I appreciate characters who are slightly imperfect. Not that I want them to have too many flaws, but reading about a brilliant, talented and absolutely stunning woman is just way too hard to relate to.
A Pirate at Pembroke
by Danielle Thorne
Publication Date April 25, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance, Historical Fiction
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-30
Written for: Adults
Keeping company with a reputed pirate is one thing, but falling in love with him could ruin the eccentric Crestwood family for good...
Sophie Crestwood is never going to catch a husband. Her father is a gossip, her mother has her nose in a book, and little Jack has shamefully been dismissed from boarding school. Worst of all, a pirate moves next door into Pembroke Hall.
When Sophie's sent to a matchmaking party at a neighboring estate, the pirate from Pembroke arrives and distracts everyone from the summer festivities. Unguarded, her feelings about the mysterious Captain Murdock bloom into a trusted friendship that Sophie fears may come to mean more than anyone would ever suspect.
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Sophie is wonderfully untalented and is not especially attractive, at least according to her standards. She is not an exceptional musician, she isn’t especially smart and she has a terrible sense of direction. She even got lost on her own property! Granted, she was disoriented after having been tied to a tree by Jack, her younger brother and left in the rain. . .
As you may have guessed, A Pirate at Pembroke is written in a fun tongue-in-cheek style. Sophie’s parents are the inverse of Elizabeth’s parents in Pride and Prejudice. Her papa was a gossip and her mother buried herself in her romance novels. Her younger brother, Jack, is determined to go to sea instead of taking the Living at Oak Grove that had been offered to him.
Captain Murdock is the subject of much gossip after inheriting the decaying neighboring estate. Because he was born in St. Kitts and had been a sea captain, speculation about him ran rampant. He was a wonderful character. I loved the way he was imperfect as well. The ghosts of his past caused him to question his suitability as a husband to anyone, and yet he had such a protective streak and wanted to do all he could to help Sophie, especially when the tragedy that crushed her world hit.
The author’s choice of telling the story only from Sophie’s perspective was perfect. Hearing what others thought would have spoiled the surprises later on in the story!
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