The Pirate's Wraith

Author: Penelope Marzec

Publisher: New Concepts Publishing

Release Date: July 12, 2013

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5


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Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey on Oct 8, 2011

Leslie isn’t having a good day.  She recently called off her wedding to her abusive fiancé and she is anxious to get away for a while.  With her bags packed and the wooden toy horse, that gives her so much comfort, in hand, she sets off in the pouring rain.

As Leslie approaches a bridge, the storm seems to worsen.  Lightening strikes the upper portion of the structure, which causes it to collapse right in front of Leslie’s car. In a state of panic, Leslie accidentally steps on the accelerator.  Attempting to get the car under control, Leslie slams on the brakes sending the vehicle spinning.  As lightening hits the car again, Leslie is rendered unconscious.

The Forks, New Jersey Oct 8, 1711  

Harlan is standing aboard the Lyrical in a fierce rain storm when he spots an unclothed female on deck.  He is unsure how she got there.  Women are not allowed on the ship because they are thought to bring bad luck.  The ship’s doctor comes up with a plan to disguise Leslie as a cabin boy in order for her to remain onboard.

When Leslie and Harlan become bunk mates, things begin to heat up quickly between the two.  But Harlan is still recovering from the death of his wife and his son, and Leslie isn’t prepared to live life far away from the comforts of home.  Is it possible for these two to find love amidst the dangerous backdrop of the pirate’s life?

Leslie is a witty and warm character who lights up the pages. When she first awakens on the Lyrical, Leslie is convinced that she is on a ship with re-enactors.  Whenever Leslie tries to talk about her life in the future, Harlan is convinced that she is a witch.  It is fun watching Leslie as she struggles to adjust to life without modern day conveniences.

Harlan is the Captain of the Lyrical, but he refuses to rob his own countrymen.  He only wants to win the wealth back that was taken from him.  Harlan grieves for his deceased son and finds it hard to move on.  He also feels tremendous guilt over his wife’s death. Harlan must come to terms with his demons before he can find love with Leslie.

THE PIRATE’S WRAITH is packed full of danger around every corner.  Penelope Marzec excels at bringing the 1700s to life.  For an unforgettable journey that speaks of the power of love to heal all wounds, be certain to give THE PIRATE’S WRAITH a try.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chris Mead

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