- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Zebra Books (25 Jun 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821777238
- ISBN-13: 978-0821777237
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.8 x 2.4 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,718,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Geoffrey Hampton is the captain of the ship where Faith has stowed away. He is immediately attracted to the beauty. Since it is painfully clear that she is a "lady," Geoff's second in command and best friend extracts a promise that Geoff will not touch Faith unless she admits that she wants him, too.
The story is fast-paced while Faith learns to deal with the many aspects of Geoff's life on land and at sea as she journeys to the island where her mother's estranged sister lives. Her father ostracized Faith's aunt because she married a Catholic. Since Geoff is a privateer for the English crown, there are encounters with Spanish pirates and unscrupulous sailors on and off shore. Of course, there is also the ever-present attraction between the ethical pirate and his stow-away. Since Geoff is an atheist, her aunt is a Catholic and Faith remains true to her Puritan upbringing, there are also many very interesting discussions of religious issues and their influences on society's cultures and beliefs.
Ms. Reed writes as if she were an experienced author. Her romance scenes are passionate; the adventure scenes are exciting. Her character development makes you want to know more about the secondary characters, opening the door for the sequels. One expects a happy ending to all of the challenges faced by Faith and Geoff, but you can't put the book down because you can't foresee how their problems can be resolved in a satisfactory way. One can only keep reading.
Hopefully, the second of the trilogy will be published soon.
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