The Captain’s Log – blackhearts (Nicole Castroman)

Hearty har har me mateys!  Time to hear about a fellow grand and glorious sea dog . . .

blackhearts (Nicole Castroman)

So I am assuming most of me readers have heard of the fearsome Blackbeard who sailed the waters of the West Indies on the Queen Anne’s Revenge.  What readers may not know if that very little of Blackbeard’s early life is known.  This novel attempts to enlighten us on what could have been.

And a fun romp it was.  The story centers on Anne, a half West Indies / half English daughter of a respected merchant.  Her parents have died and she has found work as a servant for one of Bristol’s rich merchants.  His son happens to be about to return from a year at sea and is . . . you guessed it, the young Blackbeard known at the time as Edward Drummond.  The two meet and nothing is the same.

I truly enjoyed this novel.  As a Captain who is familiar with Blackbeard’s legacy, many of the author’s forays into his history made me laugh out loud.  She has certain “theories” on how Blackbeard came to have certain reputations (which I won’t spoil here) which were just plain excellent.  I cannot say with certainty that I think this novel is the “true” story of the legend but it certainly was a fun one.  Me mateys should definitely read this.

Side note: This was the author’s first novel.  Excellent taste in choice of subject matter.  Excellent job.

The author’s website says this about the novel:

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything. This is their story.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Nicole Castroman – Author

To buy this wonderful yarn visit:

blackhearts – Book

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