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Silver Storm: The Raveneau Novels, Book 1 (Volume 1) Paperback – March 28, 2014
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Young Devon Lindsey grew up in in New London, Connecticut and dreamed of adventures at sea borrowed from the stories of her sea captain father. She meets the famous French privateer, Captain Andre Raveneau, when she is only 12, and he mesmerizes her. At 17, he steals a kiss in a carriage. Though he quickly forgot it, she never did. A year later, the British attack New London and while the whole town is burning, Devon is saved by a lecherous sailor who steals her aboard Raveneau's ship, the Black Eagle. There she again encounters the famous captain. This time he steals more than a kiss.
This is a superbly told, well-written complex tale. I can't do justice to it in a short review, but I can say it held me captive for 341 pages. The hero, who has a low opinion of women from his father's mistress, is a cad who seems to flit from one woman's bed to the next for the entire book. Devon is a guileless 18-year-old innocent who seems to have bad judgment for most of the book as she seeks adventure and is enthralled by the man of legend she cannot resist. How they come together and the twists and turns of the tale of the war raging around them is a great story. It was my first by Wright but I have since bought all in this series. For the lover of classic historical romance who is tired of the light fluff so frequently offered today, this is the book for you.
Please note: I read the paperback (original) version; I understand the eBook has only minor changes.
The Raveneau Series:
SURRENDER THE STARS
SILVER SEA (originally released as BARBADOS)
TEMPEST (to be released in 2012)
If you like to read in time sequence, as I do, here are the intertwined Raveneau and Beauvisage series in chronological order:
1780 - SILVER STORM
1783 - CAROLINE
1789 - TOUCH THE SUN
1793 - SPRING FIRES
1814 - SURRENDER THE STARS
1814 - NATALYA
1818 - SILVER SEA (originally BARBADOS)
1903 - TEMPEST (to be published in 2012)
The story unfolds with the English landing, stealing and burning the costal town that Devon and her mother live in.
It wouldn't be a romantic historical novel if love wasn't involved and this is what the story is about.
I loved the independence that Devon showed and Andre's wonderful attitude to life and love. Both of them are portrayed as very amorous people.
I also loved the scene where Devon saves Andre's life. It was so exciting and so very touching.
It is beautifully written and the audiobook is narrated with interesting voices and accents so that one knows exactly who is talking at any given time.
I would recommend this book/audiobook to anyone who enjoys a good romantic historical novel.
Devon growing up in New London, Connecticut all she wanted was adventure on the high seas. Her plans when she got older was to marry her first love and sail the seas. At 12 she first saw the French privateer, Captain Andre Raveneau. At 17 he was her first kiss, a year later the British attack New London burning the town and killing everyone they could. She is lost and left alone only one man helped her bring her aboard Raveneau's ship, the Black Eagle. This is where things take a turn Devon has many issues and feelings to deal with as Raveneau takes more than a kiss.
Raveneau is a wild privateer he takes what he wants when he wants. Women fall at his feet and beg to be taken. When a young boy is brought on his ship things get really interesting, when the boy is found out not to be a boy that is when all hell breaks loose. Raveneau tries his best to be a gentleman why he teaches some sense into Devon. I loved Andre character he has dealt with a lot in his lifetime. Trusting any women is hard for him giving his love is impossible. He is strong but gentle there is no doubt he is a man’s man. He is fair but has no trouble dishing out punishments.
The author gives a wonderful compelling complex tale of young love, finding ones way, hurt, losing love with some shocking turns. Devon seek for adventure does seem to keep her in trouble as she helps win the war why falling for famous French privateer as they are on the hunt for her fiancé who she is unsure of. Should she marry him even though she doesn’t have the type of feelings she should for the man she loves. Why does Raveneau make her feel the way he does?
Emily Beresford does a wonderful job of narration as she brings life to each character. Some of her voices were close to others but you could still tell who was talking. Her voice is smooth, her tones were lovely. She made this a pleasure to listen to. I very much look forward to listening to more books from her.
The author and narrator give you a wonderful story that you will lose yourself in. It was a book that was hard to put down. The author knows how to give a wonderful humorous read that keeps your attention why you laugh out loud and the trouble Devon gets into. It was a well told story with wonderful narration that kept me coming back for more. I am really looking forward to reading or listening to the rest of this series.