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 Campbell
Series: Dashing Widows #6
Published by Self Published on June 30, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
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.