A heroic British naval captain, son of an influential earl, dares to fall in love with a provincial American girl. Then he discovers her family's devastating secret.
Loyal to the British Crown, orphaned Dinah Templeton has vowed never to marry a seafaring man, for her father died at sea and her merchant captain brother is always away. But when Captain Thomas Moberly sails into St. Augustine to defend the East Florida shores from American pirates, Dinah finds that her heart may overrule her head regarding this seafarer.
Captain Thomas Moberly, captain of HMS Dauntless, has been assigned to capture the notorious American pirate Nighthawk, who plagues the Atlantic coast of East Florida. War-weary and hoping for a refreshing visit with his brother and sister, who live near St. Augustine, Thomas never expects to find love. But how can he resist the lovely Miss Templeton, even though she is what his father, Lord Bennington, would call a common American?
At the Captain's Command received **** from Romantic Times!
I've always told Louise that her writing is smooth and rich like fine wine. And this book is no exception. Set during the Revolutionary war, A British naval captain falls in love with a woman whose loyalties toward the crown are dubious at best. Not to mention she has vowed never to marry a man in the navy. And if things are bad enough her benefactor is determined to marry her to another man for political gain. As you can see there is plenty of tension to keep the story flowing. But even more than that, this story is a sweet, endearing love story that will have you sighing with delight at every turn. ( And sometimes laughing, crying, and sitting on the edge of your seat!) Captain Moberly is every woman's dream. He's such an honorable gentleman. And there were some touching moments between he and Dinah that got my heart pumping. Add to that a unique setting in Colonial Florida, and you have a winner! Don't miss this wonderful book!
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Award-winning Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction, calling her stories “threads of grace woven through time.” In addition to numerous other awards, Louise is the recipient of the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award. Married to David Gouge for forty-six years, Louise is a mother of four and grandmother of six children. In addition to writing, she teaches English and humanities at Valencia Community College in Kissimmee, Florida.
On a personal note:
Louise and I shared a hotel room at a writer's retreat once and she is the sweetest lady! She was also my critique partner for many years.