by Lynn Collum

April 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7833-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Eight years ago, young Jacinda Blanchettís father betrothed her to the local Baronís heir, Andrew Marrow. However, neither Jacinda nor Andrew wants to be betrothed to each other. Jacinda is only twelve and Andrew believes himself in love with another woman. The night the betrothal contract is signed, Jacinda and Andrewís lives change forever.

Jacindaís father is murdered and, following his dying order, Jacinda and her maid flee to London to hide until the murderer is found. There Jacinda spends the next eight years posing as a boy named Jack and takes on her maidís nephew as a younger brother. Andrew, wanting to strike out on his own, runs away, only to return to London a wealthy ship captain. Thrown together, Andrew and Jack return to their hometown, one to rebuild his family house and the other to find her fatherís murderer. Will they be able to help each other and maybe find true love?

The Captain is the first Regency Iíve read in a very long time. I was delighted with this sweet story. Jacinda is a strong willed girl who makes her way in the world the best way she can. Sheís caring and kind to those around her. Andrew stated off as a bit pompous and spoiled. However, through his travels he grows up to become a caring and thoughtful man. Once he realizes who Jack is, he is determined to protect and help her. Though there are many possible villains thrown at the reader, the true villain is a surprise and I like that in a story. For a fast paced story with love and adventure, youíre definitely going to want to read Lynn Collumís The Captain.

Reviewed in September 2005 by Vikky.

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