Captain Easterday's Bargain

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 30 Apr 2019

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I just could'nt seem to connect with any of the characters at all, i somehow liked Olivia but she got a bit dull after a while and i had problems following the story in the book. i think it's a little "it's me, not you" - kind of thing.
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Enjoyed this book. Kept me interested all the way through. Would recommend to a fellow reader.  Love the cover.
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When it comes to women, Captain Marcus Easterday has little luck. He’s been jilted twice in the past, and when he looks at both instances with a rational eye, neither woman was suited to him. Nor is he looking for a possible wife the day he walks into Cantarell Shipping to explore the possibility of exporting textiles to the American colonies and the West Indies. The appearance of a woman from the inner office in this section of London, who asks what she can do for him, stuns him.

The odds are stacked against Olivia Cantarell simply because she’s a woman, but she is determined to take over her father’s business now that he’s deceased. After all, she’s worked half her life with him and knows every facet of the shipping business. But, as Captain Easterday points out, the docks and wharves are dangerous places for a genteel woman. Nor is she permitted to enter alehouses, ordinaries, or even Lloyd’s Coffee House where shipping business is regularly conducted. For that, she requires a competent clerk, but hers tendered his resignation because he could not abide working for a woman. When Easterday offers her a loan of his clerk’s assistant, she agrees.

Aunt Rachel fails to comprehend why her niece insists on going to the office. From her perspective, Olivia needs to marry a potential suitor, which Olivia is reluctant to do since once she does, her husband will own everything, including the shipping business and her. Whatever would she do with herself if she didn’t have her work? To appease her aunt, Olivia agrees to attend an assembly – prime husband-hunting ground, from her aunt’s perspective – but for the purpose of making business contacts. She not only meets Easterday again but also makes the acquaintance of Ambrose Hawkins, an importer who flatters her with attention. Rather than fall head over heels for him, she has a hard time deciding what she thinks of him. As her father once said, “he looks and talks like a gentleman, but has the heart of a pirate.” (63) Nor does Ambrose’s idea of a wife jive with hers.

When two Cantarell shipments turn up missing, Olivia turns to Easterday for help. His investigation leads to the real possibility that this theft was an inside job. In attempting to locate the culprit, he discovers the man also received a sizeable bribe from Ambrose. What information could Hawkins want and how does this knowledge impact Olivia?

Further complicating Olivia’s life is the fact that two strangers keep watch on her office. One of her errand boys is abducted and questioned, and her second clerk is forced into hiding. Hawkins becomes overzealous in his pursuit of Olivia, and then Easterday is forced to make an unusual bargain with her to protect her reputation. When word reaches him Olivia is in grave danger, he questions the wisdom of that bargain and how best to ensure that she comes to no harm.

The cover of this book with its ship, chart, and nautical instruments, all of which suggest this is a story set on the high seas, may mislead some readers. Instead, this sweet historical romance takes place in 1740, and offers readers insight into eighteenth-century shipping industry and occasional glimpses into seamier sections of the city. Buckley vividly recreates a period in time in which a woman’s role was greatly restrained and Olivia is a delightful heroine with pluck and determination to succeed in spite of the odds against her. Marcus is an unassuming hero who is not afraid to bargain with a woman and is willing to admit that first impressions aren’t necessarily correct ones. Captain Easterday’s Bargain is entertaining and adventurous, with some secondary characters who almost steal the limelight from the triangle of Olivia, Marcus, and Ambrose.
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The first several chapters in this book had me totally confused, but I pressed on and by the end when I finally caught up to the story I started enjoying it. 

My biggest enjoyment in the story was Olivia, I loved her courage and how she stood up to the men, which is unheard of in this time and kept her father’s business running with Captian Easterday help.

Now, let’s get back to my confusion. The first few chapters are of Marcus Easterday and his betrothal  Mariah, which I assume it was to help get a backdrop but it ended up being too confusing and I almost quit, but I am glad I didn’t.

If you can press on several chapters until you really get into Olivia’s story and finally the romantic connection between her and Easterday, you just might enjoy this story.
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I could not get into this book. I read the first few pages and could understand what was going on, who was being spoken about. Couldn't go on.
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Olivia Cantarell had inherited the family business from her father.  He was a shipping magnate and now she was in charge.  But, women were supposed stay home and run the household and let the men run the business.  She was not about to step aside for any man and as she began to be courted, she realized that if she ever wanted to marry, her husband would then own her and her business.  There was no way she was going to allow that to happen.  She was on the shelf, as it were already because she was older than most women who were of marriageable age.  

Captain Marcus Easterday was a gentleman who also ran a successful business.  He had been a captain aboard a ship and now was mostly on land.  He was known for his honesty and decency.  He had been jilted twice by younger, flighty women.  He was no approaching 40 years of age and convinced that he would remain a bachelor.  He saw a need with Oliva Cantarell and he wanted to help.  He could see she was a woman of intelligence and strength, both characteristics that he admired greatly.  When he saw an opportunity to help her, he came forward.  She began to rely on his help and before long a bargain was struck that would benefit them both.

This story was well written, with well crafted characters.  There was drama, suspense, kidnappings and romance.  It was a clean story that told about the seedier sides of London commerce but without being a seedy story.  I was given an arc copy of this book and I willingly offer my review.
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Captain Easterday’s Bargain
by Kathleen Buckley

I found this book to be a difficult read. As you begin the story it’s so abrupt that it felt like the beginning was forgotten to be put in.

I would say that is not an Era I would ever want to live in. But if you like this era than this book may be for you.

Some of the characters were strong and detailed so you felt you knew them. There were some that felt thrown in. As for the plot, it dragged at places, but ended with a nice ending.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Thank you net galley for the advance read copy of this novel.   This novel started off in what felt like the middle of the story.  In fact I went back to net galley description to make sure this wasn't a second novel that I had started before reading the first.   I could not grasp plot or characters and did not finish this book.   It may work for other readers but not for me.
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I wasn’t fussed on this at all, it sounded good but it was slow paced and I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, the plot felt all over the place. A no from me.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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I read the first three chapters but found the prose chewy and somewhat dull. No review published. I read the first three chapters but found the prose chewy and somewhat dull. No review published.
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I am giving a fair and honest review for this ARC.  My goodness what a long, well told story.  So many characters and such plot twists!  The beginning of the book threw me a bit and I thought, hmm, this is not going to be good because it seemed to be in the middle of nowhere.  However the story did coalesce into a very readable tale.
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