Synopsis: Smokey Simmons is the best sea captain around with the fastest ship and the most loyal crew. What most people don’t know is that Smokey is actually a twenty-five-year-old girl named Victoria. Smokey doesn’t intend to sail forever, she just didn’t know what else to do upon the death of her father, but when she meets Captain Dallas Knight she begins to think of home and family… that is, until a treacherous pirate decides he wants Smokey and her ship for himself.
Product: The book I acquired from the library is a trade paperback; its size makes it difficult to hold comfortably in one hand and is a bit on the floppy side. There also seems to be a slight error in that the half-title page happens after the prologue, which may cause a reader to miss where the story actually starts.
Plot: I’d read this book previously a few years back so the storyline wasn’t a surprise to me, but I do love a tale that empowers women so it is fascinating to read about a lady captain in the mid-1800s.
Location: The prologue is set entirely at sea on a ship, while the remainder of the novel takes place in Maine, England, and the ocean in-between.
Character: Brandon and Sunny Hawkesbury, the Duke and Duchess of Briscoe, make an appearance in this second novel of the Kensington Chronicles. They are friends of Dallas Knight and try to help protect Smokey from the pirate who wants to kidnap her.
Point of View: The majority of this novel is told from the perspectives of Smokey and Dallas, with minor detours into the outlook of various friends and family of the pair.
Romance: It is rather lowering to know that Dallas only becomes interested in Smokey once he learns she owns the Aramis, prior to that he gives her little notice because she is not strikingly beautiful, well dressed, or comfortable in social settings. He does, however, fall in love with who she is as a person, a very competent sea captain, thus redeeming himself to both Smokey and the reader.
Ponderings: Kathleen’s mother wants Captain Knight for a son-in-law and advises her daughter that the way to catch a man is to be “slightly dull in a cute sort of way, and helplessly dependent on him”. Sadly, this idea is still somewhat prevalent today as it is often seen in various forms of entertainment that ditzy blond cheerleaders get dates with the handsome athletes, rather than drama club geeks or the debate team nerds.
Memorable Moment: Smokey is captured as part of the pirate’s plot to acquire Smokey and her ship, but Smokey still tells her “roommate” that God did not desert her, as she will always be free because Jesus died for her sins. Smokey’s worst days became the beginning of Aggie’s journey to salvation, because there is never a time not to share Christ’s love.
Quote: We have a God who loves to give us the desires of our heart.
The Verdict: This novel was just as enjoyable, if not even more so, that the previous Kensington Chronicles novel. It is a cross between a sea-adventure, a romance, and a suspense novel. I have said it before, and I will say it again: Lori Wick is a fabulous author who is not to be missed.