Review published on September 15, 2017.
If you are a fan of Poldark and want to read something that sweeps you away into that world, that is full of action, atmosphere and romance then I think this will fit the bill. The story is set in Cornwall in 1793 against the backdrop of the French Revolution. There is an appealing, feisty heroine, a dashing sea captain, multiple twists and turns to the plot and even the tension of a courtroom trial.
Celia discovers tha man she is supposed to marry is a brutal bully so she runs away. With the help of her neighbours she tries to reach her cousin in Falmouth but finds herself on a boat heading to France with the handsome Captain Arnaud. She very quickly falls for him, but can he be trusted?
This is a great page turner with a well constructed plot and some vivid descriptions of the Cornish setting. There is also some historical background and plenty of period detail that I found convincing and interesting. I’m not sure I’d call the plot or the characters believable but as you get carried away by the pace and energy this doesn’t really matter. A very enjoyable read.
Berwyn Peet 4/4
The Captain’s Girl by Nicola Pryce
Corvus 9781782398851 pbk Jul 2017