LUDO DA PORTOVENERE,ONE TIME CORSAIR, SOMETIME MERCHANT, SECRET AGENTS OF MONARCHS, SERVANT OF NONE. From the trading colony of Goa to the royal courts of England and Spain, Ludo da Portovenere completes difficult and dangerous secret commissions on his own terms and for his own reasons. But, as these tasks bring him closer to success, Ludo is forced to confront dangerous secrets of his own. While Ludo pursues a delicate mission for the English queen in the Spanish royal court, Alina, Baroness Metherall, faces new challenges and dangers while trying to come to terms with what it means to be married to one person and love another. Ultimately, Ludo and Alina must decide who they really are, and to what extent their shared past should influence their future. “Harlond's brilliantly realized portrait of the sea-trade in 17th century is a gem...Ludo is a great character with wit, intelligence and daring. Exploiting his position as an envoy between Charles I and the Spanish court results in a seafaring novel of danger and double-dealing. Highly recommended.” Deborah Swift, author of Pleasing Mr Pepys “Ms. Harlond details a credible, intricate world of deals and alliances, threats and opportunities, uncertainty and trust, in which her hero, the wily Genoese merchant Ludo da Portovenere, must tread with extreme caution. Let's hear yet more of him!” --Antoine Vanner, author of the Dawlish Chronicles series.
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite A Turning Wind by J G Harlond, the second novel in The Chosen Man Trilogy, was an interesting novel to read. Historical fiction is not usually my cup of tea, but there was something about this novel that had me hooked from the very beginning. The author added mystery, suspense and a lot of action that had me reading on and wanting more. By the time I finished reading this novel, I wanted to read the first part of the series and revisit this novel once again. This is the story of Ludo and Alina, two people who are bound by the heart, but destiny has other plans for them. While Ludo is on a mission for the Queen of England in the Spanish court, Alina is having her own problems with learning to live her life. Loving someone else and living with someone else is taking a toll on her, but what is more harrowing for her is to face Ludo on the opposite side of the fence from her. They could be great partners, but both of them have their battles to fight and try to win. While Ludo is trying to do his job and come out alive, Alina has to make some difficult decisions that might change her life forever. Ludo is a complex character; he is dynamic and he has layers that he slowly peels away for the reader and lets them see him on the inside. Alina, on the other hand, is a sweet yet strong woman who knows what she wants and how she can get it. The plot itself is intense and action packed, which takes the story to the next level. The author did a wonderful job at creating an engaging and amazing story that simply blew me away.