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
From the Author
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.