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Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN B0056QJOVE For readers who like historical fiction with a bit of a love story. Wickedly inviting, the dark side of life has always seduced Lauren De Beauville. With copper-colored tresses and the smile of a pirate, this young adventuress throws caution to the wind and leaps into the quagmire of temptation that is 18th Century New York. Will Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN B0056QJOVE For readers who like historical fiction with a bit of a love story. Wickedly inviting, the dark side of life has always seduced Lauren De Beauville. With copper-colored tresses and the smile of a pirate, this young adventuress throws caution to the wind and leaps into the quagmire of temptation that is 18th Century New York. Will she survive her constant craving for danger? Dazzled by glamour, Lauren plays a deadly game joining a group of brutal con artists and smugglers who are cheating their way across the New World. There are splendid gowns, handsome men and nights filled with passion. What more could she want? At the very top is James St. Clare, the ruthless yet alluring captain of a ship called The Pride of the King. Risking her life and her love, Lauren allows herself to be swept into his whirlwind of desire and treachery where she gambles everything. Once again, author Amanda Hughes splashes the pages with adventure and love stories about audacious women in the 18th Century. Her page-turning tales will keep you on the edge of your seat as you take wild rides through passionate and dazzling periods of history. "James lifted her out of the tub water running down his clothing. Her shift hugged her skin and he ran his eyes down her figure then up again stopping at her lips. The firelight danced over them and for a moment Lauren lost herself. Fear, loneliness, desire all clouded her judgment and she opened her lips to kiss him."


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Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN B0056QJOVE For readers who like historical fiction with a bit of a love story. Wickedly inviting, the dark side of life has always seduced Lauren De Beauville. With copper-colored tresses and the smile of a pirate, this young adventuress throws caution to the wind and leaps into the quagmire of temptation that is 18th Century New York. Will Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN B0056QJOVE For readers who like historical fiction with a bit of a love story. Wickedly inviting, the dark side of life has always seduced Lauren De Beauville. With copper-colored tresses and the smile of a pirate, this young adventuress throws caution to the wind and leaps into the quagmire of temptation that is 18th Century New York. Will she survive her constant craving for danger? Dazzled by glamour, Lauren plays a deadly game joining a group of brutal con artists and smugglers who are cheating their way across the New World. There are splendid gowns, handsome men and nights filled with passion. What more could she want? At the very top is James St. Clare, the ruthless yet alluring captain of a ship called The Pride of the King. Risking her life and her love, Lauren allows herself to be swept into his whirlwind of desire and treachery where she gambles everything. Once again, author Amanda Hughes splashes the pages with adventure and love stories about audacious women in the 18th Century. Her page-turning tales will keep you on the edge of your seat as you take wild rides through passionate and dazzling periods of history. "James lifted her out of the tub water running down his clothing. Her shift hugged her skin and he ran his eyes down her figure then up again stopping at her lips. The firelight danced over them and for a moment Lauren lost herself. Fear, loneliness, desire all clouded her judgment and she opened her lips to kiss him."

30 review for The Pride of the King

  1. 5 out of 5

    Regan Walker

    Absorbing Tale From 18th Century America—a Heroine to Love and a Hero to Admire! Get this one! Hughes is a master storyteller, as I learned when I read her first book, BEYOND THE CLIFFS OF KERRY, which I highly recommended. It’s a little like following a guide through a maze. You can’t envision the next turn so you are glad she is leading you and you can’t stop. The ending is very satisfying, I must say. This one is set in French New Orleans in 1748, and tells the story of Lauren De Beauville, dau Absorbing Tale From 18th Century America—a Heroine to Love and a Hero to Admire! Get this one! Hughes is a master storyteller, as I learned when I read her first book, BEYOND THE CLIFFS OF KERRY, which I highly recommended. It’s a little like following a guide through a maze. You can’t envision the next turn so you are glad she is leading you and you can’t stop. The ending is very satisfying, I must say. This one is set in French New Orleans in 1748, and tells the story of Lauren De Beauville, daughter of French aristocrats who died leaving her and her sister orphans to be raised by nuns. When she is 15, her sister joins the order and Lauren is forced to marry an old man from the English colonies who doesn’t speak French. She is rescued from that marriage before it’s begun by a hurricane that sweeps her away on her wedding day to another life. Eventually she is forced to leave that other life, too, and ends up in New England, where she joins with con artists who use her as bait to lure aristocrats into business ventures. There are many twists and turns in this complex story that finally sees Lauren onboard a ship of pirates and misfits who serve a master criminal, their captain, who smuggles guns and other goods, selling them to both the French and the English. Captain James St. Clare wants Lauren to be his contact with the French, but it’s a very dangerous assignment and she will have to sell herself to accomplish it. All the while she is watched over by St. Clare, an enigmatic figure, to be sure. Most of the story is told through the heroine’s point of view with the exception of short snippets in the minds of other characters. And there is a huge cast of characters as you can imagine from the different “lives” Lauren experiences. You feel for Lauren as a young innocent with an adventurer’s heart who faces one crisis after another and yet always manages to triumph. When the black moment comes—and there is a black moment—it is very real and very believable. I loved Lauren’s courage and her determination—and her kindness. She’s one hell of a woman. No wonder the hero will not give her up. I can’t say enough good things about this book or about Hughes’ writing. Just take my word for it and get it and you’ll understand. I don’t want to give away the mystery by saying more about the story except that she peels back the layers like an onion—expertly. I have become one of Hughes’ committed fans.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Regan Walker

    Absorbing Tale From 18th Century America—a Heroine to Love and a Hero to Admire! Hughes is a master storyteller, as I learned when I read her first book, BEYOND THE CLIFFS OF KERRY, which I highly recommended. It’s a little like following a guide through a maze. You can’t envision the next turn so you are glad she is leading you and you can’t stop. The ending is very satisfying, I must say. This one is set in French New Orleans in 1748, and tells the story of Lauren De Beauville, daughter of Fren Absorbing Tale From 18th Century America—a Heroine to Love and a Hero to Admire! Hughes is a master storyteller, as I learned when I read her first book, BEYOND THE CLIFFS OF KERRY, which I highly recommended. It’s a little like following a guide through a maze. You can’t envision the next turn so you are glad she is leading you and you can’t stop. The ending is very satisfying, I must say. This one is set in French New Orleans in 1748, and tells the story of Lauren De Beauville, daughter of French aristocrats who died leaving her and her sister orphans to be raised by nuns. When she is 15, her sister joins the order and Lauren is forced to marry an old man from the English colonies who doesn’t speak French. She is rescued from that marriage before it’s begun by a hurricane that sweeps her away on her wedding day to another life. Eventually she is forced to leave that other life, too, and ends up in New England, where she joins with con artists who use her as bait to lure aristocrats into business ventures. There are many twists and turns in this complex story that finally sees Lauren onboard a ship of pirates and misfits who serve a master criminal, their captain, who smuggles guns and other goods, selling them to both the French and the English. Captain James St. Clare wants Lauren to be his contact with the French, but it’s a very dangerous assignment and she will have to sell herself to accomplish it. All the while she is watched over by St. Clare, an enigmatic figure, to be sure. Most of the story is told through the heroine’s point of view with the exception of short snippets in the minds of other characters. And there is a huge cast of characters as you can imagine from the different “lives” Lauren experiences. You feel for Lauren as a young innocent with an adventurer’s heart who faces one crisis after another and yet always manages to triumph. When the black moment comes—and there is a black moment—it is very real and very believable. I loved Lauren’s courage and her determination—and her kindness. She’s one hell of a woman. No wonder the hero will not give her up. I can’t say enough good things about this book or about Hughes’ writing. Just take my word for it and get it and you’ll understand. I don’t want to give away the mystery by saying more about the story except that she peels back the layers like an onion—expertly. I have become one of Hughes’ committed fans.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Madz8591

    Fantastic! This was a fun and fast read! You will fall in love with the characters and the plot is full of twists and turns. I couldn't put it down. You should not pass up this wonderful novel! Fantastic! This was a fun and fast read! You will fall in love with the characters and the plot is full of twists and turns. I couldn't put it down. You should not pass up this wonderful novel!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Louis H

    This book had the most creative twist to it. Something I have never seen in books or movies. You will love it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I had a great time reading this book. Lauren was a character that was seriously unique. I liked the fact that it was more about the people "behind the scenes" of this time period oppose to being a part of the aristocratic society. I thought that the romance with James was an interesting love affair since he was so reserved compared to Lauren. Gotta love the opposites attract theory. I was overwhelmed to see how many pages I had to get through, but the flow of the authors' style of writing was am I had a great time reading this book. Lauren was a character that was seriously unique. I liked the fact that it was more about the people "behind the scenes" of this time period oppose to being a part of the aristocratic society. I thought that the romance with James was an interesting love affair since he was so reserved compared to Lauren. Gotta love the opposites attract theory. I was overwhelmed to see how many pages I had to get through, but the flow of the authors' style of writing was amazingly creative and quick. Fun read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    This is one of those books where the action just keeps going making it hard to put down. The cast of characters is fascinating and the story takes you to many interesting places. If you are looking for a sappy romance, this is not the book for you. If you want a strong female character who meets life head on and lives it to the fullest then you will enjoy this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    Born in a wealthy plantation owner’s family in New Orleans, Lauren de Beauville and her twin sister Simone seemed destined to be belles of this French New World colony but fate has a way of altering destinies. These two children were soon orphaned, impoverished and sent to a local convent for care, education and shelter. Upon majority, Lauren is bartered out in marriage to a much older English stranger and Simone makes the decision to remain securely behind the convent walls and take her vows to Born in a wealthy plantation owner’s family in New Orleans, Lauren de Beauville and her twin sister Simone seemed destined to be belles of this French New World colony but fate has a way of altering destinies. These two children were soon orphaned, impoverished and sent to a local convent for care, education and shelter. Upon majority, Lauren is bartered out in marriage to a much older English stranger and Simone makes the decision to remain securely behind the convent walls and take her vows to become a nun. Lauren’s forced marriage is performed during a hurricane and the newlyweds lose each other in the flood waters after leaving the church. She is fished out of the waters by English settlers that came to New Orleans on their annual trade pilgrimage down the Mississippi. Hesitant to just abandon this young girl, the decision was made to take her north to their settlement. This is the start of an extraordinary adventure that is sure to have the reader rapidly turning the pages and absorbing this fast-paced adventure. One could (and certainly would) say that luck and good fortune followed this young lady. If anyone ever had a guardian angel watching over them it is Lauren. Being forced into several marriages and liaisons, from posing as a frivolous prostitute to acting as a gunrunner supplying both sides during a war of epic proportions, she manages to remain untarnished. They will witness the remarkable transformation of a naïve and innocent young woman to a fierce, smart and competitive predator that refuses to surrender or go gentle along destinies chosen path. Full of erotic suggestions and undertones but without explicit sexual scenes, this is a romantic adventure that should appeal to a large reading audience. Reminiscent and tantamount of Kathleen Winsor’s controversial novel published in 1944, Forever Amber, The Pride of the King is sure to remain with the reader long after the last page is read and the book is closed and lying again dormant on the bookshelf. Many historical novels are written but only a few reach the literary pinnacle of being unforgettable. If you like historical romances, you will love this story. If this is any indication of the author’s standard work, Amanda Hughes has got a new fan in me. I highly recommend it to everyone.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    The book blurb sounded interesting and at 23% I wondered if it was the same book - yes the heroines name match but that is it. With that said the first couple of chapters set it up nicely - a scrappy adventures girl makes a life of her own - but then she started to do things that seemed to be out of character 1) being too quick / little reasoning for becoming super loyal to people and 2) doing things that put her in danger "because it was the right thing to do" - these characteristics are contra The book blurb sounded interesting and at 23% I wondered if it was the same book - yes the heroines name match but that is it. With that said the first couple of chapters set it up nicely - a scrappy adventures girl makes a life of her own - but then she started to do things that seemed to be out of character 1) being too quick / little reasoning for becoming super loyal to people and 2) doing things that put her in danger "because it was the right thing to do" - these characteristics are contrary to the person we were introduced to in the beginning of the book. So I gave up.

  9. 4 out of 5

    witzi

    From the book description I thought this would be a definite 5 star read. I see no point in rewriting the description so here are my thoughts. There were moments of action, plotting and flow, but for the most part The Pride of the King left me wanting. It is spy intrigue with love and loss that did not quite reach the point of hypnotizing me so I could become one with the book. I tried hard, but sadly, I was unable to pass through the "book veil" into the world of James and Lauren. From the book description I thought this would be a definite 5 star read. I see no point in rewriting the description so here are my thoughts. There were moments of action, plotting and flow, but for the most part The Pride of the King left me wanting. It is spy intrigue with love and loss that did not quite reach the point of hypnotizing me so I could become one with the book. I tried hard, but sadly, I was unable to pass through the "book veil" into the world of James and Lauren.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tabetha Stiles

    A wonderful read! This was such an entertaining novel.. Absolutely enchanting! I loved each and every character. This book makes you cry for those lost, while you cheer for others. Sprinkled liberally with laughter throughout!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Adventurous to say the least!! Action-packed adventure,filled with drama, romance it was almost like watching a movie. It certainly wasn't a sweet romance, it kept me on the edge of my seat. It wasn't what I expected, but I was glad to be along for the ride. Adventurous to say the least!! Action-packed adventure,filled with drama, romance it was almost like watching a movie. It certainly wasn't a sweet romance, it kept me on the edge of my seat. It wasn't what I expected, but I was glad to be along for the ride.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I really like this book. The story has so many twists and turns! I couldn't wait to find out what Lauren's next adventure/struggle/elation would be!! She is a true heroine. I really like this book. The story has so many twists and turns! I couldn't wait to find out what Lauren's next adventure/struggle/elation would be!! She is a true heroine.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brittani Greinke

    I'm now going to buy everything.... I am going to buy every book written by this author. I've already read two of her books and I'm on a third. I'm now going to buy everything.... I am going to buy every book written by this author. I've already read two of her books and I'm on a third.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Solem

    One of my favorite books of all time!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I enjoyed this book. An easy read with lots of ups and downs.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Donald Montano

    Get ready to be pulled through a knot hole! Right from the beginning the characters in this story are not who they seem. Only Ms Hughes heroine, Lauren de Bouville is presented in the cold light of day, always showing determination and always steadfast in what she is searching for; excitement and danger. And she finds plenty of both on the frontier of the New World in eighteenth century America. But the lines between the colonies and New France are blurred and at times she must battle first the Get ready to be pulled through a knot hole! Right from the beginning the characters in this story are not who they seem. Only Ms Hughes heroine, Lauren de Bouville is presented in the cold light of day, always showing determination and always steadfast in what she is searching for; excitement and danger. And she finds plenty of both on the frontier of the New World in eighteenth century America. But the lines between the colonies and New France are blurred and at times she must battle first the English and then the French to stay alive. Ms Hughes has made her heroine more human in every way, doing what had to be done to survive; from being a cook to an innkeeper, and even assuming the role of a courtesan when the need arose. For me, it made the story so much more believable as I endured her hardships, even when she lost the baby she was carrying as she searched for food and a graveyard to sleep in. Then she meets the adventurous James St. Clare, the captain of The Pride of the King, and so begins a slow, even begrudging admiration that becomes a tender liaison as they fight to aid the colonies. The mettle of both is tested when she is asked to infiltrate French troops. Both know what this means; if she must surrender her body to get the information she seeks, she will do it. But traitors are in their midst, out to destroy St. Clare and The Pride of the King as well as all the misfits under his command. I cannot tell you more. I would be doing a disservice to the story as it burns its way across the pages in a fiery ending that is really not an ending at all, but a new beginning. I can only say, do not miss out on reading this gutsy novel by Amanda Hughes as she presses her hand against your back to propel you onward!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I wish that I could do half stars on here, that option would really make me happy; anyway on to the review. After reading the back I was intrigued, pirates and romance are a pairing you have to love. I have to say for the most part I did like this book although there were some distracting drawbacks. Like some of the other reviews it took me awhile to get interested in the plot. I could see glimmers in the beginning that gave me enough to keep going. There were a few slow parts and a few spelling I wish that I could do half stars on here, that option would really make me happy; anyway on to the review. After reading the back I was intrigued, pirates and romance are a pairing you have to love. I have to say for the most part I did like this book although there were some distracting drawbacks. Like some of the other reviews it took me awhile to get interested in the plot. I could see glimmers in the beginning that gave me enough to keep going. There were a few slow parts and a few spelling/grammar mistakes, but I overlooked them easily enough. It was really the characters that kept me going, I loved their personalities and interactions and that's what kept me going in the beginning when I was unsure about where the book was going. As the book progressed things did get better. I loved the character Lauren turned out to be, she was strong and confident, but also realistic in that she was wild and confused and unsure of herself, and there was a love story in there but it wasn't quite typical which was great. I would have liked a bit more background about the time period before the story took off but I dealt with it. I did see the plot twist in the mid-part of the book but I thought the author did a good job of not being super obvious about it and the twist at the end I didn't really see until it happened. I'm glad the plot picked up and the writing improved because in the end I liked the book and I would be willing to another one of these books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Decresie

    Don't let the title fool you. There are so many surprises in this story and the title is just one of them! This story is such a great ride and Amanda has such colorful descriptives that she really puts you in the story. Lauren is a young french girl who truly embodies the human spirit. She has faced so much in her young life and just when you think she can't possibly take any more or when you begin to think things are turning around, she gets kicked down again. Whereas some people might give up, Don't let the title fool you. There are so many surprises in this story and the title is just one of them! This story is such a great ride and Amanda has such colorful descriptives that she really puts you in the story. Lauren is a young french girl who truly embodies the human spirit. She has faced so much in her young life and just when you think she can't possibly take any more or when you begin to think things are turning around, she gets kicked down again. Whereas some people might give up, she seems to find the resolve to not only go on, but learn from every experience and become stronger for it. Capt. St. Clare is a man with many secrets and never understanding what true love is. He finds it in this spunky, charming young orphan and as their relationship becomes defined, so does his understanding of what true love is. I loved the concept of "The Pride of The King" and the historical detail along with the lovely love story and nonstop drama. Wish there were half stars because I would give this book a 4.5.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    How do I even begin? Let me tell you this: on the scale of warm and cozy to are you trying to give me a heart attack, this book is the latter. At one point I thought it had given itself a one star. Oh good gracious. So many surprises. One my mother totally called. Darn that. One that gave me chills in my legs, and let me tell you that is hard to do. This book is not for the faint of heart. Lauren goes through a hell of a lot. And a lot of people get killed. It is not everyone's cup of tea. It put m How do I even begin? Let me tell you this: on the scale of warm and cozy to are you trying to give me a heart attack, this book is the latter. At one point I thought it had given itself a one star. Oh good gracious. So many surprises. One my mother totally called. Darn that. One that gave me chills in my legs, and let me tell you that is hard to do. This book is not for the faint of heart. Lauren goes through a hell of a lot. And a lot of people get killed. It is not everyone's cup of tea. It put me through so much I can barely review it to be honest. It's about two broken souls who find each other amidst a world that is at war and ever changing. It is about loyalty and being willing to die to help those you love. It's about one hell of a survivor who happens to be a female and that is pretty awesome.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

    How is this by the same author that wrote The Grand Masquerade? How does it have so many 4 & 5 star reviews?? What am I missing here??? This book is ridiculous. A textbook bad example of why "show, don't tell" and "less is more" are guidelines for good literature. At 40%, there had already been four MAJOR plot shifts, and the main character was a completely different person than she was at the beginning, with Z.E.R.O. character development showing how she became that person. I should have put the How is this by the same author that wrote The Grand Masquerade? How does it have so many 4 & 5 star reviews?? What am I missing here??? This book is ridiculous. A textbook bad example of why "show, don't tell" and "less is more" are guidelines for good literature. At 40%, there had already been four MAJOR plot shifts, and the main character was a completely different person than she was at the beginning, with Z.E.R.O. character development showing how she became that person. I should have put the book down at 10% when I first had an inkling it would be a DNF, but I carried on for the same reason people can't look away when they pass an accident on the freeway. It's a mess...just don't. 1 star

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    This book was absolutely wonderful. This story was beautifully plotted. It was full of love, betray, lies, hardships and everything else you can imagine. I truly fell in love with Lauren and St Clair. They are most wonderful together. I loved so much how Lauren returned to the orphanage at the end and meet up with her sister, Simone. I would have absolutely loved if Lauren returned to Kaskaskia to visit Anne and Rene (I would really like to know what happened to him and his mother after all thos This book was absolutely wonderful. This story was beautifully plotted. It was full of love, betray, lies, hardships and everything else you can imagine. I truly fell in love with Lauren and St Clair. They are most wonderful together. I loved so much how Lauren returned to the orphanage at the end and meet up with her sister, Simone. I would have absolutely loved if Lauren returned to Kaskaskia to visit Anne and Rene (I would really like to know what happened to him and his mother after all those years), but she didn't and that's ok. Amanda Hughes got a free pass with that one when she made sure St Clair lived! This book was really good, and I believe that this book should have way more people how've read it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diana Shaffner

    The 'Pride of the King' is yet another enjoyable piece of historical fiction. An easy page turner, the adventures start within the first few pages and keep coming at a good pace. The Price of the King, as we learn in the book is not merely the name of a vessel but rather the name of an entire secret smuggling network that aims to work around the oppressive trade rules of the British. Lauren, the main character, is a likable persona. The hardships she endures in her young life highlight the incre The 'Pride of the King' is yet another enjoyable piece of historical fiction. An easy page turner, the adventures start within the first few pages and keep coming at a good pace. The Price of the King, as we learn in the book is not merely the name of a vessel but rather the name of an entire secret smuggling network that aims to work around the oppressive trade rules of the British. Lauren, the main character, is a likable persona. The hardships she endures in her young life highlight the incredible struggles and suffering commonplace in the so called 'good old days'. Nevertheless, the book is written with a good easy flow. Very entertaining.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    4.5 stars .... Would have been a full 5 stars if the ending hadn't ended so abruptly. This was a fantastic book that kept me enthralled the entire time. I read too late into the night and neglected other responsibilities because I simply couldn't get enough! I love historical fiction! I love adventure, drama, and romance. I love solid writing. This book had it all. I just wish the ending could have had more meat instead of ending so abruptly. I didn't get to see their happily ever :( 4.5 stars .... Would have been a full 5 stars if the ending hadn't ended so abruptly. This was a fantastic book that kept me enthralled the entire time. I read too late into the night and neglected other responsibilities because I simply couldn't get enough! I love historical fiction! I love adventure, drama, and romance. I love solid writing. This book had it all. I just wish the ending could have had more meat instead of ending so abruptly. I didn't get to see their happily ever :(

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    What a wild roller-coaster of a read. I read it in one long sleepless night. It is the story of Lauren, an orphan from New France, Louisiana in colonial times, and her life in New France and New England. I love that these stories are about everyday people, not dukes etc (not that there is anything wrong with dukes) and the colonial America setting. I wish I could read more books with this setting.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Irene Marie Dawson

    Pirate and profiteer young Lauren is dismayed when she finds her life at the convent where the orphaned sister's were raised was to end with an arranged marriage to a fussy old man. Separated in an incident at the docks when they sailed into port ,Lauren begins a life of fighting for survival. What follows is an adventure brought with peril ,intrigue and ends in love. Pirate and profiteer young Lauren is dismayed when she finds her life at the convent where the orphaned sister's were raised was to end with an arranged marriage to a fussy old man. Separated in an incident at the docks when they sailed into port ,Lauren begins a life of fighting for survival. What follows is an adventure brought with peril ,intrigue and ends in love.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I loved it!!!! What a great story of adventure. I fell in love with Lauren, our heroine. It is full of a lot of interesting characters who steal your heart. Many twists and turns, romance, mystery, betrayal, and more. I couldn't put the book down. I would love to see a sequel! I loved it!!!! What a great story of adventure. I fell in love with Lauren, our heroine. It is full of a lot of interesting characters who steal your heart. Many twists and turns, romance, mystery, betrayal, and more. I couldn't put the book down. I would love to see a sequel!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Cantrell

    First of all, we will just ignore the grammatical and sentence structure errors - anyonw who reads free Kindle books knows that it just comes with the territory. This is an historical romance, set in the time of the French & Indian Wars. It is not a common setting for books and it was interesting to see the English-French conflict developing and some of the things about life on the edge of the wilderness. So the background was OK. The characters make or break a book and in this case they were marg First of all, we will just ignore the grammatical and sentence structure errors - anyonw who reads free Kindle books knows that it just comes with the territory. This is an historical romance, set in the time of the French & Indian Wars. It is not a common setting for books and it was interesting to see the English-French conflict developing and some of the things about life on the edge of the wilderness. So the background was OK. The characters make or break a book and in this case they were marginal. The main character is not particularly likeable, coming across as self-centered and foolish. She is supposed to be naive, I guess, but her reactions to situations are often unbelievable, even for a naive girl. She is promiscuous, but fortunately the author chose not to dwell on her intimate capers. The hero is more likeable, but harder to understand. He loves her and sends her to seduce other men? A little hard to believe. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it was definitely not a high quality book. There were just too many coincidences to ring true. I also thought it was a little bit long. Some serious editing would have helped the story move along a little better. The ending was a surprise, although I must admit that I was not surprised. After all, every possible coincidence had already happened, so it was natural to expect one more. So, not a bad read, but not something to jump up and down over. I appreciate novels that do not get so graphic - even the physical violence was portrayed but not overly emphasized.

  28. 5 out of 5

    KL Caley

    This is a fantastic story full of complicated and intriguing characters that entice you in from the first page and capture the readers’ imagination quickly. Lauren the main protagonist is forced to marry an old man from the English colonies who doesn't speak French. She is rescued from that marriage before it's begun by a hurricane that sweeps her away on her wedding day to another life. Through a series of incidents she has to leave her new life and ends up in New England, where she joins with This is a fantastic story full of complicated and intriguing characters that entice you in from the first page and capture the readers’ imagination quickly. Lauren the main protagonist is forced to marry an old man from the English colonies who doesn't speak French. She is rescued from that marriage before it's begun by a hurricane that sweeps her away on her wedding day to another life. Through a series of incidents she has to leave her new life and ends up in New England, where she joins with con artists who use her as bait to lure aristocrats into business ventures. After further uncontrollable events Lauren ends up part of a smuggling scheme. This story is all about survival, and the multitude of situations Lauren gets herself into and out of makes for an exciting adventure. The development of the character from naïve convent girl to independent smuggler keeps the reader reading throughout. There is a lot of detail in this book but that didn’t detract anything for me and I found Hughes writing style very easy to read. An excellent combo of adventures rolled into one, with a strong female character.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Little stories melted into one Odd storyline. You get invested in Lauren’s current life and think, yes, this is what the book is about, then chaos happens and she’s thrown into a new situation so you think this must surely be what the book is about, but no, Lauren has like 5 lives until she meets the other main character James St. Clare (seriously like chapter 27 until she does). Interesting characters that you love and then get killed way too fast. Love the boat of misfits and those that helped/ Little stories melted into one Odd storyline. You get invested in Lauren’s current life and think, yes, this is what the book is about, then chaos happens and she’s thrown into a new situation so you think this must surely be what the book is about, but no, Lauren has like 5 lives until she meets the other main character James St. Clare (seriously like chapter 27 until she does). Interesting characters that you love and then get killed way too fast. Love the boat of misfits and those that helped/gave up their lives to assist Lauren along the way. I would have liked to know what happened at the end more and what ever became of “the bad guy” (I don’t want to give it away).

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Snow

    Really 3.5 stars. This was some really fun historical fiction with a strong but flawed young woman at the center, and a truly delightful and diverse cast of characters. That being said, my biggest complaint is probably the authors tendency to tell and not show how the characters feel or what they are like. Sometimes the plot felt like it was dragging a little, but for the most part it’s a great adventure.

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