This book review is for the novel "Ransome's Crossing" by Kaye Dacus. It is the second book in 'The Ransome Trilogy.'
I couldn't wait to start this novel after reading and reviewing the first one, " Ransome's Honor".
You can check out that review here... Ransome's Honor~Truly Amazing Book
While in the first novel we got to meet all the characters and see William Ransome and Julia Witherington get their happy ending, this book focuses on Williams sister, Charlotte Ransome. Not to worry, though, there is still plenty of interaction between Julia and William as well. Which I have to say I loved seeing!
I was super excited to read about Charlotte as you could tell she had her own story tucked away somewhere. She is quite the interesting character.
Unbeknownst to William, Charlotte has a secret fiance tucked away in Jamaica. As William and Julia prepare to sail away to Jamaica, where William is serving the Navy and Julia's sugar plantation is located. Charlotte executes her plan to disguise herself as a boy, "Charles Lott" and becomes a midshipman on another ship that is in her brothers fleet. She has no other way to get to her fiance and she can't tell her brother about even his existence, let alone their engagement. Her mother never approved of him and neither would her brothers if they had met him, so in secret it is.
Charlotte's brother has a First Lieutenant, Ned Cochrane, serving under him on board his ship. During their time in England Ned had met Charlotte on several occasions and even held a secret desire for her to one day be his to court and woo, perhaps when he returned some day from his post in Jamaica. Knowing, however, that this was unlikely to happen and that she would probably be taken by that time, he tried to put away any feelings toward her and be distant.
When an attack on the fleet leaves the captain of Charlotte's ship dead, Ned must take over command of the ship as its new captain. "Charles Lott's" identity is in deep danger of being discovered with Ned on board ship. Charlotte is sure if he gets even one good look at her, he won't be fooled, even though an entire ship full of men have been.
You will love this novel! There isn't a whole lot more I can say about the book without giving away the suspenseful parts and I don't want to do that! All else I can tell you is you will be on the edge of your seat as you watch Charlotte absorb and become Mr. "Charles Lott". Waiting to see if she is discovered and what will happen once she reaches Jamaica is edge of your seat exciting! Please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book!
Happy week to you all! Any suggestions on books to read?
*Note* I received this book for free from Harvest House Publishers in exchange for posting a review about it. I am not required to post a positive review. Any opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere.