A Pirate at Pembroke (2018) is an excellent standalone novel by Danielle Thorne. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 433 pages in length. With a full-time job and a busy six-year old, this book took me two days to read. I received a copy of this novel in eBook form from the author via Kathy at I Am a Reader. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give A Pirate at Pembroke 5 STARS. This book is a Clean Historical Romance.
About the Book
Keeping company with a reputed pirate is one thing, but falling in love with him could ruin the eccentric Crestwood family for good…
Sophie Crestwood is never going to catch a husband. Her father is a gossip, her mother has her nose in a book, and little Jack has shamefully been dismissed from boarding school. Worst of all, a pirate moves next door into Pembroke Hall.
When Sophie’s sent to a matchmaking party at a neighboring estate, the pirate from Pembroke arrives and distracts everyone from the summer festivities. Unguarded, her feelings about the mysterious Captain Murdock bloom into a trusted friendship that Sophie fears may come to mean more than anyone would ever suspect.
A Pirate at Pembroke is a FANTASTIC story. It is very much in the style of Jane Austen with its wonderfully detailed descriptions, poignant inner monologues, and a palpable tension between the hero and heroine that lasts until the final chapter. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book, and I am very sorry my time with Sophie and Captain Murdock is over. This is a novel that will stick with me long after finishing the last page.
Told from a first-person perspective, the reader follows Sophie as she encounters her new, mysterious neighbor, the dashing Captain Murdock of Pembroke. Intrigue and rumor surrounds Murdock — some say he is nothing but a villainous pirate while others say he is a first-rate Navy man who protected British interests against pirates and the French. Regardless, when the reader first meets Murdock he is a surly, brooding, and injured man who makes sure to keep all — even the reader — at arms length. Of course, this just makes Sophie, and the reader, more and more curious about the handsome and captivating neighbor.
Sophie is an excellently written character. She is kind, generous, and compassionate. She is beautiful, but doesn’t seem to know it because of her humble nature. She always attempts to stand a minute in someone else’s shoes before coming to any sort of judgement or conclusion, which is a fantastic reminder for all of us today where conclusions about someone or something are drawn based on emotion in the moment rather than on actual fact. While others sit in gossip groups talking about someone they don’t really know, Sophie is the first to stand up against the meanness and hatred in defense of the one being spoken against. Reading about a character willing to stand up for what is right was, to me, a breath of fresh air!
Because of parental machinations and the considerate meddling of one very wealthy aunt, it is desired and expected that Sophie will marry a character named Henry. But neither Henry nor Sophie feel anything more than friendship towards one another. There is a fabulous discussion about practicality versus love. Henry wants to do what will make his family happy, but his heart belongs elsewhere. Sophie, too, wants to please her family, but she is holding out for true love. She makes the best comment when she says to Henry, “It is better to sacrifice a little for true love than to settle only for sensibility.” I adore this line of thinking, and can 100% relate. My family was not on board when my husband and I married. I hate to say it but my happiness was not important enough to my family. What was important was my bottom line, and my future husband didn’t look like he could help improve my financial life in any real way. BUT, I married him anyway because I am in love with my husband. And guess what?! God takes care of us just fine! My parents didn’t understand that I don’t put my trust in a human to take care of my daily/personal/financial needs. My trust resides in God. And, like Sophie, I held out for true love not for practicality, which has made all the difference in my life. God blessed me with my husband — a blessing I wouldn’t have if I had chosen to be practical and worldly focused.
Coming in at just over 400 pages, there is clearly a billion more things I could talk about with this story. There is Sophie’s little brother, Jack, who is quite the rapscallion. There is an interesting love/like square (there are three men vying for Sophie!) that creates some serious mishaps and tension. And, there is the mystery surrounding the handsome hero, Captain Murdock, that makes the reader turn page after page in want of answers. Plus, so much more! If you are looking for an excellent Regency novel to sink your reading teeth into, then I cannot recommend A Pirate at Pembroke enough. Get a copy of this awesome book! You will not be disappointed.