Monday, 21 August 2017

The Captain's girl - Nicola Pryce

Cornwall 1793 - As the French Revolution threatens the stability of England, so too is discontent brewing in the heart of Celia Cavendish. Promised to the brutal Viscount Vallenforth, she must find a way to break free from the bounds of a life stifled by convention and cruelty. Inspired by her cousin Arbella, who just a few months earlier followed her heart and eloped with the man she loved, she vows to escape her impending marriage and take her destiny back into her own hands. She enlists her neighbours, Sir James and Lady Polcarrow, who have themselves made a dangerous enemy of Celia's father, in the hope of making a new life for herself. But can the Polcarrows' mysterious friend Arnaud, captain of the cutter L'Aigrette, protect Celia from a man who will let nothing stand in the way of his greed? And will Arnaud himself prove to be friend...or foe? 

My thoughts:
Celia knows her duty. Marry the guy they tell her to marry. But trust me, no one would want to marry that guy and when she finds out, well what can she do? What could any woman do at this time when you had to obey your father and then your husband. But she has a streak of wild in her and plans an escape.

First, her cousin Arabella who ran away. We only hear about that. I do not know Arabella, but I was all, I want her story too! How did Arabella fall in love? How are they now? Sometimes those side characters that are not even there really grab your attention. But let us forget about Arabella, I am sure she is happy somewhere. I guess I should read more of the authors books even if she is not in them.

There are more things going on that just Celia's marriage to be. The French revolution is still felt and the English worry about spies (this being a book set at the coast and all). Something is strange about the neighbors and they have their problems. And of course then there is the handsome strangely French captain that she meets.

Conclusion:
Romance, spies, wonderful side characters (not just the that cousin we never even met) and drama.

Paperback, 464 pages
Published July 6th 2017 by Corvus Books
Romantic historical fiction
for review


38 comments:

  1. It's so true about those side characters. Sometimes they are just more interesting than the actual protagonists. I hope Arabella has a book ...

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    1. Even though I never even met her, lol

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  2. Sounds good and I love a Cornwall setting.

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  3. Glad you enjoyed this one. Sometimes the secondary characters are more fun than the main ones.

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    1. Oh yes, and she is not even in this book, lol

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  4. Oh this one sounds like a good one. I have been looking for more historical romance. I think this one will make the list.

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    1. It's not HR, more his fic with romance. Yes there is a difference

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  5. Spies can be fun. Sounds interesting.

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  6. Sounds like a good read. I am wondering if there is a book about the cousin who ran away. That sounds interesting.

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  7. I hate when I read a book and the side character mentioned seems critical and I should have remembered them from an earlier book or something.

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    1. It did feel like she could have had a book, but I checked and the previous book she wrote was not about Arabella. I fear it did not work out for Arabella

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  8. Makes me think Arabella could be a main character in the author's other books, or might be one soon :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Totally. Especially since after having read one we do not know if she got a HEA or not. Maybe Arabella is dead! *dum dum dum*

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  9. I love historical romance so I'll have to check this one out! :)

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    1. DO not expect too much rom. It is romantic historical, not the other way around

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  10. Sounds fun and a dashing Frenchman as well!

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  11. Arabella got away, smart girl. Ooh and a French captain- she's all set (unless he's a spy). Still...

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  12. Oh this is totally on my list now :) I love me some spies :)

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  13. Love when a secondary character catches my eye :)

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