A well-known veteran of the romance writing field, Carla Kelly is the author of twenty-six novels and three non-fiction works, as well as numerous short stories and articles for various publications. She is the recipient of two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Regency of the Year; two Spur Awards from Western Writers of America; a Whitney Award for Best Romance Fiction, 2011; and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times. Carla’s interest in historical fiction is a byproduct of her lifelong interest in history. She has a BA in Latin American History from Brigham Young University and an MA in Indian Wars History from University of Louisiana-Monroe. She’s held a variety of jobs, including public relations work for major hospitals and hospices, feature writer and columnist for a North Dakota daily newspaper, and ranger in the National Park Service (her favorite job) at Fort Laramie National Historic Site and Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site. She has worked for the North Dakota Historical Society as a contract researcher. Interest in the Napoleonic Wars at sea led to a recent series of novels about the British Channel Fleet during that conflict. Of late, Carla has written two novels set in southeast Wyoming in 1910 that focus on her Mormon background and her interest in ranching. You can find Carla on the Web at: www.CarlaKellyAuthor.com.
Miss Whittier Makes a Listby Carla Kelly
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In the early 1800s, seventeen-year-old Hannah Whittier is traveling by ship down the coast from her Quaker home in Massachusetts to her brother's house in Charleston, South Carolina. To while away the dull hours, Hannah composes a list of qualities she wants in a husband. Boredom will soon be the least of her worries. First the Molly Claridge is boarded by the British frigate, H.M.S. Dissuade, and forced to turn over any supposed Englishmen. Later the American vessel is blown out of the water by a French man o'war. After a long, harrowing day clinging to a grate and battered by the sun, Hannah is fished out of the water by the Dissuade and forced to sail toward England with the British crew and its imperious yet devilishly handsome captain, Sir Daniel Spark. Proper young Quakeress Hannah locks horns with salty Captain Spark, who expects her to carry her weight by helping their cook and keeping watch. The captain has none of the qualities on Hannah's list, so why is she so drawn to him? Could it be that loyalty and valor are more important than mild manners and patience? Hannah learns that Captain Spark has fought valiantly in England's naval battles against France, and she sympathizes with his weariness in the face of so much death and destruction. Captain Spark in turn values Hannah's lively spirit and positive attitude. And, despite her tanned skin and cabin boy attire, Hannah presents quite a temptation to the captain who has been too long at sea. Now, if only they can make it to England in one piece ....
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I loved this story! I hadn't read anything by the author previously, but really enjoyed the characters and setting details. Felt like I was on the high seas for a few days!
I loved this story. It was very well written with characters that were thoroughly enjoyable. There were wonderful twists and turns to the story. This has to rank up there as one of my absolutely favorite Carla Kelly books. It has been a very long time since I have cried during a book. It was a beautiful love story.
Love this book, one of my all time favorites!
fierce sea battles, sinking ships, being under house arrest, escaping, defying authority, traveling to England to deliver an important secret document, and more. An irrepressible 17-yr-old, Hannah Whittier, Quaker, is traveling via her uncle’s brig to Charleston from Boston to help with her brother’s new baby. Seasick and bored, thinking about changes in her life and what kind of man she would want for a husband, Hannah begins a list – some surface (e.g., good looks) some deep (e.g., character). But the list is forgotten when the ship is captured by a British frigate whose imperious Captain impresses Hannah’s cousin Adam Winslow as well as other seamen onto his ship. Furious, Hannah tells the captain off, but he prevails; not only that, he kisses her (!) soundly before he leaves and cautions her uncle about French patrols in the American waters. [Napoleon is at war with England]. His warning unheeded, the Molly Claridge is blown from the waters by the French, and Hannah is thrown into the sea where she clings to a grate from the ship, the sole survivor. Several days later, severely sunburned, dehydrated and bruised, an unconscious Hannah is fished from the ocean by none other than the odious Capt. Daniel Sharp. The story is loaded with details of shipboard life and preparations for conflict. Hannah being Hannah starts to help: tending the wounded, peeling potatoes, climbing the rigs to be lookout for enemy ships. She can be counted on to help, but not necessarily to follow orders. Her sunny personality and bravery affect everyone, especially the not-so-evil much older Capt. Sharp (echoes of the May/September protagonists in Marian’s Christmas Wish). The love story is terrific and ultimately turns on one of the items on Hannah’s list!
I loved this book, as well. It will rank as one of my favorites from Carla Kelly.
Such a great regency romance! I loved the British Royal Navy captain encountering an American Quaker miss. I was so enthralled with the story, I read the whole book in one sitting. Carla Kelly is a gifted story-teller and adds so much to her stories by including historically accuate details. I rank her with Georgette Heyer, and, dare I say it, Jane Austen.
I was sure I would like this story, but i stated to read it and enjoyed it, coodles to the author for writing a good story