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The Captain's Girl Paperback – 6 Jul 2017
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"A most enjoyable read set in the wild and majestic landscape of Cornwall. It will delight Poldark Fans." --Ellie Dean, bestselling author, Keep Smiling Through and Where the Heart Lies
About the Author
Nicola Pryce trained as a chemotherapy nurse before completing an Open University degree in Humanities. She is a qualified adult literacy support volunteer and lives with her husband in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset. Together they sail the south coast of Cornwall in search of adventure.
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Well done on another brilliant book - keep writing - I now couldn't do without my annual fix!
I was delighted to discover that Nicola's second novel is set in the same fictional world as her first, full of familiar faces and characters that I wanted to find out more about. If I really liked Pengelly's Daughter then I loved The Captain's Girl. The drama is taken up a notch to the point where I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what happened, and the temptation to read ahead was overwhelming. Packed with twists and turns, I didn't know which characters, if any, I could trust - right up until the final chapter when the truth is finally revealed. Dashing sea captains, conspiracy and intrigue, forbidden love - all of the components are there for cracking historical fiction that transports you to a world that you won't want to leave.
The setting of this novel, particularly with the backdrop of the French Revolution, tallies perfectly with the latest series of Poldark currently airing on the BBC. The Captain's Girl is clearly aimed at fans of the show, and is perfect for whiling away the week between episodes. From the rugged Cornish coast, to the backstreets of Bodmin, to sailing the open sea in the starlight, the settings are so well described that I could picture them vividly. Arnaud's cutter L'Aigrette is beautifully depicted and quickly becomes a character in herself - the fastest boat in the channel, beloved by those who have sailed her.
Captain Arnaud was every inch the gentleman, always there for Celia whether she wanted him to be or not. Celia was a woman imprisoned by her status, willing to break free from the bounds of convention and propriety and escape. She gets a whole lot more than she ever bargained for, and she and Arnaud become quite the team. Another character that I loved was Charity. Although partially sighted, she doesn't let her disability impede her in any way, and her attitude to life was inspiring.
As I said in my review of the previous book, this world and these characters still have plenty of scope for more stories, and I hope that there is at least one more novel set in this particular corner of Cornwall!
This is the second book in this series of historical romantic fiction, set in Cornwall and which features a strong set of characters, some will be familiar from the author's previous book, Pengelly's Daughter, whilst others are completely new to the story. I really enjoyed getting to know Celia Cavendish, her flight for freedom is done with a fine degree of excitement and I particularly enjoyed watching how her relationship, with the enigmatic and handsome Arnaud, who is the captain of the cutter, L’Aigrette, unfolded within the context of the story.
There are some lovely moments between Celia and Arnaud which add a delicious frisson of romantic entanglement all of which sits comfortably against the darker elements of the story which involve subterfuge and mystery. The mixture of light and shade works well and of course, the wonderful Cornish landscape comes alive with a hint of sea-spray and the shrieking cry of seagulls.
I think that the author has captured the time and place very well, there is a distinctly authentic historical feel to this narrative, and there is also a good blend of romance and adventure t which, I think, work well together.
After reading this book I discovered that this was the second book in a series, this didn't matter, you can read these both stand alone I believe and the fact I hadn't read the first didn't stop me enjoying this one.
The heroine if you will is Celia Cavendish who has been promised in marriage to Viscount Vallenforth a brutal and cruel man who she vows to run from. With the help of her neighbours Sir James and Lady Polcarrow and their friend Captain Arnaud they plot to help her get away. Good believable characters of the time, lovely atmospheric scene setting (I could almost feel the salty sea spray in my face) and nicely constructed story.
Not a fan normally of historical novels but I do have an affinity with Cornwall so this kept me happy. A good read - 4 stars
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