Monday, August 29, 2011
A Review of Ransome's Quest
The third and final volume of the Ransome Trilogy by Kaye Dacus is a delightful romp across the Caribbean that neatly wraps up the stories of William and Julia, and Ned and Charlotte, with some wonderful surprises thrown in. It is, predictably, the most fun if the reader is already familiar with the first two installments of the series, Ransome’s Honor and Ransome’s Crossing, and it provides an exciting, sometimes heartwrenching but completely satisfying conclusion to the overall story. It’s a must-read if either of the previous volumes were enjoyed!
As I mentioned in previous reviews, I love the blend of Jane Austen (or Georgette Heyer, which was actually my first exposure to Regency romance) and Horatio Hornblower. Kaye’s writing style is so very smooth and in keeping with the time, except for the very occasional slip into modern vernacular. Her love of research shines through with vivid and exact period detail. I could smell the salt breeze and feel the deck of the ship beneath my feet.
Something I didn't add to other reviews is how this series is close to my heart for personal reasons ... it's a reminder of how God does, sometimes, answer the dreams of our heart. It was a joy to see how this series went from being "just" Kaye's dream to publication, and not just the first story, but all three books. (Blessings to you, Kaye, as you continue this journey!)
Thank you to Harvest House for allowing me to be an influencer for this series! I was in no way obligated to write a favorable review, but receiving the review copy of this third book was an unexpected delight.