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on 4 August 2013
This was the first book I purchased for my new Kindle, and the first book I have ever read by Marie-Louise Jensen. To put my experience with that into perspective - that was two weeks ago and since then, I have read two more of her books.
This book is quite a journey. To begin with, we meet Isabelle while she is trying to commit suicide by drowning herself. Why she is in her wedding dress on the beach to begin with, we don't know. Upon failing to kill herself, she's desparate to get out of the water and live. And live, she will, but not in the way she has ever lived before.
She is picked out of the water by a group of men she first believe to be fishermen. But why would fishermen travel around in the dark in the middle of the night as silently as they can? It turns out that the men are pirates, and as she now knows that, they can't let her go. Isabelle knows that she would have nowhere to go even if she was released, but on board the pirate ship, she is forced into helping them, though she hates what they do.
Even though Isabelle initally is quite detestable - remarkably childish and spoiled - some of the pirates show her kindness and little by little, she learns to like them (and the reader learns to like her) and the thrill of fooling the king's men. Of course, there is also that one pirate - a nobly born one, it seems - that she just can't ignore.
This was such an amazing read. To start with, there is the development of the main character. At the start, Isabelle is difficult to like and acts like the spoilt nobleman's daughter she is. But as the story progresses, Isabelle changes and both the pirates and the reader starts to like her. It's a thrilling ride of a book, full of piratey adventures and a bit of romance.
The story held me catured until the end and not once did I get the feeling I wanted to put the book down and do something more fun. I finished the book at 3 am, and immediately went to the Kindle store to buy more books by this author. I had to stop myself after that though. Had I started reading the new book, I probably wouldn't have been able to put that down either and would have ended up reading all night and missing work!