Hello, all! So, this book was book one in the series "Charles Towne Belles". I reviewed the second book The Blue Enchantress, because I read that book first. Well, this made everything completely come together, since, after all, this is the first book. Especially Hope and Nathaniel's story of how they didn't even start off on the right foot.
Faith Wescott is a lady by day and pirate by night. But not just any pirate, the most feared pirate with her ship The Red Siren. It wasn't always hers, though. She swindled it from a man named Dajon Waite. But she doesn't practice piracy for the pleasure of it. It's for her sisters, for their lives, and sometimes it seems, for their survival. Faith has four sisters. Charity, the oldest, Grace and Hope. Charity was left behind in England, for she is married to a brute of a man, while the other sisters and Admiral Wescott go on to America. With that terrible past, Faith has lost her belief in God all together. Faith is doing her best to be the woman of the house and to protect her sisters from the fate that her older sister suffered. Dajon, on the other hand, is just trying to avoid women all together after a bad past that involved a woman.
Now, this is was EXCELLENT. But not as good was The Blue Enchantress. It made me a *leetle* bored at some parts, but over all it was fantastic. I love female protagonists like Faith. She's not your damsel in distress in a tower waiting for Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. No, not at all. In fact, she'd probably break out of the tower before any knight can even think about rescuing her. She's got spunk, wit and a protective instinct. Dajon, I love you, man. He takes on responsibility of being the guardian to Faith and her sisters, though he tried to back out as soon as he found out. He's calm, compassionate and God fearing. Like, really God fearing. He's got a past that no one knows about and he doesn't want anyone to know about. Especially Faith. So what happens when this fiery red-head who is determined to save her sisters from a cruel future and this man in the navy who has vowed to see all pirates with a noose around their necks fall for each other? Will Faith ever have the courage to tell the man who she robbed of his ships, name and goods the truth? Will Dajon ever be able to tell Faith about his damaged past? You'll have to read the book to find out. Oh yes, and you'll have to meet Sir Wilhelm. Snotty rich guy who wants to make Faith his wife. And he'll do anything to force her into marriage. Even if that means destroying Dajon's name and revealing his past. He complains a lot too, so I can see why Faith didn't want to marry him.
Lucas: Faith's first mate
Molly: Wescott's cook; Lucas' crush
Borland: Dajon's first mate; Friend/Enemy
I loved this book. I loved the characters. I loved Faith. I love this series, because it just shows how much you don't know about a person, how your past don't define you and how God is always there, even through the toughest times. I love seeing characters crumble (in a good way) and how they find the strength to say "Lord, I'm sorry. Please come into my heart." It's touching and I love reading books such as this. Rating: 8/10