What a charming book! I read in bed at night and I have to admit I stayed up longer than I should have each time I picked it up. I did not want to put it down and go to sleep!
The writing is flawless. The dialog is convincing. The plot flows like a babbling brook, carrying the reader along at an agreeable pace, yet with the unexpected turns and twists that make the story a heady delight! The reader gets to read Nell’s/Ned’s moment – to – moment “diary” so that we know not only what happened, but her thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and memories.
The book starkly depicts the horrific plight of women at the hands of predatory men, as well as the hardships and harrowing experiences of a sailor’s life aboard a ship in the Age of Sail. Where and when, the clothing of the era, shipboard food, duties, and the parts of the ships all lend authenticity to the tale. The author did her research well!