Book One of The White Sails Series
London 1826. wilful Grace Baxter, will not marry old Lord Silverton with his salivary incontinence and dead-mouse stink. Discovering she is a pawn in an arrangement between slobbery Silverton and her calculating father, Grace is devastated when Silverton reveals his true callous nature.
Refusing this fate, Grace resolves to stow away. Heading to the docks, disguised as a lad to ease her escape, she encounters smooth-talking naval recruiter, Gilly, who lures her aboard HMS Discerning with promises of freedom and exploration in South America.
When Grace’s big mouth lands her bare-bottomed over a cannon for insubordination, her identity is exposed. The captain wants her back in London but his orders, to chart the icy archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, forbid it. Lieutenant Seamus Fitzwilliam gallantly offers to take Grace off the fretting captain’s hands by placing her under his protection.
Grace must now win over the crew she betrayed with her secret, while managing her feelings towards her taciturn protector, whose obstinate chivalry stifles her new-found independence. But when Grace disregards Lieutenant Fitzwilliam’s warnings about the dangers of the unexplored archipelago, it costs a friend his life and she realises she is not as free as she believes.
From London to South America, Discerning Grace captures the spirit of an independent woman whose feminine lens blows the ordered patriarchal decks of a 19th century tall ship to smithereens.
Grace on the Horizon
Book Two of The White Sails Series
Cast adrift on a raft of shame in 1830s London society, Grace once again seeks sanctuary at sea. But someone aboard the Clover keeps sabotaging the life she is attempting to build with Seamus. Will Grace discover who it is before he destroys her completely?
Book Three of The White Sails Series
A new clipper ship means a new adventure. With Seamus gravely injured, and the First Mate an incompetent risk-taker, it's up to Grace to see the crew and her family to safety. Can she reach the New Holland wool market ahead of their competitors, and in time to save Seamus's life?
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