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"Recommended Read-- David and Charley are...matched perfectly with strength meeting strength."--Dear Author
"5 out of 5--I got sucked into Charley's story right from the get go and about halfway through, I knew I was reading a book I'd be listing as a top read for 2011. And I was right."--Book Binge
"Five Stars--A fast-paced and captivating historical romance."--Pirates and Privateers.

About the Author

Darlene Marshall writes award-winning historical romance about pirates, privateers, smugglers, and other bad boys (and girls).  She used to be a news reporter and news director, but decided she'd rather make up stories for a living.

Marshall lives in North Florida, where a good day at work means putting the top down on the convertible and driving to the beach to do research. 

She loves to hear from her readers, and you can contact her at her website or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Quill Press (June 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611249589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611249583
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,888,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darlene Marshall writes award winning stories of romance and adventure, featuring pirates, privateers, smugglers and the occasional possum.

THE PIRATE'S SECRET BABY--Award of Excellence, Colorado Romance Writers; Readers' Choice Award, New England Chapter RWA.

Castaway Dreams won the Aspen Gold Reader's Choice Award. Sea Change was a finalist for the Golden Quill Award for Regency romances, and placed in the FCRW Beacon competition. Other awards for Marshall's romances include the FCRW Beacon for The Bride and the Buccaneer, the Eppie for Historical Romance for Captain Sinister's Lady and Pirate's Price, and placing in the Lories awards for Smuggler's Bride.

Her books are available in print, ebook format, Kindle editions, and also in German and Estonian editions.

Marshall lives in North Florida and loves being a writer because her work wardrobe is shorts, sandals and tropical shirts with flamingos. The best days are when she puts the convertible top down and cruises over to the beach to do research.

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I read The Bride and The Buccaneer last year and discovered how witty and fun Darlene Marshall stories can be. While Sea Change has the same wit and warmth as her previous book, the romance fell a tad short for me.

Charlotte Alcott needs to get to Jamaica to live with her godfather now that her father has passed away. Her father was a physician and Charlotte learned many skills from him. She decides the only way to afford this journey, is to pose as a man, "Charley" Alcott, and work her way across the Atlantic as a doctor.

She finds herself on the ship, Lady Jane. The captain of this ship allowed Charley to barter her doctoring services for a free passage because his wife is pregnant and needs care. Charlotte binds her breasts, dresses as a man, and takes on the role, helping the crew with their various ailments along the way. Out in sea, just as the captain's wife is delivering her child, the boat is overtaken by pirates and the head pirate demands Charley to his ship.

This American pirate, or actually privateer is David Fletcher, and he is desperate for someone to help his brother who crushed his hand. Charley comes aboard and takes care of his brother, and with no other options, starts to take care of this American crew. She becomes very aware of David, but never lets her ruse of being a man down. David enjoys Charley's company - telling stories, playing games, and just having an intelligent conversation. But as time goes on, David knows there is something a little off with Charley, and his feelings become very confused.

Sea Change is not just a romance story between David and Charlotte, but it is also Charlotte's journey - her plight to prove to people she is a capable doctor. More importantly, to prove to herself she can handle these situations.
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When I realized I hadn’t ever read a pirate romance novel, I immediately hopped on Google to hunt down a sufficiently cheesy book to satisfy my junk food romance craving. When I saw the ridiculous ~smoldery~ cover of Sea Change, I knew I’d found the one (Darlene Marshall’s other pirate romance, The Pirate’s Secret Baby, didn’t appeal to me by virtue of title alone).

Novels with crossdressing heroines are actually my secret weakness, so Sea Change‘s premise–a British female ship’s doctor masquerading as a man on an American privateer’s ship–was right up my (g)alley. Excuse the ship-related humor. I really do love anything set on the high seas (Brian Jacques got me early).

Sea Change was refreshingly realistic about the whole male disguise thing. Usually, in novels with this trope, the heroine is found out too early because she forgets to cover her lack of an Adam’s apple, or she’s just too darn pretty to be a man. Marshall dresses Charley in high-necked cravats, breast bindings, and even padding in her pants to make her seem more manly. And not everyone is shocked when her identity is inevitably revealed (not in the first few chapters, thankfully)–some people have a better eye for these things than others, but they keep their mouths shut. Plus, Charley is angular and flat-chested, which enhances her disguise.

I love when one (or both) of the lovers in a romance novel are nothing special to look at, and Charley’s no devastating beauty. She’s plain and she knows it, and David (the hero) is gorgeous–but they’re never mismatched. David never disparages her looks, and in fact has a bit of a sexuality crisis à la Mulan when he still thinks she’s a man.

Charley’s also no fainting wench.
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Although Sea Change is definitely a romance, it's also about a strong heroine who is struggling to find her place in a world that severely limits her choices. I loved Charley (Charlotte) Alcott. From the minute we meet her, she is competent and in charge. She is used to working with her physician father and now that he is gone, she has made the decision to seek passage to the West Indies to join her godfather and hopefully continue her studies. Because she would have problems traveling as a woman alone, she disguises herself as a young man and gets passage as a ship's physician. When she is kidnapped by an American privateer to tend to his wounded brother, she throws herself into her new role and discovers reserves of strength and competence within herself that she didn't know she had. I enjoyed her romance with the privateer, but unlike many romance novels, there was just as much focus on Charley's growth as there was on the growth of the relationship. I also loved that she was not the usual "beautiful and spirited" historical romance heroine, but rather a normal, rather ordinary looking young woman who grew in attractiveness to the captain as he got to know her, although for at least half the book, he was very confused by his attraction since he thought she was a man. Darlene Marshall has a very engaging writing style, and although I don't usually read historical naval or pirate romances, now I definitely want to read Castaway Dreams which features another ship's physician who is a side character in this book.
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