When rare book librarian Emma Boyd searches for a pirate's long-lost treasure map, she learns the hard way that pirates still exist in today's world - and some modern pirates steal maps, others steal hearts. The treasure map she seeks belonged to the Caribbean pirate Thomasina Farris, who disappeared in 1715 without a trace. Did Captain Tommy steal an entire treasure from a Spanish galleon and escape? Did she die by another pirate's sword? Or did she die of a broken heart when the woman she loved disappeared? Emma's and Tommy's stories collide when Emma, after uncovering the truth about Captain Tommy's fate, must decide her own... and the choice is between romance or revenge.
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I love audio books and listening to them while I draw or paint. They help to level me and take away the stress while drawing.
The story is two arcs, a female pirate captain circa 1715 who falls in love with a rescued female slave. The second story set in present day which includes an building f/f relationship between a detective and a librarian investigating maps stolen from old books, as well as looking for the treasure map of the fore mentioned pirate.
The story is pleasant and a easy listen. The detail and historical research used for the pirate story is very well done and builds a lot of atmosphere, with excellent descriptions of the period, boat and pirate life.
The present day story is less interesting for me, and includes as road trip, a poodle and hunting in, and "borrowing" from libraries.
I struggled generally with believability in both stories. The pirate story was not edgy enough to seem realistic, although it is enjoyable, but perhaps more Jack Sparrow, then Black Beard. I think if it had injected more humor into this story it would have counter balanced the believability .
The present day story, did not have the strength to represent a engaging romance with conflict and resolution. This arc of the story itself I don't believe could stand on its own. For me I would have suggested reducing this story and use it narrative framing of the main pirate story.
The book is narrated by the author who does a good job. Again perhaps without the edge of other narrators who focus on this discipline.
In the end for me it was okay. I carried on listening to it, not really because I wanted to know what would happen, as story did not build dramatically to a conclusion but moved along a steady path, but I continued because it was a pleasing listen and I liked the narration.
This was a pleasant surprise. For a start I have often found books narrated by the author are generally much poorer than those narrated by a professional voice artist. However, the author does a fair job. Congratulations for that.
The storyline works well, even though it swaps from one time period to another. The plot is fairly easy to follow. If I had one minor comment to make, it would be that the very slight supernatural aspect of the story might put some people off. However, I'm a bit of a supernatural/fantasy fan, so for me it worked out. It is really nothing that detracts from the way the plot plays out, but it isn't a straight historical hunt for the truth. Just be aware of that if you can't suspend belief.
What I did like was the fact that one of the modern protagonists is extremely flawed. Yet you find yourself rooting for both of the woman by the end.
Overall I would put this book into my 'I will listen to this again' category. And in a single word, I would mark this book as 'good'.
What a change of pace from your normal romance. Storyline is strong it was fun and different. You got a love the Pirates heart.
What an amazing book! I could not put it down..Catherine Friend became my new favorite author ...a must read or listen...or whatever... just buy it!
"Brilliant, complex, stunningly woven story"
Friend has captured my heart with this one. I absolutely love it. She is a master storyteller and I am officially a huge fan.
A complex and brilliantly woven narrative. You will not see the plot twists coming and the ride is thrilling.
Pay attention to the story because she brings back things she spoke of earlier and suddenly they become important.
Nicely done Dog Ear Audio because this is a spectacular audio book and a must-listen for all audio book fans.
"Good Pirate story"
Love and redemption. It's a good pirate story except for the annoying music. The music made me think twice about continuing, I'm glad I did.
"She's a better author than narrator"
I really enjoyed the story. Strong, believable women in all the main characters. Just enough sexiness to make it fun, but nothing too explicit. Fun double plot between pirate and modern research librarian lives.
The narration was just ok. She sounded more or less fine for the modern bits, though her cadence needs work, and pretty awkward for the historical parts. It wasn't awful, but there's a reason people become authors and it's not because they are awesome narrators.
I would totally listen to another book BY C. friend, and if she took a few more lessons from some real pro narrators, I would even listen TO her read her own work.
Worth it if you like pirates, women and mysteries!
amazing story. kept me drawn in and on the edge of my seat wanting more.
"Take a chance."
Ok, so here's the truth. It took me quite a few times before I could get into the way the narrator told this story. But, once I did I was hooked. Such a great adventure. I recommend this to all. Trust me, you too will get into it. Just give it a chance.
This was a great book but the narrator read too fast for me. It felt rushed.
I have to say this book was a good read. it had a great story line. Definitely was not the typical lesbian romance novel which I liked.
Excellent story line
This book kept me intrigued. It has a great story with a few plot twist I didn't expect. Good going Catherine Friend.
Catherine's story are always a good listen/read. She has never disappointed me yet.
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