Isadora Peabody was an awkward misfit in her beautiful & accomplished family. Always the wallflower at the tedious parties she was forced to attend, she seized the chance to travel to an exciting new world. Fiery sea captain Ryan Calhoun had walked away from his family's wealth & reputation. Driven by a quest to right an old wrong, he had little time for the plain, meek young woman who had come aboard his ship. But then Ryan's crew took Isadora in hand. They became her own personal charm school & transformed her into a woman no man could resist. And gave her the confidence to belive in a startling new love.... I have been a fan of Susan Wiggs for a long time now & have read alot of her contemporary books, but this was a first for me. I love historical's, but not all author's who change from one genre to another to it well, but Ms. Wiggs, has succeeded with this wonderful story. I really loved the charactor of Isadora, a woman who really was born in the wrong era, she can read, write, speak in various different language's and make a man look foolish with her knowledge, but it is not a womans place to be better than a man, after all a womans role in life is to breed and look witty - this set's Isadora apart from everyone else. I felt so sorry for her, she wasn't clasically beautiful, nor was she quite so slim, but she that charm about her that you just love. Ryan Calhoun, is a man on the run from who he is or who he thinks he should be, Ms. Wiggs, has painted a picture of a man trying to be bad, but who really has a gentle nature & who wants to be loved. From the start, the descriptive writing is wonderful, the historical narative & the atmosphere keep you glued to the story & you just don't want to put this book down. Ms Wiggs, has compared her story that of Hans Christian Andersen's "the ugly duckling", & i think her story works comparatively well. This is the story of two people who equally grow into beautiful people & they have lots of fun and heartache along the way. This book was, fun,enlightening & charming. I would have liked to have seen more of the crew aboard ship included in the story, simply because they played an integral part of Isadora's re-birth so to speak, that isn't to say it detracts from the story because it doesn't, i just thought that they would have made very interesting charactors. This is a very enjoyable historical story, it's easy & fun to read & i would definately recommend this book.
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