Finished 2-15-09, rating 3/5, inspirational fiction, pub. 2008
Charles Towne Belles. Book 1
Dajon’s exuberance sank to the floor. “Your daughters?” his voice squeaked.
“Why yes. There is no better man than you to be their guardian in my absence. With the Spanish and Indian attacks of late, not to mention the savage nature of some of the settlers, they need a naval officer to protect them.”
No promotion? Dajon’s breath halted in his throat. He wiped the sweat from his brow. A guardian? Of women? Every encounter he’d ever had with females had ended in disaster.
It is 1718 and the Westcott sisters – Faith, Hope, and Grace- are in the Carolinas with their father, Rear Admiral of the British Royal Army. Having already married off their oldest sister to an abusive brute, Faith is afraid of the same fate befalling her, so she has secretly been a pirate captain for over five years. She hopes to amass a fortune so great that neither she nor her sisters will be forced into marriage.
When the Admiral must go back to Europe he leaves Captain Dajon White in charge of his daughters. Dajon’s duty in the Navy is to protect the Carolina shore from pirates and this causes much concern for Faith, who finds herself drawn to Dajon. Dajon has been duped by the lady pirate before and he suspects Faith, but his growing feelings for her cloud his judgement.
I did enjoy this historical inspirational romance. It had adventure and danger and a wonderful message of God’s forgiveness and redemption. Faith had lost her belief in God when her mother died, and it wasn’t until the God-fearing Dajon entered her life that she began to reconnect with God. Dajon was a good man and it was nice to see chivalry and honor in a hero.
While I liked it, I did not love it. I found all three sisters a little selfish and too modern for the times. And I found it difficult to envision Faith as the captain of a pirate ship. The way in which men were betrayed in this book made me question how this pretty girl commanded a ship full of obedient men.
If you like historical romances or inspirational fiction I think you’ll enjoy it.
I received this from LibraryThing to review.