Best-selling author Mary Nichols continues her captivating series about The Piccadilly Gentleman’s Club with The Captain’s Kidnapped Beauty, a beguiling romantic adventure set in Georgian England.
There is absolutely nothing that Miss Charlotte Gilpin does not know about coach-making. The only daughter of one of England’s richest tradesmen, Charlotte has grown up in her father’s yard, surrounded by all the hustle and bustle of his prosperous business. However, Charlotte’s father has got ambitions for her – ambitions that do not involve his daughter spending the rest of her life getting her hands dirty. Charlotte’s father is determined to get his daughter married off to a titled gentleman – and he is not willing to compromise!
Charlotte would much rather be adding up figures in her father’s ledger than at yet another tedious society gathering. She’s got her plate full with juggling the incessant demands of the business with looking after her father’s household; she’s certainly got neither the time nor the inclination for a romantic attachment. Although she’s well aware of her father’s quest to find an eligible – and titled – gentleman for her, Charlotte is perfectly happy with her lot in life. She’d rather die than end up saddled with someone as infuriating and aggravating as Captain Alexander Carstairs for the rest of her life. However, little does Charlotte realise that she will soon end up having to rely on the sly cunning of the resourceful Captain…
When Charlotte is kidnapped and held hostage aboard a merchant ship bound for India, the wealthy coach-making heiress is beside herself! Fearful of her life and virtue, Charlotte cannot help but wonder whether she will ever see her father or England again. When help comes in the unexpected form of Alexander Carstairs, Charlotte doesn’t know whether she should be relieved that there is somebody in her corner or dismayed that the only person who can help her is somebody whom she’s always treated with disdain in the past. With danger round every corner and nobody else to trust, Charlotte puts her fate in the Captain’s hands. But when resentment gives way to an attraction that simply cannot be denied, Charlotte and Alex soon begin to wonder whether they will ever manage to vanquish the enemy that seems hell-bent on destroying their burgeoning happiness…
Will Charlotte and Alex find a way to triumph over all the obstacles that are standing in their way? Or will they be condemned to spending the rest of their life apart?
Mary Nichols is one of the most accomplished writers of historical romance writing today and The Captain’s Kidnapped Beauty is a spellbinding tale that will delight, enchant and entrall. Richly atmospheric, deliciously thrilling and wonderfully romantic, this absorbing Georgian historical has got it all from peril on the high seas to heart-pounding emotional intensity and gripping romantic drama.
Charlotte is a wonderful heroine who was strong, intrepid and intelligent and more than a match for the brooding and saturnine Alexander. Both characters were superbly written and I defy anyone not to fall in love with them from the moment they leap off the pages!
Written with plenty of flair and finesse, The Captain’s Kidnapped Beauty is a splendid historical romance that will hold readers in thrall from beginning to end!