Captive of the Corsairs

Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Captive of the Corsairs
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Dragonblade Publishing
Release Date
July 2017
Book 1 of Heart of the Corsairs
Historical fiction, Historical Novel with Romantic Elements, Historical Romance

Bluestocking Sophia Green's future is uncertain. Orphaned as a child and raised by the wealthy Cappleman family, she has become the companion to her attractive younger cousin, Laura, while harboring to her breast an unrequited love for Laura's diffident brother.

Sea captain Kit Hardacre's past is a mystery – even to him. Kidnapped by Barbary Coast pirates at the age of 10, he does not remember his parents or even his real name. All he recalls are things he would rather forget.

When Laura's reputation is threatened by a scandal, Sophia suggests weathering the storm in Sicily with their elderly uncle, a prominent archaeologist.

Their passage to Palermo is aboard Hardacre's ship, but the Calliope, like its captain, is not all it seems. Both have only one mission – to rid the world of the evil pirate slaver Kaddouri or die in the attempt.

Initially disdainful of the captain's devil-may-care attitude, Sophia can't deny a growing attraction. And Kit begins to see in her a woman who could help him forget the horrors of his past.

Sophia allows herself to be drawn into the shallows of Kit's world, but when the naive misjudgment of her cousins sees Laura abducted, Sophia is dragged into dangerous depths that could cost her life or her sanity in a living hell.

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Jul 21, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
160 people found the following review helpful
I might actually say this a bit too much, but I do love a good period piece. The costumes, language and vivid imagery transport me as a reader to a different time and place where there's suspension of all disbelief even if it's only within the pages of the story I'm reading.

Likes: The richness of detail. From the moment we step foot on the Calliope, the details of the ship and as they set sail is gorgeous from the shine of the brass lamps to the crystal goblets casting "blood red shadows across the crisp, white tablecloth." I loved how the couple met and under what circumstances, and then Sophia's unrequited love, at one time or another is every young woman's worst nightmare. The eventual coming together of Kit and Sophia was sweet. I enjoyed the other sailors and officers on the Calliope. And then there's the kidnapping and all that ensues as a result (avoiding spoilers here, but suffice to say, CORSAIRS!, sheiks, sultans, harems, oh my). The story is majestic in its telling as the characters traverse waters leading them away from the people they once were to the ones they are now. Some transitions were for the better, others, well that remains to be seen.

CAPTIVE OF THE CORSAIRS is Book 1 in the Heart of the Corsairs series by Elizabeth Ellen Carter.
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