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Cristabel is in a fine fettle because she didn't want to be forced to marry anyone. However, thinking to press Cristabel and Martin into wedded bliss, Captain Whiskey makes sure they share the same cabin on the lengthy voyage from the Pirate islands to London. Since Martin is a married man and is in fact, an ethical and true blue married man, nothing untoward occurs on the voyage to England. As if Cristable would have allowed anything to occur anyway. She is a dynamo whose mother was a lady, kidnapped on one of Captain Whiskey's voyages. She's beyond thrilled to get out of the islands and into a different world from the one in which she was born and raised.
But, when she arrives in England and encounters Magnus, everything she thought she wanted goes straight out the window, but not before there are adventures aplenty, including a young pirate who has followed her to England determined to make her his own. I loved the character of Black Jack and would love to read his book, if indeed Edith Layton has written it.
There was much to enjoy within the pages of this book. Magnus is not a rake, Martin is a true blue husband, Black Jack is an honorable pirate - somewhat.
There are plenty of reviews and synopses. I think if you see this more as a fairy tale, you will be able to keep things in perspective and enjoy the book.
** There were some darker aspects, though, in terms of how the h, who's the daughter of a pirate, is treated by many, some very close to her. Her father is a scoundrel, by anyone's standards. She suffers, so it's not all laughs.
Her father, the infamous Captain Whiskey, facing impending retirement from the 'trade' and tired of being a bachelor, has plans to marry again, and everyone knows two women can't live under the same roof. He orders Cristabel to select the type of man she wants to marry, pirate or not, and he'll fetch him. Thinking to stymie the wily old buccaneer, she says she'll not marry any other than a fine, refined English lord.
Cristabel cannot then find any way out of marrying the young man her father promptly produces for her--Magnus Titus, Viscount Snow. Immediately following the piratical-type wedding ceremonies, the newlyweds are hustled on board one of her father's ships, bound for England, and in almost no time at all, the old man's carefully laid plans fall apart.
To begin with, the captive is *not* Magnus, but Martin, the younger brother of the viscount--and already married to his childhood sweetheart, Sophia. Declaring a vow of friendship, Cristabel and Martin share a cabin--platonically--during the crossing, and eventually, even to their arrival at Martin's home, where she meets the *real* lord.
Magnus is a hero to whom you will absolutely lose your heart--big, handsome, intelligent, honest, brave, trustworthy. Cristabel is not immune, but doesn't trust him--or herself. Surprises abound in the adventure-packed pages of this delightful book, peopled with pirates and lordships, bawds and ladies, who engage in attempted murder, society doings and other skullduggery. You will love Cristabel's journey from half-pirate to true lady!
Edith Layton made her name with a unique and pithy, pungent, even piquant way with words in many Regencies before turning her attentions to the longer, more complex form of historical romance. The story and characters in A TRUE LADY are vintage Layton, though, and you won't be one tiny little bit disappointed by this book.