The White Sails Series, Book Three
GRACE ARISING is the third full-length novel in The White Sails Series. The burgeoning 1840s New Holland wool market is irresistible to entrepreneurial souls prepared to brave the open oceans. Having survived unimaginable tragedy together, Grace and Seamus Fitzwilliam plan a fresh start aboard their new ship, Elias.
Lucius Chittenden, the new first mate, comes highly-recommended, and with the return of the trusted crew, the journey promises smooth sailing. The Elias is bursting with goods for the colony as well as shepherds for Gilly Downs, but it is not long before a theft is discovered, souring the mood aboard.
While Chittenden’s demand for expedience guarantees blistering speeds, it comes at a cost to the men’s morale, and sets Seamus and Grace at loggerheads. Seamus believes the officer pragmatic, Grace believes him cruel. When Chittenden’s cavalier attitude results in him shooting Seamus, Grace has Chittenden chained to the hold. With Seamus gravely injured, she assumes command of the Elias, taking responsibility for seeing her crew and family to safety.
The demands of navigating a tall ship across stormy seas, while trying to keep Seamus alive and managing her children, sees Grace bowed by duty. Sheer grit keeps her at the helm, affecting an air of steadfastness and complete control—but do the sailors see this in her? And will she make it to New Holland in time to save Seamus’s life?
Be prepared to be swept away from the smoggy skies of London, across the roiling Indian Ocean, and returned to beloved Gilly Downs in New South Wales as GRACE ARISING delivers more romantic, historical adventure, sea stories. The White Sails Series is a historical women's fiction trilogy, touted by readers as, if Bridgerton and Pirates of the Caribbean had a love child. See the next book in the series ...
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(Read by award-winning narrator, Siobhan Waring)
The striking illustrations that adorn each book in this series have been carefully tailored to entice the reader. This illustration shows a tight-knit family in the foreground, amid soft foliage and a cozy home. The background reveals boats on the ocean, quietly anticipating a journey. As in contrast, we learn that this peacefulness and stillness is not the case at all. There are gritty events to unfold with the ship’s crew. We even experience the torment and frustrations in recalling a time when women had no legal rights, and its effects on families. A well-researched book, #3 finds the family in the 1800’s, setting sail upon their new ship with anticipation ... This is a novel to read more than once because it’s tangy, electrifying and charming. — Ave Ventresca, BookBub Reviewer
I enjoyed the first two books in this series but I think I've enjoyed this one more. I really like Ms Lombard's characterisation. I feel I know these characters personally now. I imagine there must have been such a lot of women who went to Australia or America to be wives of men they'd never met, not knowing what awaited them. Grace's friend, Adelia reacted exactly as I would imagine a woman reacting to the circumstances she found - how lucky for her she had a friend like Grace. I can't imagine how Ms Lombard did her research into shipboard life in the 19th century, but she certainly brings it to life ... There were a few scenes where I really couldn't look away or read fast enough to find out what would happen. I laughed at Adelia's description of life with her new husband! — Jacqueline, Goodreads Reviewer
This third book in The White Sails Series is my favorite so far. The characters are truly developed, the scenic descriptions are spot on and her writing flows. I laughed, I definitely cried and I couldn't stop turning the pages to find out what happened next. I highly recommend this series for anyone who likes historical fiction with a dash of romance.. — Terri, Goodreads Reviewer
Lombard outdoes herself with the next installment of the White Sails Series. It is an absolutely beautiful expansion of the Fitswilliams' lives. Fans of Lombard will not be disappointed!
Anyone who enjoyed The Secret River, history, or who loves a gutsy heronine should read this!. — Hannah, Goodreads Reviewer
The Elias Voyage (1841 to 1843)