As the first full-length novel in The White Sails Series, DISCERNING GRACE captures the spirit of an independent woman whose feminine lens blows the ordered patriarchal decks of a 19th century tall ship to smithereens.
Wilful Grace Baxter, will not marry old Lord Silverton with his salivary incontinence and dead-mouse stink. Discovering she is a pawn in an arrangement between slobbery Silverton and her calculating father, Grace is devastated when Silverton reveals his true callous nature.
Refusing this fate, Grace resolves to stow away. Heading to the docks, disguised as a lad to ease her escape, she encounters smooth-talking naval recruiter, Gilly, who lures her aboard HMS Discerning with promises of freedom and exploration in South America.
When Grace’s big mouth lands her bare-bottomed over a cannon for insubordination, her identity is exposed. The captain wants her back in London but his orders, to chart the icy archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, forbid it. Lieutenant Seamus Fitzwilliam gallantly offers to take Grace off the fretting captain’s hands by placing her under his protection.
Grace must now win over the crew she betrayed with her secret, while managing her feelings towards her taciturn protector, whose obstinate chivalry stifles her new-found independence. But when Grace disregards Lieutenant Fitzwilliam’s warnings about the dangers of the unexplored archipelago, it costs a friend his life and she realises she is not as free as she believes.
Discerning Grace is quite simply one of the most exciting, incredible, historical fiction novels I have ever read! Discerning Grace has astounded me; I enjoyed every single moment of the book because it was by far a perfect read. The wonderful author of the novel, Emma Lombard, is a true literary talent because she managed to captivate and enthrall from the very beginning.
To be honest, a part of me was always going to love this book because I love historical fiction and romance novels, but even if I did not, I would still love this book because it has a truly unique tale that explores many themes wonderfully and is full of fantastic writing that will keep the reader happy in bliss!
Discerning Grace is a captivating novel that will introduce the reader to the protagonist of the book, Grace Baxter. Grace Baxter is to marry old Lord Silverton, thanks to her father’s arrangements and she is not happy. Grace refuses to marry Silverton and to be a pawn and so she decides to head to the docks, pretends to be a man, and boards HMS Discerning. Now that Grace is aboard she will have to hide her true identity and when it is revealed, she will have to win over everyone on board, all while she discovers more about herself, and this book lovers is the short premise of the incredible Discerning Grace!
The story of Discerning Grace is a sensational one because it encompasses everything good about literature. It has an outlandish, brave plot, enthralling characters, and an incredibly well thought out story that will keep the reader wanting to read for hours on end. Discerning Grace is a unique and extraordinary book; it is special for the obvious reasons… that it encompasses everything great about the written word, but it is unique because of the plot and Discerning Grace reads like a movie, and you are able to imagine the details in perfect glory!
Emma Lombard, the author of Discerning Grace does an incredible job of piecing together romance with poignancy and history and seamlessly integrates themes into one book of intrigue. Lombard is a phenomenal writer because she is dedicated to her work as well as passionate. Lombard’s passion for the written word shines off the page and into the reader’s mind; her sometimes lengthy, beautiful descriptions will send the reader’s mind into visual overdrive, the reader will be able to perfectly imagine every detail in this wonderful story.
Emma Lombard can be described as the perfect author because she knows exactly how to entertain her readers and keep them entertained until the very end. Lombard always knows how to captivate her readers and keep them turning the pages with haste. Lombard does this by injecting twists and turns into her story and including many entertaining, heart-pounding moments to keep readers entertained, ensuring they never get bored.
To conclude my thoughts on the brilliant piece of literature that is Discerning Grace; I would say if you are looking for a historical read that is unlike anything you have read… a read that will keep you entertained for hours on end as well as enthrall you then this exciting book is for you! Discerning Grace, of course, gets five stars from me so be sure to have a read of the preview below book lovers, you won’t regret it!
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