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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ransome's Crossing...Review

About the book:
To get to her secret fiancé in Jamaica, Charlotte Ransome disguises herself as a midshipman and joins the crew of one of the ships in the convoy led by her brother William. First Lieutenant Ned Cochrane has only known his captain’s younger sister for a brief time, but is sure she’s the wife he’s been praying for—except he’s about to leave for the Caribbean for at least one year.

An attack on the convoy gains Ned the promotion to commander he has long dreaded—especially once he discovers one of his midshipmen is actually Charlotte Ransome in disguise. After seeking Julia’s advice, Ned decides to keep Charlotte’s secret… and hopes to win her love. Charlotte will soon discover that losing her heart to Ned is not the greatest danger she’ll face on this Atlantic crossing.

Wanting to join her secret fiance in Jamaica, Charlotte is a spunky, brave young heroine who manages not only to join the crew of a ship, but to prove herself a better sailor than many young men.  She manages to ingratiate herself to some crew members and irritate others. Ned has his own demons to face when he reluctantly accepts a promotion to Captain, but it's in that position where he discovers Charlotte and realizes not only his love for her, but how much he depends on her as a crew member.  The details about sailing and ship life were fascinating. 

Julia and William have married and Julia is accompanying her husband on his voyage to Jamaica.  Each must adapt to Julia's being on board ship, even as they adapt to marriage.  When William discovers that Julia was aware of Charlotte's deception, he's understandably not very happy.

Second in the Ransome Trilogy, this was an entertaining sequel and ends with a cliffhanger that will be answered in the third and final book.  While it does stand alone, it is in a reader's best interest to have read Ransome's Honor first. 

Thanks to First Wildcard and Harvest House Publishers for the opportunity to review this book. You can find out more about Kaye Dacus here. You can read the first chapter here.You can purchase your own copy here.

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