Dressed as a boy and off on a sea adventure to save her brother... Charlotte's Promise by Jennifer Moore (Review & #Giveaway)

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Charlotte's Promise
By Jennifer Moore
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 218 Pages
May 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications


One year ago Charlotte Bower's life was ripped apart when Creek Indians attacked, killed her parents, and separated her from her young brother—now, she will stop at nothing to find him. After a year of captivity, she has finally made her escape. Her search will begin in New Orleans, where captives were taken after the raid. But how to reach a city hundreds of miles away? As she watches men boarding a waiting ship, Charlotte formulates a bold plan: if it's men they need for the ship's crew, it's a man they'll get. Taking on her childhood nickname, Charlie, it is all too easy to gain passage on the New Orleans-bound vessel. Easy, that is, until Charlie is caught . . .

From the moment he sets eyes on the new deckhand, Captain Alden Thatcher knows one thing for certain: Charlie Bower is no man. But for reasons of his own, he keeps her secret. As their journey progresses, however, the voyage is increasingly ill-fated. With danger ever present, Charlie and the captain find themselves relying on one another in ways they'd never imagined. As they draw closer to her goal, Charlotte is faced with the most perilous adventure of all—an adventure that may risk her heart.

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My Review

CHARLOTTE'S PROMISE is a story of desperation, hope, and the family a girl (disguised as a boy) finds on a ship. Likable characters, plenty of heartfelt emotion, some danger, and a sweet romance make this a highly recommended read for sweet historical romance readers!

From the beginning I loved these characters! Captain Thatcher had a natural confident and tough bearing, as he should as a captain and smuggler. He was intelligent, strong, rough when he needed to be, caring, and a gentleman in the best sense. Charlie was this perfect mix of innocence, sweetness, and stubbornness. She made me smile or out right laugh so many times! The two of them had no chance of not falling for the other. I also grew to love the other characters, especially the motley crew that made up the other crew mates.

The story was fairly evenly paced. There were moments here and there that grew in intensity for most of the story until the end when there was a little more danger. I didn't mind learning about sailing and working the days and nights along Charlie and the Captain. I appreciated how their relationship was allowed to develop and then grow, and how Charlie endeared herself to all on the ship. The exciting parts definitely added some tension and obstacles for these two love interests to get through before they could find their happily ever after. The ending was particularly heartwarming. I also enjoyed the setting and learning more about a part of the US during the Revolutionary War, particularly in regards to merchant ships, that I haven't previously read about.

For those who have read MY DEAREST ENEMY and THE SHIPBUILDER'S WIFE, there are some cameos from the characters from those books, but you don't need to have read the other stories to enjoy this one.

There were a few places that felt like the author was dumping information about the war, but that would be my only complaint.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end! I fell in love with its characters, the story, and the sweet ending.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.

Other Books by the Author

Becoming Lady LockwoodLady Emma's CampaignMiss Burton Unmasks a Prince
Simply AnnaLady Helen Finds Her SongA Place for Miss Snow
These are the other books published through Covenant (linked to my reviews or Amazon).
You can see the other books I've read by this author here.

About the Author

Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that is anything but romantic. She suffers from an unhealthy addiction to 18th and 19th century military history and literature. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was on board a frigate during the Age of Sail.

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