Discerning Grace (The White Sails Series Book 1)

Discerning Grace (The White Sails Series Book 1)

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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.

2021 Indie B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree

2021 Bronze Medalist for Historical Romance, The Coffee Pot Book Club Book of the Year Award

2021 1st Place-CHATELAINE Book Awards for Romantic Fiction, Chanticleer International Book Award

DISCERNING GRACE is historical women's fiction that will appeal to fans of Claire Fraser from Outlander and Demelza Poldark from Poldark-in other words, fans of feisty historical female leads.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 29mm | 780g
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 0645105813
  • 9780645105810

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Although Discerning Grace is, at the very heart of it, an adventure story, there is also a tender romance that somehow manages to compliment the dangers of the high seas, and a suitor's revenge. At times it reminded me of Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine's Black Sails. - Mary Anne Yarde, The Coffee Pot Book Club

My, what can I say? I'm still trying to get my breath back! Discerning Grace sweeps you off your feet, and straight across the Atlantic Ocean in a whirlwind of adventure, emotions, grave dangers, and, eventually, a sense of redemption. From the first page, the fast-paced plot doesn't let you go, so get yourself comfortable, grab a drink and some chocolate (you'll need it!), and join the journey! - Cathie Dunn, Ruins & Reading

From the lowest to the highest in society, Emma Lombard has given her readers a detailed look at the life of the gentry, the servants and the sailors. The historical detailing of this novel has so obviously been painstakingly researched, and it definitely shows through the author's clever use of word-building. There is enough drama to keep a reader up all night, as well as a very tender romance. This book is a real treat. - Zoe's Art, Craft and Life
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757 ratings
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4 31% (236)
3 13% (96)
2 4% (30)
1 1% (11)
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