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Book Review-Discerning Grace (The White Sails Series Book 1) -Emma Lombard

Monday, February 7, 2022

Grace Baxter is a woman who is determined to live her life the way she wants--not how her parents want. And she certainly is not going to marry the person her father picked without asking her!! She escapes through the coal shoot-runs ro a friends house-dons his clothes and ends up aboard a ship. She manages to keep her identity a secret until her sense of right and wrong gets her in a heap of trouble. Luckily for her the captain is quite ill and the man who is taking his place knows her--once he really looks! He puts her under his protection--which isn't really to her liking.

You are going to laugh at the predicaments she gets in-and feel bad as she begins to realize that she is causing others trouble as well.

She never loses her spunk and there truly is a happily ever after-along with a big surprise for Grace!!

This book is kind of long but I promise you won't get bored!!

About the Book: (ftom Amazon)

As the first full-length novel in The White Sails Series, DISCERNING GRACE captures the spirit of an independent woman whose feminine lens blows the ordered patriarchal decks of a 19th century tall ship to smithereens.

Willful Grace Baxter, will not marry old Lord Silverton with his salivary incontinence and dead-mouse stink. Discovering she is a pawn in an arrangement between slobbery Silverton and her calculating father, Grace is devastated when Silverton reveals his true callous nature.

Refusing this fate, Grace resolves to stow away. Heading to the docks, disguised as a lad to ease her escape, she encounters smooth-talking naval recruiter, Gilly, who lures her aboard HMS Discerning with promises of freedom and exploration in South America.

When Grace's big mouth lands her bare-bottomed over a cannon for insubordination, her identity is exposed. The captain wants her back in London but his orders, to chart the icy archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, forbid it. Lieutenant Seamus Fitzwilliam gallantly offers to take Grace off the fretting captain's hands by placing her under his protection.

Grace must now win over the crew she betrayed with her secret, while managing her feelings towards her taciturn protector, whose obstinate chivalry stifles her new-found independence. But when Grace disregards Lieutenant Fitzwilliam's warnings about the dangers of the unexplored archipelago, it costs a friend his life and she realises she is not as free as she believes.

DISCERNING GRACE is historical women's fiction that will appeal to fans of feisty historical female leads.

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

Emma Lombard was born in Pontefract in the UK. She grew up in Africa—calling Zimbabwe and South Africa home for a few years—before finally settling in Brisbane Australia, and raising four boys. Before she started writing historical fiction, she was a freelance editor in the corporate world, which was definitely not half as exciting as writing rollicking romantic adventures. Her characters are fearless seafarers, even though in real life Emma gets disastrously sea sick.

Discerning Grace, is the first book in The White Sails Series.

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