The Pirate Bride (2018) by Kathleen Y’Barbo is the second book in The Daughters of the Mayflower series. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 251 pages in length. With a full-time job, a precocious five-year old at home The Pirate Bride took me one day to read. I received a copy of this novel in paperback form from Barbour Publishing. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give The Pirate Bride 4 STARS. This novel is a Historical Christian Romance.
About the Book
A Former Privateer and a Desperate Heiress Join Forces to Find a Treasure
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One hundred years after her mother’s family came to the New World on the Mayflower, Maribel Cordova has landed in New Orleans to seek the man who holds the key to finding her father’s lost treasure. Attorney Jean-Luc Valmot has buried his past life so deep that no living person will ever find it—or so he hopes as he accepts a position on the governor’s staff. But the daughter of an infamous pirate threatens all he holds dear. Can Maribel and Jean-Luc compromise so they both can hold onto what they most desire?
If I had one word to describe The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo that word would be “fun”! This book is fast-paced and highly “un-put-downable.” The characters, especially Maribel, are well-written, and the action and adventure is non-stop. This is my first time to read a book by Y’Barbo, but it will not be my last. I enjoyed escaping into this story line and will miss Maribel’s fabulous antics.
Maribel is my favorite part of this book. She is brave, witty, perceptive, and hilarious. I laughed out loud quite a few times. She gets on these talking jags and they are just so funny. Whether a 12-year old aboard a Pirate’s — er, I mean — a Privateer’s ship, or a beautiful 23-year old on an island that houses the orphanage she grew up in, Maribel is a force to be reckoned with. What I liked best about Maribel’s character is her ability to not give in to fear. In fact, whenever she feels fear rearing its ugly head, she repeats “Pray away the fear, pray away the fear.” Maribel puts her focus on talking to God, which naturally takes her brain away from her fear and then she is able to act.
Jean-Luc, the Pirate hero, is an impressive character. He is handsome, intriguing, and kindhearted. But, he is also commanding and intense. He definitely needs Maribel in his life to help his lighter side come out every now and then. What is really fun about this book is the interesting and unusual ship that Jean-Luc captains. The men are all good. They have values and a moral compass. Not quite what one would expect when reading a Pirate story, so in that it is not quite historically accurate, but it does make for a very charming read. My favorite crew member is Israel Bennett. He loves God big time, defends those he cares for, and is so loyal. I love how protective he immediately feels towards Maribel — Israel becomes a stand-in father of sorts. It is sweet. In fact, I love how Jean-Luc’s entire crew immediately bonded to Maribel and took care of her in very considerate and tenderhearted ways.
If you are looking for a great story to escape into, then I highly recommend The Pirate Bride. There is not a boring moment in this book. It has pirates, battles, deception, mystery, and a sweet romance. I guarantee you will enjoy this fun adventure!
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