The Pirate Bride, by Reader’s Choice Award recipient, and winner of the 2014 Inspirational Romance of the Year, Kathleen Y’Barbo, is the second in a series titled “Daughters of the Mayflower”. Interestingly, each book in the series is by a different author.
This is the story of a precocious twelve-year-old girl, Maribel Cordoba, who is kidnapped from her home in Spain by her father, then rescued by a French privateer who leaves her with nuns at a Jamaican orphanage, where she becomes a teacher. Her father, the criminal Antonio Cordoba, tells her that her mother and grandfather are dead.
Cordoba’s ship is overtaken by the French attorney, Jean-Luc Valmont, posing as a privateer using the name Jean Beaumont. In the ensuing fight, Maribel and a young man she has befriended are rescued by Captain Beaumont.
Jean-Luc has secrets — honorable secrets — that could get him in a lot of trouble in 1700s America. Knowing a life at sea, especially with his risky activities, is not the proper place for a young lady to grow up, Jean-Luc leaves Maribel at an orphanage in Jamaica. Eleven years later, her grandfather finds her, and has her delivered to his and her mother’s new home in New Orleans.
Jean-Luc returns to New Orleans to address some of his family’s business and financial issues. He quickly runs into Maribel. Of course, they soon realize they are in love.
Set mostly in 1700s Jamaica and New Orleans, the story deals with some of the issues of the day. For example, Jean-Luc’s second-in-command is Israel Bennett, an African man he had previously “captured” then paid to work on his ship, treated as an equal, and trusted with his life.
Jean-Luc, Maribel, and Israel are Christians, who pray daily, and depend on God to protect them. When politics becomes a problem, Jean-Luc decides to return to his law practice, he says, “…maybe it was just God’s way of letting me know that it was time to stop and follow Him instead of trying to do things my way….”
The Pirate Bride, is a beautiful, Christian fiction story of romance, family love and dynamics, and history. It’s one all lovers of romance novels will not want to miss.
What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy?
While the story is delightful, there are a few things that need correcting, such as:
- incomplete sentences;
- using “try and…” rather than “try to…”;
- beginning sentences with conjunctions.