and a 1/2 for this glorious read!
She'd imagined him to be a gentle, understanding, sensitive man who was thoroughly in love with her.
Her dreams mocked her. Her knight was more tarnished than golden. He had just proven to be as understanding, as compassionate, as loving as a goat.
A child bride, Sara Winchester had grown into a winsome beauty, joyfully anticipating the day when her husband Nathan, Marquess of St. James, would return to claim her heart at last. Charmingly innocent, she dismissed the ancient feud that divided Nathan's family from her own...and she was totally unaware of his past exploits as the notorious pirate, Pagan. The man who now stood before her was perplexing, arrogant and powerfully handsome...a warrior-gentleman whose gentle touch aroused her to the wildest, deepest pleasures of love.
Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara's sweet, defiant ways. Aboard his ship, The Seahawk, she was brave, imperious and determined to win his heart completely -- yet upon their return to England, her love would be sorely tested as a vile conspiracy tried to tear them apart. With their future at stake, they would discover the true destiny of their passion...for all time!
Ok - so Sara and Nathan get married when she is 4 and he's 14, by order of the mad king. Then we fast forward 14 years. So don't worry! There's nothing weird. I mean, she's 18 and he's 28, but this is historical romantic fiction so it's fine.
I think the theme of this story is loyalty. Sara is amazing - she risks everything to help her aunt, tries to defend her family, and wants desperately to be loved by her new family (Nathan and his crew.) I just adored her. She's a bit of a trainwreck, actually, but it comes from a place of love so I didn't find her annoying at all.
He folded his arms across his chest and relaxed his stance while he watched her fight her way through the shrubs, and breach the house through the window.
It was the most inept burglary he'd ever witnessed.
Parasol-gate. Poor Sara, she was trying so hard to please!
The intrigue and drama also added a little something to the story, but overall I just really loved the romance.
So, I know Sara was meant to be naive, but sometimes it came across as a little bit plain old dumb. And also, just putting out there: a little bit unhinged.
"He's going to marry Nora."
"And if he doesn't?" Jimbo asked, smiling over the matter of fact way she'd made that announcement.
"Then I'm going to shoot him. I won't like it, Jimbo, but I'll have to shoot him."
And everyone bellows. A lot.
YES! I loved it!