Saturday 21 October 2017

Hist Fic Saturday ~ The Captain's Girl by Nicola Pryce

On Hist Fic Saturday

Let's go back to ...Cornwall, 1793

Corvus Books
6 July 2017

Beautiful and feisty, Celia Cavendish is about to be betrothed to a man for whom she has no romantic feelings. Inspired by her cousin Arbella, who has recently eloped, Celia decides to try and break away from the horror of the life ahead of her. However, escaping her marriage, under the watchful eyes of her parents, is a risky affair, and even though she enlists the help of her neighbours, Sir James and Lady Polcarrow, Celia is little prepared for the adventure which unfolds before her.

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 excitement which, I think, work well together.

I am excited to learn that there will be a further story in this series which is due to be published in 2018.

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.

Twitter @NPryce_Author


Huge thanks to Karen at Atlantic Books for my review copy of The Captain's Girl


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