One year ago Charlotte Bower’s life was ripped apart when Creek Indians attacked, killed her parents, and separated her from her young brother—now, she will stop at nothing to find him. After a year of captivity, she has finally made her escape. Her search will begin in New Orleans, where captives were taken after the raid. But how to reach a city hundreds of miles away? As she watches men boarding a waiting ship, Charlotte formulates a bold plan: if it’s men they need for the ship’s crew, it’s a man they’ll get. Taking on her childhood nickname, Charlie, it is all too easy to gain passage on the New Orleans-bound vessel. Easy, that is, until Charlie is caught . . .
From the moment he sets eyes on the new deckhand, Captain Alden Thatcher knows one thing for certain: Charlie Bower is no man. But for reasons of his own, he keeps her secret. As their journey progresses, however, the voyage is increasingly ill-fated. With danger ever present, Charlie and the captain find themselves relying on one another in ways they’d never imagined. As they draw closer to her goal, Charlotte is faced with the most perilous adventure of all—an adventure that may risk her heart.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2019|
|Audiobook Narrator||Luone Ingram|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approximately 7.25 hrs.|
When I got this book I found the cover to be a bit odd, but I couldn't wait to read it. Once I finished the book, the cover had grown on me. The plot sounded fascinating and it held true. The readers were thrown into the story in such a way that you immediately feel for Charlotte and her position, as well as her reasons for attempting to gain passage to New Orleans. The voyage over was harrowing as several things went wrong. And the adventure continued into New Orleans. This adventure is worth risking it all for. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great seaworthy tale as well as some romance.
CHARLOTTE'S PROMISE is a story of desperation, hope, and the family a girl (disguised as a boy) finds on a ship. Likable characters, plenty of heartfelt emotion, some danger, and a sweet romance make this a highly recommended read for sweet historical romance readers!
From the beginning I loved these characters! Captain Thatcher had a natural confident and tough bearing, as he should as a captain and smuggler. He was intelligent, strong, rough when he needed to be, caring, and a gentleman in the best sense. Charlie was this perfect mix of innocence, sweetness, and stubbornness. She made me smile or out right laugh so many times! The two of them had no chance of not falling for the other. I also grew to love the other characters, especially the motley crew that made up the other crew mates.
The story was fairly evenly paced. There were moments here and there that grew in intensity for most of the story until the end when there was a little more danger. I didn't mind learning about sailing and working the days and nights along Charlie and the Captain. I appreciated how their relationship was allowed to develop and then grow, and how Charlie endeared herself to all on the ship. The exciting parts definitely added some tension and obstacles for these two love interests to get through before they could find their happily ever after. The ending was particularly heartwarming. I also enjoyed the setting and learning more about a part of the US during the Revolutionary War, particularly in regards to merchant ships, that I haven't previously read about.
For those who have read MY DEAREST ENEMY and THE SHIPBUILDER'S WIFE, there are some cameos from the characters from those books, but you don't need to have read the other stories to enjoy this one.
There were a few places that felt like the author was dumping information about the war, but that would be my only complaint.
In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end! I fell in love with its characters, the story, and the sweet ending.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.
Charlotte's Promise is another book based in the time period when the War of 1812 was taking place. In another previous book that Moore wrote about this time period, I stated how refreshing it was to read a novel based during this period in the USA. I have always loved history and Jennifer Moore does an amazing job of portraying historical events in her novels.
The main character Charlotte is one I loved from the start. Her determination and courage in the face of hardship and danger made me root for her. Realizing the true danger she was in only makes her situation more pressing. Of course, I loved that Captain Alden Thatcher is the main male character in this book. Readers first met him in the book, The Shipbuilder's Wife. Alden is the perfect hero in that he was kind, loyal, and protective to Charlotte and those in his service. As the story progresses both Charlotte and Alden have secrets that will finally come out. With all of the dangers found out on the sea, this slow build romance is sweet and does have a happy ending. I truly enjoyed this book and know that lovers of Historical Romance will enjoy it too.
This is exactly the kind of historical fiction I love to read. Anytime a book leaves me wanting to know more about a certain time and event in history I know the author has done their job. I knew absolutely nothing about the battle in New Orleans. I've never been there but if I am lucky enough to venture there one day, I will be sure to visit the museums and historical monuments that commemorate this part of the war. The author has an ancestor who fought in this war which made it all so much more real, I think. I could feel the research and dedication throughout the story.
Charlotte (aka Charlie) is a great character. So determined and strong. I fell in love with her- right along with everyone in this book! She is gentle, kind and resourceful. I also love that nobody that really knew Charlie was fooled by her attempt to be a boy- especially Alden. He knew right away but kept her secret and protected her. The slow growing relationship between Alden and Charlie was fantastic. Slow but fantastic. It couldn't have been any other way.
I loved this book from beginning to end. One of my favorites by this author.
Content: peril, war violence
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
In Moore's book, The Shipbuilder's Wife, we are introduced to Alden, Captain of the Belladonna. He isn't a main character in that book, but we do get to see that he is a good friend and his adopted family means a lot to him. There is mention in that book of his personal heartbreak, and I was happy to see that Moore gave Alden his own story with Charlotte's Promise.
I was drawn in right away by Charlotte's dire situation. She proved to be brave and determined as she escaped from her captors in an effort to keep her promise to find her little brother. She disguised herself as a boy and managed to find work on a ship. Even though the work was physically exhausting and at times dangerous, she powered through knowing it was the path she had to take to get to her brother.
Alden showed himself to be a good man right away when he kept "Charlie" on to save her from her abductors even though he had realized she wasn't a boy, and when he kept up the ruse for her sake.
This was a quick read for me. It had wonderful build up and then seemed a bit rushed in the resolution. I would probably read it again, and will definitely read more of Moore's books.
I loved this book. Time was scarce, I hadn't received the copy of the book in the mail yet from the publisher and only had a PDF to read (which I hate reading on my computer), yet I sat down to get started, and next thing I knew, I’d finished. The story was utterly engrossing! Even reading in a despised format, I gobbled it up like a kid devours cotton candy at a carnival.
Charlotte is a tough, yet tender character. I adored her. She's been through the wringer (ya know, those washboard thingy-ma-bobs that tear you to pieces--shudder), but she's a survivor. Super well done and deeply layered. Captain Alden Thatcher was a good flawed hero. He knows she's a girl from the beginning when she sneaks onto his ship, but doesn't give away her secret or let on that he knows himself. Sometimes I wanted to scream at him for that. But it worked out and I loved him as well. The setting was fun--bayous, the open sea, a ship during battle, swampy marshes, pirate's warehouse, and New Orleans. The author always paints a mesmerizing backdrop in her stories, and that's probably one of the reasons I was so captivated and lost in a dumb PDF file, instead of waiting for the actual book to arrive. The heroine made one stupid decision at the end that made no sense to me and felt unrealistic, but she fixes her mistake soon after. I can't fault the book for that, because sadly, I've made stupid mistakes in my life, too, that probably made no sense to others. So I'm giving Charlotte's Promise a solid 5-star rating all the way across the board. It's a delectable clean romance I didn’t want to put down.
Jennifer Moore is one of my very favorite authors! She is amazing at writing characters that the reader cares about. And writing a plot that keeps the reader engrossed in the story. I love the way she includes history in her books and makes me want to know more about the specific time period or event she’s telling about. This book does all of these!
This one starts out with Charlotte. She’s on the run. And she’s had to disguise herself as a boy. For most of the book she’s known as Charlie, the Swabbie. I loved the way Charlie does whatever she has to do to keep her promise to her little brother Will. She’s a determined young woman. And hard working too.
Then there’s Alden. I love that he’s the main character in this one. He was one of the characters in The Shipbuilder’s Wife but the reader learns so much more about him in this book. He knows that Charlie is a girl from the very beginning. The way he watches out for her and works to keep her safe was so sweet. He’s such a great character!
There are so many characters in this one that I loved. I loved the way they all grow to care for each other. And they all watch out for each other too.
This one is set during the War of 1812. There is tons of fighting going on. And it ends up effecting the lives of our beloved characters. But they don’t let the war or the British stop them from keeping their promises and watching out for one another.
This is such a great book! I loved everything about it. Make sure to read it for yourself!