I love Jennifer Moore’s historical romances. This newest one–Charlotte’s Promise–is set in 1814 in New Orleans and the surrounding seas during the time the British navy was causing havoc in the United States. Covenant publishing is giving away a paperback copy of this book, so make sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end for a chance at winning. Woohoo!
One year ago Charlotte Bower’s life was ripped apart when Creek Indians attacked, killed her parents, and separated her from her young brother—now, she will stop at nothing to find him. After a year of captivity, she has finally made her escape. Her search will begin in New Orleans, where captives were taken after the raid. But how to reach a city hundreds of miles away? As she watches men boarding a waiting ship, Charlotte formulates a bold plan: if it’s men they need for the ship’s crew, it’s a man they’ll get. Taking on her childhood nickname, Charlie, it is all too easy to gain passage on the New Orleans-bound vessel. Easy, that is, until Charlie is caught . . .
From the moment he sets eyes on the new deckhand, Captain Alden Thatcher knows one thing for certain: Charlie Bower is no man. But for reasons of his own, he keeps her secret. As their journey progresses, however, the voyage is increasingly ill-fated. With danger ever present, Charlie and the captain find themselves relying on one another in ways they’d never imagined. As they draw closer to her goal, Charlotte is faced with the most perilous adventure of all—an adventure that may risk her heart.
I loved this book. Time was scarce, I hadn’t received the copy of the book in the mail yet from the publisher and only had a PDF to read (which I hate reading on my computer), yet I sat down to get started, and next thing I knew, I had finished the PDF. Captivating! Even reading in a despised format, I gobbled it up like a kid devours cotton candy at a carnival.
This book could be a sequel to The Shipbuilder’s Wife, although it’s a stand-alone story. I only noticed characters from that other book near the end, and pieces came together for me. So you don’t have to read them in order, but it’s an added bonus to see happy characters from a previous book still enjoying life together. Yea!
Charlotte is a tough, yet tender character. I adored her. She’s been through the wringer (ya know, those washboard thingy-ma-bobs that tear you to pieces–shudder), but she’s a survivor. Super well done. Captain Alden Thatcher was a good flawed hero. He knows she’s a girl from the beginning, but doesn’t give away her secret or let on that he knows himself. Sometimes I wanted to scream at him for that. But it worked out and I loved him as well. The setting was fun–bayous, the open sea, a ship during battle, swampy marshes, pirate’s warehouse, and New Orleans. The author always paints a mesmerizing backdrop in her stories, and that’s probably one of the reasons I was so captivated and lost in a dumb PDF file, instead of waiting for the actual book. I really loved this book. The heroine made one stupid decision at the end that made no sense to me and felt unrealistic, but she fixes her mistake soon after. I can’t fault the book for that, because sadly, I’ve made stupid mistakes in my life too that probably made no sense to others. So I’m giving Charlotte’s Promise a solid 5-star rating all the way across the board. It’s a delectable clean romance you won’t want to put down.
Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that is anything but romantic. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was aboard a British frigate during the age of sail.
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