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Pasts Collide in New Orleans when a Treasure Goes Missing
The last time New Orleans attorney Jean-Luc Valmont saw Maribel Cordoba, a Spanish nobleman’s daughter, she was an eleven-year-old orphan perched in the riggings of his privateering vessel proving herself as the best lookout on his crew. Until the day his infamy caught up with them all and innocent lives were lost. Unsure why he survived but vowing to make something of the chance he was given, Jean-Luc has buried his past life so deep that no living person will ever find it—until a very much alive and very grown up Maribel Cordoba arrives on his doorstep and threatens all he now holds dear.
Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo.
More to come in the Daughters of the Mayflower series:
The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (coming February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (coming April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (coming June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (coming August 2018)
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (coming October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (coming December 2018)
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Aboard the Spanish vessel Venganza near Havana
Mama may have been named for the great-grandmother who traveled from England on the Mayflower, but that fact certainly did not keep her in the land of her birth. Twelve-year-old Maribel Cordoba sometimes wondered why Mama refused to discuss anything regarding her relations in the colonies beyond the fact that she had disappointed them all by marrying a Spaniard without her papa's blessing.
The mystery seemed so silly now, what with Mama gone and the father she barely knew insisting she accompany him aboard the Venganza to his new posting in Havana. Maribel gathered the last reminder of Mary Lytton around her shoulders — a beautiful scarf shot through with threads of Spanish silver that matched the piles of coins in the hold of this magnificent sailing vessel — and clutched the book she'd already read through once since the journey began.
Though she was far too young at nearly thirteen to call herself a lady, Maribel loved to pretend she would someday wear this same scarf along with a gown in some lovely matching color at a beautiful ball. Oh she would dance, her toes barely touching the floor in her dancing shoes. And her handsome escort would, no doubt, fall madly in love with her just as Papa had fallen in love with Mama.
Her fingers clutched the soft fabric as her heart lurched. Mama. Oh how she missed her. She looked toward the horizon, where a lone vessel's sails punctuated the divide between sea and sky, and then shrugged deeper into the scarf.
Nothing but adventure was ahead. This her papa had promised when he announced that, as newly named Consul General, he was moving her from their home in Spain to the faraway Caribbean.
She had read about the Caribbean in the books she hid beneath her pillows. The islands were exotic and warm, populated with friendly natives and not-so-friendly pirates.
Maribel clutched her copy of The Notorious Seafaring Pyrates and Their Exploits by Captain Ulysses Jones. The small leather book that held the true stories of Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, and others had been a treasure purchased in a Barcelona bookseller's shop when Papa hadn't been looking.
Of course, Papa never looked at her, so she could have purchased the entire shop and he wouldn't have noticed.
But then, until the day her papa arrived with the news that Mama and Abuelo were now with the angels, she'd only seen this man Antonio Cordoba three times in her life. Once at her grandmother's funeral and twice when he and Mama had quarreled on the doorstep of their home in Madrid.
On none of these occasions had Señor Cordoba, apparently a very busy and very important man, deigned to speak to his only daughter. Thus his speech about Mama had been expectedly brief, as had the response to Maribel's request to attend her funeral or at least see her grave.
Both had been answered with a resolute no. Two days later, she was packed aboard the Venganza.
She watched the sails grow closer and held tight to Mama's scarf. Just as Mama had taught her, she turned her fear of this unknown place that would become her new home into prayer. Unlike Mama — who would have been horrified at the stories of Captain Bartholomew Roberts and others — Maribel's hopes surged.
Perhaps this dull journey was about to become exciting. Perhaps the vessel on the horizon held a band of pirates bent on chasing them down and relieving them of their silver.
By habit, Maribel looked up into the riggings where her only friend on this voyage spent much of his day. William Spencer, a gangly orphan a full year older and many years wiser than she, was employed as lookout. This, he explained to her, was a step up from the cabin boy he'd been for nigh on seven years and a step toward the ship's captain he someday hoped to be.
Their passing annoyance, which began when she nearly pitched herself overboard by accident while reading and strolling on deck, had become something akin to an alliance during their weeks at sea. To be sure, William still felt she was hopeless as a sailor, but his teasing at Maribel's noble Spanish lineage and habit of keeping her nose in a book had ceased when she discovered the source.
William Spencer could not read. Or at least he couldn't when they set sail from Barcelona.
He'd been a quick study, first listening as she read from Robinson Crusoe and The Iliad and then learning to sound out words and phrases as they worked their way through Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. By the time she offered him her copy of Captain Jones's pirate book, William was able to read the entire book without any assistance.
She spied him halfway up the mainmast. "Sails," she called, though he appeared not to hear her. "Over there," Maribel added a bit louder as she used her book to point toward the ship.
The watch bell startled her with its clang, and the book tumbled to the deck. A moment later, crewmen who'd previously strolled about idly now ran to their posts shouting in Spanish words such as "pirata" and "barco fantasma."
"Pirates and a ghost ship?" she said under her breath as she grabbed for the book and then dodged two crewmen racing past with weapons drawn. "How exciting!"
"Don't be an idiot, Red." William darted past two men rolling a cannon toward the Venganza's bow then hurried to join her, a scowl on his face. "This isn't like those books of yours. If that's the Ghost Ship, then you'd best wish for anything other than excitement."
Shielding her eyes from the sun's glare, Maribel looked up at William. "What do you mean?"
"I mean they're bearing down on us and haven't yet shown a flag. I wager when they do, we won't be liking what flag they're flying."
"So pirates," she said, her heart lurching. "Real pirates."
"Or Frenchmen," he said. "A privateer ship is my guess if they're not yet showing the skull and crossbones."
She continued to watch the sails grow larger. "Tell me about the Ghost Ship, William."
"Legend says the ship appears out of thin air, then, after it's sunk you and taken your treasure, all twenty-two guns and more than one hundred crewmen go back the same way they came."
"Back into thin air?" she asked.
"Exactly. Although I have always thought they might be calling Santa Cruz their home as it's near enough to Puerto Rico for provisioning and belongs to the French settlements." He paused to draw himself up to his full height. "And care to guess who the enemy of the men aboard the Ghost Ship is?"
Maribel leaned closer, her heart pounding as she imagined these fearless men who chased their prey then disappeared to some mysterious island only to do it all over again. "Who?"
"Spaniards, Red. They hold license from the French crown to take what anyone flying under the Spanish flag has got and split it with the royals. And they don't take prisoners."
She looked up at the flag of Spain flying on the tallest of the masts and then back at William. "No?"
William shook his head. "No. They leave no witnesses. Do you understand now why you do not want that ship out there to be the Barco Fantasma as these sons of Madrid call it?"
She squared her shoulders. "Well, I care not," she exclaimed. "There are no such things as ghosts. My mama said to pray away the fear when it occurred, so perhaps you ought to consider that." Of course, if she allowed herself to admit it, Maribel should be taking her own advice. Much as Mama reminded her of her status as a woman not born in Spain, her father's lineage and the fact a Spanish flag waved in the warm breeze above her head would seal her fate.
"I'm not scared," William said. "If those fellows catch us, I'd rather join up with them than stay here. Wasn't asked if I wanted to sail on this vessel, so I figure I might as well invite myself to sail on theirs."
"You wouldn't dare. You're not the pirate sort."
"Privateer," he corrected. "And who says I'm not? I read those books of yours. Sure, I'm not one for breaking the law, but if Captain Beaumont offers honest work for my share of the pay, then I'd be better off than I am here. Besides, I can always jump off at the nearest island and stay there like Mr. Robinson Crusoe did. If I tried that now, the Spaniards would come after me and beat me senseless."
She recalled the bruises she'd seen on the boy's arms and nodded. "If you go, I'm going with you. I'll join up with this Captain Beaumont and climb the riggings just like you do."
"You're just a girl," he protested. "Don't you know girls are bad luck on privateers' ships? It was right there in the book."
"It was indeed," she said as she cradled the book against her chest. "But I don't believe in luck. If the Lord allows, then it happens. If He doesn't, then it doesn't. That's what my mama says, and I believe it is true. So I'm going to pray that Captain Beaumont is a good man."
"That's ridiculous, Red."
"The praying?" she said in a huff. "Prayer is never ridiculous."
"No, of course not," he hurried to say. "But to suggest that Captain Beaumont might be a good man —"
"You there, boy," a sailor called as he jostled past William. "Back to your post and look smart about it."
William fixed her with an impatient look. "While you're doing all this praying, go down to your cabin and hide," he told her. "Bar the door and, no matter what, do not let anyone inside except me or your papa, you understand?"
"Papa," she said as she looked around the deck. "I need to find him."
"Likely he's helping prepare for the attack and won't want a child bothering him," William said. "Do as I said and make quick work of it. Oh, and Red, can you swim?"
"I can," she said even as his description of her as a child stung. "My mama taught me but said we couldn't tell my papa because he thought swimming was undignified and beneath our station. Why?"
"Then if all else fails and you're faced with being captured or the threat of death, jump overboard. It's a known fact that most pirates cannot swim, so you'd be safer afloat in the ocean than aboard a sinking ship." He nudged her shoulder with his, a gesture that reminded her once again of their friendship. "Now off with you, Red. I've got work to do."
"But what about privateers and Frenchmen?" she called to his retreating back. "Can they swim?"
"You better hope you don't find out," was the last thing William said before he disappeared into a crowd of crewmen.
Maribel stood there for a full minute, maybe longer, surveying the chaos unfolding around her. Though she was loath to take William's advice — he was always such a bossy fellow — she did see the wisdom in making herself scarce until the fuss was over.
Oh but she'd not run to her cabin where she would miss all the excitement. There must be a place where she could stay out of the way and still watch what was happening on deck.
Pray away the fear.
She raised up on her tiptoes to look over the men gathered around the cannon. The sails of the approaching vessel were much closer now, their pristine white matching the clouds on the horizon.
A roar went up among the men of the Venganza, and then the cannon fired. Covering her ears, Maribel ran in search of the nearest shelter and found it behind thick coils of rope and stacked barrels. Only when she had successfully hidden herself inside the coil did she realize she had dropped her prized book. She had to retrieve it; nothing else would do.
She rose slowly, clutching the ends of Mama's scarf just as the vessel made a turn to the right. With the tilt of the deck, the book slid out of her reach. Braving the throng of people, she headed toward the book, now lodged against the mainmast.
Pray away the fear.
She removed the scarf from her neck and tied it around her head like the pirates whose likenesses filled her books. The ends fluttered in the breeze, and if she thought hard, she could remember Mama wearing this scarf.
She did that now, thought about Mama. About how she loved to tie the scarf around her waist when she wore her pretty dresses. Someday she would tie this scarf around her waist like Mama did.
Someday when she was a grown-up lady.
A cannon sounded from somewhere off in the distance, and then the vessel shuddered. Stifling a scream, Maribel took a deep breath and said a prayer as she grasped the edges of the scarf.
Smoke rolled toward her as Maribel struggled to remain upright on the sloping boards beneath her feet. She reached the book and then slid one arm around the mainmast to steady herself against the pitching motion.
Pray away the fear. Pray away the fear. Pray away ...
The cannon roared again. A crack sounded overhead and splinters of wood and fire rained down around her.
Then the world went dark.
Captain Jean Beaumont took ownership of the Venganza before any man aboard had given it up. He did so simply by claiming it for the crown and glory of France. From that moment, according to the rights granted him in the Letters of Marque, the issue was not whether but how the Spanish vessel would be turned over to its new owner.
Predictably, the Spaniards had resisted all efforts to be peacefully overtaken. A pity, for it was obvious these men stood no chance against his well-trained crew. Now they were paying the price.
All around him his men worked as a team to corral the ship's crew and passengers and prevent any brave souls from seeking retribution. Those assigned to document and remove all valuable items from the vessel had begun their work as well.
Of these men, Jean was most proud. It was a badge of honor to be known and feared by reputation but also to be considered fair in his execution of the privileges extended to him as a privateer.
Each item taken from the vessel would be accounted for, with a list being sent back to the king along with the crown's portion of the spoils. The remainder would be divided among the crew with Jean forgoing his own share.
If the crew thought it odd that their captain took no profit from their voyages, none had been brave enough to say so. This voyage, however, was different. He would take his share, but not in the supplies and silver coin that were now being carried across the deck.
With command of the ship now his to claim, Jean stepped over a fallen Spaniard and kept walking. He sought only one man: Antonio Cordoba.
His second-in-command, a mountain of a man who had escaped slavery to pledge his allegiance to Jean, stepped in front of him holding a man by the back of his neck. It was Israel Bennett's job to go straight to the man in control of the vessel and subdue him.
He did that job well.
The gentle giant offered no expression as he held his quarry still with seemingly little effort. "Claims he's the captain, sir."
Jean looked down at the pitiful captain, taking note of the terror in his eyes and the spotless uniform. Revulsion rose. There was only one reason a man's clothing would be spotless on an occasion such as this. The coward had hidden himself and allowed his men to do the fighting for him.
"See that he understands we have boarded under Letters of Marque on behalf of France and King Louis XV. We wish him and his crew no harm, but we must confiscate what now lawfully is ours."
Israel Bennett dutifully repeated the words in flawless Spanish, saying exactly what Jean would have had he wanted the captain to know he spoke the language fluently. Jean nodded when the message had been delivered.
"I thought he would be older," was the Spaniard's muttered response. "It appears the ghost captain has ceased to age. I claim sorcery."
Israel chuckled, his laughter deep and resonant. "He is of sufficient age to best you and your ship, and I assure you no sorcery was used."
This captain's response was a common one. Though Jean would soon see his twenty-fifth birthday, he was often mistaken for one of his crew rather than the man in charge.
Perhaps this was due to the legend that had grown up alongside the reputation of the vessel that had been dubbed the Ghost Ship, not by him but by those who hadn't seen the ship coming until they were close enough for the cannons to reach them. Or perhaps it was because he felt twice his age most days.
"One more thing," Jean added as he looked up at Israel. "Tell him I wish him and his crew no further harm. However, I demand he produce Consul General Antonio Cordoba immediately so that he and I might have a private discussion."
Excerpted from "The Pirate Bride"
Copyright © 2018 Kathleen Y'Barbo.
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Red, a young girl as the story begins, is on her way to Havana, Cuba with her seldom before seen father when the ship is overtaken by Privateers (NOT Pirates!). She and another young man a few years older than her are taken aboard the Privateer's ship along with the cargo from the ship they were traveling aboard. During the ship's capture, Red's father is killed by the Captain of the Ghost Ship. She believes she is now an orphan since her father has told her that her mother and grandfather were both dead. She is also convinced that the Captain is a good man who will not harm her. The Pirate Bride is a fun, exciting adventure full of surprises, that I really enjoyed reading. I wish there was a sequel!
The Pirate Bride #2 Daughters of the Mayflower by Kathleen Y’Barbo Set in 1724-1735 in the Caribbean and New Orleans brings adventure on the high seas to the charismatic characters aboard and on land. I so enjoyed spunky Maribel and her spirit, her love of reading and adventurous nature. Of course, she believes she knows everything there is to know about pirates from reading her favorite pirate book, however, she soon learns there are no comparison when actually living it. Jean-Luc repeatedly reminds her that there is a difference between pirates and privateers. Dangers on the high seas, long held secrets revealed, mystery, romance and love with spiritual elements and forgiveness woven within the story-line. I enjoyed the historical notes at the end of the book. A captivating story. ~I received a copy of this book from the author/Barbour publishing (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
What an adventure! Love the historical references.
The ending left me a bit wanting. I would rather have read the conclusion instead of hearing about what was most likely going to happen.
Okay, I’m just going to go ahead and give my honest thoughts here. This book seemed like it knew where it was trying to go, but not how to get there. I didn’t think the transitions made sense, nor did I really like how it ended. The writing seemed amateurish and the plot skipped along like rocks on a pond, instead of smoothly like a sailboat. It was slow and then rushed and didn’t seem natural. The idea was creative but the result choppy. It wasn’t necessarily a bad book in terms of content, but there are better written pirate books out there (MaryLu Tyndall writes some really good ones). Thank you to Barbour Publishers and Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this book. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
Aye, If ye be seeking adventure with pirates, privateers, and a feisty heroine, then The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo is the book you need to be reading! I have always loved tales of pirates and sword fights and adventures on the high seas so I was very excited to read this book. While not exactly the story I thought it would be, it still held my attention all the way to the end. While this book could stand alone, it was fun for me to know that the heroine, Maribel was related to Mary and William Lytton whose story takes place in the first book in the series. I loved how courageous and feisty, Maribel was and how tough yet kind Captain Beaumont was. They seemed like the perfect match. The one problem I had with the book was that at least half the book was just on Maribel’s younger life which seemed more like a young adult adventure novel than a romance. The last half advanced the story to over a decade later, and then the romance between the two happened very abruptly. I could have guessed the romance would happen, but it seemed like there needed to be more time for it to develop. However, in spite of the sudden romance, I still enjoyed the book and the adventure it took me on. I would recommend this book for someone who enjoys reading books about pirates. It is a fun continuation of the family tree that starts in the first book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is the second book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series that is written by different authors. This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Y’Barbo. The Pirate Bride is a historical novel that occurs during 1700’s. Maribel Cordova is stolen away by her father as a young girl. Then, she is taken by a privateer. Many years later she meets the privateer in New Orleans. This novel has suspense at different times as well as the historical aspect. This series is an interesting series in that the main female characters are strong women and come down through a common family line. I am continuing to read the other books in this series. The historical information in the book is fascinating as well as the story of the main characters. I highly recommend not only this book, but the series as well. Readers, you will not be disappointed in the writings of Ms. Y’Barbo or the storyline! ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, this is my own opinion.
Maribel Cordoba loves to read adventure stories, especially pirate stories. One day she is forced to live out her own adventure when her father kidnaps her and takes her aboard a ship sailing for Havana. A privateer vessel catches up to them, and Maribel ends up sailing with them instead and becoming fast friends with the captain and his crew. After many years, Maribel is reunited with the captain in New Orleans under unique and dangerous circumstances, and both of them must make difficult decisions concerning life and love. I enjoyed this book, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if it would have been longer. I really liked the concept of the story (because pirates are awesome), but I felt like the first half of the book was so much more detailed than the second half. I thought the portion where Maribel became an adult was too rushed and contrived, and the romance seemed odd because they fell in love in a matter of days based on childlike affection from years earlier. That being said, I did enjoy the story and I thought the writing was very descriptive and interesting. If you like adventure and pirate stories, you will like this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. A positive review was not required, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
The Pirate Bride Broccoli a the second book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. This one is just as good as the first one, which I didn't know if it could be done. This one is about a fierce and fiery red head. Which includes a good mystery - that sounds like a good mixture to me. Maribel is the descendant of Mary (the one who came over on the Mayflower). She is wanting to find something of her dad's. This book is about treasures, pirates, mysteries, plot twists and most of all Faith. She runs into Jean Luc - if you want to call it running into - I do say that tongue in cheek - you have got to see how they meet. So what happens? Something you won't believe and you have got to read it for yourself. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com - I would love to see you there.
I am sorry to say that I was disappointed with “The Pirate Bride” by Kathleen Y’Barbo. There were too many gaps in the story line to allow for a smooth flow. The character of the father, Antonio Cordoba, needed to be developed in much greater detail since his actions played a major role in the life of Maribel Cordoba and the other characters in the story. The book was short, a mere 245 pages. I could have easily read another 100-150 pages as Mrs. Y’Barbo’s writing style is excellent, if only she would have “filled in the gaps” in this story. I have read other books by her, and have not been disappointed before. I did like the originality of the plot and hope that there might be a revised edition in the future. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
This was a very interesting story. Really enjoyed it!
3.5 Stars Overall, this is a fun, quick adventure-type read involving high-sea voyages and history. I liked that Maribel was an avid reader of classic books—a child and then later—woman after my own heart. She’s feisty, independent, and a bit of a tomboy; and kind of reminds me of myself. Jean-Luc is not your typical swashbuckling privateer, as you will learn more about while reading this book. He is a man of secrets and mystery and a heart of gold! These two have a history together that the author weaves past with present seamlessly. While I didn’t necessarily connect closely with the story, it was still a much enjoyable way to pass my days. I liked being swept away to a different time & place in history and getting to know characters who were the authors imagination brought to life! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. *
I was so very disappointed in this book. Don’t get me wrong – Y’Barbo is a talented author, but the description for this book is misleading and the pacing of much of the tale is all wrong. First, the title and description are misleading as no marriage ever takes place in the book. Second, the heroine is a preteen for more than half of the novel, and doesn’t meet the hero again until near the end when an awkward and rushed romance ensues. Third, many of the actions of other characters take place “off stage” only to be awkwardly and unrealistically summed up by others. Fourth, I didn’t like or relate to ANY of the characters from Maribel’s family (real, or adopted). Fifth, while I did enjoy the first half to two-thirds of the book (I loved Maribel and Jean-Luc’s characters as well as their interactions) I was disappointed this is advertised as a romance, but the heroine isn’t even an adult until near the end when she finally reconnects with the hero. Sixth, I found the pacing, plot, and characters for the very beginning of the book and that last third of the book completely unbelievable. Overall, this story had so much potential, but feels like an early draft rushed to publication. This is the second book in “The Daughters of the Mayflower” series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone tale. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
This book was very exciting. The author took you on an adventure and it was hard to put the book down. This is the 2nd book in the series Daughters of the Mayflower. Can easily be read as a standalone. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
The Pirate Bride was such a great book. It is book two in the Daughters of the Mayflower series, but it could easily be read as a standalone. The characters are just delightful, the supporting characters are endearing as well. The book is so well written that it is hard to put down. Maribel Cordova is a young girl who finds herself on a ship with her Spanish, father. He has told her that her mother and grandfather have died. While on the ship Maribel, who is full of sassy personality, befriends a young man who works on her father's ship. While they are on the ship, they are approached by the "Ghost Ship" that is captained by Jean Luc. A fight between Jean Luc and Maribel's father takes place. Maribel witnesses the death of her father. She and her friend find themselves aboard the "Ghost Ship" with Jean Luc as captain. Both Maribel and her friend earn a position on the ship. While on the ship, Maribel firmly grabs Jean Luc's heart. When their ship is attacked Maribel falls off of the ship and Jean Luc is gravely injured. He believes Maribel is dead. Maribel is raised into womanhood in a convent by a wonderful group of nuns. She accepts a teaching position there but her sassy spirit is still firmly in place. She recalls her time on the ship fondly but has been told that that time never occurred and it is in her imagination. Jean Luc has also healed up. He has gone on with his life but his heart has not forgotten Maribel. When the two meet again years later in New Orleans, they find themselves working together to protect Maribel and to uncover family secrets. The love and affection they feel for one another rekindles and Maribel finds herself to be a pirate bride.
I loved the adventure in this book! I learned the important difference between a pirate and a privateer, and loved Maribel's enthusiasm for her adventure at sea. The story begins with a young Maribel being kidnapped by her absentee father who is being chased by the infamous privateer Captain Jean Beaumont. Her immediate allegiance to Jean was interesting, and he and his crew couldn't help but be won over by her bright and frank personality. There are politics, skirmishes, and intense battles that led to unexpected plot twists. The pace was swift but felt a bit disjointed as the author took large jumps forward in time and switched perspectives unevenly. I enjoyed Maribel's spunky character immensely and felt that she was very well-written. Jean's motivations for privateering were murky until the very end of the book, and I felt like it was a bit harder to get to know him, that the depths of his characters weren't fully explored, although he is likeable enough. I appreciated that this story veered from the usual clichés and took me on an adventure that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
This book had me so excited! There were spunky heroines, dastardly relatives, and pirates... Oops, I mean "privateers." (That will make more sense after you read the book!) There was cannon fire and battles at sea, colorful supporting characters, a good plot...and then all of a sudden, there wasn't. Just as everything was starting to come together and I thought that the final scene of action was coming, the story just petered out. It wrapped up way too quickly and didn't match the exciting pace of the rest of the book. The romance came up way too quickly, especially considering the age difference between the main characters. Additionally, the antagonist was dealt with in just a few paragraphs. I was hoping for an epic pirate battle, but I was let down. The Pirate Bride could've used 15-20% more story, and then it would've been a 5-star book! As it currently stands, I'm rounding up from 3.5 to 4 stars because my attention was riveted throughout the whole book. ***I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley and am under no obligation to provide a positive review. All opinions are my own.
If you enjoy stories with swash buckling action, you will like this book. Author Kathleen Y’Barbo did a good job of describing the privateers in this book but the title is a bit confusing as Jean-Luc will not stand being called a pirate. He’s a “legal” privateer. Regardless of what he is, I think you’ll enjoy getting to know him. And Maribel made me laugh. What a spit fire! (You’ll need to read the book to find out why.) A fast paced book, I learned a lot about life aboard ship and found it interesting. However I felt that the ending of the book was rushed. As if the author had to wrap things up quickly. Also, I would have preferred a bit more detail throughout the book. All that said, it was a book that was sometimes funny, sometimes sad. Faith in God, and going to Him in prayer were woven throughout the book but not in a preachy way. I encourage you to give it a chance. Sail the seas with Jean-Luc! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
This book was not quite what I expected as I thought it would be about another woman who was on the Mayflower. Instead, it is about Maribel Cordoba, a descendent of Mary Lytton the heroine of Book 1. But it was a well written, high seas adventure with pirates, appealing characters, plot twists, and faith. Maribel is a sweet tomboy, fiercely independent, intelligent, determined, unforgettable, and a bookworm. Her favorite book is about pirates and she spends many an hour of being a member of a pirate ship crew. When her much absent father spirits her away and they are forced aboard Jean'Luc's privateer ship known as the Ghost Ship, her adventures begin. Life takes unpredictable twists and turns for Maribel just like the rolling ocean she learned to love. The romance thread was sweet with Marible dreaming often of the much older Jean-Luc; and, in turn, Jean-Luc fighting constant memories of the independent, outspoken, "I can do anything," Maribel. I felt the ending was rather rushed and somewhat predictable; but still, overall, this was a very enjoyable book. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
Wow! This was an exciting adventure! Told in two parts, the first being when Maribel is a twelve-year-old girl. I really enjoyed the adventure in Part One. Maribel is witness to her father's death but it does not seem to phase her much. Captain Jean-Luc breaks his own rules and allows her to be part of his crew. Her favorite spot is the lookout post high up in the rigging. She seems to have a special connection to the Captain until the French attack the ship and she is separated from the ship and the crew. She is rescued and taken to a remote island and raised by nuns in an orphanage. She does not grow out of her love for high places nor does she forget the ships she used to recognize. Eleven years later, I loved the mystery and surprises that filled Part Two. Maribel learns her mother and grandfather are alive and have been looking for her. She is reunited with them in New Orleans. She is also reunited with Jean-Luc. I can't say more without spoilers. I do recommend this book. My reason for four stars, I felt the second half was a bit rushed. I wanted more pages! * I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
The Pirate Bride is a reader's delight with noble privateers, an island paradise, captives, mysteries, and romances! Maribel Cordova is a spunky, pirate obsessed twelve-year-old girl. Young Maribel is both completely enchanting and determinedly fearless. Jean-Luc Valmot is guided by a strong moral compass and stalwart work ethic. He leads and inspires men as he fights to right the wrongs in this world. A stellar supporting cast, intriguing storyline, and the inclusion of fascinating historical events round out this literary treasure trove of pirate indulgence! I simply could not put this book down and I look forward to picking it up again! I highly recommend this story and it has earned a place among my all-time favorites. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
I loved this book and found it very quick moving. At first I was surprised that so much of the story was taking place with the heroine being twelve years old--but the first part went very quickly and set the rest of the story up well. There are some wonderful characters on board the "privateer" ship (as well as on land) and much intrigue. This is a very enjoyable book! The message of faith and trusting the Lord was woven in nicely throughout. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
The back cover description doesn't quite describe the story accurately, in my opinion. Most of the book is about a young girl and her exploits and the captain of the ship in which she is on. Some thing I liked about the book was the main character, Maribel. She's quite adventurous and intelligent. The author does a good job of describing the characters to make them seem real. The history aspect was interesting as well. Things I didn't care for was there was a lot of mention of Spain and France and who was fighting whom, and at times it was hard for me to follow. Also there were parts that were confusing when the hero of the story suddenly had a different name. The last fourth of the book seemed a little rushed, almost like the author had to hurry up and get the romance going so that the characters could eventually marry, hence the title of the book, The Pirate Bride. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Fascinating concept for a book! I was really excited to read it. For the most part it met my expectations: Intriguing characters, quick enough paced plot line, some clean romance, spiritual threads, action and mystery. There were times when I felt like the book hopped around to different people and time and I had trouble following. I wish there was more of a distinction. Overall I liked the story. I like how Books in a series don’t necessarily have to be read in order. This book is the 2nd in a series but functions as a fully stand alone book. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was under no compulsion to write a review.