Title: Stealing the First Mate
Author: Tabitha Bouldin
Series: Elnora Island, book 4 (Independence Islands, book 11)
Major Themes: Romance
Synopsis: Nigel made a big mistake when he was young, and was forbidden to even think about Darcy, whose passion for years had been to be a wife and mother—but he couldn’t stop thinking about her!
I decided I wanted to review Stealing the First Mate for two reasons. One, I was reading wonderful reviews about the books in the Independence Islands series, and that they were much deeper reading than most romance books. Two, I had never read anything by Tabitha Bouldin and wanted to know if I would enjoy her books. I found the setting of this story quite different—a pirate ship that performed skits with a Christian message while giving tours around the islands!
Nigel was a crew member on board the Pirate’s Treasure. He had been in love with the owner’s daughter Darcy ever since he was six years old—but her father forbade him to even think about her because of a foolish mistake he made when he was 16. Nigel was ever so thankful that Darcy didn’t know about it, and made sure she never knew about his feelings for her.
Darcy had wanted, ever since she could remember, to be a wife and mother. She tried everything she could think of to find Mr. Right. Every single date she went on, though, turned out to be awful. What could she do to find the right man? Finally, she just gave up—God must be telling her that marriage wasn’t for her.
Since they had been best friends for practically their entire lives, Darcy confided her doubts to Nigel. What could he do but listen and offer what advice he had from God’s word? And then, things came to a head between Nigel and Darcy’s father. What could he do now?
I really liked the depth of faith that Nigel displayed. I liked the thought, expressed by one of Darcy’s friends, that the very best marriage is when you wake up every morning beside your best friend. I did not like the sensual passages, like “All the moisture fled his mouth at the luscious curves the red material made no attempt to hide.” I did like the advice offered to both Nigel and Darcy by Mel, Darcy’s friend. So, my feelings about this book are a bit mixed. There are things I like, and things I don’t. If you love clean romance, you’ll like Stealing the First Mate. Oh, there was one other thing I really loved—CC, the little girl we meet in the first chapter on board the boat! She’s delightful.
I received a review copy of this book from CelebrateLit, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
WARNING: As I mentioned in the last paragraph.