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Victorian swashbuckle and swoon special
on 5 October 2013
Unusually (from the point of view of a romance) written from the male perspective, this story of mutiny, shipwreck and love does carry one along at a riptide rate. The seas are mountainous, the story gallops, the pace is terrific. Of course there is the inevitable moralising of a Victorian novel: ships were sent out with rations for the men that would make a modern sailor gag, all in the interests of a quick buck for the owners. The love story is a bit insipid (but at least no bodices are ripped in this story!) and very sentimentally rendered, but it's all a piece of its time, and I enjoyed it tremendously.