Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Review: Danelle Harmon’s LORD OF THE SEA – Another Well-written Tale from Harmon—this one of American Privateers in the War of 1812

Since July is American Patriotic Romances month on my blog, I thought to begin with a tale that takes place during the War of 1812. Set in the Caribbean in 1813, this is the story of Capt. Connor Merrick, a cavalier Yankee privateer, and Rhiannon Evans, a young British girl.

Rhiannon wants an adventure and so she accepts an invitation to winter at the home of Sir Graham Falconer in Barbados, who happens to be Connor’s brother-in-law. On the way, pirates attack her ship, and Connor saves her and takes her to Sir Graham’s. Intending to leave to hunt British merchant ships, Conner stays long enough to get trapped into marrying the young Rhiannon.

Harmon has woven an entertaining seafaring tale of divided loyalties with an American privateer whose sister is married to a British admiral. Reckless and daring, yet insecure about his ability to be his famous father’s equal, Connor takes one British prize ship after another, all this in his brother-in-law’s backyard. Meanwhile, Rhiannon, a naïve young woman in many ways, quickly grows up trying to keep up with Connor—and keep him out of trouble, an effort that is doomed to failure.

The descriptions of the ships and sails and all things nautical are done exceptionally well and will keep you turning pages as Connor faces pirates, battles at sea and storms. There is deep emotion, too, as Connor comes to term with his own frailties and the strengths of others.

It’s been a while since I read one of Harmon’s sea faring adventures, so I was a bit lost when characters from her other books made an appearance and there were references to earlier stories. I say this only to suggest you might want to read this book as a part of the series, and in order.

This is book 4 in the Heroes of the Sea series:

THE ADMIRAL’S HEART (short story)


  1. Danielle Harmon has always been a favorite. I loved "My Lady Pirate." Ms Harmon never fails to deliver!

    1. Thanks for stopping by to comment, Judith. I'm sure Danelle is delighted to have such an accomplished author as you for a fan. And I look forward to having you on the blog July 9th!

  2. Thank you so much, Regan, for the wonderful review, and thank you Judith, for your kind words; I've always admired your work, too! Happy Independence Day to you both!

    1. You are most welcome, Danelle. I'm always happy to recommend good books, especially a seafaring adventure!