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Captain's Log: Paperback – April 8, 2014
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Sarah Johnson is a freelance writer and longtime lover of the written word. Her love of the classics began early, with Jane Austen becoming a clear favorite by her early teens. When the world of fan fiction was introduced to her, she was delighted to find so many wonderful stories based on dearly loved characters. It was a few years before a new writers challenge, posted at one of the Jane Austen Fan Fiction forums, drew her to put pen to paper and begin writing the stories that have always unfolded in her mind. After fifteen years of military life, she and her husband, along with their six children, have now settled in Texas, where she continues to write of the Regency era and of characters that will forever live in the hearts of Jane Austen’s admirers.
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This is a light hearted tale that switches back and forth between the childhood adventures of the "Merry Band of Cousins”, Ash, Fitz, Darcy and Anne, and their young adult years pursuing more serious goals. The youthful adventures take place at Pemberley during summers when the children visit with their parents. We read of tree top forts, toppling munitions, raft building and the accidents which befall active, healthy "corsairs"...in a journal kept over the years by one, Capt. Darcy.
And in adulthood they band together to confront the possible real life necessity of one shipping off to the continent to fight Napoleon. Marriage to a woman of means would keep him settled in England but Lady Catherine has other plans for her daughter. When "The Plan" goes off to Hertfordshire with Charles Bingley and Darcy’s cousin, Viscount of Ashbourne, there is talk of a possibility that if Darcy could only meet a woman he could love and marry it might liberate Richard from war as Lady C.’s plans must then be redirected. So what do you want to bet...does Darcy have his heart stolen? And does this story have the villain of canon show up as he did in childhood to wreck plans?
The author paints a much speedier meeting of the hearts but trouble on the horizon does loom. When we finally arrive at our hearts' desire it is not just one couple smiling from an altar...read the log to see who is on board.
Had the proofing been better, I would have considered five stars.
very little romance! Not what I would call a page turner. Try a sample. You may feel differently about the story.