Friday, April 8, 2011

At the Captain's Command by Louise M. Gouge

Please welcome my good friend Louise Gouge!  I just finished her new release At The Captain's Command last night and it is fabulous!  Of course you know I'm drawn to anything with a captain in it, not to mention a few wonderful scenes set out at sea.. not to mention that I adore Louise's writing. But this book far exceeded all my expectations. 

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!

  My review:
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!

Buy the book from  Amazon

If you'd like to enter a contest to win a free copy, visit Louise's website at

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.


  1. Friday, April 8th,
    "Morning, MaryLu and Louise".
    "At the Captain's Command" sounds like a wonderful read ... containing all the elements of an exciting and great story ! I will definitely enter the contest to try and win a free copy.
    Thanks so much for sharing this with us.
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  2. Sounds like an amazing story - and with your stamp of approval on it, it's got to be! :-) Thanks for letting us know about the giveaway.

  3. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing, Cap'n. I pray that everyone has a great weekend.

  4. Hi Ladies! Yes, this is a great book. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

  5. This book sounds awesome. I'm definitely going to have to check it out! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sounds like a good book and your review makes me really want to read it.

  7. I really like the sound of this story! I definitely want to read this book. Thank you for sharing MaryLu.