REVIEW: The Captain’s Lady by Margaret McPhee

Dear Mrs McPhee,

You really lucked out in the cover department. Not a man titty in sight. I’m a
sucker for a shipboard/Naval romance and 2/3 of this one is spent at sea. The
heroine is fleeing from an arranged marriage to an evil villain (author needs to
work on her evil villains but it is only her first published book) disguised
as a boy. Along the way she falls in with some sailors then ends up caught by
the naval press gang and onboard the hero’s ship. The author does a good job
of keeping the heroine’s gender a secret from her shipmates and then comes
up with a plausible excuse for the hero to use to protect her once he knows
her secret. The romance is nice and understated though the ending was too pat.
Also, I think the author is British yet she still made some whopper mistakes
with aristocratic titles and familiarity amongst strangers. But those really
don’t distract too much from the book. B-

By Jane Litte

0 comments on “REVIEW: The Captain’s Lady by Margaret McPhee

  1. I do so LOVE the cover of this one. I bought it based solely on that alone but I haven’t read it yet. Part of me wonders if the inside lives up to the outside.

  2. Well, you have to work your way through some title problems at the beginning that kind of set my teeth on edge. Apparentley the author doesn’t know that the younger sons of Earls do not have “Lord” as a courtesy title. Also, the wife of the hero’s brother (a Viscountess) is such a friendly soul that she will invite almost total strangers of a far lower rank in society to address her by her first name.

    At least on the first issue, it’s so easy for authors to get these things right (so why don’t they!) and for the second, I would think it would be obvious. So, for a few horrible minutes I thought I was getting a wallpaper Americanized book. But I perservered and was rewarded. It’s a first book but it does show promise.

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