One year ago Charlotte Bower's life was ripped apart when Creek Indians attacked, killed her parents, and separated her from her young brother—now, she will stop at nothing to find him. After a year of captivity, she has finally made her escape. Her search will begin in New Orleans, where captives were taken after the raid. But how to reach a city hundreds of miles away? As she watches men boarding a waiting ship, Charlotte formulates a bold plan: if it's men they need for the ship's crew, it's a man they'll get. Taking on her childhood nickname, Charlie, it is all too easy to gain passage on the New Orleans-bound vessel. Easy, that is, until Charlie is caught . . .
From the moment he sets eyes on the new deckhand, Captain Alden Thatcher knows one thing for certain: Charlie Bower is no man. But for reasons of his own, he keeps her secret. As their journey progresses, however, the voyage is increasingly ill-fated. With danger ever present, Charlie and the captain find themselves relying on one another in ways they'd never imagined. As they draw closer to her goal, Charlotte is faced with the most perilous adventure of all—an adventure that may risk her heart.
This is exactly the kind of historical fiction I love to read. Anytime a book leaves me wanting to know more about a certain time and event in history I know the author has done their job. I knew absolutely nothing about the battle in New Orleans. I've never been there but if I am lucky enough to venture there one day, I will be sure to visit the museums and historical monuments that commemorate this part of the war. The author has an ancestor who fought in this war which made it all so much more real, I think. I could feel the research and dedication throughout the story.
Charlotte (aka Charlie) is a great character. So determined and strong. I fell in love with her- right along with everyone in this book! She is gentle, kind and resourceful. I also love that nobody that really knew Charlie was fooled by her attempt to be a boy- especially Alden. He knew right away but kept her secret and protected her. The slow growing relationship between Alden and Charlie was fantastic. Slow but fantastic. It couldn't have been any other way.
I loved this book from beginning to end. One of my favorites by this author.
Content: peril, war violence
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.