This engaging end to the Ransome Trilogy is a fast-paced tale of love, faith, and danger on the Caribbean Sea in the early 1800s. Captain William Ransome frantically searches for his kidnapped wife and sister. But who will rescue them when buried secrets emerge and challenge everything they believe?
Bad pirates who turn out to be good, evil pirates with devious intentions, chivalrous navy officers, and two damsels in distress who will not go lightly make for an adventure reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean minus the supernatural elements. The naval rhetoric and activities took some getting used to as did the contemporary relationship dynamics. Kaye is certainly well researched on the era and naval profession. I enjoyed the humorous respites that Charlotte’s character offered, especially in contrast to Julia’s predicament.
I am not a fan of epilogues that take place 30 years later because readers have to grapple with a new batch of characters that they have no connection to in only a few short pages. The conclusion feels superfluous as we are given a quick and unfulfilling glimpse into the Ransome’s family future that serves the same purpose as stating “and they lived happily ever after.”
A pleasant read that won’t leave Kaye’s fans disappointed with the conclusion of this trilogy.