by Christine Scheel

June 2005
ISBN: 1-451-21559-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

It was a good day at sea for Captain Sir Nicholas Sidney. He was on his last voyage for the King and Admiralty before settling back to country life. The letter of marque provided payment to his creditors and the opportunity to restore Wycombe Hall. All was good, that is, until a midshipman aboard the HMS Gallant spots a small boat as it bobbed along the waves. Rescuing the woman inside meant breaking Nicholas’ firm rule: No women. Nonetheless, he couldn’t leave her to die. He has not been around pretty ladies for a long time. Nicholas wasn’t so sure he would know how to deal with this woman, an American woman no less.

Juliana Adams survived the storm that wrecked the ship she’d boarded with her father and the man she was to marry. Unfortunately, they were not found.

She awoke battered and bruised on a ship filled with strangers. The imposing attractive Captain Sidney greeted her with suspicions of espionage. Juliana didn’t understand the implications of a letter Nicholas found in her possession.

The war with France causes Nicholas to wonder about Juliana’s acquaintance with the French author of the letter, but when information begins to pile up Nicholas realizes there is more here than meets the eye.

Danger and political intrigue hang over them like a dark cloud as Juliana and Nicholas set forth on a journey for the truth. Will this quest sabotage their future?

New author Christine Scheel delivers the enjoyable The Captain’s Castaway. A tender love story threaded throughout with historical drama. Juliana endearingly affects the hero to the point of him stuttering in her presence. It is sweet to read of a hero influenced so by the heroine that he loses his composure.

Reviewed in September 2005 by Rho.

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