Friday, December 31, 2010

Review of THE NOBLE PIRATES by R.L. Jean

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I won this book in a contest and I'm so glad I did because The Noble Pirates is a fantastic book.  

When Sabrina Granger falls off a booze cruise in 2009, she has no idea that her life will be irrevocably changed.  Finding herself rescued by Captain Edward England, Sabrina thinks she is on some kind of movie set or Disney ride only to find to her horror that she has somehow been transported back to the year 1718.  The book is told from Sabrina's viewpoint and from the moment I started reading it, I was drawn in by the author's easy style.

This book is not your usual romantic historical story.  Ms. Jean draws the reader in to experience every nauseating detail of everyday life in 1718 from personal hygiene to medical practices.  This makes the story even more appealing.  Sabrina is a plucky woman who clearly misses life in 2009, but soon realizes that if she want to survive she'd better learn how to survive in 1718.  The author weaves Sabrina's experiences with pirates Edward England, Howel Davies and Bart Roberts with historical facts.  Clearly, a lot of research went into writing this book.  There are so many unexpected events, that it was useless to try and predict what the ending would be.  

Without giving away any spoilers, Sabrina Granger learns it's not so easy to change fate.  Whatever path we're set upon will happen no matter what we try to do to change it.  She must learn to live with some heart wrenching decisions as she tries to survive aboard a 1718 pirate ship.  I can't wait for the sequel to be published!  Highly Recommended.