– NY Times Bestselling author Shirlee Busbee
Paris 1782… AN INNOCENT IS TAKEN
All Claire Donet knew was the world inside the convent walls in Saint-Denis. She had no idea her beloved papa was a pirate. But when he seized Simon Powell's schooner, the English privateer decided to take the one thing his enemy held most dear... her.
A BATTLE IS JOINED
The waters between France and England roil with the clashes of Claire's father and her captor as the last year of the American Revolution rages on the sea, spies lurk in Paris and Claire’s passion for the English captain rises.
This is the prequel to the Agents of the Crown trilogy but can be read as a stand alone.
With both novels, it's apparent that Regan Walker, the author, does a great job in utilizing the research she does before she writes her books, and that attention to detail came though as I read. It's this aspect that drew me in to Wind Raven, and it's true for To Tame the Wind. Even more than that, the characters she creates are memorable and very three dimensional, and after a while, they begin to feel like real people and I'm absorbed into their story, which includes romance, adventure, and adventures on the seas.
The first main character of To Tame the Wind is Simon Powell, the English captain of the Fairwinds. Two years prior, he encounters a young woman at a masquerade, and their paths cross two years later when she is kidnapped by Simon. The woman in question is Claire Donet, a student at the Ursuline convent in Saint-Denis outside of Paris. She's also the daughter of Jean Donet, a French privateer. At first, Claire fights her growing attraction to Simon, but as I was reading, the saying that came to mind is: “Life is what happens when you're making other plans.” She was certain of her course, but she comes to realize that what she thought was a certainty was anything but. It was interesting to see how her thoughts changed from the beginning of the book to the very end.
I also want to mention that some of the characters from Wind Raven make an appearance in this book as well. One of my favorites, McGinnes, the Irish cook does, as well as Nate, the cabin boy. Out of all the other characters, Jean Donet was a character that caught my attention, and I'm looking forward to reading more of his story in an upcoming book. I really enjoyed this historical romance/historical fiction novel,, and my rating is 5/5 platypires.