It's slow burn, clean, and action-packed, so it will appeal to virtually anyone, and there's no rapey scenes or overt racism at least none that caught my eye. In town she ends up saving a proud and elegant Englishman from an angry mob and from there we are taken on an adventure of an epic scale. So why not four or five stars? And though before reading it I turned it away 3 times. Chudleigh, for example, a pampered English widow who has had difficulty acclimating herself to life in Bermuda, is small and wispy and faded, like a rose drooping on the stem. In the wake of a dozen such mishaps to astonished neighbors up and down the shore, Samuel Bradley had declared positively that his daughters would either travel by horse or carriage, or they would stay at home.
In 1813 Annapolis, Maryland, Page saves suspected British spy Joss from hanging by Americans furious at the encroachments of the occupying British. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to. The British were guilty of the most heinous crimes, not the least of which was their very presence in the Chesapeake, keeping everyone in a constant state of turmoil. I almost cried with her at some points in the story. Speas was well known for her historical romances during the 1950s and 1960s. Page, now a prisoner, is forced to sail away from her home.
I am an avid reader and reviewer of historical romance, as well as a published author of Georgian, Regency and Medieval romances. It is the war of 1812 and the British have a blockade in the Bay so she isn't suppose to go near the ship. I sure hope they will though and I'll snap them up right away. Perhaps all still would have been well if, on its return home, the Bradley sloop had not been captured by a British frigate. Can I just say that I was really pleased with the entire story. Fans of adventure on the high seas are going to love this one. Speas allows us to see the conflicting emotions of those on both sides of the War of 1812 as Hazard is shamed by the British atrocities at Hampton, and Page experiences gracious treatment at the hands of the British officers when aboard their ships.
From the first she finds, to her patriotic dismay, that it is impossible for her not to like the British whom she meets even if she despises British military arrogance. Good read and I would recommend it. It is 1813 and America has declared war on England but England is also at war with Bonaparte. Dour Scotsman Duncan MacDougall gets dragged into the whole mess but gleefully jumps at the chance to join the privateer crew in raiding the British and winds up with a pretty French bride. From One It was not, from its beginning, an ordinary day. Joss was a little too much of an overbearing superman for my taste, and Page too reckless and too young eighteen.
This is a very thrilling novel. I'm not just surprised that this romance was out of print, I'm surprised they didn't put it back in print sooner. You can access my books below, or on my or on my. Perhaps all still would have been well if, on its return home, the Bradley sloop had not been captured by a British frigate. The details and research of the war, the ships, the battles is gripping. All the secondary characters are well fleshed out and each contributes meaningfully to the final ending.
MacDougall was none too pleased to be sailing early just to get the man and his servant to safety, especially when, as a result, they ran right into a British warship. Impulsively, she rescues the would-be spy; persuading the mob to let him, and his manservant Farley, go. Based during world war 2. Even Page who should have been angry, scared out of wits and in despair at being so far from home shows little emotion. It is 1813 and America and England are once again at war. . Soon after her blunder, she finds the same gentleman surrounded by a mob determine to hang him for being a British spy.
Already she could distinguish an occasional warm feather of air from the land, hidden in the haze somewhere off the port bow. It is not often that I have come across a book set in this time period in this setting - the war of 1812 rather than the English fighting Bonapart. It was quite an interesting read. Or at least not until the attentions are not unwanted. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.
The romance is overshadowed just a bit by the adventure, but the snippets we get of the romance are quite good. There is also a sweet romance between Page and Hazard. Everything is so vivid I almost could smell the sea water. Well, not everything, but the gist. Summary Amidst the turmoil of war and the peril of the high seas, two sworn enemies are destined to discover that denying love may be worse than treason American Page Bradley is beautiful and brave, but impulsive, and knows nothing of the dangers of war that lurk around her. She just wants to spend her birthday money and buy some frippery in town.