Yo ho, Yo ho, a pirate’s life for me… 4 Star Book Review

A Pirate’s Bride

Book 2 of the Daughters of the Mayflower series

By: Kathleen Y’Barbo

pirate brideBook Blurb:

Maribel, Captive of the Caribbean, has returned to society seeking answers.
The last time New Orleans attorney Jean-Luc Valmont saw Maribel Cordoba, a Spanish nobleman’s daughter, she was an eleven-year-old orphan perched in the riggings of his privateering vessel proving herself as the best lookout on his crew. Until the day his infamy caught up with them all and innocent lives were lost.

Unsure why he survived but vowing to make something of the chance he was given, Jean-Luc has buried his past life so deep that no living person will ever find it—until a very much alive and very grown up Maribel Cordoba arrives on his doorstep and threatens all he now holds dear.

Eleven years after Maribel was pulled from the sea and deposited in an orphanage, hazy memories and vaguely recollected stories all collide in the presence of a man she never really forgot.
But falling in love with Maribel could cost Jean-Luc everything.

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo.

My Thoughts:

It’s like a Christian version of the Pirates of the Caribbean!  Join Maribel Cordoba and Jean-Luc Valmont on a swash-buckling adventure on the high seas! 

“Of all the lost books in the world, I would find Robinson Crusoe abandoned on a tropical island.”

The Pirate Bride is the second book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. I enjoyed this book very much. It wasn’t as faith-based or as history-laced, but it was also written by a different author and so it had a completely different style.

I loved the character Maribel Cordoba. She is a feisty, pirate-loving red-head and her quick wit will tickle your funny bone. This book was so fun and so funny! I so enjoyed the witty banter between Maribel and Jean-Luc (Captain Beaumont).

The distinction between piracy and privateering was what allowed Jean to keep his conscience clear and the coffers of his vessel full, all under the protection of the French crown. Any man who used the word in his presence swiftly felt his wrath. But this was a child, and a female child at that. Still, his blood boiled. “Privateer,” he said. She shrugged. “Same thing.”

Maribel is determined to join the crew aboard the “Ghost ship.” Nothing will stop her from getting her way. She is stubborn and she is brave, qualities that will not only serve her well, but will also lend to her eventual dispatch from the lookout post via cannon ball.

“I see no need to tell you unless you plan to allow me to join your crew. And then, I would most likely prefer to change it to a pirate name,” she responded matter-of-factly. “However, I suppose I could admit that my mother named me Maribel.”

Is it all historically accurate—not according to some reviews, but it’s fiction. Read it for entertainment, not for a history lesson about pirates and privateers.

There were some things I found confusing along the way, most of them were ironed out by the end.

Also, it does seem a little odd for Jean-Luc to be so madly in love with Maribel, when he hasn’t seen her in eleven years and she was just a child when she was lost at sea. While I understand her importance to the crew and their affection for the girl, it would have seemed prudent for Jean-Luc to get to know her again as the woman she became and then fall in love with her. After all, eleven years is a long time!

There is the spiritual lesson of overcoming fears and praying for strength when fear comes.

“My mama said to pray away the fear when it occurred, so perhaps you ought to consider that.”

There is also the topic of seeking revenge. It does not bring peace or relief. The Lord says that vengeance belongs to him. It is better to forgive and allow God to judge.

“This is not how you want to do this, sir,” Israel said evenly, his deep baritone cutting through to gain Jean’s attention. “Let the Lord handle that man His way. Revenge is His, not yours.”

“Revenge will not be as sweet as you think,” the big man said. “It is the Lord’s alone and not yours or mine.”

Jean pounded his fist against the wall. The deaths of Jean’s mother and baby brother had been avenged, yet all he felt was a vast emptiness.

“There should be more,” he whispered in the French language of his childhood. “Vengeance should feel much sweeter than this.”


About the Author:

Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than sixty novels with almost two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad.
Kathleen is a paralegal, a proud military wife, and a tenth-generation Texan. Connect with her through social media at http://www.kathleenybarbo.com


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own, a positive review was not required.

A positive review does not guarantee that I endorse or recommend all publications by the author/ and or publisher.

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