Book Review: A Captain for Caroline Gray by Julie Wright


Title: A Captain for Caroline Gray

By: Julie Wright

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 336

Release Date: March 2nd, 2021

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

Caroline Gray would rather be daring and intelligent than demure and insipid, which is why she is still unmatched after her third season in London. Her family’s threadbare finances leave Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend is willing to consider an engagement to her.

Captain Thomas Scott loves the open sea as much as he despises the three-month, twice-yearly trip his ship makes as he ferries young English girls across the ocean. He can’t imagine what family would allow an innocent young woman to be matched up with the Englishmen of questionable reputation who work and live in India.

But when Miss Gray boards the HMS Persistence, all of Captain Scott’s plans are upended. Miss Gray’s fiery spirit can’t be contained, and he is shocked and secretly delighted at her boldness—and her beauty. But the rest of his passengers aren’t so kind.

Caroline finds herself an outcast among her peers, but Captain Scott becomes an unlikely ally. They share the same passions and interests, creating an undeniable attraction. But they both know any relationship between them is impossible. After all, Caroline has obligations to fulfill in India.

Caroline has until the end of the voyage to decide if she is going to marry a man she has never met or be brave enough to love a sea captain who just might break her heart.


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I have to say, I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I did. the main character Caroline, is a sassy outspoken woman who is shunned from society due to her views on the world. When her situation changes, Caroline is forced to sail to India to marry a man she has never met, but fate would smile upon her when the rugged Captain Scott plays a dangerous game with her heart.

Of course, when a nasty passenger on the ship tries to sabotage Carlines happiness out of jealousy, things get a little dicey.

I loved Carlines character and how she always did what she thought was right, even if it would look bad upon herself. And the wonderful Captain Scott is a standup kind of guy, who feels deeply for the people around him and has morals and standards. A wonderful trait in a husband, if I do say so myself.

The whole story had a Pirates of the Caribbean kind of vibe, and I really enjoyed that. I look forward to reading more by this author.  

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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