Blessed Isle: An Age of Sail m/m romance Kindle Edition
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I finished Alex Beecroft's Blessed Isle (set in 1790, the British Age of Sail) convinced that she is some kind of sea witch, who had kept mein thrall from the first word onward. Although hers is the first storychronologically in the book, I've saved it till last because,notwithstanding the uniformly excellent work from the othercontributors, I personally feel this one is the jewel in a very splendid crown. - Victor J.Banis
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If you enjoy an epistolary novel like Cloud Atlas or Jane Austen's Lady Susan you should enjoy this. That is, if you also like a bit of adventure on the high seas, being castaway on a desert island, convict ships, storms and forbidden love at the same time.
- Publication Date : March 22, 2018
- File Size : 910 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 67 pages
- ASIN : B07BN8WRZB
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,488 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What people think they want may not be what's best for them. This is certainly the case with Captain Harry Thompson of 'Blessed Isle' by Alex Beecroft. His prideful determination to prove his worth nearly ends his life and, if he follows the narrow path he set for himself, will also result in losing Garnet, his First Lieutenant, the man who could give meaning to it.
Harry is driven, wanting to achieve success even over the possibility of having a dangerous, all-consuming love for Garnet. Garnet senses Harry's passion and tries to act on it, but Harry is immovable. He is tempted, but also furious that Garnet would even think it possible for them to have an affair, much less to love each other. Harry lets his determination instead of his heart rule his life. Harry's rejection angers Garnet, but doesn't take away the feelings he has for him. Nor does it dim his loyalty and devotion. Garnet stands with Harry through disease, horrendous storms, and eventually mutiny, never wavering. When worst comes to worst, Harry chooses life over going down with his ship and escapes, taking Garnet with him.
They finally end up on a deserted island where they remain for years. They give in to their passion and express it in a carnal, but increasingly loving way. Even without all the trappings of convention, there is still “trouble in paradise”. Harry begins to miss “polite society” and begins to reject his “heathen ways”; yet he knows there is no turning back from what has happened between him and Garnet.
The richness of this story is not in the telling, although its flowing prose is a delight to read. It's the love between Harry and Garnet – it was so precious they felt compelled to journal it. Even though they knew they would have to hide it, they held hope that things would be different in the future and that there would be those who would appreciate reading about their supreme sacrifices to be together and value their incomparable love for each other. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy ships, ocean voyages, and sailors, written in a descriptive and beautiful romantic expression. Thanks, Alex, for giving Harry and Garnet a way to express themselves. Originally reviewed at Rainbow Book Reviews.
Don't let that happen to you.
The concept of the tale (alternating diary entries), the plot itself involving how they met, fought each other, other men on the seas--and the seas themselves--is unique and both heartbreaking and heart-rendering. It is perfectly in keeping with the temper of the times and even more in keeping with two strong, stirring, personalities whose lives are saved by their love for each other--and one accident of history which will completely blow you away.
Brilliant, as well as extraordinary, in every respect.
A few reviewers have lamented the lack of explicit erotic scenes (although the book is absolutely soaked in subtle eroticism). This is true. The premise is that the text is a journal the MCs leave as a testament to their love, for those who come after them, hopefully in a kinder, more enlightened time. They wouldn't have written sex scenes, although they allude to them in a lovely, emotionally satisfying way. Well, so, fine. Read this book, completely fall in love with it, and then scarf down a PWP later. This one's a keeper.
And one more thing: Alex Beecroft can be counted on to write well-researched, interesting settings that are enjoyable to learn about.
Making decisions sometimes unwisely, OTHER times not only for themselves, but for the GREATER GOOD. Thanks Alex Beecroft
This novella also had the feeling of being somewhat rushed. There were moments that could have been better exploited, or developed.
Nevertheless it's a good read.