A Scandal to Remember
J.E. Burke, conchologist with the Royal Philosophical Society, is not what any of the men of the ship Tenacious expected. And Lieutenant Charles Dance is nothing that Burke could have ever imagined. This makes for a hilarious and entertaining read from Elizabeth Essex that is at once feisty, fierce, and dare I say feminist. When J. E. Burke’s first name turns out to be Jane, the party of naturalists on a South American expedition becomes scandalously coed. With women thought to be a pox on a nautical journey, quickly this voyage goes sour. At every turn First Lieutenant Dance is forced to deal with danger. From mutinous sailors, stuffy aristocrats, and a soused captain, to the disastrous weather that threatens the lives of everyone aboard the ill-fit, inappropriately named Tenacious—all seems doomed. Quickly. The only light at the end of the tunnel seems to be the small woman with the luminous blue eyes who weaseled her way onto the manifest and into Dance’s heart. Jane Burke is a worthy heroine, and Dance a forward thinking hero. The two make for delicious and delightful reading – a storyline that kept me engaged, a courtship with wonderful pitfalls and trials, and a satisfying ending that didn’t make me want to throw the book. Loved it!
|Page Count||384 pages|
|Publisher||St. Martin's Paperbacks|
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