Romance Regency) by Julie Wright
Category: Adult Fiction, 336 pages
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing 
Release date: March 2, 2021
Format: Trade Paperback, eBook, & audiobook
Contact Rating: PG 

Book Description:

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.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

A Captain for Caroline Gray is an entertaining Regency romance about a bluestocking and a sea captain. Most of the story takes place on Captain Thomas Scott's ship. 

Caroline Gray is a beautiful intelligent woman who scares away potential husbands when she boldly speaks her opinions on politics and most topics that genteel women do not engage in. Because of her family situation, Caroline must marry or be destitute. She therefore feels she has no good option but to accept a proposition to meet the son of a family friend in India for the possibility of marriage. However, during her three-month journey, she begins to have feelings for Thomas, the captain of the ship. And he begins to have feeling for her until his pride gets stung over a misunderstanding and threatens to separate the duo for good.

This was a fun quick read. It's a clean romance with adventure and witty dialogue. I liked Caroline and Thomas, but I wanted to shake Thomas a few times for his immature behaviour. This was the first time I heard about the Fishing Fleet women who left their homes in hopes of finding a husband among the British officers in India.  I thought this made for an interesting backdrop to the story.

I enjoyed this Proper Romance story and recommend it to fans of clean Regency romances who enjoy adventurous stories on the high seas.

Buy the Book:

Praise for A Captain for Caroline Gray:

"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

About the Author:

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.

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