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The White Sails Series 1: Discerning Grace (eBook)

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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.

Wilful 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.

Touted by readers as, ‘If Bridgerton and Pirates of the Caribbean had a love child’; ‘Outlander meets a clean version of Black Sails’; and ‘A combination of Treasure Island and Jane Austen’.

Written for women seeking naval adventure, DISCERNING GRACE provides a different perspective from most, especially those written by men.—Historical Novel Society Review

  • 2021 B.R.A.G. Medallion for excellence
  • 2021 Bronze Medallist for Historical Romance, The Coffee Pot Book Club—Book of the Year
  • 2021 1st Place—Chatelaine Award for Historical Romance, Chanticleer International Book Award
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