Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Red Siren

In Review: The character in this book and I have a few things in common. We both have two sisters and we would do anything we had to do to keep them safe. That is what she is trying to do as she masquerades as a pirate at night to raid ships to get money to buy her sister's safety from being married off to unsavory men.

We are both very head strong and stubborn. She shows this when she avoids every attempt by the Sir Cateret who has his sights set on her, but she has absolutely no interest in him.

However, that may be where our similarities end because Faith has decided that she is never going to depend on God again. She has has made the choice that everyone has to make: will life's choices bring you closer to God or drive you away? For Faith, she decided to run. Faith is going to find out that she can't run fast enough and it was such a great read watching the story unfold on the high seas.

Rating: 4 1/2 coffee cups

Summary: Lady Faith Westcott has turned her back on God and on man. Having witnessed the hypocrisy in the Church of England, her older sister's abuse at the hand of her husband, and her own mother's untimely death in childbirth, Faith has determined never to marry and to gain enough wealth so she and her two sisters will never have to depend on man or God again.

To that end, though a lady by day, she becomes a pirate by night and begins her sordid career off Portsmouth when she attacks and plunders a merchant ship commanded by the young Dajon Waite. Humiliated at being defeated by a pirate and a woman no less, Dajon returns home without cargo and ship, and his father expels him from the family merchant business.

After a brief sojourn into debased society, Dajon rejoins the Royal Navy, where he finds comfort in the strict rules and redemption through his service to others. Three years later, he is sent to the frontier outpost of Charles Town, South Carolina to deal with the pirate problem. There, he connects with his mentor and old friend, Admiral Westcott, who has just arrived with his three daughters.

Much to Dajon's utter dismay, Admiral Westcott, who is being called away to Spain, asks Dajon to be temporary guardian of his three lovely daughters. One of the ladies seems familiar to him, a striking redhead who immediately sends his heart thumping.

Faith recognizes Captain Waite as the buffoon whose ship she plundered off Portsmouth. Yet, he appears no longer the fool, but instead a tall, handsome and commanding naval officer. Despite her immediate attraction to him, she labels him the enemy, but sparks are guaranteed to fly during the next few months when independent, headstrong and rebellious Faith falls in love with God-fearing honorable, rule-following Dajon-especially when Faith continues her pirating off the Carolina coast while her father is away.

Will Dajon catch her? And what will this man of honor and duty do when he does?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Red Siren, go HERE

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