4 out of 5 stars
This is only the second book I’ve read from Kathleen Y’Bardo, but I don’t think it will be my last. Anyone looking for a seafaring adventure, or are a fan of MaryLu Tyndall’s, Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, you will want to pick up THE PIRATE BRIDE.
Maribel Cordoba is only twelve when she finds herself aboard Jean-Luc’s privateering vessel. With all family members dead, Jean-Luc makes it his duty to see her safe to her destination. Maribel proves herself to be quite seaworthy and is often found in the riggings overhead acting as a lookout, always with a book in hand. Her tomboyish antics endear her to the men aboard the ship, and her sense of adventure feeds her boldness. But when all is lost, Jean-Luc morns the death of the little girl he longed to protect.
Maribel Cordoba doesn’t remember much about her childhood. Rescued at sea, she has spent the last twelve years in an orphanage with only spotty memories from her youth. The Mother Superior assures Maribel her memories are but dreams, but Maribel feels a pull toward the ocean, and the ships she sees sailing in and out of the tiny inlet below the orphanage.
I really enjoyed THE PIRATE BRIDE. Even though it is book two in a series, I enjoyed it as a stand-alone novel. The characters were rich and intriguing. I relished Maribel’s feisty side, and Jean-Luc was dashing and quite the gentleman privateer. The secondary characters rounded out the cast, with charm and charisma that ran deeper than first glance. And the villain was well written, making the reader hungry for his just punishment. There are some twists I did not expect, and I would have liked to see more story devoted to the reunion of Maribel and Jean-Luc, but that did not interfere with my enjoyment. It would have only enhanced it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.