A Captain for Caroline Gray by Julie Wright {Book Review}

: A Captain for Caroline Gray

Author: Julie Wright

Age: Adult

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Regency

Expected Publication Date: March 2, 2021

Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing

Source: ARC

Purchase: Paperback | Kindle | Audible 

Caroline Gray would rather be daring and intelligent than demure and insipid, which is why she is still unmatched after her third season in London. Her family’s threadbare finances leave Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend is willing to consider an engagement to her.

Captain Thomas Scott loves the open sea as much as he despises the three-month, twice-yearly trip his ship makes as he ferries young English girls across the ocean. He can’t imagine what family would allow an innocent young woman to be matched up with the Englishmen of questionable reputation who work and live in India.

But when Miss Gray boards the HMS Persistence, all of Captain Scott’s plans are upended. Miss Gray’s fiery spirit can’t be contained, and he is shocked and secretly delighted at her boldness—and her beauty. But the rest of his passengers aren’t so kind.

Caroline finds herself an outcast among her peers, but Captain Scott becomes an unlikely ally. They share the same passions and interests, creating an undeniable attraction. But they both know any relationship between them is impossible. After all, Caroline has obligations to fulfill in India.

Caroline has until the end of the voyage to decide if she is going to marry a man she has never met or be brave enough to love a sea captain who just might break her heart.

My Rating: 

My Thoughts:
I am already familiar with Julie Wright from her contemporary novels, so I figured why not give her historical romance a try. I think I enjoyed it a bit more than I did her contemporary stories to say the least. The setting was absolutely stunning to me. I loved that though we get few land moments, we find ourselves on the ship more often which was so fun to read about. 

From Caroline and Thomas' personal conflicts to the cast of characters on and off the ship I was hooked. I was happy that I found another historical fiction story to enjoy. The romance was just enough to have me wanting more for Caroline and Thomas.

Everything that happened felt real and not like something that could actually happen to these characters in real life.

Julie has a way with crafting such real and relatable characters that I truly enjoy. Can't wait for her next novel!

Advanced Praise:
Wright follows Glass Slippers, Ever After, and Me with a delightful, not exactly traditional Regency romance. Smart, outspoken, progressive, and beautiful, Caroline just can't stop being true to herself, making it hard to secure a husband. Caroline's unusual forthrightness strikes a chord with Captain Thomas Scott, as does her courage during a storm, and she soon acquires his warm regard as well as an enemy, leading to intrigue and danger after their arrival in Mumbai. Wright weaves in Interesting historical detail, creates unique settings, and orchestrates a romance with an emphasis on shared interests, values, and goals, making for a thoughtful and keenly pleasing love story. Teen readers will enjoy this adventurous journey with its proactive heroine and exotic settings.” -Booklist, starred review

An unconventional woman finds herself at home at sea in this stirring Regency from Julie Wright.
Caroline is a worthy protagonist, whose forthrightness contrasts with the strict propriety of the women around her. Caroline’s repeated failures to meet the expectations placed on women of the time are endearing and only enhance her relationship with the captain, who similarly struggles to navigate social norms. This adventure is sure to entice fans of historical romance.” -Publishers Weekly

A ship traveling from England to India becomes a microcosm of Regency society in Wright's touching novel. Thomas and Caroline discuss women's rights and fair trade...their exchanges lead to sparks. They speak their minds and stoke their mutual intellectual attraction. Romance on the high seas may be a high-risk proposition for Caroline, but her discovery of new freedoms makes those risks worth taking. A charming historical romance in which smarts and sass are vindicated.” -Foreword Reviews

About the Author:
Julie Wright was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s lived in LA, Boston, and the literal middle of nowhere (don’t ask). She wrote her first book when she was fifteen. Since then, she’s written twenty-five novels and coauthored three. Julie is a two-time winner of the Whitney Award for best romance with her books Cross My Heart and Lies Jane Austen Told Me and is a Crown Heart recipient. Her book Death Thieves was a Whitney finalist.

She has one husband, three kids, one grandbaby, one dog, and a varying amount of houseplants (depending on attrition).

She loves writing, reading, traveling, hiking, snorkeling, playing with her family on the beach, and watching her husband make dinner.

For author interview requests, please contact Callie Hansen at chansen@shadowmountain.com

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