Genre: Historical Romance

Catching Captain Nash by Anna Campbell

Posted August 29, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Catching Captain Nash by Anna CampbellCatching Captain Nash by Anna Campbell
Series: Dashing Widows #6
Published by Self Published on June 30, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 149
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
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Home is the sailor, home from the sea…

Five years after he’s lost off the coast of South America, presumed dead, Captain Robert Nash escapes cruel captivity, and returns to London and the bride he loves, but barely knows. When he stumbles back into the family home, he’s appalled to find himself gate-crashing the party celebrating his wife’s engagement to another man.

No red-blooded naval officer takes a challenge like this lying down; but five years is a long time, and beautiful, passionate Morwenna has clearly found a life without him. Can he win back the wife who gave him a reason to survive his ordeal? Or will the woman who haunts his every thought remain eternally out of reach?

Love lost and found? Or love lost forever?

Since hearing of her beloved husband’s death, Morwenna Nash has been mired in grief. After five grim years without him, she must summon every ounce of courage and determination to become a Dashing Widow and rejoin the social whirl. But she owes it to her young daughter to break free of old sorrow and find a new purpose in life, even if that means accepting a loveless marriage.

It’s like a miracle when Robert returns from the grave, and despite the awkward circumstances of his arrival, she’s overjoyed that her husband has come back to her at last. But after years of suffering, he’s not the handsome, laughing charmer she remembers. Instead he’s a grim shadow of his former dashing self. He can’t hide how much he still wants her—but does passion equal love?

Can Morwenna and Robert bridge the chasm of absence, suffering and mistrust, and find the way back to each other?

 

 
Morwenna Nash was a widow for five years before finally giving in to her friends and family’s urging to move on. She’s agreed to Lord Garson’s request of marriage and though he’s a dear man that she’s fond of, her heart will always belong to Robert Nash, the remarkable sea captain who was lost at sea and presumed dead. His sudden return at the most awkward of moments was at the very least shocking.

 
Of all the dashing widows, Morwenna was the one who capture my attention the most. She was the most reluctant and never let go of her grief. We weren’t given many details about her past relationship with Robert so it was freshly delivered in this story. I loved his reappearance, with all the drama and emotion they both deserved. You couldn’t help but feel bad for Lord Garson but exhilarated for Morwenna and Robert. As passionate as these two were for each other, they still had a lot ahead of them as they weren’t the same people from five years ago.

 
This story has a lot of heat but more importantly, it reveals how post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is not a modern phenomenon. Robert clearly is suffering from the disorder and it manifests itself in ways appropriate to the early 19th century. Morwenna’s sensitivity showed instinctive insight borne from her deep feelings for the man. This is a lovely story with an equally beautiful epilogue that brings a sweet ending to this wonderful series.

About Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell was born in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up on an avocado farm with views of Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island. She writes Regency historical romance for Grand Central Publishing and Avon.

Campbell received an English literature degree at Queensland University. She spent three years working in a bank before living in the UK for two years. She returned to Australia working at a number of jobs until she moved to Sydney where she worked at a charity which subtitled TV programs for the deaf and hearing impaired.

During this time Campbell continued writing. After joining Romance Writers of Australia, she gained more focus. Then one day, she got this idea for a dark sexy Regency historical about a duke who wants to marry his mistress, London’s most notorious courtesan. And ‘No Ordinary Duchess’, which Avon released in April 2007 as Claiming The Courtesan, was born. It went on to final in the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for best Regency Romance and the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award. Among numerous awards, it was both best debut and book of year of 2007 in Michelle Buonfiglio’s Romance: B(u)y the Book, best long historical in the Booksellers Best Awards and best first historical in the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Campbell was also voted best new author in the All About Romance reader poll of 2007. Her second book for Avon, Untouched, was published in December 2007. It also won numerous awards and was a finalist in both the RITA Awards and the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Awards.

The Sons of Sin series was launched in 2012 with the release of Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed.


For the Brave by Holly Bush

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Posted May 24, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

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Charming Sir Charles by Anna Campbell

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Posted April 3, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Audio Review: The Ghost by Monica McCarty

Audio Review: The Ghost by Monica McCarty

Posted January 23, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted December 9, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    Serena Talbot has only had eyes and heart for golden boy Paul Garside as far back as she can remember. Now that she’s twenty-one, he’s finally paying her the attention she’s always wanted but the dark and broody Giles Farraday is distracting her from the man who’s ready to marry her…in person and in her dreams.   Serena’s grown up with both men as they were her brother’s friends since childhood so she’s knows them well, or so she thinks. The sprig of mistletoe she placed under her pillow brought the romantic dreams she was hoping for but not of the man she imagined.   I really liked this story, especially Serena. She’s bright, resourceful and witty, easily someone that you can imagine […]


The Rogue by Monica McCarty

The Rogue by Monica McCarty

Posted November 14, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted October 18, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted October 11, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

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