Saturday, July 10, 2010

Review: Ransome's Crossing

Picking up immediately after Julia Witherington’s marriage to Captain William Ransome, Ransome's Crossing is a marvelous follow-up to Ransome’s Honor. It covers not only the continuing struggle of Julia and William to define their relationship, but the adventures of William’s younger sister Charlotte, and her growing attachment to Ned Cochrane, her brother’s first lieutenant. The writing is once again smooth as silk, the descriptions vivid, and the story tightly woven and sound—even regarding the element of Charlotte’s passing herself off as a young midshipman for the voyage to Jamaica, which initially raised some skepticism for me. I wanted to savor the end more fully, but with this book ending at a cliffhanger, I’m confident the author will tie all things up beautifully in the volume yet to come!

In all, spending time again with Julia and William was most enjoyable, and I grew to love Ned and Charlotte as well. It’s always a pleasure reading Kaye’s work! Thank you to Harvest House Publishers and the author for providing a review copy.

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