Catherine and the Pirate (Avon True Romance)

Catherine and the Pirate (Avon True Romance)

by Karen Hawkins


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Born to a prominent Boston family, Catherine Markham is a bit of a hellion despite her gentle upbringing. Stifled by the rules imposed by society, Catherine yearns for adventure. When her beloved brother is kidnapped, she decides to deliver the ransom herself — with the help of a young man few others might turn to.

The Pirate

Derrick St. John lives on the edge. The memory of his dead father tainted by treason, Derrick's life has been spent at sea in both legal and not-so-legal pursuits. Determined to clear his father's name, the last thing this young pirate wants is to embark on a voyage to Savannah in the midst of a war with the British, much less with a young lady who spells trouble at every turn.

An emotion stronger than caution takes hold of Derrick, and he finds himself unable to refuse Catherine's pleas for assistance, even though the journey promises peril for them both. And so the headstrong girl and the daring sea captain sail into an exhilarating adventure that fast becomes a journey of the heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064473460
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Series: True Romance Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Chapter One

High Hall, Massachusetts


Catherine Markham gripped the stiff scrap of paper. "I knew it," she whispered, her fingers trembling. "Royce is alive."

Happiness flooded through her and she slid to the floor beside the desk, a single tear slipping down her cheek. Since the day a few weeks earlier when Uncle Elliot had told Catherine that her brother had drowned, his heavily loaded frigate sunk off the rocky Carolina coast after a ruthless attack by the British, her life had become a painful blur.

Why did Royce have to go on that blasted trip? Catherine asked herself for the hundredth time. He usually stayed home, but he’d been anxious to show support for the Continental Army as they struggled to throw off British oppression, and he’d decided to see to the shipment of leather and iron himself. The shipment was destined for New York, where a convoy of carts would convey it to General Washington's army.

Catherine sighed. Royce had always been drawn to the sea. Four years ago, he had been the captain of one of Father’s most profitable ships. Only thirteen at the time, Catherine had idolized her brother, who was a full twelve years older than she, waiting excitedly for him to return from his voyages. He always brought her something -- silk from China, an engraved ivory tusk from India, a silver chain from England. And she, in return, wrote him long, long letters of life at High Hill Manor.

After Catherine's parents were killed in a carriage accident four years ago, Royce had come home, and together he and Catherine had struggled to heal what was left of their family. It had taken a number of sad months, but eventuallylife had fallen back into a comfortable pattern. Catherine had come to discover that, all in all, it was an ideal arrangement. Royce trusted Catherine's judgment and listened to her thoughts and suggestions, and in return, she respected his opinions and listened to his advice. In a way, he was not only her brother but also her best friend.

And she had not been able to believe he was gone forever.

She blinked away tears as she read the note once again. Torn and dirty, the ink had smeared in places and the spelling was far from perfect. But the message was clear: The author claimed to have rescued Royce from the sea and to have him in his care. But it was the last sentence that sent chills through Catherine -- if the Markhams wanted to see Royce again, they would have to bring fifty gold pieces to the Red Rooster Inn in Savannah by the first of June.

"The first of June," Catherine whispered. "That's in less than two weeks."

Her heart thudded hard against her chest. Surely Uncle Elliot had already paid the ransom. Catherine’s uncle had come to stay at High Hall as soon as he'd heard the news of the attack on Royce's ship. Catherine wasn’t overly fond of her uncle; he seemed very cold and unemotional to her.

Still, as much as Catherine disliked Uncle Elliot’s overbearing presence, she had to admit that he had been helpful since Royce’s disappearance, taking over the daily duties of running the Markham shipping business and fending off the many people who came to call and offer their condolences.

For Catherine, that had hurt the worst -- how quickly people believed that Royce would never return. Every visitor who arrived at High Hall in the days after Royce’s ship sank seemed to add more credence to the one thing Catherine would not believe: that her brother was dead. And now . . . her fingers tightened on the note and a small smile began to curve her lips. She’d been right; her brother was alive.

She wondered why Uncle Elliot hadn't told her about the note. She knew he wouldn’t leave Royce helpless in the clutches of a group of madmen. Perhaps her uncle had already paid the ransom and Royce was even now on his way home and it was going to be a huge and wonderful surprise when --

"Catherine?" Uncle Elliot stood in the open doorway, the light from the hallway outlining his broad shoulders. He was built like all the Markham men -- tall, strong, and muscular. "What are you doing in here?"

She got to her feet, feeling somehow guilty even though she had every right to be there, at Royce’s desk. “I came to get some paper to write a thank-you note to the governor for the kind letter he sent. I -- I found this on the desk.” She held out the note.

Uncle Elliot strode forward and took the note, his brows lowering in a quick frown. The late afternoon light briefly touched the lines on his face and Catherine noted that he looked more and more like Father as the years passed. The main difference between the two men was that while Father had always laughed and had a tendency to see the good in everything around him, Uncle Elliot was more somber, less playful. He rarely smiled, and even then it was more a polite gesture than anything else.

"I'm sorry, Catherine." Uncle Elliot turned away briefly, placing the note back on the desk. "I should have told you about this, but I didn’t want you to worry and -- "

"You paid the ransom." Catherine took a step closer, smoothing her dress in a nervous gesture. "Royce is coming home soon, isn’t he? Did you send a ship for him? Or will he -- "

"No." Uncle Elliot faced her now, his expression troubled.

Her heart thudded harder. "What do you mean?"

"The letter came only two days after the attack. It is obviously a sad attempt by a very desperate group of persons to profit from our grief." Uncle Elliot shook his head gravely. "I can’t allow that."

"You . . . you believe the note is a fake?"

An Avon True Romance: Catherine and the Pirate. Copyright © by Karen Hawkins. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Catherine and the Pirate (Avon True Romance) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Allizabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good typical teen romance. Loved the historical pirate aspect, and great imagery and setting; also liked the colonial dialogue. Good read for teens wanting to read about first love and coming of age adventures!
van_stef on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series was one I read years ago and they were one of my first romance books. Sadly I got read of them a few years back, but I am trying to refind them. Very good book for young teens.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. I love this book. And here I am, trying to find this wonderful book to buy at a local store! Derrick is such a controlling, brave, and most wonderful guy every girl wants to marry. It is very cute the way Catherine is the one trying to do something to keep their relationship going. Oh, I love the moments between them! 'Don't tempt me, sweetheart.' *sigh* What a man, what a man! I wish I had a man like Derrick!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say is wow. This was such a wonderfully well written and feel-good book. I love how sweet Derrick is, and how Catherine basically becomes 'one of the guys' aboard the ship. The acceptance of her by the crew is so great. I also love how Catherine is the one who tries to... well, push the relationship, for lack of a better word. It is almost always the guy who confesses his love and does everthing for the girl and all.. but in this story Catherine shows that things can be the other way around. She is a strong heroine, and Derrick finds himself liking her for this quality. FYI everyone.... this is my new favorite!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
okie this book was awesome!! i love books that have adventure, a strong herione, and romance. most books make the mistake of putting and surrounding with either too much romance which just doesnt give enought intirgue or too little. this book, although a romance book, gave the perfect doses and was just ovarall a very good book!!!!!!!!!wow!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. It made my heart soar and it put a new hero for me to look to. I cried towards teh end when they were telling each other. I don't want a hero anymore, I want a PIRATE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a sweet book, I loved and it is not over done either and its great, (even though all of romance novel covers are decieving and corny.) This is so sweet and heartwarming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever. Though the two never thought to be together. Even if it seemed to be a dream for the both of them. It was great how the story went...the mixed feelings and everything. It's a fantastic read and I would suggest people to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recomend this book to any one that will listen it is intens, funny, exiting , adventerus,romantic, and interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dont think I have ever read a romance/ andventure book so good before in my life. I love all the action and romance. I finished the book the same day I stated reading it. After I finished, I gave the book to my friend to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book i dont know how to say how much i loved it and i really want this book to have a sequel love me
Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of all the avon true romance books this one is my favorite. I love how the two characters don't get along at the begging but later you can see that they are totally ment for each other. I would love to see another book by her added to the avon true romance group.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great it really made me always ready to turn the page.This is a deffinent page turner. Catherine is very stubborn and headstrong a perfect match for Derick. It's an amazing book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is awesome it is about a pirate who is madly in love with a girl. He saves her life over and over. Then she falls in love with him. How much more of romance do you want!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the best of all the Avon True Romances.I couldn't put it down.Cathrine is such a corageous girl for going off on her own to save her brther.And Derick is the perfect guy!!He'll do anything to save his friend and then he falls in love with Cathrine!But he knows to hold back on his feelings for the sake of Cathrine.I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest romance novels ever writen!!!!! I absolutely love this book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book becase Catherin showed such spirit and courage. I also loved her big dog George : ) This is a funny book but also a great romance. Something that you would expect to happen though, the way that the plot is. I could not put this book down while I was reading it and I read it over again when I was done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in the Avon True Romance Collection! I love everyone of them! I found this book on of the best ones! Catherine is search for her brother also found something else and in someone she never would of thought! And Derek the same he was in love but never thought it could be real! How much more romantic can you get?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about the boy already in love with the girl and she falls in love with him along the way. I give it two thumbs up.