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Ahab's Bride: Book One of Ahab's Legacy Paperback – March 25, 2004

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About the Author

Louise M. Gouge writes historical Christian romance novels, plays, and short stories. She enjoys researching every aspect of her stories, whether in local public and college libraries or in distant locations. To ensure the authenticity of her settings, Louise has traveled to settings such as Nantucket and Boston, Massachusetts; Annapolis, Maryland; and Coventry, England. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Romance Writers, Central Florida Romance Writers, Nantucket Historical Association, the Bostonian Society, and the Historic Annapolis Foundation. Louise earned her Master of Liberal Studies degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and her bachelor?s degree in creative writing from the University of Central Florida. Married for thirty-nine years, the mother of four grown children, and three grandchildren, she has made her home in Central Florida for twenty-four years. In addition to writing, she teaches English composition and American literature at Valencia Community College in Orlando.
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Product Details

  • Series: Ahab's Legacy
  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Cook Communications; New edition (March 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589190076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589190078
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,022,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louise M. Gouge has been married to David Gouge for over 50 years. They have four grown children and eight grandchildren. Louise attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando, earning a BA in English/Creative Writing, and Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, earning a Master of Liberal Studies degree. Louise's novel, Ahab's Bride, Book One of Ahab's Legacy, (RiverOak Publishing, 2004) was her master's thesis at Rollins College. Hannah Rose, Book Two of Ahab's Legacy, was released in 2005, and was the honored with the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Son of Perdition, Book Three of Ahab's Legacy, was released in February 2006.

Louise now writes for Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical Line, with seven books published and more coming. Her current time period is the English Regency era, but she also has begun to write about the American Wild West. Her twenty years of living in Colorado serve as an inspiration for many cowboy stories.

While writing Christian fiction is her primary occupation and labor of love, Louise is also an adjunct professor of English and Humanities at Valencia Community College in Kissimmee, Florida. Having received her advanced education in middle age, she tries to inspire her younger students to complete their own education early. For her older students, Louise hopes that her experiences prove that it is never too late for them to work toward their dreams. (Her first novel was published after she turned fifty!) In the classroom, she attempts to live out her Christian faith both in words and in action.

Louise's favorite Bible verse is 'He shall choose our inheritance for us' (Psalm 47:4), a testimony to her belief that God has chosen a path for each believer. To seek that path and to trust His wisdom is to find the greatest happiness in life.

Visit her blog at http://blog.Louisemgouge.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fredtownward VINE VOICE on March 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
In one of those odd literary coincidences two Moby Dick fans simultaneously got the bright idea of writing fictional accounts about Ahab's wife, but while Sena Jeter Naslund was writing for publication, Louise M. Gouge was writing her dissertation novel, not really expecting to ever publish it. (One assumes that the critical and commercial success of Naslund's Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-gazer: A Novel lead Gouge's editor and agent to push her into polishing it up for publication as her third book.) What resulted was the Ahab's Legacy trilogy, of which this is the first volume.

You might think it unfair to compare the two, and you'd be right but for the wrong reasons. Naslund's Everyone Loves Una; Or, The Navel-Gazer: A Mary Sue, as I call it, is one of the worst books I've ever forced myself to finish. In contrast the Ahab's Legacy trilogy was a pleasure to read.

Similarities abound, both authors having decided that an unconventional girl was needed to win old Ahab's heart, but profound differences exist that make for interesting comparison and contrast. Thus, while Una is a laughably absurd prodigy, Hannah is simply a woman slightly ahead of her time due to an unconventional upbringing as the doted on only child of a devoted widower. While Una basks in the worship of mid-nineteenth century New England's thoughtful elites, Hannah reads their books, attends their lectures, and finds her thinking profoundly influenced by them. Compared to unintentionally hilarious Una, Hannah comes across as only slightly more modern than everyone else, an all too human figure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Suzanne Eller on July 5, 2004
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I wasn't sure in the beginning whether I would like this book. It's written with a great deal of narrative writing and is "chewy" like the books of old. But then as I continued reading, that's exactly what I liked about the book. It had depth. The story unfolded slowly, but it allowed me to get into the hearts and minds of the characters.
Well-written novel with a great deal of historical information woven throughout the story. Ahab's great battle with the white whale Moby Dick was shadowed by the struggle of a woman desiring to understand the heart of a man. Good story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Rouser on April 22, 2004
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Young, headstrong Hannah Oldweiler sets her heart on the famous Captain Ahab and wins his love in return. While celebrating the passion and commitment of married love, Ahab's Bride examines the trials and difficulties that come with it. Hannah faces the challenges and complexities of a relationship with a man "larger than life" with spirit and determination.
She has not chosen an easy path and her questions of what faith in God truly mean are tested again and again, especially when she takes second place to Ahab's quest for revenge against the terrible Moby Dick.
A colorful historical journey into the 19th century Nantucket whaling community, Ahab's bride is a poignant tale that brings to life the people and era of an industry that no longer exists.

Louise M. Gouge's characters live. They will delight and haunt you even after the last page is read, leaving you with a desire to know yet more about these endearing people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Meiseles on April 22, 2004
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Ahab's Bride touches your heart and soul. When Hannah wept, I wept. Each character in this wonderful novel, even Ahab, is richly drawn. I felt as if I had opened the door to Hannah's world. From the innocent eighteen-year-old with stars in her eyes when meeting the magnatic Ahab to the widow years later weeping for her dead husband who spit in the eye of God. Ms. Gouge is a superb writer. She sweeps into your world and tells you to follow her in her world. I encourage everyone to open the pages of Ahab's Bride and go along on Hannah's journey to become the independent and mature woman she came to be.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack W. Regan on May 19, 2005
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As the prelude to Herman Melville's Moby Dick, Louise M. Gouge's Ahab's Bride stirs a reader's desire to read the classic novel. Gouge's handling of the text is well done, her characters jump from the page, and the narrative fills in the blanks concerning the life of literature's mightiest whaler, Captain Ahab.

Hannah Oldweiler is drawn to Captain Ahab from their first meeting, as he is to her. They marry, much to the disappointment of both Hannah's father and her young suitor, Jeremiah Harris, both of whom worry for her spiritual welfare.

It does not take long for Hannah to realize that her marriage to Ahab will have no effect on his vocation, as he continues to disappear on the interminable whaling ventures, leaving her to care for the estate. At the conclusion of one of these voyages, Ahab returns with a wooden leg, lost in a struggle with a giant white whale, and becomes consumed with revenge.

Taking second place to Ahab's grudge match, Hannah and her small son are left to face life alone. How will Hannah learn the lessons life is offering her and how long will it take before she turns back to God in her loneliness and confusion?

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