About the book: A Former Privateer and a Desperate Heiress Join Forces to Find a Treasure
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One hundred years after her mother’s family came to the New World on the Mayflower, Maribel Cordova has landed in New Orleans to seek the man who holds the key to finding her father’s lost treasure. Attorney Jean-Luc Valmot has buried his past life so deep that no living person will ever find it—or so he hopes as he accepts a position on the governor’s staff. But the daughter of an infamous pirate threatens all he holds dear. Can Maribel and Jean-Luc compromise so they both can hold onto what they most desire?
Publication Date: April 1, 2018
Publisher: Barbour Books
My thoughts: I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Pirate stories aren’t really my thing but I decided to give this book a try. Once I started reading the story I was pulled into the lives of Maribel Cordoba and Jean Beaumont, the privateer (no, he’s not a pirate, yes there is a difference between pirate and privateer, but I suppose The Privateer Bride didn’t have quite the same pizazz as The Pirate Bride). This story held my attention from beginning to end.
Maribel is quite the character. When we meet her she is a young girl with a sharp mind (and tongue). I loved the way she held her own on the ship with Jean and was able to capture the hearts of the crew. I was glad to see that as a young woman Maribel still had that spunkiness that endeared her to me from the beginning. I was glad that she didn’t change a lot throughout the book but still matured. And as an avid bookworm, I was delighted by her love of reading. Jean was a great match for Maribel. He may come across as rough and tough but he cares for the people on his ship and demands respect. I liked that I got to see him both as the ship captain and member of the Valmont family. Maribel and Jean have great chemistry and I loved the scenes they shared.
The pace of this book was great. There was always something happening to keep the story moving forward. The author did a fantastic job with descriptions, too. Whether on the high seas, on an island, or in New Orleans it felt like I was there and the scenes were easy to visualize thanks to her descriptions.
While this is the second story in the Daughters of the Mayflower series it totally stands on its own. There is really no need to read the first book before reading this one. (The first book in the series is really good though and I do recommend reading it.) I definitely recommend this book and it is one for my keeper shelf.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
About the author: Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than eighty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad.
A tenth-generation Texan and certified paralegal, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and is the winner of the Inspirational Romance of the Year by Romantic Times magazine.