Mary Clayton writes an enchanting tale of two people who have to give many things up in order to be with each other, but they don't mind doing so because they have what everyone seeks -- true love.
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The love story, mixed in with many adventures, truly captures the heart. The two lovers, Edmund and Mercy, give hope to readers that love can overcome anything. This story is truly magnificent and is sure to be loved by anyone who reads it. View 1 comment.
Aug 09, Virginia Campbell rated it it was amazing Shelves: adventure , historical-romance. A sweeping, swashbuckling, enthralling romance! Thrilling battle scenes, rich historical detail, a reminder of the horrific Salem "witch hunts", and a sweetly sensual, deeply devoted romance. Second chances and a hard-fought-for hope of a happily ever after life! This is a "true" historical romance. Set sail with the Pirate Captain and his Puritan for one of the most romantic adventures of your life! Feb 01, Cheryl Mclaws rated it really liked it. I was surprised at how much I loved this book! The history major in me had a fun time visiting the American Colonies at the beginning of the 18th century, and the hopeless romantic in me couldn't help but fall for Edmund.
The writing was great, the story line was very well thought out.
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It did get a little long winded in parts a little wordy when it came to descriptions, but I couldn't put it down!! Aug 12, Jennie rated it it was amazing. I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! I really liked how there seemed to be different storylines throughout the book and yet were still cohesive. There was only one part towards the end when I was slightly irritated that a character was brought back unnecessarily; however it didn't last too long and ended up working well.
I was sad when I finished because I wanted it to keep going, but am completely happy with how it ended. View all 3 comments. Jul 23, Highland-dreamer rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites.
I loved this book from the start! Great book and great writing. I suppose I thought it would be similar to the book I just read, Guise of the Gentleman, with a pirate tale and high-sea adventure, and of course romance. While this does have the pirate and romance angle, it was very different from that book. It is definitely a historical fiction, with a heavy emphasis on history. The history lessons were woven into the story, which I liked, but at times it felt a little bogged down. So much happens throughout the story between Mercy and Edmund; being pushed together and torn apart so many times I lost count.
Mercy was a good heroine, I liked that she had strong convictions, but trusted herself to make her own way. I liked Edmund as well and that he kept her strong and thought they were a good couple. It is a fairly clean romance, but some of their intimate times get a little heated, mostly just kissing, but kind of pushes the limit a little. So this next section contains spoilers.
I was somewhat confused at the very end when Mercy became convinced that she could not marry Edmund because she thought of herself as a witch.
Of course we know throughout the entire story that her mother had been hanged during the Salem witch trials and that others worried that Mercy may also be a witch, but Mercy never thought of herself as a witch and until the end never thought of her mother as one either. AND, when she leaves I was stunned that he just let her go so easily. Of course, another situation arose and things played out a little better, but I just had a hard time believing he would just let her go like that. Just too many partings and reuniting for my taste. Anyway, I did enjoy the story. Bookworm Rating: 3. View all 8 comments.
Dec 19, Natalie rated it really liked it. While reading this book I had a really hard time deciding how much I liked it. The thing that makes keeps this being a book I love is simply the fact that it was just a little too serious. That is totally a matter of tastes. I tend to enjoy romance books that have a healthy dose of humor.
This book would have been odd if it had much humor in it the subject matter is of necessity serious. I know a book is a little too serious and less then funny, when I give a list of the troubles the hero and While reading this book I had a really hard time deciding how much I liked it.
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I know a book is a little too serious and less then funny, when I give a list of the troubles the hero and heroine have to over-come before they get their happy ending. I was giving my husband the rundown and I realized that there was just a little too much. I think that even one less problem would have made all the difference for me. Saying this, I ended up still giving this book 4 stars.
There were several things I really liked about this book. The historical details were well written, and though I'm not familiar enough with the time period to say it was accurate, it seems well researched. Even more importantly to me, they were woven into the plot instead of thrown in as an aside.
The relationship between the two title characters started a little abruptly I think I missed the moment where the lust - love barrier was crossed , but it was touching none the less. The only complaint I had about their relationship is the fact that the kissing scenes get a little two graphic on two occasions.
They stop short of offending me, but it was unexpected. Over all, it was a good balance of romance and historical fiction. I was able to read through the sad parts, and enjoy the love story, despite all the problems the characters have to face. Oct 17, Martin rated it it was amazing. A Shakespearean romance set at sea and in the North American colonies rather than in an English forest. Mercy and Edmund meet and separate several times under a variety of circumstances--problems--death encountering issues. Their supporting cast Soulange and Richard appear when needed about as often as a kind sprite appears in a Shakespearean woods.
All this set against the rich context of American history of the early s. Well written?
All I can say is that I stayed up over an hour past my cu A Shakespearean romance set at sea and in the North American colonies rather than in an English forest. All I can say is that I stayed up over an hour past my customary bedtime to read the last hundred pages. First, Myngs enlisted the help of the buccaneers who cruised around Jamaica. He legitimized their raids on Spanish ships and shipping and guaranteed them a safe port of call in return for their help. In May of , Myngs and his buccaneer buddies raided Santa Marta, Venezuela, showing Spain that they were a force to be reckoned with.
By , Myngs was in command of the English navy's Jamaica squadron which now included buccaneer vessels. Although he failed to capture a fleet of Spanish treasure ships, in Myngs led raids on Columbia and Venezuela that netted him well over a quarter of a million English pounds. As popular leaders so frequently do, Myngs thumbed his nose at the Governor of Jamaica and shared out the entire haul with his men rather than set some aside for the government.
Of course, the powers that be weren't too thrilled with Myngs' attitude and, upon his return to Port Royal, the privateer was placed in chains and shipped back to England. There to be tried for embezzlement. Our Puritan hero was nothing if not lucky, though, and upon his arrival in England he found the Commonwealth falling apart. When Charles II returned and took the throne, the case against Myngs was dismissed.
It was a new world, with the British crown restored and England now at peace with Spain. Myngs just didn't see it that way, though. Myngs, now at the head of a combined naval and buccaneer flotilla of a dozen ships that included Dutch and French pirates as well, led a raid on Santiago, Cuba followed by another on San Francisco, Mexico. Captured in the raids were not only goods and cash but fourteen Spanish ships as well. The Spanish government protested this treatment and Charles II forbid further raids. Myngs was called home and his buccaneer pals went back to their old ways.
In , Myngs was promoted to Vice-Admiral. He took part in the Second Dutch War and was knighted for his bravery. Shortly thereafter, in August of , he was killed by Dutch cannon fire.
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