Friday, April 8, 2011

At the Captain's Command

Author: Louise M. Gouge
Publisher: Love Inspired Historical
April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-373-82865-4
Genre: Inspirational/historical Romance

Dinah Templeton lives with her foster sister, Anne, and Anne’s husband in Florida, a British colony, during a time of great unrest. Dinah doesn’t ever want to marry a sea-faring man, as she can’t handle the idea of marriage to a man she’d never see, but the prospects in her town don’t appeal much either.

Captain Thomas Moberly of His Majesty’s Navy is in Florida to catch an pirate, and to protect the most southern colony from the impending war… But he knows that Dinah’s brother, Jamie, is on the opposing side of this war. But what of Dinah?

Despite his reservations, Thomas can’t help but be attracted to the kind, sweet, and charming Florida belle, and to be appalled by the situations in which Dinah is forced to reside. When situations threaten to tear them apart, permanently, Thomas is forced to rethink his position.

AT THE CAPTAIN’S COMMAND is the most recent historical fiction by acclaimed, award winning author, Louise Gouge. I have enjoyed Ms. Gouge’s other books in this series and looked forward to reading this one. I also look forward to Ms. Gouge’s next book.

The behavior, speech, mannerisms, and setting are quite well researched, and it is apparent in this book. Ms. Gouge’s characters are distinct in their voice, and one could easily imagine the turmoil this community must feel with the Revolutionary war looming in the near future. Readers of historical fiction will appreciate the time and effort put into this book that is more than just a charming romance, but a history lesson as well. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $5.50. 300 pages.

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