Beth Tremayne has always been drawn to adventure. During her childhood, she fed that desire by exploring every inch of the Isles of Scilly. As an adolescent, she dreamed of love in London’s ballrooms. Now, stumbling across an old map on her family’s property, she’s found more adventure than she ever craved in the hunt for pirate treasure. Unfortunately, Beth can’t escape the attentions of her family’s guest, Lord Sheridan.
Sheridan has spent years pursuing whatever archaeological interests caught his imagination. And when he discovers that Beth’s search connects with one of his favorite pirates of history, he can’t help getting involved. Plus, he finds her irresistible, even though she insists he stole a prized possession of hers.
As they work together following different clues and drawing closer to danger, they start to piece together a story of tragic love and piratical adventure. But the true surprise is the treasure they discover in each other.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own, and I am writing a voluntary review.
“Sheridan had never had a rival. It would keep life interesting. Perhaps he should invest in one sometime, just for the experience. Maybe he could convince Telford to act the part, though he had no idea what they’d be competing for.”
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a prime example of why this book is amazing. Sheridan, one of the three main characters, was hysterical. This man plotted to win his crush (of about a week when the story begins) by wooing her along the lines of what worked for Mr. Darcy. This quickly falls short, though, because while Beth and Elizabeth are remarkably similar in personality, Sheridan and Darcy are not (also Beth was completely unimpressed by his family home). Subsequently, he kept a running estimate of how long it would take for him to convince Beth to marry him (or for her to convince him – long story). For example, it started at ten years since she highly disliked him at the start, but didn’t immediately tell him to leave her presence. Then, when she looked at him as though he was, “more than a . . . dunderhead,” he immediately reduced it to eight years, and so on and so fort. Plus he composed the most ridiculous proposals and I was completely there for it. He is such a flirt in the most innocent, subconscious, and oblivious way possible.
Anyways, between all of the characters, I laughed harder than I have in a while. They were all beautifully well crafted, I kinda want a Mamm-wynn and/or Millicent and Abbie, and the adventure of searching for pirate treasure was great. Also I loved learning about the Isles of Scilly, which I definitely did not know existed prior to this book. They have such a fascinating history and culture, and I loved how much that came out through this story.
I have read countless pieces of Christian historical fiction over the years, and yet Roseanna’s books always stand out in my memory and are always an absolute delight to read.