• A Captain for Caroline Gray

  • The Proper Romance Regency Series, Book 4
  • By: Julie Wright
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Regency London. Caroline Gray’s third season in London society ends as badly as her first two - no marriage proposal, no suitor, not even a glimmer of an interested prospect. She suspects it’s because she is far too quick to speak her mind to men who are put off by her forthright opinions, her eager intellect backed by a formal education, and her unconventional ideas about the future. She is far more daring than demure to suit the taste of her class. Besides, Caroline thinks there will always be next season to find a husband.

However, her family’s dwindling income leaves Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: a one-way ticket to sail with the fishing fleet to India, where the son of a family friend waits. If the match doesn’t work, Caroline cannot return home.

Captain Thomas Scott loves the thrill of the open sea, and as commander of one of the ships of the fishing feet, he ferries scores of young English girls to the shores of India to find husbands. The voyages pay well, but he struggles to understand why families would allow young women to be matched with total strangers so far away.

The trips have always been routine and uneventful - until this trip’s first night’s dinner with one Miss Caroline Gray. She engages in a lively political conversation, presenting opposing viewpoints to the conventionally opinionated gentlemen at her table. Captain Scott is secretly amused and delighted at her boldness, not to mention quite drawn to her beauty.

The rest of the passengers are shocked by her behavior, and Caroline finds herself an outcast, suffering harsh judgments from the other passengers. However, she finds an unlikely ally in Captain Scott, which quickly draws them closer.

Both know an arranged marriage awaits Caroline at the end of their voyage, yet the attraction between them is undeniable. Caroline will have to decide if she will honor her mother’s wishes and marry a man in India whom she has never met - thus securing a future for her and her mother - or be brave enough to throw convention to the wind and commit to love a sea captain. He may be enchanted by her bold and unconventional ways, but will his love and admiration last?

©2021 Julie Wright (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Wait… how did she fall in love with him?

Agree with others. Loved the premise of this story! Truly, it started off refreshing, however, tone of the main “drama” plots felt contrived and only there to create drama. The story didn’t need the “lie” to be so blown out of proportion. A bump in the road, certainly. That’s how realistic relationships grow but once explained and understood, the “lie” wasn’t so egregious as it’s made out to be because she never outright lied. She said her business was her own and didn’t share more at the time because she neither knew nor trusted those around her yet. And then there wasn’t much relationship building where they could delve into those conversations more. At the time he berated those going to India to find husbands. Of course she wouldn’t share her business… and then he blew it way up. I kept thinking “wait, did I miss something?” We could see how he fell for her, but the way he acted, how had she fallen for him? Undeniable attraction is important but the way you are treated and trust are as well. She never had the opportunity to trust him with that information.

I actually liked Capt Scott. We did hear his inner monologue and he seems a decent man with strong morals. He acted as he did because he cared for her when he shouldn’t because of his position as captain and ultimately protector of his passengers. He was trying to distance himself and not like her. I get that, but he never explained nor showed that to her until much later and even then not fully. The extent of his hurt at the misunderstanding just seemed a bit overdone and unrealistic. He spoke of forgiveness then was unyielding in forgiving the person he claimed to love the most because of a misunderstanding and honestly one he should have guessed given his position. I guess hurt makes us do dumb things but this felt like a stretch.

Ultimately, the drama and danger was already there in the storyline with the cook and what he might do in retaliation. He could have forgiven her much sooner, the story building up the relationship more (not just attraction and thinking the other hates them to then jumping straight to “in love” over one conversation and a kiss), she could of held up her end of the bargain, and then the drama held in the threat to his ship, the threat to his cargo, and the threat to young Tom.
So… I loved the story premise, just not the execution entirely. Just could’ve done with less contrived issues and with more building of relationships.

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Interesting story, but the narration...

This story, overall, was a decent one but I fear the narrator’s rendition made it seem quite dull. Her voice sounded almost like an AI/automaton voice with absolutely no “life” put into the dialogue. I would often find my thoughts drifting to other mundane things, which doesn’t happen as a rule. I had about an hour and a half left and just skipped to the end. I couldn’t bear it any longer. Pity...lots of potential in this book.

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Proper but flat romance

Characters in 1st few chapters (sample) was promising, so purchased the audio book. Was delighted with the narration which was as good as any I’ve heard. Then it became so boring when it consisted of the storm, the dinner conversation & competition, etc., on the ship to India. Grueling journey. This took me through 13 chapters until anything of further interest was presented. Another boring patch with the pride and stubbornness shown by the Captain just before arrival in Mumbai. Story picked up with some action and ending HEA. Only due to my personal fondness for both historical fiction, tales of colonial England, and research of author, was my rating this high. Not exciting nor for everyone.

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I’m torn

Loved the storyline but the reader was difficult for me. She has a pretty voice but has a repetitive cadence—ending most sentences with a drop in her voice. It was so distracting that I’d find it hard to concentrate on what was being said. I’ll need to get this one in print.