Thursday, November 15, 2012

Molly Evangeline - The Pirate Daughter's Promise

The Pirate Daughter's Promise
Pirates and Faith

By Molly Evangeline

Kindle Edition Available

Product Description (from Amazon) 

Orphaned at a young age, Skylar McHenry grew up as little more than a servant and shunned by everyone around her because of her reputation as a pirate's daughter. Each day Skye faces is marked by some new struggle. Her only hope is to rely on her heavenly Father's care and comfort and the solace of her best friend, Will, who has become more than dear to her.

Just when an unexpected encounter gives Skye a small glimmer of hope that things might change in her favor, her world is shattered. She is awakened in the night by cannon blasts. Pirates storm the orphanage, drag her away, and force her aboard their ship. The cruel captain's intentions are clear. He will extract from her, through any means necessary, the location of the treasure hidden by her father. For Skye to divulge the location would mean breaking the last promise she made to him. She's certain she never will, but what happens when the lives of those dearest to her are at stake?

The Pirate Daughter's Promise is full of daring high seas adventure; sweet, wholesome romance; surprising discoveries; unlikely new friends; and the rewards of trusting in God even when life seems impossible.

About the Author (from Amazon)

Molly Evangeline has been using her active imagination to create stories since she was eight years old, encouraged by her mom's own love for writing. For years she wrote as a pastime until age fifteen when she began writing her first historical Christian novel, The Pirate Daughter's Promise, book one of her Pirates & Faith series. Three years later, it became the first of her books to be published.

Molly credits her success to God and her mom's teaching, guidance, and decision to homeschool her from kindergarten through high school. Since graduating she has actively pursued her independent writing career while living with her family in Wisconsin.

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O.Scarlett! REVIEW by Kendra

After reading and reviewing the first two books of Molly’s fantasy trilogy, I offered to read and review her Historical Fiction as well.

The Pirate Daughter’s Promise was Molly’s first book, so I knew that to have the same high expectations I had gleaned from Makilien would be unreasonable. Pirates aren’t my usual forte, but I do enjoy good historical fiction, so I was willing to give it a go.

The prologue was somewhat hard to get into, but I knew to expect that from reading other reviews. Once I got past the prologue, it was a whirlwind of a book that twisted and turned and kept me guessing. I was never able to guess what would happen to Skye – all I knew was that somehow she and Will would somehow come through in the end (and that only from reading the description of the second book). My biggest complaint in that area is that the twists felt, at times, contrived. They were too out of the blue. They made sense after they were explained … but … still …

While reading the book, I couldn’t help but compare Skye to Makilien. On the whole, I think I preferred Skye as a main character and as a person in general. She seemed more human to me – more of a woman. She was already a good fighter at the beginning of the book, but it made sense because she spent her first seven years of her life on the open sea, and the village weapon smith – who is pretty much her only friend beyond Will – helped her keep her skills up. Not only that, her years in the orphanage had softened her. Her name bothered me as out of place for the era, but I got used to it. It suited her.

Normally pirates and faith don’t mix – but it did for this book. The pirates aren’t the good guys. Skye’s father, though he had been a pirate, repented of his crimes. His treasure was amassed of the rewards he had gotten for recapturing and returning what pirates had stolen from others.

However, due to his pirate past, he was arrested and put in prison. Then punished the way all pirates ought to be punished: hanging. Skye was only seven. The last time she saw him he extracted from her a promise to never tell anyone where the treasure is hidden. Until she’s eighteen, the promise is easy. She’s in an orphanage, and there’s no one who wants to know, and even those she is close to would not be able to help her get the treasure. Telling would be pointless, and possibly dangerous.

But then the man that had been her father’s captain during his pirate days appears and kidnaps her. And his goal isn’t exactly a pleasure cruise. He’s got his heart set on that treasure, you see, and she’s the only one who knows where it is hidden.

This is a beautiful story, though it was a tad bit rough around the edges. I recommend it just as highly as I do her Fantasy trilogy. I’m eager to read the rest of the series once I finish with the last book of her trilogy.

Genre/Theme: Pirates, historical fiction, Christian

Reading Level:  TEEN - upper elementary to middle school
Profanity: NONE - no offensive language – the pirates are mentioned to use bad words, but the actual words are left unsaid
Sexuality: NONE - not even hinted at

Quite a bit of fighting, involving people dying. Whipping and starvation are employed to try to convince Skye to give up the location to her father’s treasure.

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