Swept to Sea by Heather Manning

Swept to SeaLadies of the Caribbean, 1Heather ManningYA Historical RomanceAstrea PressNovember 25, 2013eBook256

Lady Eden Trenton never wanted to leave her privileged existence in London—until her father invites a dangerous suitor into her life. Left with few options, Eden devises the best reprieve she can: escape. Chasing freedom, she stows away aboard a pirate ship, praying she will gain her independence in the colonies before she is discovered by the nefarious crew.

Captain Caspian Archer has spent the last five years hardening his heart and searching to exact revenge for the event that tore his life to shreds. When he catches word that his enemy is residing in Jamaica, Caspian steers his ship toward the colonies in all haste. His plans soon change, however, when he discovers the young beauty hiding in his ship’s hold.

Cut from the only lives they have known, Caspian and Eden are pulled together as each pursues a fresh hope upon the sea.

I really enjoyed this book. The plot and characters (with a few exceptions) were wonderfully crafted and complicated enough to make this an interesting read.

The main character, Eden, was a great combination of feisty and gentle that she represented someone I would like to emulate. As a non-religious person, I expected her views to be overbearing, but that was not the case at all .

Caspian was a great guy with flaws (in a good way), and I really liked seeing how he tried to be a good father, but struggled with it. He’s one of the few guy characters I’ve seen recently with actually meaty and non-annoying problems. I really appreciated that. It doesn’t hurt that I kind of fell in love with him as I read the book.

I think the villain in this story and Eden’s could have used a little more development. During the action scenes, there is a secondary villain that keeps slipping through people’s notice, and while I understand things can get hectic, I was annoyed that the main characters repeated the mistake twice in a short period of time—given earlier episodes with said villain. Besides these minor problems, Swept to Sea was a great, entertaining read. I can’t wait to read the sequel.

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