The only way for her to overcome the nearly insurmountable odds is with the help of her brother's disreputable friend Finn MacKnight, a skilled pilot with a terrible reputation. Laura loathes having to accept MacKnight as her co-pilot, especially when she learns she must also provide passage for his two sisters. Straight-laced Fiona has a fear of water, and unpredictable Adele seems much too comfortable with the idea of life in the rough and tumble environment of the untamed river and the men who ply it. Though they are thrown together by necessity, this historic journey may lead Laura and the MacKnights to far more than they ever expected.
Review: A Captain for Laura Rose surprised me a few times. After reading the beginning I thought I knew what was going to happen from there. I was wrong. This is my first book of Stephanie Grace Whitson. But I don’t believe it will be my last.
The beginning of the novel didn’t really grab my attention at all. It felt like any other book to me. However, I was not expecting the tragedy that came upon Laura. After that, this book interested me more, though I can’t say that I was enthralled with it.
I really liked the character of Finn MacKnight. The author did an excellent job of redeeming him. The romance of the novel moves at a steady pace since it starts with Laura almost hating Finn. I enjoyed how her opinion of him slowly but surely shifted throughout the course of the plot. Finn’s sisters, Fiona and Adele, were also very well developed. They were interesting to read about since they were completely opposite from one another.
I have to say that the historical aspect of this book intrigued me. The Author’s Note at the end told me just how much Stephanie Grace Whitson researched. A woman captain in the 1800’s? Outrageous! But that was exactly what Captain Laura Rose White was. She proved herself to everyone who questioned her in St. Louis.
All in all, a decent and enjoyable read. Not the best book I’ve ever read. However, I plan on reading more books by Stephanie Grace Whitson in the future.
I give A Captain for Laura Rose 31/2 out of 5 stars.
*I received an ARC copy of this book from the publishers through Netgalley. The opinions and ideas stated are mine and mine alone. My review is an honest opinion of this book.
Note: A Captain for Laura Rose is being published March 4, 2014. If you like Historical Fiction this is definitely for you!