It’s my turn for the A Captain for Caroline Gray blog tour presented by austenprose. I hope you enjoy the review.
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.
- Title: A Captain for Caroline Gray
- Author: Julie Wright
- Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing on March 2, 2021
- Genre: Historical Romance
- Pages: 336
- Formats Available: Paperback, Audiobook, & Digital
- Rating: 5/5
Trigger Warnings: Violence, Abuse of a Child
Many thanks to Laurel Anne of austenprose, Julie Wright, and Shadow Mountain Publishing for providing me with a physical Advanced Reader’s Copy of A Captain for Caroline Gray with a request for an honest review.
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A Captain for Caroline Gray Blurb
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?Provided by Austenprose for Tour Use
Julie Wright has hit me in all my feels with her novel, A Captain for Caroline Gray. I circulated through emotions at warp speed. From one page to the next, I never knew what my next feeling would be. I picked this book up in the morning and read straight through because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.
Caroline Gray is a breath of fresh air. She is smart, witty, and rarely quiet. But, while Caroline won’t find a husband within the ton, her heart captures someone much better. She found an equal in Captain Thomas Scott. He loves her for her brilliance and love of learning. He loves her even more because she speaks her mind, regardless of the gender of her company.
I loved Caroline, and Thomas is quite loveable too. There is a good mix of rotten and wonderful characters. Wright gives you plenty to root for and as much to hiss about.
The setting is perfect. I could feel the sea spray hitting my face as I read through. The sights and smells of India were also ripe in my mind. I could hear the elephants trumpeting as if I were standing right there.
I adored this book. I am thrilled to award A Captain for Caroline Gray a full 5 out of 5 stars. If you love romance, then you won’t want to miss this one. It is stellar.
About the Author – Julie Wright
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.
Author’s Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | BookBub | Goodreads
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March 01 My Jane Austen Book Club (Excerpt)
March 01 Austenprose — A Jane Austen Blog (Review)
March 02 Storeybook Reviews (Review)
March 02 Lu Reviews Books (Review)
March 02 Bookworm Lisa (Review)
March 03 Probably at the Library (Excerpt)
March 03 Our Book Confessions (Review)
March 03 Lady with a Quill (Review)
March 04 The Caffeinated Bibliophile (Review)
March 04 Fire & Ice (Review)
March 05 Literary Time Out (Review)
March 05 Among the Reads (Review)
March 06 Books and Socks Rock (Review)
March 07 Encouraging Words (Excerpt)
March 08 So Little Time… (Review)
March 09 For Where Your Treasure Is (Review)
March 10 Laura’s Reviews (Review)
March 10 My Bookish Bliss (Review)
March 11 Heidi Reads (Review)
March 12 Reading with Emily (Review)
March 13 The Christian Fiction Girl (Review)
March 14 Silver Petticoat Reviews (Excerpt)
March 15 Austenesque Reviews (Review)
March 16 The Lit Bitch (Excerpt)
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March 22 From Pemberley to Milton (Review)
March 23 Gwendalyn’s Books (Review)
March 23 Historical Fiction with Spirit (Review)
March 24 Captivated Reading (Review)
March 24 Books, Teacups, & Reviews (Excerpt)
March 25 Roseanne E. Lortz (Review)
March 26 Cup of Tea with that Book, Please (Review)
March 26 Randi Loves 2 Read (Review)
March 27 Library of Clean Reads (Review)
March 28 The Bibliophile Files (Review)
Thank you for the lovely review, Kimberly, and also for participating in the tour, Best, LA
It’s my pleasure. Thank you for having me.