mary's book basket ~ "the captain's lady"

"The Captain's Lady" by Loiuse M. Gouge arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago. This is the first book by this author I have read and it was a wonderful escape to the time of sea captains and revolutionaries. Being married to a military historian, I have read my fair share of historical accounts of the Revolutionary War. I was pleased to see that Ms. Gouge had all her facts straight and did a spectacular job with her prose and dialogue.

However my favorite part of the book were the hero and heroine. Capt. James Templeton is a man of high honor who is willing to give his life in service of God and country. His love, Lady Marianne, is a woman above his station, who finds her inner strength and boldness of purpose as we proceed through the story. Both of them rely heavily on their faith in God to see them through the difficulties that life presents. Ms. Gouge uses a light hand with the "inspirational" parts of the plot which is refreshing. Sometimes inspirational romances can be a bit preachy and thankfully this one was not.

One thing that bothered me though was the quick resolution at the end. I would have liked to have seen Lady Marianne struggle a bit more with her final choices there by earning her happily ever after. The final scenes on the ship though were packed with powerful dialogue which in the end made me a believer.

Job well done Ms. Gouge. I look forward to the next installment.

Happy Reading,

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From the Back Cover:

"Captain James Templeton's orders from General Washington are clear. His target: Lord Bennington, a member of George III's Privy Council. The assignment: find Bennington's war plans. The risks: the future of the East Florida Colony, Jamie's lifeā€¦and his heart. In spite of the dangers of their hopeless situation, he's fallen in love with Lady Marianne Moberly, Lord Bennington's daughter.

Desperate to protect his country, Jamie carries out his orders with a heavy heart. But Marianne's persistence is a challenge he never expected. With love and faith, they must navigate troubled waters to win their future together."
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