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As the first full-length novel in The White Sails Series, Discerning Grace captures the spirit of an independent woman whose feminine lens blows the ordered patriarchal decks of a 19th century tall ship to smithereens.

Willful Grace Baxter, will not marry old Lord Silverton with his salivary incontinence and dead-mouse stink. Discovering she is a pawn in an arrangement between slobbery Silverton and her calculating father, Grace is devastated when Silverton reveals his true callous nature.

Refusing this fate, Grace resolves to stow away. Heading to the docks, disguised as a lad to ease her escape, she encounters smooth-talking naval recruiter, Gilly, who lures her aboard HMS Discerning with promises of freedom and exploration in South America.

When Grace's big mouth lands her bare-bottomed over a cannon for insubordination, her identity is exposed. The captain wants her back in London but his orders, to chart the icy archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, forbid it. Lieutenant Seamus Fitzwilliam gallantly offers to take Grace off the fretting captain's hands by placing her under his protection.

Grace must now win over the crew she betrayed with her secret, while managing her feelings towards her taciturn protector, whose obstinate chivalry stifles her new-found independence. But when Grace disregards Lieutenant Fitzwilliam's warnings about the dangers of the unexplored archipelago, it costs a friend his life and she realises she is not as free as she believes.

Discerning Grace is historical women's fiction that will appeal to fans of Claire Fraser from Outlander and Demelza Poldark from Poldark - in other words, fans of feisty historical female leads.

©2021 Emma Lombard (P)2021 Emma Lombard

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  • 31-07-2021

High Seas Adventure

I throughly enjoyed this audiobook. Aside from the entertaining story, the narration was exceptional. I enjoy a single narrator and Siobhan Waring is one of the best I have found. Grace Baxter escapes a mercenary father and despicable suitor. What ensues is a rather unlikely situation when she gets pressed onto the navigation ship 'Discerning' captained by a friend of the the family. The first mate is the dashing Lt. Seamus Fitzwilliam. Once discovered as the young woman he met at the Manor House, they are too far in South America to put her ashore. She creates friends and finds enemies amongst the crew and her past eventually catches up to her.

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