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Caroline Gray would rather be daring and intelligent than demure and insipid, which is why she is still unmatched after her third season in London. Her family’s threadbare finances leave Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend is willing to consider an engagement to her. Captain Thomas Scott Caroline Gray would rather be daring and intelligent than demure and insipid, which is why she is still unmatched after her third season in London. Her family’s threadbare finances leave Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend is willing to consider an engagement to her. Captain Thomas Scott loves the open sea as much as he despises the three-month, twice-yearly trip his ship makes as he ferries young English girls across the ocean. He can’t imagine what family would allow an innocent young woman to be matched up with the Englishmen of questionable reputation who work and live in India. But when Miss Gray boards the HMS Persistence, all of Captain Scott’s plans are upended. Miss Gray’s fiery spirit can’t be contained, and he is shocked and secretly delighted at her boldness—and her beauty. But the rest of his passengers aren’t so kind. Caroline finds herself an outcast among her peers, but Captain Scott becomes an unlikely ally. They share the same passions and interests, creating an undeniable attraction. But they both know any relationship between them is impossible. After all, Caroline has obligations to fulfill in India. Caroline has until the end of the voyage to decide if she is going to marry a man she has never met or be brave enough to love a sea captain who just might break her heart.


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Caroline Gray would rather be daring and intelligent than demure and insipid, which is why she is still unmatched after her third season in London. Her family’s threadbare finances leave Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend is willing to consider an engagement to her. Captain Thomas Scott Caroline Gray would rather be daring and intelligent than demure and insipid, which is why she is still unmatched after her third season in London. Her family’s threadbare finances leave Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend is willing to consider an engagement to her. Captain Thomas Scott loves the open sea as much as he despises the three-month, twice-yearly trip his ship makes as he ferries young English girls across the ocean. He can’t imagine what family would allow an innocent young woman to be matched up with the Englishmen of questionable reputation who work and live in India. But when Miss Gray boards the HMS Persistence, all of Captain Scott’s plans are upended. Miss Gray’s fiery spirit can’t be contained, and he is shocked and secretly delighted at her boldness—and her beauty. But the rest of his passengers aren’t so kind. Caroline finds herself an outcast among her peers, but Captain Scott becomes an unlikely ally. They share the same passions and interests, creating an undeniable attraction. But they both know any relationship between them is impossible. After all, Caroline has obligations to fulfill in India. Caroline has until the end of the voyage to decide if she is going to marry a man she has never met or be brave enough to love a sea captain who just might break her heart.

30 review for A Captain for Caroline Gray

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Loves Reading

    While there were moments of promise in this book, it ultimately didn’t work for me. The romance was very weak. The story was drawn out, and there were moments of plot craziness. Caroline is a bluestocking, which was treated like leprosy in this book. It apparently made her unmarriable, so when her prospects are grim, she decides to take a chance to meet a suitor in India after his mother saw her beauty across a ball. She doesn’t have to marry the suitor but meet him, however, if either of them fi While there were moments of promise in this book, it ultimately didn’t work for me. The romance was very weak. The story was drawn out, and there were moments of plot craziness. Caroline is a bluestocking, which was treated like leprosy in this book. It apparently made her unmarriable, so when her prospects are grim, she decides to take a chance to meet a suitor in India after his mother saw her beauty across a ball. She doesn’t have to marry the suitor but meet him, however, if either of them find they don’t suit, she will not have the funds to return to England. This seemed like a big risk and presented as an only option, which felt implausible to me. When she was about to disembark, her cousin heard the intended-suitor’s name, and he seemed concerned because he heard a story once. Oh well, off she goes, along with several other women, who are hoping to find husbands in India. Most of the story takes place on the journey over, and there is some romantic interest between the Captain and Caroline. Mostly, though, it’s the Captain convincing himself that he can have no interest in women that seek their future by finding husbands in India. Caroline mostly thinks he doesn’t like her. The romantic tension waffles between cool and (at most) tepid. It was mostly non-existent. This being a kisses-only story, I didn’t expect scorching, but I did hope to be convinced theirs was a romance worth rooting for. I was not convinced. Toward the end, there were some plot craziness that didn’t make sense, with resolutions too neatly wrapped up. The historical context was somewhat interesting. The author obviously put thought and research into this book, and the writing was decent. I did struggle with characterizations. For example, Caroline seemed like she was presented as the only informed, intelligent female in all of England and India. But, I think my biggest issues were with pacing and plotting. That is what zapped any enjoyment I began to feel in reading this. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a chance to read and review this book. Views are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    I have read about Bride Ships to Canada and Colonial American Tobacco Brides but I didn’t know about the women who chose to venture to India to seek a husband from the English officers and merchants there. Most of this book was set on the ship Persistence whose Captain is Thomas Scott. He is a bachelor seeking to change his vocation from ship captain to investing in cargo and settling down. Caroline Gray books passage to India in search of a possible marriage match after a cousin takes over the I have read about Bride Ships to Canada and Colonial American Tobacco Brides but I didn’t know about the women who chose to venture to India to seek a husband from the English officers and merchants there. Most of this book was set on the ship Persistence whose Captain is Thomas Scott. He is a bachelor seeking to change his vocation from ship captain to investing in cargo and settling down. Caroline Gray books passage to India in search of a possible marriage match after a cousin takes over the family estate. She is willing to stay in India but has promised her mother she would marry for love. The ship voyage was realistic and interesting with moments of dangerous excitement in a storm. The real peril awaits them on land. The author captured the essence of English conversation and class distinction and aptly portrayed the inner conflict of both Caroline and Thomas. She showed their softer side in their concern for young Tom, a cook apprentice. Check out this book for a clean, historical read. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    4 1/2 stars (it needs an epilogue!). I really enjoyed reading this story set primarily during a sea voyage to India. Such a refreshing setting! Caroline Gray is an intelligent young woman who doesn't shy away from speaking her mind. Unfortunately, men of the ton are not fans of outspoken girls and she doesn't have any prospects of marriage. With her father's death, her cousin inherits the house and the situation gets worse. When an acquaintance of her mother offers to pay for half of a passage to 4 1/2 stars (it needs an epilogue!). I really enjoyed reading this story set primarily during a sea voyage to India. Such a refreshing setting! Caroline Gray is an intelligent young woman who doesn't shy away from speaking her mind. Unfortunately, men of the ton are not fans of outspoken girls and she doesn't have any prospects of marriage. With her father's death, her cousin inherits the house and the situation gets worse. When an acquaintance of her mother offers to pay for half of a passage to India for Caroline to meet her son who lives there, Caroline takes the chance since it's the only one she has. I really liked the narrative of life in the ship and the characters' interactions. Caroline is not the only young woman going to India in search of a husband, but they don't all become friends. Thomas is the captain of the ship and he's immediately attracted to Caroline's intellect and outspokenness during the first dinner aboard. During the voyage, they form a friendship, despite the obstacles. Caroline is a great character to follow on her journey (figurative and literal) as she learns her place in society while keeping true to herself. I liked how Thomas tries to take care of everyone and although he has his faults, he also makes amends. The ending came too quickly and left me partly unsatisfied at the abruptness. An epilogue with and update would be perfect. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emily Flynn

    Wow, to think so much could happen on a boat from England to India. I loved this book, the two main characters were both flawed and fabulous. Caroline and Thomas had great chemistry and were both exceedingly stubborn. I will say that the set up of the book left me uneasy about what would happen when they reached their destination. There were seeds that were perfectly planted in the story to add just enough to keep me hooked. I read this in one sitting and regret nothing. It wouldn't be a proper Wow, to think so much could happen on a boat from England to India. I loved this book, the two main characters were both flawed and fabulous. Caroline and Thomas had great chemistry and were both exceedingly stubborn. I will say that the set up of the book left me uneasy about what would happen when they reached their destination. There were seeds that were perfectly planted in the story to add just enough to keep me hooked. I read this in one sitting and regret nothing. It wouldn't be a proper romance without a happily ever after that added just enough of a twist to be more than satisfying. I look forward to more from this author and will definitely purchase this one once it is released. I received a complimentary e-copy and this is my honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    I thoroughly enjoyed this regency novel about an outspoken young lady who is offered a trip to India to find a marriage match. The characters are well drawn and vibrant. I loved the heroine’s curiosity and love of learning. I enjoyed all the little mentions of scientific discoveries of the time. The conflict was a little forced and cliché. I didn’t feel it became excessive or overly dramatic, however. My main sense of disappointment was relating to astronomy. At the beginning of her voyage, the I thoroughly enjoyed this regency novel about an outspoken young lady who is offered a trip to India to find a marriage match. The characters are well drawn and vibrant. I loved the heroine’s curiosity and love of learning. I enjoyed all the little mentions of scientific discoveries of the time. The conflict was a little forced and cliché. I didn’t feel it became excessive or overly dramatic, however. My main sense of disappointment was relating to astronomy. At the beginning of her voyage, the heroine briefly talks about astronomy with the captain, which constellations she knows. She says that, of course, she doesn’t know them all because she has always lived in the northern hemisphere and hasn’t seen the ones in the south. Astronomy is never mentioned again through the whole rest of the novel, which I thought was an unfortunate missed opportunity. During this voyage to India, they would have passed into the southern hemisphere. This character, being who she is, would have been fascinated by seeing different constellations plus the Magellanic clouds, which could have offered some fun, cute scenes. But, whatever… There’s my silly little disappointment that probably no other reader would be bothered by in the least. Anyway, I think this is a fantastic regency novel that will quite thoroughly satisfy fans of historic romance.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emmy

    I'm feeling very conflicted about this one and I'll explain why. I know I'm not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but most genres have a distinct style to their covers. This looks like a historical fiction cover. So I was expecting historical fiction that contained a romantic storyline (based on the synopsis). However by the time Thomas and Caroline first meet, I experienced an unhappy realization. The last four or five books I've picked up I basically had to immediately abandon because th I'm feeling very conflicted about this one and I'll explain why. I know I'm not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but most genres have a distinct style to their covers. This looks like a historical fiction cover. So I was expecting historical fiction that contained a romantic storyline (based on the synopsis). However by the time Thomas and Caroline first meet, I experienced an unhappy realization. The last four or five books I've picked up I basically had to immediately abandon because they were all very over the top on the physical attraction, with the characters developing an exaggerated preoccupation with each other within minutes. This always feels very insta to me, and kind of a little lazy. I want to see a relationship grow and for feelings to develop based on mutual appreciation and attraction for all of MC's attributes. And with a book about a bluestocking, the expectation is that the MMC will fall in love with the FMM because of her personality. So I was incredibly disappointed that Thomas becomes preoccupied with Caroline just from seeing her across the ship (even though he's transported dozens of women over the years and never paid any lady any attention before). He fixates on her long before they ever speak. And frankly this all tainted a lot of the rest of the book for me because I couldn't really get past this. However, things did turn around a bit after this initial section. Throughout the book, the characters strictly adhered to the societal norms of the period, which was a refreshing change of pace from many other historical romances. There were no modern references or anything that pulled me out of the time period or anything, so I REALLY appreciated that and it made up for a lot of my disappointment from the beginning. I really liked Caroline and her struggle to live in a world that scorned her for being herself, while forced to adhere to society's rules in order to actually survive in it. However, I wasn't a huge fan of Thomas, who did not seem to know how to manage his emotions despite his age and experience with the world, and ended up pulling Caroline back and forth depending on his mercurial mood. And then the ending. After spending the entire book dealing with ordinary people, living their ordinary lives, we suddenly get this (view spoiler)[elaborate plot to damage Thomas' supply train, burn his ship, and kidnap young Tom and Caroline (hide spoiler)] all in like the last 5% of the book. I don't know why the author needed to add in something so fantastical all of a sudden when the entire book was devoid of stuff like this. And then I felt a little deprived of the Caroline and Thomas reunion/reconciliation. It didn't work for me for a few reasons. And then the book ends. No epilogue. It was very abrupt. So as you can see I'm very conflicted on this. Which was disappointing because I wrote my senior thesis on the British Raj and the role of women, like those in the fishing fleet, so my expectations were high. ...I guess I'll just split the difference and give this 3 stars. I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tori (Book Chick)

    This book was a very slow burn, but interesting. Almost the entire book took place on a ship traveling from England to India. I didn't mind the slow burn, but the ending was somewhat rushed and in serious need of an epilogue because inquiring minds want to know! Haha This was an advance reader copy, so maybe since the book will not be released until March, an epilogue will be added. *fingers crossed* This book was a very slow burn, but interesting. Almost the entire book took place on a ship traveling from England to India. I didn't mind the slow burn, but the ending was somewhat rushed and in serious need of an epilogue because inquiring minds want to know! Haha This was an advance reader copy, so maybe since the book will not be released until March, an epilogue will be added. *fingers crossed*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elodie

    A Captain for Caroline Gray Proper Romance Julie Wright https://shadowmountain.com/author-boo... Release Date 03/02/2021 Publisher Shadow Mountain Publishing 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 Caroline Gray would rather be daring and intelligent than demure and insipid, which is why she is still unmatched after her third season in London. Her family’s threadbare finances leave Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend is willing to consider an engag A Captain for Caroline Gray Proper Romance Julie Wright https://shadowmountain.com/author-boo... Release Date 03/02/2021 Publisher Shadow Mountain Publishing 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 Caroline Gray would rather be daring and intelligent than demure and insipid, which is why she is still unmatched after her third season in London. Her family’s threadbare finances leave Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend is willing to consider an engagement to her. Captain Thomas Scott loves the open sea as much as he despises the three-month, twice-yearly trip his ship makes as he ferries young English girls across the ocean. He can’t imagine what family would allow an innocent young woman to be matched up with the Englishmen of questionable reputation who work and live in India. But when Miss Gray boards the HMS Persistence, all of Captain Scott’s plans are upended. Miss Gray’s fiery spirit can’t be contained, and he is shocked and secretly delighted at her boldness—and her beauty. But the rest of his passengers aren’t so kind. Caroline finds herself an outcast among her peers, but Captain Scott becomes an unlikely ally. They share the same passions and interests, creating an undeniable attraction. But they both know any relationship between them is impossible. After all, Caroline has obligations to fulfill in India. Caroline has until the end of the voyage to decide if she is going to marry a man she has never met or be brave enough to love a sea captain who just might break her heart. 𝗠𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 Will her independent streak lead her to doom or happiness... It was the blurb they caught my eyes, I am a sucker for a bluestocking who must fight her way in. And what a lovely story it is, with a heroine who has to battle to be accepted for whom she is. Caroline grew up in a progressist household, she was educated and encouraged to learn more. But now it is her doom as she is seen as a harridan, unfit to be a proper spouse. Thus she finds herself shipped to the end of the world in hope her prospective maybe husband will accept her. Thomas like many men, is first intrigued by her beauty, then he feels threatened by her sharp tongue, as she does not shy away when it is to express her opinion or to share her knowledge. Why caught between duty and his desires, he prefers first to avoid her, recognizing she is trouble. It is fun how even in a closed space, the microcosm of English society rebuilt itself, with the wallflowers on one side, the means girls on the others, the men caught in between in the fire of a petticoat war. Caroline struggles to be herself, if she is, she is shunned for being to outspoken and educated, if she adapts, she looses the light that makes her to be her. Why she goes from period of exaltation to blues. She is a being full of empathy but her feisty temper tends to lead to some outbursts which ineluctably back fire. Yet she is unable to compromise. She tries but her personality does not stay long locked even under tight control. She refuses to cover, even under threat. And she follows always her heart and her thirst of justice. Thomas is a prideful man, why his relationship with Caroline is full of ups and downs. She shakes his certitudes, and blurs the lines, catching him unaware and as a man in need of control, it unsettles him. Why he reacts strongly, too strongly. 4.5 stars 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 some kisses I have been granted an advance copy by the publisher Shadow Mountain, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katie W

    4.5 Stars I adore Regency stories and this one had a few unique twists that made it stand out. Caroline is at the end of her options in England and a plan is hatched to send her to India to see if a match can be made there. I've always found these times in this country to be slightly mysterious and fascinating, and this story was no different, especially as most of the story took place on a ship in the middle of the sea. Caroline is a very outspoken, opinionated young lady who has cultivated her 4.5 Stars I adore Regency stories and this one had a few unique twists that made it stand out. Caroline is at the end of her options in England and a plan is hatched to send her to India to see if a match can be made there. I've always found these times in this country to be slightly mysterious and fascinating, and this story was no different, especially as most of the story took place on a ship in the middle of the sea. Caroline is a very outspoken, opinionated young lady who has cultivated her interests in topics more than her interest in a match and that fire is exactly what captures Captain Scott's attention. I absolutely loved him and the way he would react to and engage with Caroline. The supporting cast of characters was equally charming. The whole plot was fresh and fun. You'd think because it takes place in such close confines it would get a little stale, but that was definitely not the case. I was hooked from start to finish, but...the story felt like it just suddenly ended and I wanted a little bit more. An epilogue or just one more chapter would have made it perfection. Content: mild romance; mild moments of peril/violence *I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lu

    A heartwarming and fascinating nautical romance. I loved everything about this story! Sometimes life is more about the journey than the destination. Caroline Gray was always encouraged to learn and discuss anything. Her bluestocking ways were not what gentleman in London's society were looking for in a bride. Caroline's father died, and her entailed home went to a cousin. When said cousin decided to marry and consequently take possession of his home, Caroline saw herself in a difficult situation. W A heartwarming and fascinating nautical romance. I loved everything about this story! Sometimes life is more about the journey than the destination. Caroline Gray was always encouraged to learn and discuss anything. Her bluestocking ways were not what gentleman in London's society were looking for in a bride. Caroline's father died, and her entailed home went to a cousin. When said cousin decided to marry and consequently take possession of his home, Caroline saw herself in a difficult situation. Without a place to live, she agreed to travel to India to meet the son of one of society's matrons. Although she only agreed to meet the man and then decide if she would marry him, Caroline had no money for the trip back, so she knew she did not have a real choice in the matter. Desolated, she started a journey into the unknown, having little in common with the other passengers and feeling more than ever her inability to be ladylike and keep up with their superficial interests. Only one person, for good or bad, stirred Caroline's emotions, Captain Thomas Scott. Her love for Captain Scott grew slowly and ran deep. They first dislike each other, then judge one another, and only after they get really close their feelings start to change. Caroline was remarkable. She had the quiet strength of Elinor Dashwood and the resilience of Anne Elliot. Being smart when it was considered a flaw for a woman, she did her best to try to hide her brilliance and fit in. Captain Thomas Scott was lovely, honorable, and dissatisfied with the world's many injustices. He felt for these women who were uprooted and sent to unknown lands to marry men they knew nothing about. He was not perfect, and it made it easier to relate to him. I was smitten after the first chapters. The side characters were fascinating - Arnav and his wood carvings, loyal Black and his wife Claire, and the sweet cabin boy Thomas. I loved everything about this story! I wish there was an epilogue to keep reading about their kids and grandkids. This was my first book by this author, but it will not be the last. Highly Recommended! Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. *For more reviews, book art, and book-related articles, please visit https://lureviewsbooks.com *

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katie Marie

    Actual rating is 3.5. A Captain for Caroline Gray was a fun read, but for some reason, it just dragged a little for me. I kept finding myself wishing I could read something else. I enjoyed it, and really like certain parts, but not so much other parts. Most of the book took place on the ship to India, and besides one storm was fairly mild, but then in the last five percent of the book a lot took place, and even then I feel like the author skimmed over a lot of it to where we didn't see any action Actual rating is 3.5. A Captain for Caroline Gray was a fun read, but for some reason, it just dragged a little for me. I kept finding myself wishing I could read something else. I enjoyed it, and really like certain parts, but not so much other parts. Most of the book took place on the ship to India, and besides one storm was fairly mild, but then in the last five percent of the book a lot took place, and even then I feel like the author skimmed over a lot of it to where we didn't see any action, just knew it had happened. I feel like the romance was a little abrupt and off. Thomas and Caroline had formed a friendship but argued and fought most of the time, then because of a miscommunication Thomas was furious with Caroline and refused to let her explain herself. He hated her, put blame on her, and deemed her bad because of something that wasn't even fully true, and then when he found out the truth he still held to his belief that she had done wrong. Not only that, but he kept going back-and-forth of I like her, I don't like her, oh my gosh I'm so in love with her, ugh she's awful, until the very end where he sees her, they kiss, and the book ends. It was clean though, so that's a plus! The relationships built over the course of the book made me smile. I love how Caroline drew portraits of the crew and connected to them, gaining their loyalty. And little Tom was so cute! I won't say what because of spoilers, but I really like a certain character's arc and how they ended up being an ally in the end. All of that being said, I did really enjoy it and am thankful to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for giving me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laurel

    This Regency romance has a unique setting aboard a “Fishing Fleet” bound for India. The unmarried ladies on board are fishing for husbands in a British colony because they failed to make a match in England. In the case of our heroine Caroline Gray, she has an arranged marriage waiting for her there. Placing the two protagonists together in a small space opens up all sorts of possibilities for conflict and resolution. I enjoyed the heroine's fiery spirit and her voyage of self-discovery and love. This Regency romance has a unique setting aboard a “Fishing Fleet” bound for India. The unmarried ladies on board are fishing for husbands in a British colony because they failed to make a match in England. In the case of our heroine Caroline Gray, she has an arranged marriage waiting for her there. Placing the two protagonists together in a small space opens up all sorts of possibilities for conflict and resolution. I enjoyed the heroine's fiery spirit and her voyage of self-discovery and love.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    A fun story set on the high seas with characters who are real—which means they make mistakes and jump to conclusions and need forgiveness.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Happy Reading Watching

    A Captain for Caroline Gray (Proper Romance) By Julie Wright Pub date: March 2 Regency Romances Pros: ~Story based on a ship in the sea which I have been loving in my books lately. ~ Sweet clean romance which is always a win. ~ The plot line was historically accurate, and enjoyed seeing the author write about it. Cons: ~ An epilogue wish it had one, love a time skip and seeing the characters. I did have the ARC and changes are made sometimes, so there could be one in the final work not sure. UPDATE: T A Captain for Caroline Gray (Proper Romance) By Julie Wright Pub date: March 2 Regency Romances Pros: ~Story based on a ship in the sea which I have been loving in my books lately. ~ Sweet clean romance which is always a win. ~ The plot line was historically accurate, and enjoyed seeing the author write about it. Cons: ~ An epilogue wish it had one, love a time skip and seeing the characters. I did have the ARC and changes are made sometimes, so there could be one in the final work not sure. UPDATE: The finished copy will have an epilogue author just confirmed! This was Julie Wright first Regency novel and it was nice seeing her write a different genre. Happy to see more books be added to the Prouper Romance family. Also be on the look out because this one might be in a future giveaway 😉 Book Synopsis: "Caroline Gray would rather be daring and intelligent than demure and insipid, which is why she is still unmatched after her third season in London. Her family’s threadbare finances leave Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend is willing to consider an engagement to her. Captain Thomas Scott loves the open sea as much as he despises the three-month, twice-yearly trip his ship makes as he ferries young English girls across the ocean. He can’t imagine what family would allow an innocent young woman to be matched up with the Englishmen of questionable reputation who work and live in India." 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐨𝐰 𝐌𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐑𝐂 𝐢𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐲 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee

    If the plot is changed, the first half of this book makes me feel like I am getting a dual POV of Pride and Prejudice. Caroline's attitude and sentiments seem similar to those of Elizabeth and how I imagine Mr. Darcy to feel is what I see in Thomas. Caroline is an outspoken bluestocking through and through. She's unsuccessful in obtaining a match year after year. Her father's dead and the cousin who inherits can no longer support Caroline. Her mother suggests that Caroline basically become a mail If the plot is changed, the first half of this book makes me feel like I am getting a dual POV of Pride and Prejudice. Caroline's attitude and sentiments seem similar to those of Elizabeth and how I imagine Mr. Darcy to feel is what I see in Thomas. Caroline is an outspoken bluestocking through and through. She's unsuccessful in obtaining a match year after year. Her father's dead and the cousin who inherits can no longer support Caroline. Her mother suggests that Caroline basically become a mail order bride to India. I have read - and adored - Julie's contemporary novels in the Proper Romance series. While I found the setting and concept of A Captain for Caroline Gray vastly appealing, I also struggle with the on again/off again romantic progression. I don't know if that's because of Julie's modern voice coming through in a historical setting or if it's just the relationship trope that's hard for me. Either way, I'm very interested to see what Julie does next. Thank you to Shadow Mountain and NetGalley for the advanced copy. All thoughts in this review are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lorin Grace

    Up from 4.5, needs epologue. If the marrage mart won't come to you, go to it. A cute take on the need of a regency woman's need to be married. I loved the details and fair handling of differnt cultures. I loved how Caroline followed her concicence even when it got her in trouble. As the title suggests the romance is with the Captain who is almost too honorable and nearly misses love becuase of it. The ending was a bit quick and I would have enjoed an epilogue. Overall nice read with a uniuqe sett Up from 4.5, needs epologue. If the marrage mart won't come to you, go to it. A cute take on the need of a regency woman's need to be married. I loved the details and fair handling of differnt cultures. I loved how Caroline followed her concicence even when it got her in trouble. As the title suggests the romance is with the Captain who is almost too honorable and nearly misses love becuase of it. The ending was a bit quick and I would have enjoed an epilogue. Overall nice read with a uniuqe setting. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    rufflethepages (Ruth Callon)

    Cute read. Can't go wrong with a happy ending. Caroline is a headstrong, curious woman and she definitely meets her match with her Captain. Cute read. Can't go wrong with a happy ending. Caroline is a headstrong, curious woman and she definitely meets her match with her Captain.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jess (BookObsessedJess)

    Sometimes a sweet romance is all that we need to bring a little light to our lives. Or at least to brave the cold front that is headed my way up in the Hudson Valley. Unfortunately for my TBR and my Leio book tracker/timer, I have started oh…7 books in the past week. I had yet to finish one, but happily I report that I started and finished A Captain for Caroline Gray in just one sitting. There has been a recent uptick in books that take place aboard a ship, I’ve noticed. Let’s dig into this one. SY Sometimes a sweet romance is all that we need to bring a little light to our lives. Or at least to brave the cold front that is headed my way up in the Hudson Valley. Unfortunately for my TBR and my Leio book tracker/timer, I have started oh…7 books in the past week. I had yet to finish one, but happily I report that I started and finished A Captain for Caroline Gray in just one sitting. There has been a recent uptick in books that take place aboard a ship, I’ve noticed. Let’s dig into this one. SYNOPSIS Caroline Gray would rather be daring and intelligent than demure and insipid, which is why she is still unmatched after her third season in London. Her family’s threadbare finances leave Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend is willing to consider an engagement to her. Captain Thomas Scott loves the open sea as much as he despises the three-month, twice-yearly trip his ship makes as he ferries young English girls across the ocean. He can’t imagine what family would allow an innocent young woman to be matched up with the Englishmen of questionable reputation who work and live in India. But when Miss Gray boards the HMS Persistence, all of Captain Scott’s plans are upended. Miss Gray’s fiery spirit can’t be contained, and he is shocked and secretly delighted at her boldness—and her beauty. But the rest of his passengers aren’t so kind. Caroline finds herself an outcast among her peers, but Captain Scott becomes an unlikely ally. They share the same passions and interests, creating an undeniable attraction. But they both know any relationship between them is impossible. After all, Caroline has obligations to fulfill in India. Caroline has until the end of the voyage to decide if she is going to marry a man she has never met or be brave enough to love a sea captain who just might break her heart. Well you likely know, dear reader (#Bridgerton), that if I have started and finished a book in one sitting, I probably loved it. And my did I. This has the perfect amount of romance, will-they-won’t-they, a mild villain, and a horrid villain, all with grand escapes and brilliant locales. This gets a 4/5 from me and I look forward to all of the reviews I will see. Thank you to the publishers over at ShadowMountain for sending me an ARC for review!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ioana

    What an adventure! This is the story of Caroline Gray, a lovely young lady who failed to acquire a husband going to balls and such and, as her family remains without funds, she accepts the proposal of a captain's mother to go to India and meet her son, to see if they may struck a marriage. But the journey is long and Captain Scott, the leader of the ship, catches her eyes right from the beginning. Plus he's so charming and such a gentleman that plans take new course. This book was such an adventu What an adventure! This is the story of Caroline Gray, a lovely young lady who failed to acquire a husband going to balls and such and, as her family remains without funds, she accepts the proposal of a captain's mother to go to India and meet her son, to see if they may struck a marriage. But the journey is long and Captain Scott, the leader of the ship, catches her eyes right from the beginning. Plus he's so charming and such a gentleman that plans take new course. This book was such an adventure, I love books that start from obscure events or customs and shine a light on the people who lived them. Such is the case of this practice of sending women to India in order to find a British husband there. The story is filled with adventures on the ship, the story of different ladies who take on this specific journey. Surprisingly the action continues in India, too, which made it all more colorful and intriguing. The middle of the book didn't felt that great, so this was more of a 4.5 stars for me, but the beginning was pure mastery, I could not put it down. And the third part of the book took an intriguing adventurous fast paced note, which was very refreshing. Caroline Gray is an enchanting, witty character, so easy to like and admire. The Captain himself is pretty wonderful, though he is the cause of the main drama. While I do understand his point, wouldn't it have been wonderful for him to understand fully the position of the woman he loved?! There was little regard of money from his side giving the fact that she was utterly alone, with no funds and no help. In the end the heroine saved herself. And she actually saved him, too. For a clean romance it was full of snarkly, flirtatious moments, there was so much chemistry between two people who seemed a bit opposite in the beginning but who had great admiration for one another. Than there were the charming characters, some even in their simplicity and vulnerability, a pretty mean lady that will surprise you in the end and a lot of lovely scenes. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Many thanks to Shadow Mountain - not only were they gracious enough to allow me to read this early, but they're also singlehandedly keeping me in one of my favorite romance subgenres: historical nautical romance. (If they could just publish a pirate one next, I'll be beyond happy.) The story is exceptionally well-written. Julie Wright manages to keep the language of 1820 without it feeling fussy or making Caroline feel anachronistic. She's a well-educated woman who is consistently told that her i Many thanks to Shadow Mountain - not only were they gracious enough to allow me to read this early, but they're also singlehandedly keeping me in one of my favorite romance subgenres: historical nautical romance. (If they could just publish a pirate one next, I'll be beyond happy.) The story is exceptionally well-written. Julie Wright manages to keep the language of 1820 without it feeling fussy or making Caroline feel anachronistic. She's a well-educated woman who is consistently told that her intelligence makes her unfeminine, and unlike in most other historical romances to star bluestockings, the attitudes of those around her absolutely support the text's assertion. She's not socially awkward or unattractive like many a brainy heroine, she's just smart and well-spoken, and that's enough to make her unacceptable to most of the society she lives in. That the events of the story give her a chance to showcase her intelligence is also nice - unlike many a supposedly smart heroine, Caroline truly does think things through and act like the educated woman she is (lashing herself to the ship during a storm, for example). It's an excellent example of showing rather than repeatedly telling, and it pays off. If I have one gripe, it's that Thomas, the hero, can be almost unbearably priggish, especially towards the end of the book. I wanted them to end up together because it's what Caroline wanted, not because I loved them as a couple. That was enough to make the ending work for me, but I could see it being a bit of a deal breaker for another reader. There's also one loose end that sort of bothers me - the package placed in Caroline's room when she boards the ship - but that could conceivably be fixed in the final edition. Long story short, this is a good book, whether you're a regular romance reader or not. Now I'm just waiting for my proper pirate romance, Shadow Mountain!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    I love reading regency romances, but some elements seem to be the same in every book. Not so with Caroline Gray. To start, Caroline is an unusual heroine. She attends lectures, talks politics, and essentially speaks her mind. This is part of the problem. After three seasons, she has no prospects, her father has died, and her cousin who inherited is getting married. Caroline agrees to an offer to meet an acquaintance's son in India, and see if they suit. That's a long way to travel for matchmakin I love reading regency romances, but some elements seem to be the same in every book. Not so with Caroline Gray. To start, Caroline is an unusual heroine. She attends lectures, talks politics, and essentially speaks her mind. This is part of the problem. After three seasons, she has no prospects, her father has died, and her cousin who inherited is getting married. Caroline agrees to an offer to meet an acquaintance's son in India, and see if they suit. That's a long way to travel for matchmaking! Caroline was such a likeable heroine. She was unconventional, confident, yet also vulnerable. She likes who she is, yet feels like she can't attract a man unless she's more simpering and demure. I like how Captain Scott shows her the fallacy of that thinking. He encourages her to be herself. Besides our unconventional heroine, the setting is a ship, and India. I liked seeing a different locale. This story had romance, adventure, and a dash of suspense. As far as I know this was Julie Wright's first regency novel, and she nailed it! Content: clean (a handful of kisses, mild violence, no language) For another trip to India with the "fishing fleet" I also recommend The Secret of the India Orchid by Nancy Campbell Allen.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vibliophile

    A Caroline for Captain Scott... Caroline Gray is an oddity in Regency England - a woman who is intelligent, enjoys learning & feels no shame in expressing such things. Unfortunately, she also frequently comes across as a know-it-all & argumentative. Traits that can be off-putting to most people even today, but especially so in her time when the ideal woman is quiet & biddable. As she makes a desperate journey to India in hopes of finding a husband there since she is losing her home, she meets the A Caroline for Captain Scott... Caroline Gray is an oddity in Regency England - a woman who is intelligent, enjoys learning & feels no shame in expressing such things. Unfortunately, she also frequently comes across as a know-it-all & argumentative. Traits that can be off-putting to most people even today, but especially so in her time when the ideal woman is quiet & biddable. As she makes a desperate journey to India in hopes of finding a husband there since she is losing her home, she meets the somewhat jaded Captain Thomas Scott. The captain is an intelligent man with strong opinions of his own which leads the two of them to clash on more than one occasion, but he finds her impressive rather than off-putting. There is a conflict of misunderstanding at the end which I felt would have served the story better had it been employed as a source of strengthening their relationship rather than them coming together in spite of it, but the story is still very well written with sympathetic, well developed characters and a heartwarming happily-ever-after *Romance level: sweet kisses, nothing graphic

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie P (Because My Mother Read)

    3.5 stars. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher to review. I love reading stories set on the high seas and really enjoyed that aspect and the premise of most of the story taking place within a mini society while traveling across the ocean. Some aspects of the main characters and romance didn't fully work for me. It was intriguing to see a woman ahead of her time in her views and discussions, but it also felt like it came on too strong with comparing her to other women and the 3.5 stars. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher to review. I love reading stories set on the high seas and really enjoyed that aspect and the premise of most of the story taking place within a mini society while traveling across the ocean. Some aspects of the main characters and romance didn't fully work for me. It was intriguing to see a woman ahead of her time in her views and discussions, but it also felt like it came on too strong with comparing her to other women and the romance trope of her being not like any other women and better than them. Thomas felt pretty judgmental to me as well. I recognize that the characters needed room for growth and they did redeem themselves more as the story went on and I was happy to see Caroline make some friends among the women. The disagreement felt a bit convoluted and drawn out. The ending felt a little abrupt to me as well, but I have heard that the final version includes an epilogue so that will help. Although I am nitpicking about several aspects, I did enjoy it overall and it was a fun, light escape read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jewel

    Caroline is not a typical woman of society, she is a learned woman with opinions and views, which makes it hard to find a husband, as her third season finishes unsuccessfully, her circumstances force her to board a ship bound for India to find a suitable husband. The book is mainly set on the ship, a setting that I enjoy, but here it was different and I liked that, the relationships develop slowly between Caroline and the Captain, and between her and the other female passengers. I liked Caroline, Caroline is not a typical woman of society, she is a learned woman with opinions and views, which makes it hard to find a husband, as her third season finishes unsuccessfully, her circumstances force her to board a ship bound for India to find a suitable husband. The book is mainly set on the ship, a setting that I enjoy, but here it was different and I liked that, the relationships develop slowly between Caroline and the Captain, and between her and the other female passengers. I liked Caroline, she was a strong character. I didn’t much like the Captain. I also liked some of the secondary characters. The time in India was a bit short but well described, some action near the end. But it did end quite abruptly, I feel like we needed a bit more. Overall a good solid clean romance. This review is for a free copy courtesy of Shadow Mountain Publishing and Netgalley.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cathy | A Case Full of Books

    2.5 stars I've enjoyed almost all of the books I've read from Shadow Mountain's Proper Romance line. Compared to those others, this one was a bit of a let down. The story itself was fine, but the writing was underwhelming. It was an instalove that tried to be enemies to lovers, but didn't really work. The writing felt very basic compared to other books from this line. At times it almost felt like I was reading a draft instead of a final product. There were a lot of parts that I wished would have 2.5 stars I've enjoyed almost all of the books I've read from Shadow Mountain's Proper Romance line. Compared to those others, this one was a bit of a let down. The story itself was fine, but the writing was underwhelming. It was an instalove that tried to be enemies to lovers, but didn't really work. The writing felt very basic compared to other books from this line. At times it almost felt like I was reading a draft instead of a final product. There were a lot of parts that I wished would have delved deeper so I could get more into the story and the characters, but it just skimmed over. Thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    3.75 Stars: A Captain for Caroline Gray takes the atmosphere and politics and intrigue of the regency romances we know and love and places it in a completely different setting. I enjoyed this new take on one of my favorite genres! I thought Caroline’s character was fun to follow throughout the story! I liked her spirit and wit and love of knowledge and learning , and her dynamic with the other passengers on the ship was really interesting. I also liked Thomas’s character and the way that their fe 3.75 Stars: A Captain for Caroline Gray takes the atmosphere and politics and intrigue of the regency romances we know and love and places it in a completely different setting. I enjoyed this new take on one of my favorite genres! I thought Caroline’s character was fun to follow throughout the story! I liked her spirit and wit and love of knowledge and learning , and her dynamic with the other passengers on the ship was really interesting. I also liked Thomas’s character and the way that their feeling for each other changes and developed. Overall, there was really nothing bad about this book, but there wasn’t necessarily anything spectacular about it either. I thought it was really solid in terms of plot and characters, and ai enjoyed Julie Wright’s writing style, but it just didn’t blow me away in any way. I definitely recommend checking it out though if you enjoy regency stories and high-seas settings!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lindy Thompson

    This story is a delightful tale of staying true to yourself, being brave, and doing the right thing even when it's hard. I really enjoyed Caroline's eccentricities and the Captain's regard for her. Their romance blooms at the perfect moment (and that kiss!!). There are a few moments that felt slow and cumbersome, but they don't last too long before the story picks up again. A sweet, unique romance with a fascinating setting! Thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley for my copy of thi This story is a delightful tale of staying true to yourself, being brave, and doing the right thing even when it's hard. I really enjoyed Caroline's eccentricities and the Captain's regard for her. Their romance blooms at the perfect moment (and that kiss!!). There are a few moments that felt slow and cumbersome, but they don't last too long before the story picks up again. A sweet, unique romance with a fascinating setting! Thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley for my copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I really love a Regency romance that is not your typical Regency romance set in drawing rooms and ballrooms. Who am I kidding, I love any Regency romance. It was super fun to have this one mostly on a ship in the middle of the ocean. They still adhered to certain customs of the times, but it gave it a fresh feel. I really loved Caroline and Thomas. It is good to have a strong female character that knows a lot about the world around her and to have a guy appreciate that about her.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beauty and the Rose

    **ARC kindly provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review** I adored this book! The setting on a boat was so enjoyable and unique to anything I'd read before. You could tell the author did her homework with it as well. I love Caroline, we stan a strong heroine! I loved the relationship that grew but was a little miffed out our hero for taking so long to come around 😉 Great read for anyone who enjoys clean historical romances ❤ **ARC kindly provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review** I adored this book! The setting on a boat was so enjoyable and unique to anything I'd read before. You could tell the author did her homework with it as well. I love Caroline, we stan a strong heroine! I loved the relationship that grew but was a little miffed out our hero for taking so long to come around 😉 Great read for anyone who enjoys clean historical romances ❤

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    I'm so glad that I live in a world where women who are smart and curious and have a thirst for knowledge are not looked down upon! Caroline is a heroine that any modern girl will like because she speaks her mind. Her honesty and her fire were so admirable but she has the misfortune of living in a time when those were not desirable traits for a woman to possess. Hence the need to travel to India in search of a husband. Captain Scott was well written and of course he would appreciate a woman who w I'm so glad that I live in a world where women who are smart and curious and have a thirst for knowledge are not looked down upon! Caroline is a heroine that any modern girl will like because she speaks her mind. Her honesty and her fire were so admirable but she has the misfortune of living in a time when those were not desirable traits for a woman to possess. Hence the need to travel to India in search of a husband. Captain Scott was well written and of course he would appreciate a woman who was smart and could hold an intelligent conversation. I enjoyed their interactions together even though they were full of misunderstandings at the beginning. The friendship/courtship taking place on a ship was different and made for an interesting read. The bad guy was predictable once he was shown in an unfavorable light but that was ok. The "bad" girl Miss Cole surprised me at the end and I appreciated that she was able to redeem herself a little. I wished the ending had been different. At least an epilogue would have been nice. It just wrapped up so fast and all of the sudden it was over. Overall another success for the Proper Romance series.

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