The Captain’s Quest: Review

Hello! I’m back after a brief absence which I can only explain by one thing: finals. Now that school is wrapping up, I’m excited to be back! I have some big plans for this summer and I can’t wait to get into them.

4 stars

Prose: 4/5
Romance: 5/5
Characters: 4/5
Plot: 4/5

Prose:

Very engaging and well-written, but nothing special. The child featured in the story was also well written which is always refreshing to see!

Romance:

This was by far the author’s strength in this particular book! Both Pricilla and Tobias are complex and mutli-faceted characters. I love their growth together and the relationship that comes out of it.

Characters:

Similar to the romance, this was a very good point of the novel! Although there were only a few characters that the novel chose to focus on, the ones that it did had some amazing development.

Plot:

I’m going to be entirely honest, I don’t really remember that much of the plot! The characters stood out to me much more than the plot. I did enjoy the little bit more faced-paced type of plot in this novel, and it definitely had more action than some other romances.

Overall:

This book was worth reading for the characters alone, and I highly recommend it! It has some strong Christian elements that I loved and is a great example of two people coming together.

Content:

Probably for a bit more mature audience, I think one character is pregnant (a married non-POV character), and there’s a few scenes that deal with death, blood, and injuries. The most disturbing is a previously dead body (the death happened off-screen before the characters found the woman). It’s still very lightly described, just more than a normal romance. Probably 14+

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

The Captain's Quest
About the Book

Book:  The Captain’s Quest Author: Lorri Dudley Genre: Christian Historical Romance Release date: June 22, 2021

Innocent mistakes can have dire consequences. 

Pricilla Middleton only attended the Lemoore house party to keep her friend out of trouble. Now, her only chance to keep from becoming a gossip column headline is to sneak aboard her brother’s ship and pretend she’d been visiting him instead of taking part in the debacle. Before she can speak to her brother, the ship sets sail, and the man in charge is not at all who she expects.

Captain Tobias Prescott, son of an infamous war hero, has been assigned on a critical mission to deploy warships in St. Kitts for battle in New Orleans. Unfortunately, his orders require him to assume command of a friend’s ship, and he must weigh anchor the instant the former captain is escorted down the gangplank. When they reach open waters, the last thing he expects is to find a woman hiding in the captain’s cabin, yet his mission is too urgent to return her to England.

The Middleton name has always brought Tobias trouble, and Pricilla is no exception. As the waters clear and the temperature warms, the danger escalates too. Yet Tobias discovers the intuitive and strong woman who struggles to hide her anxiety is nothing like her disloyal brother. He may lose the opportunity to help his country, but perhaps he can still save the woman who’s rescued his heart.

You can purchase a copy of the novel here!

About the Author

Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household. Find her online at www.lorridudley.com.

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More from Lorri

Priscilla Middleton’s character begged for her story to be told. The Captain’s Quest is the fourth book in the Leeward Island series. While it can read as a stand-alone, the heroine, Priscilla, had a brief guest appearance at the beginning of book two, The Merchant’s Yield, as Lottie’s closest friend. With Lottie now living on the isle of St. Kitts, that left Priscilla to navigate the London season all on her own. I imagined what mischief a young woman would find whose parents allowed her too much freedom, especially with her friend, the voice of reason, across the Atlantic.

When my close friend moved to Michigan, the loss of her physical presence left me feeling disoriented, lost, and out of place, even in familiar surroundings. There was loneliness, a desperate need to replace what was missing, and fears about being forgotten. In Lottie’s absence, Priscilla clings to an unhealthy friendship, landing herself in a precarious situation, with no other option but to hide aboard her brother’s ship to save her reputation and that of her family.

The biggest issue with running from problems is that we can’t run from ourselves. Priscilla avoids one catastrophe only to walk right into another as Captain Tobias Prescott takes command of the ship. She blames the brooding captain for her predicament only to realize she’s battling the wrong enemy. The more Priscilla tries to hide from the problems she must face within herself, the further she drifts from everyone she knows and the chance to be fully loved.

Although Priscilla’s story was drafted pre-pandemic, her struggles are similar to those that surfaced during the lockdowns. Anxiety, loneliness, isolation, fear, and feelings of being disregarded mounted as the pandemic spread. Vacations, Thanksgivings, and Christmases were canceled. Families couldn’t visit or see each other—the feeling of being forgotten sliced open raw wounds.

Cory Ashbury’s song Reckless Love was popular as I plotted The Captain’s Quest, and the lyrics from the book of Matthew of how God will leave the ninety-nine to chase after the one lost sheep developed Priscilla’s story. Through its comical mishaps, dramatic twists, and struggles to prevail, The Captain’s Quest is a reminder of the heights, depths, and lengths that our great God will go to show His passionate love for us.

To learn more, checkout my website at LorriDudley.com, or watch The Captain’s Quest book trailer by clicking here: The Captain’s Quest trailer.

-Lorri

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