The Pirate And The Puritan

The Pirate And The Puritan

by Mary Clayton

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The Pirate And The Puritan by Mary Clayton

1704 - Dangerous times, when the colonies of the Americas are threatened by Queen Anne's War. It is not the French but a pirate who captures Mercy Penhall, mute Puritan spinster. In fear for her life and virtue yet drawn to the captain in spite of herself, Mercy has unknowingly begun on a course of adventure, heartbreak that will test her courage to the utmost. And in the end the secret she carries in her soul threatens to prevent even the small chance of happiness inherent in an impossible love.

Edmund Gramercy is an unwilling pirate, forced to join a hostile crew to save his life. He defies them to spare the lives of the vanquished and the virtue of the women. But the mute Puritan girl tempts him like no other. It is best to set her free and never see her again. A pirate's life is a short one - for her own sake he cannot claim her.
Yet their paths cross again, then again. He is drawn to her but his passion is hopeless. He is a wanted man. To love a decent woman is impossible. And there is a strange shadow behind her brave blue eyes...
Can the impossible become possible for the pirate and the Puritan?"

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ISBN-13: 9781601541192
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: 09/28/2007
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 0.74(w) x 8.00(h) x 5.00(d)

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The Pirate and the Puritan 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
MarionMarchetto_author More than 1 year ago
Do the sins of our ancestors affect how we live? This is the question set forth in this period drama from author Mary Clayton. I like reading about the romanticized pirate life that has been in the forefront of late so I thought it would be rather nice to see how a swashbuckling rogue of the high seas dealt with a Puritan instead of an English lass of the privileged class. Yes, I expected another of the historical romances that seem to populate bookshelves everywhere. What I found was a story of depth and intelligence. The Puritan, Mercy Penhall, is not your typical romantic heroine. She is a mute who has been shuffled between the homes of various family members since the age of eleven when she witnessed her mother being hung for a crime she did not commit. This is a cross that Mercy feels she will bear her entire life. As she is being transported to the home of a step-brother in New England after having lived with an aunt who is being married, the ship she is on is captured by a pirate ship and she is taken prisoner. Again, as in most historical romances our heroine is bound with ropes and forced into the captain's cabin. In terror she waits for the arrival of the fierce looking man she met on the deck. Enter our hero, Captain Edmund Grammercy. Not the flamboyant pirate of the Caribbean that one would expect but a tired, compassionate man who heads up the crew only because he knows how to navigate. Indeed, his only claim to staying alive is the fact that he has led the mangy lot of men who crew his ship to capturing lots of booty. When at last he spies Mercy cowering in a corner of his cabin (having forgotten entirely that she was there), he hastens to assure her that she will come to no harm if she does as she is bid. He tells her that he does not like to take women prisoners and will see that she is sent home, untouched by him or his crew, if she agrees to stay hidden in his cabin. True to his word, Edmund does eventually see to her release. During their short time together, however, a bond is formed between Mercy and Edmund that each tries several times, albeit unsuccessfully, to break. Author Clayton draws two fully rounded characters in Mercy and Edmund showing us the depths of despair that each reaches while combating their personal demons. Indeed, at times I felt that these two would succumb to those demons and never reach the happy ending that they so richly deserved. Worth mentioning are the supporting characters of Soulange and Richard. Their story of unrequited love forms a rich backdrop to the main story of Mercy and Edmund. This is a well researched book providing many details in Puritan lives in the early New England Colony as well as life in the early settlements along the eastern coast of the United States. Although Ms. Clayton is native to Australia she does a wonderful job in giving the reader a feel for the New England area. It made this native New Englander feel right at home. I give this book five stars for the quality of the characters, the originality of the plot, and the fact that I really cared about these characters. Great work!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
THE PIRATE AND THE PURITAN follows 23-year-old Mistress Mercy Purnell, a Puritan whose ships gets ransacked by pirates. Captain Edmund Gramercy protects the young woman by hiding her away in his cabin, letting his shipmates think he is "taking her," while he in fact is not.

Mercy quickly sees the kindness in Edmund, and quickly falls in love with him. The two go through many trials -- each always trying to protect the other, even if that means bringing pain unto themselves.

Mary Clayton writes an enchanting tale of two people who have to give many things up in order to be with each other, but they don't mind doing so because they have what everyone seeks -- true love. The love story, mixed in with many adventures, truly captures the heart. The two lovers, Edmund and Mercy, give hope to readers that love can overcome anything.

This story is truly magnificent and is sure to be loved by anyone who reads it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lately, I find myself steering away from historical romances because they often compensate for a lacking plot with explicit sex. That is not the case with The Pirate and The Puritan, making it a highly appealing, and very worthwhile book to read. Mary Clayton has written a beautifully dramatic, action-packed story. Attention to detail is keen, powerfully pulling the reader into the well-researched, vividly described setting. There is a complete immersion, heightened by the author's beautiful style of writing, so that the reader experiences the story fully with all the senses. The characters come alive off the pages and work their way into one's heart until they become beloved friends. The secondary characters are delightful, and contribute to the great depth of the story! The well-written dialogue is quite refreshing, because instead of the sexually-tense bickering often found in romance novels, these characters consistently interact with each other with kindness and respect. Mercy and Edmund's relationship is highly romantic and deeply sensual, without being sexually explicit. In fact, there is no physical sex, yet it's incredibly sexy how they make love in so many different ways without ever touching each other. Their non-verbal communication is palpable! I felt deeply touched after reading this book, and was sorry when the story came to an end! It's extremely well-done, and highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For the mute spinster Puritan Mercy Penhall, losing her mother in a horrid manner was thought to be the worst nightmare of her life, until the ship she is traveling on is taken over by pirates. The beautiful Mercy has had a life of hardship and grief, paying for the sins of her mother and being shuffled from one relative to another, who do not want her for anything except to be a worker and nanny to their children. Mercy is terrified and unable to express her fear to the handsome and hard pirate captain Edmund Gramercy, who has claimed her as his prize. But Edmund shows Mercy the meaning of her name, Mercy, and treats her with respect during her capture. As the days of the voyage go on, Edmund is drawn to this mute beauty and realizes in his situation, once a gentleman, forced to turn pirate, that he could never have a respected beauty as Mercy for his own. Mercy also begins to see the goodness in Edmund and for the first time in her isolated life falls in love. When Edmund allows her to escape for her own good, she returns to her spinster Puritan life, but this time changed, and longing for the arms and love of her Pirate, Edmund. In an exciting story that builds in intensity, as Edmund¿s and Mercy¿s love, the reader becomes captivated and enthralled in the substance of this story. For those romance readers who enjoy pirate romances, do not overlook this one by Mary Clayton. Without one sexually explicit scene this author has the extreme talent to have sensuality ooze from page after page. It is a story with depth and well done historical research about the Puritan Religion, 1700¿s and the time of Queen Anne¿s war. A book to definitely put on your must read list!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do the sins of our ancestors affect how we live? This is the question set forth in this period drama from author Mary Clayton. I like reading about the romanticized pirate life that has been in the forefront of late so I thought it would be rather nice to see how a swashbuckling rogue of the high seas dealt with a Puritan instead of an English lass of the privileged class. Yes, I expected another of the historical romances that seem to populate bookshelves everywhere. What I found was a story of depth and intelligence. The Puritan, Mercy Penhall, is not your typical romantic heroine. She is a mute who has been shuffled between the homes of various family members since the age of eleven when she witnessed her mother being hung for a crime she did not commit. This is a cross that Mercy feels she will bear her entire life. As she is being transported to the home of a step-brother in New England after having lived with an aunt who is being married, the ship she is on is captured by a pirate ship and she is taken prisoner. Again, as in most historical romances our heroine is bound with ropes and forced into the captain's cabin. In terror she waits for the arrival of the fierce looking man she met on the deck. Enter our hero, Captain Edmund Grammercy. Not the flamboyant pirate of the Caribbean that one would expect but a tired, compassionate man who heads up the crew only because he knows how to navigate. Indeed, his only claim to staying alive is the fact that he has led the mangy lot of men who crew his ship to capturing lots of booty. When at last he spies Mercy cowering in a corner of his cabin (having forgotten entirely that she was there), he hastens to assure her that she will come to no harm if she does as she is bid. He tells her that he does not like to take women prisoners and will see that she is sent home, untouched by him or his crew, if she agrees to stay hidden in his cabin. True to his word, Edmund does eventually see to her release. During their short time together, however, a bond is formed between Mercy and Edmund that each tries several times, albeit unsuccessfully, to break. Author Clayton draws two fully rounded characters in Mercy and Edmund showing us the depths of despair that each reaches while combating their personal demons. Indeed, at times I felt that these two would succumb to those demons and never reach the happy ending that they so richly deserved. Worth mentioning are the supporting characters of Soulange and Richard. Their story of unrequited love forms a rich backdrop to the main story of Mercy and Edmund. This is a well researched book providing many details in Puritan lives in the early New England Colony as well as life in the early settlements along the eastern coast of the United States. Although Ms. Clayton is native to Australia she does a wonderful job in giving the reader a feel for the New England area. It made this native New Englander feel right at home. I give this book five stars for the quality of the characters, the originality of the plot, and the fact that I really cared about these characters. Great work Mary!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Pirate And The Puritan by Mary Clayton is an absolutely un-put-able down book. The characters leap from the page and the writing captures the time frame. Mercy is a brave heroine, perfectly matched to the handsome pirate. Their story is one every lover of romantic fiction will devour with pleasure. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you just want to enjoy a sweet story with more than one adventure and a few plot twists and one seemingly dirty secret that has torn Mercy to pieces in her last 12 years of life..Then enjoy the read as I did.
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