About the Book
Book: A Captain for Caroline Gray
Author: Julie Wright
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Release Date: March 2, 2021
Caroline Gray’s third season in London society ends as badly as her first two—no marriage proposal, no suitor, not even a glimmer of an interested prospect. She suspects it’s because she is far too quick to speak her mind to men who are put off by her forthright opinions, her eager intellect backed by a formal education, and her unconventional ideas about the future. She is far more daring than demure to suit the taste of her class. Besides, Caroline thinks there will always be next season to find a husband.
However, her family’s dwindling income leaves Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: a one-way ticket to sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend waits. If the match doesn’t work, Caroline cannot return home.
Captain Thomas Scott loves the thrill of the open sea, and as commander of one of the ships of the Fishing Fleet, he ferries scores of young English girls to the shores of India to find husbands. The voyages pay well, but he struggles to understand why families would allow young women to be matched with total strangers so far away.
The trips have always been routine and uneventful—until this trip’s first night’s dinner with one Miss Caroline Gray. She engages in a lively political conversation, presenting opposing viewpoints to the conventionally opinionated gentlemen at her table. Captain Scott is secretly amused and delighted at her boldness, not to mention quite drawn to her beauty.
The rest of the passengers are shocked by her behavior and Caroline finds herself an outcast, suffering harsh judgments from the other passengers. However, she finds an unlikely ally in Captain Scott which quickly draws them closer.
Both know an arranged marriage awaits Caroline at the end of their voyage, yet the attraction between them is undeniable. Caroline will have to decide if she will honor her mother’s wishes and marry a man in India whom she has never met, thus securing a future for her and her mother, or be brave enough to throw convention to the wind and commit to love a sea captain. He may be enchanted by her bold and unconventional ways, but will his love and admiration last?
About the Author
Julie Wright wrote her first book when she was fifteen and has written over twenty novels since then. She is a Whitney Awards winner for best romance with her books Cross My Heart and Lies Jane Austen Told Me, and she is a Crown Heart recipient for the novel The Fortune Café.
She has one husband, three kids, one dog, and a varying amount of fish, frogs, and salamanders (depending on attrition). She loves writing, reading, hiking, playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.
She hates mayonnaise.
Praise for A Captain for Caroline Gray
“A charming historical romance in which smarts and sass are vindicated.”— Foreword Reviews
“…a delightful, not exactly traditional Regency romance. Teen readers will enjoy this adventurous journey with its proactive heroine and exotic settings.”— Booklist, starred review
“An unconventional woman finds herself at home at sea in this stirring Regency from Julie Wright…This adventure is sure to entice fans of historical romance.”— Publishers Weekly
I absolutely LOVED A Captain for Caroline Gray by Julie Wright. What a fun and highly engaging read. Personally, I found this story unputdownable from page one. My favorite aspect of this novel is the characters. They’re well-written, highly endearing, and quite relatable. I loved Captain Scott’s crewmates, especially Peterson, Abramson, and Tom. The camaraderie amongst the crew of the Persistence is well developed and very believable. My favorite character is Caroline. She is AMAZING! She is SO smart, quick-witted, compassionate, and capable. She is not afraid to act even when Society tells her that her only place is to be nothing more than a quiet, pretty thing. What I love the most about Caroline is that she stands up for herself and she always stands for what is right. Regardless of mean words and judgmental glances, Caroline does what needs to be done and kowtows to no one. She is a truly remarkable heroine, and I loved seeing how she maneuvered through her strict, stifling social world.
I am an individual and I highly value individualism. I do not believe in group-think. I do not believe society is the boss of anyone. I do think friends and family are super important and bring necessary love and vitality and helpful criticism to our lives, BUT we are all unique individuals and it’s totally OK to act that way. Society, unfortunately, does not agree with me. It thinks it has the right to tell me what to think, what to say, what to call myself, what to believe, and whom I should love. Society today is exhausting, and I do all I can to ignore it. Caroline, however, lives during a time and within a class setting where she is not afforded the luxury of ignoring her seriously stifling and tedious British society. Personally, her society would have killed my very soul. What I enjoyed so much was watching HOW Caroline kept her individuality all while navigating the sharks and dictates of her class. I love how she sees all humans as valuable including those her class would say are beneath her. I love that she is willing to risk her life to save another. And, I love how she enjoys learning new things and is always willing to speak her mind. Caroline, to me, is the best kind of heroine, and she is my favorite part of this wonderful story!
A Captain for Caroline Gray is a wonderful, enjoyable Historical Romance and I highly recommend this read. If you are a fan of engaging, well-written Historical Romances, then you are definitely going to want to check this book out ASAP!
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishers, via NetGalley. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Join the virtual blog tour of A CAPTAIN FOR CAROLINE GRAY (Proper Romance Regency), Julie Wright’s highly acclaimed historical romance novel March 1 – 28, 2021. Over forty popular blogs specializing in historical romance, inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction will join in the celebration of its release with excerpts, spotlights, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set aboard an English ship bound for India.
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