It's 1713, and Caroline Carter yearns for a taste of adventure. Tired of the secluded life on her father's tobacco plantation--less than thrilled with her engagement to the diffident, awkward Josiah Throckmorton--Caroline decides to masquerade as a boy and sneak into tavern displaying a sailor's treasures from ancient Greece. But the adventure proves to be more than she bargained for when Caroline awakens the next day as a prisoner aboard the Osprey, a privateer headed south to capture pirates. While Josiah reluctantly joins her brother on a rescue mission, Caroline starts to wonder if she really wants to be caught--that is, by anyone other than her captain, Edward Talbot. And Josiah wonders just what he will do he does catch the blackguard and the woman who is ruining his life.
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The story starts with Josiah wondering why he bought Langley's Choice, and why he is engaged to marry the neighbor's eldest daughter, Caroline. He is a gentleman from England. This wild country is very far from family and upbringing, and his wife-to-be has made such an inappropriate choice for her state in life that if she survives, is she a worthy candidate for marriage? The growth of these characters leaves you with hope. The accurately historical background is eyeopening. I have bought this book for friends.
It's 1713, and Caroline Carter is bored with life on her father's secluded tobacco plantation. Determined to experience a touch of life before she marries her sedate fiance, Josiah Throckmorton, she disguises herself as a boy and sneaks in to a local inn to see 'pirate treasures' with a friend. She awakens on a privateer ship, whose captain is intent on heading south to capture pirates. When Josiah and her brother learn of her kidnapping, they follow by ship, determined to rescue her. They finally locate her in Charles Town in the company of the privateer ship's captain but, when Caroline sees them, she flees. It takes another 'kidnapping' to get the feisty Caroline headed home by ship, in the company of her brother and fiance -- the latter of whom now has second thoughts about his future bride. Then, during a storm, Caroline's brother falls overboard and dies. Caroline now truly regrets her past actions. Her foolishness has caused her brother's death. Worse, neighbors whispers about her respectability, then her fiance releases her from their previous engagement. When she learns that her father is heavily in debt, Caroline becomes determined to do whatever it takes to help the family. And Josiah begins to realize that Caroline isn't quite as rash as he thought. Wonderful portrait of life in the early Colonies and delightful characters make this a keeper!