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REVIEW: The Captain’s Lady by Margaret McPhee

Dear Mrs McPhee,

Cover image for The Captain's Lady by Margaret McPheeYou really lucked out in the cover department. Not a man titty in sight. I’m a sucker for a shipboard/Naval romance and 2/3 of this one is spent at sea. The heroine is fleeing from an arranged marriage to an evil villain (author needs to work on her evil villains but it is only her first published book) disguised as a boy. Along the way she falls in with some sailors then ends up caught by the naval press gang and onboard the hero’s ship.

The author does a good job of keeping the heroine’s gender a secret from her shipmates and then comes up with a plausible excuse for the hero to use to protect her once he knows her secret. The romance is nice and understated though the ending was too pat.

Also, I think the author is British yet she still made some whopper mistakes with aristocratic titles and familiarity amongst strangers. But those really don’t distract too much from the book. B-

This book can be purchased at Amazon. No ebook format yet released.

Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


  1. Kristie(J)
    Apr 06, 2006 @ 17:33:26

    I do so LOVE the cover of this one. I bought it based solely on that alone but I haven’t read it yet. Part of me wonders if the inside lives up to the outside.

  2. Jayne
    Apr 06, 2006 @ 18:09:06

    Well, you have to work your way through some title problems at the beginning that kind of set my teeth on edge. Apparentley the author doesn’t know that the younger sons of Earls do not have “Lord” as a courtesy title. Also, the wife of the hero’s brother (a Viscountess) is such a friendly soul that she will invite almost total strangers of a far lower rank in society to address her by her first name.

    At least on the first issue, it’s so easy for authors to get these things right (so why don’t they!) and for the second, I would think it would be obvious. So, for a few horrible minutes I thought I was getting a wallpaper Americanized book. But I perservered and was rewarded. It’s a first book but it does show promise.

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