ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: A Captain for Caroline Gray
Author: Julie Wright
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Release Date: March 2, 2021
Genre: Regency Romance
Caroline Gray’s third season in London society ends as badly as her first two—no marriage proposal, no suitor, not even a glimmer of an interested prospect. She suspects it’s because she is far too quick to speak her mind to men who are put off by her forthright opinions, her eager intellect backed by a formal education, and her unconventional ideas about the future. She is far more daring than demure to suit the taste of her class. Besides, Caroline thinks there will always be next season to find a husband.
However, her family’s dwindling income leaves Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: a one-way ticket to sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend waits. If the match doesn’t work, Caroline cannot return home.
Captain Thomas Scott loves the thrill of the open sea, and as commander of one of the ships of the Fishing Fleet, he ferries scores of young English girls to the shores of India to find husbands. The voyages pay well, but he struggles to understand why families would allow young women to be matched with total strangers so far away.
The trips have always been routine and uneventful—until this trip’s first night’s dinner with one Miss Caroline Gray. She engages in a lively political conversation, presenting opposing viewpoints to the conventionally opinionated gentlemen at her table. Captain Scott is secretly amused and delighted at her boldness, not to mention quite drawn to her beauty.
The rest of the passengers are shocked by her behavior and Caroline finds herself an outcast, suffering harsh judgments from the other passengers. However, she finds an unlikely ally in Captain Scott which quickly draws them closer.
Both know an arranged marriage awaits Caroline at the end of their voyage, yet the attraction between them is undeniable. Caroline will have to decide if she will honor her mother’s wishes and marry a man in India whom she has never met, thus securing a future for her and her mother, or be brave enough to throw convention to the wind and commit to love a sea captain. He may be enchanted by her bold and unconventional ways, but will his love and admiration last?
A Captain for Caroline Gray is the first book that I have read written by Julie Wright and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. This book had such an interesting concept and I had never heard of girls going to India to find husbands before.
Caroline Gray has run out of options, there is no man to marry and she must now travel to India. Caroline has no choice, there is no place left for her to go and she must now sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend is willing to consider an engagement to her. Captain Thomas Scoot loved the open sea, but he disliked ferring young English girls across the ocean; he can’t imagine why families would send their daughters to marry questionable English men in India. However Caroline Gray is different from the others he has ferried, and before he knows it they have created an undeniable attraction. But their relationship is impossible, after all Caroline has obligations to fulfill in India.
Caroline was such an interesting character. She was different from the rest of the ladies around her, she was smart and she said what was on her mind. However she was kind, she didn’t look down on people. I felt so bad for her thought, she was trying to figure out how to be herself. She wanted to be true to herself, but she also didn’t want to cause trouble. I felt connected to her and by the end of the book, I was totally rooting for her. I wanted her to find her happy ending and not change herself to fit someone else’s mold. However learning to be oneself is hard, especially when it seems like you could never be enough.
I had mixed feelings about Captain Thomas Scott. He wasn’t a bad guy, but he got on my nerves sometimes. He judged Caroline without knowing her and I wanted to shake him at times. However I liked reading at him growing, seeing the error of his ways and falling for Caroline. He was a kind man, but he was quick to judge and he had to learn to see past first impressions.
Caroline and Captain Scott had to learn how to love each other. They judged each other harshly at first, but as they saw past their first impressions they fell in love. However there are secrets and dangers that could drag them apart, will their love survive India?
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed A Captain for Caroline Gray. The characters grew on me and I was soon engrossed in the story. My only problem is that there was no epilogue, but I have heard from others that the author has added an epilogue. There were so many fun characters and I really enjoyed reading about Tom and Peterson, they really added to the story.
I would totally recommend A Captain for Caroline Gray! It was a clean regency romance and super enjoyable.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.