Even in Maine it's in the 90's. So I thought it would be nice to share a little refreshment with you. Last weekend I had a chance to relax on Thomas Pond in Maine (at my parent's home). It was a nice respite after the stress of recent days and I took a nice dip in the water to cool off on the hot summer afternoon. I brought the book I was reading and it seemed quite fitting that I read it on the shore of this beautiful lake, although the ocean shore would have been even better. But with the brisk summer breeze there were many waves this day and my imagination swept me away - thanks to the intriguing high seas adventure written by Kaye Dacus.
Ransome's Crossing, the second book in The Ransome Trilogy, continues where Ransome's Honor left off. The regency England setting launches the story and carries the newly married Commodore William Ransome and his wife, Julia, daughter of an admiral and heiress to a carribean sugar plantation, across the ocean to her home of Tierra Dulce, Jamaica. As William and Julia navigate the seas of a new life together a secret threatens to capsize their relationship. Captain Ned Cochrane, who has been appointed to a sister ship in the convoy following a deadly attack by pirates, confides to Julia that he discovered that William's younger sister, Charlotte, has been disguising herself as midshipman "Charles Lott" on his ship. Charlotte, desperate to meet her secret fiance, put herself at great risk to do so, but soon finds herself in more harm's way than she ever thought possible.
Kaye's writing had me turning the pages with excitement to the very end. I highly recommend The Ransome Trilogy, and especially enjoyed Ransome's Crossing. The surprise ending has me eager to read the next book in the series, Ransome's Quest (coming in 2011).
For more information about the series visit Kaye Dacus online.