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A Captain for Caroline Gray by Julie Wright | #BlogTour #BookReview @scatteredjules @ProperRomance @ShadowMountn @Austenprose #NetGalley #HistoricalRomance

Sometimes life is more about the journey than the destination

Today we are thrilled to be part of the blog tour for A Captain for Caroline Gray by Julie Wright, a heartwarming and fascinating nautical romance.

Our thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing , Austenprose, and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy. 


Book Details

Print Length: 336 pages
Publisher: 
Shadow Mountain (March 2, 2021)
Language: 
English
ISBN-10 : 
1629728462


Book Description

Caroline Gray’s third season in London society ends as badly as her first two—no marriage proposal, no suitor, not even a glimmer of an interested prospect. She suspects it’s because she is far too quick to speak her mind to men who are put off by her forthright opinions, her eager intellect backed by a formal education, and her unconventional ideas about the future. She is far more daring than demure to suit the taste of her class. Besides, Caroline thinks there will always be next season to find a husband.

However, her family’s dwindling income leaves Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: a one-way ticket to sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend waits. If the match doesn’t work, Caroline cannot return home.

Captain Thomas Scott loves the thrill of the open sea, and as commander of one of the ships of the “Fishing Fleet,” he ferries scores of young English girls to the shores of India to find husbands. The voyages pay well, but he struggles to understand why families would allow young women to be matched with total strangers so far away.

The trips have always been routine and uneventful—until this trip’s first night’s dinner with one Miss Caroline Gray. She engages in a lively political conversation, presenting opposing viewpoints to the conventionally opinionated gentlemen at her table. Captain Scott is secretly amused and delighted at her boldness, not to mention quite drawn to her beauty.

The rest of the passengers are shocked by her behavior and Caroline finds herself an outcast, suffering harsh judgments from the other passengers. However, she finds an unlikely ally in Captain Scott which quickly draws them closer.

Both know an arranged marriage awaits Caroline at the end of their voyage, yet the attraction between them is undeniable. Caroline will have to decide if she will honor her mother’s wishes and marry a man in India whom she has never met—thus securing a future for her and her mother—or be brave enough to throw convention to the wind and commit to love a sea captain. He may be enchanted by her bold and unconventional ways, but will his love and admiration last?

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Review 

Caroline Gray was always encouraged to learn and discuss anything. Her bluestocking ways were not what gentleman in London’s society were looking for in a bride.

Caroline’s father died, and her entailed home went to a cousin. When said cousin decided to marry and consequently take possession of his home, Caroline saw herself in a difficult situation.

Without a place to live, she agreed to travel to India to meet the son of one of society’s matrons.

Although she only agreed to meet the man and then decide if she would marry him, Caroline had no money for the trip back, so she knew she did not have a real choice in the matter.

Desolated, she started a journey into the unknown, having little in common with the other passengers and feeling more than ever her inability to be ladylike and keep up with their superficial interests.

Only one person, for good or bad, stirred Caroline’s emotions, Captain Thomas Scott.

Her love for Captain Scott grew slowly and ran deep. They first dislike each other, then judge one another, and only after they get really close their feelings start to change.

Caroline was remarkable. She had the quiet strength of Elinor Dashwood and the resilience of Anne Elliot. Being smart when it was considered a flaw for a woman, she did her best to try to hide her brilliance and fit in.

Captain Thomas Scott was lovely, honorable, and dissatisfied with the world’s many injustices.

He felt for these women who were uprooted and sent to unknown lands to marry men they knew nothing about.

He was not perfect, and it made it easier to relate to him. I was smitten after the first chapters.

The side characters were fascinating – Arnav and his wood carvings, loyal Black and his wife Claire, and the sweet cabin boy Thomas.

I loved everything about this story! I wish there was an epilogue to keep reading about their kids and grandkids.

This was my first book by this author, but it will not be the last.

Highly Recommended!

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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About the Author

Julie Wright wrote her first book when she was fifteen. She’s 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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