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Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Review: Swept to Sea by Heather Manning

Swept to Sea by Heather Manning
Genre: Young Adult (Inspirational Historical Fiction/Romance)
Date Published: November 25, 2013
Publisher: Astrea Press

Lady Eden Trenton never wanted to leave her privileged existence in London—until her father invites a dangerous suitor into her life. Left with few options, Eden devises the best reprieve she can: escape. Chasing freedom, she stows away aboard a pirate ship, praying she will gain her independence in the colonies before she is discovered by the nefarious crew. 

Captain Caspian Archer has spent the last five years hardening his heart and searching to exact revenge for the event that tore his life to shreds. When he catches word that his enemy is residing in Jamaica, Caspian steers his ship toward the colonies in all haste. His plans soon change, however, when he discovers the young beauty hiding in his ship’s hold. 

Cut from the only lives they have known, Caspian and Eden are pulled together as each pursues a fresh hope upon the sea.

Swept to Sea is the debut novel by Heather Manning that was published when the author was sixteen. I love reading books by young, new authors. I wish I has a fraction of their motivation when I was in high school. They amaze me.

Swept to Sea was a sweet romance filled with interesting characters, both good and bad. We are given several point of views, and each contributed completely to the story. I'm not usually a fan of multiple point of views like this, but within this story it worked and worked well.

I liked Caspian and Eden right away. Eden had some spunk, and while I wish she would have fought back more at times, she was smart and perfectly able to get herself out of a dangerous future. Of course, traveling into the unknown could have ended up even more dangerous, but this is how we meet Capsian, an ex-pirate turned privateer. He's pretty lovable from the start. I liked his personality a lot...even his temper. The interactions between Caspian and Eden her highly entertaining. It was fun to watch them go from indifference to more. They were pretty cute. I'm curious about what will happen with some of the other characters too. I smelled some more romances brewing. This was a fun and quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed Swept to Sea, and I look forward to more from this author.

Swept to Sea by Heather Manning was kindly provided to me by the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.

Heather Manning is a young lady who loves to read—and write. She has won multiple competitions for her writing with “Nextgen Writers” and placed first in some writing contests with the “Go Teen Writers” blog and is a proud member of ACFW. She lives in Missouri where she attends high school, acts in community theatre, eats donuts and reads every Inspirational Historical Romance she can get her hands on. Check out Heather's Guest Post & Interview!

To learn more about Heather Manning and her books, visit her blog.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

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