A Captain for Caroline Gray

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Pub Date Mar 02 2021 | Archive Date Mar 16 2021

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Regency London

Caroline Gray’s third season in London society ends as badly as her first two—no marriage proposal, no suitor, not even a glimmer of an interested prospect. She suspects it’s because she is far too quick to speak her mind to men who are put off by her forthright opinions, her eager intellect backed by a formal education, and her unconventional ideas about the future. She is far more daring than demure to suit the taste of her class. Besides, Caroline thinks there will always be next season to find a husband.

However, her family’s dwindling income leaves Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: a one-way ticket to sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend waits. If the match doesn’t work, Caroline cannot return home.

Captain Thomas Scott loves the thrill of the open sea, and as commander of one of the ships of the “Fishing Fleet,” he ferries scores of young English girls to the shores of India to find husbands. The voyages pay well, but he struggles to understand why families would allow young women to be matched with total strangers so far away.

The trips have always been routine and uneventful—until this trip’s first night’s dinner with one Miss Caroline Gray. She engages in a lively political conversation, presenting opposing viewpoints to the conventionally opinionated gentlemen at her table. Captain Scott is secretly amused and delighted at her boldness, not to mention quite drawn to her beauty.

The rest of the passengers are shocked by her behavior and Caroline finds herself an outcast, suffering harsh judgments from the other passengers. However, she finds an unlikely ally in Captain Scott which quickly draws them closer.

Both know an arranged marriage awaits Caroline at the end of their voyage, yet the attraction between them is undeniable. Caroline will have to decide if she will honor her mother’s wishes and marry a man in India whom she has never met—thus securing a future for her and her mother—or be brave enough to throw convention to the wind and commit to love a sea captain. He may be enchanted by her bold and unconventional ways, but will his love and admiration last?

Regency London

Caroline Gray’s third season in London society ends as badly as her first two—no marriage proposal, no suitor, not even a glimmer of an interested prospect. She suspects it’s because...

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I love Caroline. She is intelligent, curious and well spoken in a world where it is frowned upon. She has had four seasons but is unable to secure a marriage proposal because of her bluestocking ways. Due to circumstances beyond her control she finds herself on a ship bound for India to meet a possible future husband. Captain Scott doesn't want or need a distraction but Caroline might just be too much for him to ignore. This is a really fun clean romance. There is adventure, wit and romance. But I would have loved an Epilogue as it did end a bit abruptly.

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Caroline Gray is well educated and speaks her mind. Unfortunately, in the Regency era that isn't what society and men of the ton are wanting in a spouse. After not landing a husband in her few seasons she is given one last chance. A society mother has offered to pay half her passage to India as a potential English bride to her third son.

On shipboard she meets a few other woman who also are hoping to land husbands after a three month journey across the sea. Captain Thomas Scott is in charge of his ship, cargo and passengers. He is intrigued by Caroline who has interests in stars, batteries and politics. He also doesn't see that his attention can cause problems for Caroline from others who don't appreciate her candor.

I liked learning about the "fishing fleet", woman who went to new countries to get a husband knowing you many never return to England. I also enjoyed seeing the life at sea for the passengers. This was a quick read and happily was squeaky clean. My only disappointment was how quickly it ended. This book needs an epilogue. Thanks to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain for an ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review.

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Wow, to think so much could happen on a boat from England to India. I loved this book, the two main characters were both flawed and fabulous. Caroline and Thomas had great chemistry and were both exceedingly stubborn.

I will say that the set up of the book left me uneasy about what would happen when they reached their destination. There were seeds that were perfectly planted in the story to add just enough to keep me hooked. I read this in one sitting and regret nothing.

It wouldn't be a proper romance without a happily ever after that added just enough of a twist to be more than satisfying. I look forward to more from this author and will definitely purchase this one once it is released.

I received a complimentary e-copy and this is my honest review.

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you were transported back to the regency era where women must be demure, seen and not heard, and very different from the typical modern woman? If so, Caroline Gray is going to be a relatable character. She has such a thirst for knowledge that is well-matched with her personality of exuberance for life. Caroline's struggles are real, with a struggle to find her place in a world that doesn't want her.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. While set in the regency era, it tells of a different place than the ballrooms and drawing rooms that are so popular. Instead, the setting is the wide, open sea and the adventure of India. This was a great addition to the regency novel world in a different and innovative way.

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A Captain for Caroline Gray by Julie Wright is an excellent historical fiction romance that kept me enamored from beginning to end.

This book takes place early 1800s England and we follow the wonderfully unique, however misunderstood Caroline Gray and her travels aboard a vessel to India for a potential arranged marriage as a “last ditch” effort by her family to secure a marriage and financial position for Caroline and her mother after many “failed” attempts for a husband during her seasons. On her travels there, she becomes aquatinted with the ship’s Captain Thomas Scott where they are both able to find one another’s quirks, true strengths, and find a blossoming relationship from within each other. Should Caroline stay on the pre-arranged plan that her mother has secured for her and risk being unhappy and unfulfilled in life, or should she break free, use her heart as her own compass, and find a life full of purpose, true love, and happiness with this dashing and passionate man she has found aboard the ship?

Such a wonderful plot with the fundamental questions and goals presented: what is our purpose, can we find happiness, and the search for love, understanding, acceptance, and faith.

I love both Caroline and Thomas. Both are so real, complex, lively, passionate, like able, imperfect, and have a fire inside of them that should not be left to dissipate. Caroline is smart, fiery, a good person, and a woman before her time. Thomas is the perfect counterpart for Caroline. After a few misunderstandings and obstacles, they find that they fit perfectly together.
I love the descriptions of the naval history, the surroundings, and the events that take place aboard these long sea voyages. I learned something about The Fishing Fleet women and this societal practice. It is something I knew nothing about. I love it when I can learn something knew while I am enjoying a wonderful story.

Truly great from beginning to end.

5/5 stars

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I just love Julie Wright and was so excited to read her new book, A Captain for Caroline Gray. The book is very intriguing. The setting is aboard a ship on its way to India. The characters are awesome and the plot was engaging with lots of suspense! I highly recommend this fun, clean, romance!

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A great story of forced choices possibly leading to happiness where it is not expected by anyone
After four seasons Caroline was still unmarried. Yes, she had gentlemen interested in her but when they discovered that she was educated, curious and thoughtful they lost interest. She was unconcerned until her widowed mother explains that there is not money for a fifth and they need to leave their home. Caroline’s only available hope a possible marriage to a man in India, his parents having seen her and felt her to be a good match. With that decision his parents agreed to finance half of her fare to India. Her mother the second half fare, leaving no money for a return trip if the arrangement did not work out. So, we see Caroline boarding a ship with other women looking for husbands when their options in England ran out. Captain Thomas Scott had ferried many women from England to India along with cargo for trade and he always remained unimpressed and unresponsive to the women and their attentions. He expected the women on this voyage and Caroline to be no different. As trip progresses Captain Scott becomes more impressed with the beautiful woman who treats his crew with respect and caring, is intelligent with strong opinions and not afraid to express herself. When Caroline discovers a problem on board the ship and reports to Captain Scott, a series of events are set in motion events that could lead to loss of life, trade goods and the ship. A very well written book with romance, intrigue, and a dose of reality concerning what voyages entailed. I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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The characters are believable and fascinating to read about. They quickly come to feel like real people you can actually care about as friends. Or in some cases, be wary of as enemies.

Caroline is ahead of her time, thirsting after knowledge in a time when women were expected to be demure and ignorant to science and politics.
As a modern reader, it's difficult to understand why Caroline would have felt so desperate as to go to India in search of a husband, particularly given her cousin's kindness. Perhaps some time introducing his bride to be and getting to know her would have made this clearer.

I found Captain Scott equal parts intriguing and frustrating. He frequently thinks to apologise (usually after being given a stern talking to by one of his lieutenants), but rarely follows through with it. Though he values Caroline's intelligence and wisdom, I felt that she deserved better than someone who would continually jump to the wrong conclusions and refuse to ask questions before leaping down her throat each time. I liked how well she stood up to him and particularly enjoyed a scene when she put him in his place and refused to provide an explanation that he was clearly reluctant to hear.

Despite my feelings about the Captain, I found it almost impossible to put this book down. A thought provoking read that provides a small glimpse into the lives of women who travelled into the unknown in hopes of finding love, happiness, and stability.

I would love to see Caroline's story continued further.

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4,5 stars

I liked this story. It was a very clean romance. Lots of historical content about the fishing fleet, young ladies sent out to India to fish for husbands. The mores of the time and the characters and attitudes seemed to ring true. I think I'd have stuck with the old name of Bombay rather than the modern equivalent because it is a historical story. I'd have liked perhaps an epilogue to find out how Thomas and Caroline got on after the voyage.

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

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I'm so glad that I live in a world where women who are smart and curious and have a thirst for knowledge are not looked down upon!

Caroline is a heroine that any modern girl will like because she speaks her mind. Her honesty and her fire were so admirable but she has the misfortune of living in a time when those were not desirable traits for a woman to possess. Hence the need to travel to India in search of a husband.

Captain Scott was well written and of course he would appreciate a woman who was smart and could hold an intelligent conversation. I enjoyed their interactions together even though they were full of misunderstandings at the beginning. The friendship/courtship taking place on a ship was different and made for an interesting read.

The bad guy was predictable once he was shown in an unfavorable light but that was ok. The "bad" girl Miss Cole surprised me at the end and I appreciated that she was able to redeem herself a little.

I wished the ending had been different. At least an epilogue would have been nice. It just wrapped up so fast and all of the sudden it was over.

Overall another success for the Proper Romance series.

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I adore Julie Wright and was thrilled to read her new book, A Captain for Caroline Gray. The book is completely captivating. The setting is aboard a ship on its way to India. The characters are intriguing and the plot was engaging with plenty of suspense! I highly recommend this fun, clean, and quick read!

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This was a sweet romance in a unique setting on a ship to India.

Caroline is on her way to meet a potential groom in India after circumstances make it difficult to stay in England for financial reasons. She’s intelligent and always wants to learn more and isn’t afraid to share her opinions which means she’s a few seasons in with no marriage proposal. Thomas is the captain of the ship she’s taking to India who likes the sea but wouldn’t have chosen it himself. He tends to pity the women he takes to India since many gentleman there are less than honorable.

I liked both Caroline and Thomas. Particularly, I liked how Thomas liked Caroline - he appreciates her personality, even what she considers faults, and wants her to stay true to herself. There romance was sweet even if it was predictable. My favorite secondary character would have to be Peterson - he was a great friend and had me laughing at times too.

The only reason I’m giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is that the ending felt too abrupt. I feel like the relationship in terms of Caroline and Thomas acknowledging that they love each other was complete but I have so many questions about their future - does Thomas decide to leave his ship behind? Does Caroline travel with him if he keeps his ship? Do they go back to England?

I’m looking forward to reading other books by Julie Wright!

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4 1/2 stars (it needs an epilogue!).

I really enjoyed reading this story set primarily during a sea voyage to India. Such a refreshing setting!

Caroline Gray is an intelligent young woman who doesn't shy away from speaking her mind. Unfortunately, men of the ton are not fans of outspoken girls and she doesn't have any prospects of marriage. With her father's death, her cousin inherits the house and the situation gets worse.

When an acquaintance of her mother offers to pay for half of a passage to India for Caroline to meet her son who lives there, Caroline takes the chance since it's the only one she has.

I really liked the narrative of life in the ship and the characters' interactions. Caroline is not the only young woman going to India in search of a husband, but they don't all become friends.

Thomas is the captain of the ship and he's immediately attracted to Caroline's intellect and outspokenness during the first dinner aboard. During the voyage, they form a friendship, despite the obstacles.

Caroline is a great character to follow on her journey (figurative and literal) as she learns her place in society while keeping true to herself. I liked how Thomas tries to take care of everyone and although he has his faults, he also makes amends.

The ending came too quickly and left me partly unsatisfied at the abruptness. An epilogue with and update would be perfect.

I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

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Caroline Gray though very pretty, has been unable to secure a husband during three London seasons. Caroline is well educated and speaks her mind, and those qualities are not attractive to men of the ton. Caroline's father has passed away and the estate is entailed on Caroline's cousin. Caroline's cousin has become engaged and Caroline and her mother will lose their home as a result.

The situation for Caroline and her mother is dire, and Caroline's mother has made arrangements for Caroline to sail to India to join other English women in hopes of finding a husband. In exchange for half of the fare to India, Caroline must meet with her possible suitor, Mr. Barritt, on three separate occasions. With trepidation Caroline sets sail for the three month journey to India and encounters the undeniably attractive Captain Scott, who is one of the captains that transports British women to India to find husbands. The Captain is not only attracted to her by her beauty, but he also finds her conversation refreshing and interesting -- unlike the men of the ton.

A Captain for Caroline was a real page turner for me; it transported me to a different time and place where women boarded ships to India "fishing for" husbands. I advise that you don't pick up this book before bed, because you will not get much sleep! I enjoyed the setting of the ship as well as the time spent in India; it was a refreshing change from the ballroom setting in most Regency novels. I loved Caroline's character. She knows that she is too outspoken, but she just can't help herself. At varying times, she tries to suppress her natural inclination to join in on discussions of politics and science to try to fit in on the ship and in India. I enjoyed Caroline's strong personality. The tension and attraction between Caroline and Captain Scott kept me reading! Caroline is not at liberty to grow attached to the Captain Scott, as she has another Captain waiting for her in India that she has a duty to become better acquainted with. In this book, people are not always as they seem, and Caroline's adventures continue as she disembarks from the ship and immerses herself in the English society in India and as she begins to get acquainted with Mr. Barritt.

I am not very familiar with the author Julie Wright, but I will surely look into her other books as this book was a treat to read, and it was "clean" to boot!

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This was a very good book! I really liked Caroline and her approach to her predicament. I wish there would have been more of an epilogue so that the book could have gone on longer!

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4.5 stars
I am so glad I picked up an ARC of this book. It was a fun read. I always love a regency woman who doesn't "know her place". Caroline has been educated to ask questions and keep learning through life and she is outspoken in her opinions so she does not fit in. It would be so hard to leave everything you know and love to go to a foreign land believing you'd never see any of it again so I appreciated that the author gave her a legitimate reason to make the trip to India to wed.

I loved Caroline and Captain Scott both. He is pretty surly in the beginning but her outspokenness endears her to him. Both of these characters are flawed and both of them learn from their mistakes and become better people.

I thought the resolve at the end was appropriate given Caroline's outspokenness. She isn't willing to sit around doing nothing when she is being true to herself. I would have loved an epilogue though. I wanted a peek into their future.

Fun read!

Sex: no
Language: no
Violence: yes. Child abuse, fighting with knives and guns resulting in deaths, attempted kidnapping, tiger attack. Minimal detailed description.
*I received a complimentary ARC of this book through NetGalley and voluntarily chose to review it.

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It was really easy to get into this book and want to continue reading it. It had a great plot and was a fun read. I loved reading this book and would definitely recommend reading it!!!

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Many thanks to Shadow Mountain - not only were they gracious enough to allow me to read this early, but they're also singlehandedly keeping me in one of my favorite romance subgenres: historical nautical romance. (If they could just publish a pirate one next, I'll be beyond happy.)

The story is exceptionally well-written. Julie Wright manages to keep the language of 1820 without it feeling fussy or making Caroline feel anachronistic. She's a well-educated woman who is consistently told that her intelligence makes her unfeminine, and unlike in most other historical romances to star bluestockings, the attitudes of those around her absolutely support the text's assertion. She's not socially awkward or unattractive like many a brainy heroine, she's just <i>smart</i> and well-spoken, and that's enough to make her unacceptable to most of the society she lives in. That the events of the story give her a chance to showcase her intelligence is also nice - unlike many a supposedly smart heroine, Caroline truly does think things through and act like the educated woman she is (lashing herself to the ship during a storm, for example). It's an excellent example of showing rather than repeatedly telling, and it pays off.

If I have one gripe, it's that Thomas, the hero, can be almost unbearably priggish, especially towards the end of the book. I wanted them to end up together because it's what Caroline wanted, not because I loved them as a couple. That was enough to make the ending work for me, but I could see it being a bit of a deal breaker for another reader. There's also one loose end that sort of bothers me - the package placed in Caroline's room when she boards the ship - but that could conceivably be fixed in the final edition.

Long story short, this is a good book, whether you're a regular romance reader or not. Now I'm just waiting for my proper pirate romance, Shadow Mountain!

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An engaging Proper Romance, "A Captain for Caroline Gray" is penned by the new-to-me author Julie Wright. It depicts the issues and prevailing popular views of those living in Regency England.

Considered unmarriageable due to her bluestocking ways (read intelligent, articulate, erudite), Caroline Gray embarks on a "fishing fleet" to India. She and some of her fellow travelers plan to find husbands.

Caroline is truly delightful. Her thirst for knowledge was a mocked liability, something that is rightly lauded now. She even discusses the Peterloo Massacre; an irritating male passenger is offended. However, Captain Thomas Scott proves to be her perfect companion, although there are pitfalls along the way.

The characters are well-developed. There are few grammatical errors, and the history is interesting and well-researched. I thoroughly enjoyed Wright's writing style, and I hope she publishes more historical novels. 4+ stars

Thanks to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for an ARC of this entertaining novel.

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3 1/2 stars for this historical regency romance about a woman on her way to meet a prospective husband while stumbling into another man along the way. I've really enjoyed the other books I've read by this author, all three of which are contemporary romance so I was surprised to see a historical romance book by the author available on netgalley. I really enjoyed the two main characters and the overall plot. I was wishing for a little more development in the characters and a bit more to the plot, but overall I found it to be an interesting and enjoyable read. It really helps readers glimpse what it must have been like for English women to leave everything else behind in order to find a husband and start a family in the completely different society established in India. Thank you netgalley for a free advanced copy. I love the proper romance genre and know that I can always trust this genre no matter what the story is about, I always find something to enjoy! I look forward to continuing to read the proper romance stories!

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I always enjoy reading books written by Julie Wright and was excited to read her new Regency Romance, A Captain for Caroline Gray.
Most of the book takes place on board a ship sailing to India. It was a fun change of setting from the typical London Ballrooms.
The Heroine Caroline is a great character. She is likeable and you really feel for her as you watch her learn her place in society and as she learns to be true to herself.
I really loved reading this book and will defiantly recommend it to others. I only wish it had an epilogue. It ends rather abruptly and left me wanting to know how their story ends.

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Wonderful historical romance. I really liked it. Strong characters, good plot. There were times I wanted to knock the two main characters heads together and yell at them to just share what they really felt—but that's part of a good romance, right? Overcoming the blocks to a happy ending. Good book!

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I loved the storyline in this book. It follows Caroline through several life changing decisions. It also follows her friends and side character's as they grow, or don't, depending on the character and their choices. The love story is beautifully written and has enough opposition to keep the story flowing. Julie Wright has succeeded in her first foray into regency romance.

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I was enchanted by 'A Captain for Caroline Gray' from the first page. The setting on a ship to India was intriguing and instructive. I felt anguish for the many characters and at times didn't see how it could turn out positively. My only 'criticism' of this book was that I didn't want it to end, literally. I wanted to see what happens next and I sincerely wish Julie Wright would consider a sequel. I can't recommend it highly enough.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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This book drew me in and I couldn't put it down. I loved this book and could have turned right around and read it again.
Caroline Gray's prospects for marriage have dwindled, since the announcement of her cousin's engagement. Who also inherits her childhood home. Caroline's mother, accepts, a last chance offer for Caroline. She is to board the ship Persistance, with the destination of, Mumbai, India, there she will meet Captain Barritt, and hopefully, gain a marriage proposal.
Caroline is not like the other young ladies her age, she has an opinion about everything and isn't afraid to share it. Unfortunately, this trait was not in her favor, durning her first, second and third seasons in London. Caroline's future does not look bright.
Captain Thomas Scott's, least favorite voyage, is when young ladies are on board his ship, heading to India, all looking for a husband. He rarely even acknowledges, that they are on board. He really dislikes one out spoken young lady, who goes by Miss. Gray. He is bound and the to steer clear of her.
I loved Caroline., she was such a fun character.Julie Wright, has done it again, what a fun read.

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Cute read. Can't go wrong with a happy ending. Caroline is a headstrong, curious want and she definitely meets her match with her Captain.

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Another great romance from Julie Wright!! Caroline is smart and has a mind of her own with opinions to match, unfortunately that is frowned upon. She is forced to consider an arranged marriage and must take a ship to India to meet her possible husband. On the way she is her fun, helpful self on the ship and attracts the attention of progressive thinking Captain Scott! Of course there are problems and misunderstandings, but that is part of the enjoyment of reading a romance novel!!

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I liked this book a lot and I really liked how it delved into the gender inequality that was so prominent back then. I also found the main character relatable to this day of wanting to pretend like you are like everyone else to be liked and accepted, but I loved that she stayed true to herself. It was a fun romance and I enjoyed learning a little more about international travel at that time

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I thoroughly enjoyed this story. We got off to a bit of a rocky start, with a little too much immediate interest on one side. This gave me a bad taste, assuming things were going to fall into line and play out the same way they had in countless other similar stories. But I was wrong. While there were some over the top moments and a few cliches, Caroline is a steady, interesting character. She is capable of being wrong... and admitting it. And better, she is capable of change. I saw a lot of growth in her, through each of her relationships. I appreciated the realistic depictions of life on a ship (good, bad, and ugly) and that supporting characters had depth and shades of gray to them as well.

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This was a fun journey to India. I loved Caroline Gray, I relate to her so much. I would have been her had I been born then. I love her curiosity and genuine caring for those around her. Captain Scott is a great character, with dreams and values. What a wonderful story full of adventure, misunderstanding, vicious women and cads!

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Up from 4.5, needs epologue.

If the marrage mart won't come to you, go to it. A cute take on the need of a regency woman's need to be married. I loved the details and fair handling of differnt cultures. I loved how Caroline followed her concicence even when it got her in trouble. As the title suggests the romance is with the Captain who is almost too honorable and nearly misses love becuase of it.
The ending was a bit quick and I would have enjoed an epilogue.
Overall nice read with a uniuqe setting.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

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Opening line:
"The ball had been a disaster."

Thus begins the tale of poor Caroline Gray and her uncertain future, thanks to her thirst for knowledge, outspoken opinions (especially in men's company) and her male cousin becoming engaged.
With no where to go, no home to call hers, Caroline takes her mother's pleas and heads to India to have dinner with a man who might become her husband.
The only problem is she meets Captain Thomas Scott, the captain of the ship and who Caroline has to eat dinner with, along with other passengers, every night.
Thomas has seen his fair share of women running off to India to find a husband with disastrous results. Not everyone keeps to their religious upbringing so far from Mother England and Thomas has seen too much dereliction to last him a life time. He tries to talk the women into something better, but most are eager to find a man and are docile enough to be a perfection example of prime and proper. And blast, are they dull.
Not Miss Gray. She speaks her mind and is very knowledgeable and she finds in the captain someone who truly wants to hear her thoughts. They become close and soon Thomas is on the verge of proposing to Caroline.
Until he finds out she's promised to another. He doesn't ask her any questions, just pushes her out of his life.
Heartbroken, Caroline moves forward with the plan to meet the man in India and find if they are compatible. She decides she will become the perfect model of a society woman and keep her thoughts locked up. She determines she will wed.
But she's not happy.
What will happen??

Thanks to netgalley and Shadow Mountain for the early read!

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A Captain for Caroline Gray had it all! If I could sum up all of the elements for the perfect novel this would be it. I love ship stories and colonial India and this book had all of that and more. The romance was perfect and Caroline was so intelligent and likable. There were even "land pirate" type characters which is always an additional bonus. This is a book I could read over and over again. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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Interesting concept for a regency romance, something I was unaware of previously -- young, single British women sailing to India in search of British husbands living overseas. Caroline is a strong, modern-in-the-wrong-era young woman past her coming out in society and needing a husband after her father's death and his successor to the family fortune finding love and (not unkindly) casting Caroline's family out of their family home. Captain Scott is also a strong character, who appreciates Caroline's free thinking and outspoken manner. There are a lot of lively characters in this book on the ship during Caroline's journey across the ocean. I was surprised when the author chose to redeem a few characters' previous negative qualities by the end of the book. There is a lot that goes on in trying to get Caroline together with her captain. We have three different settings - England (for a brief period of time), the ship, and then in India. There is a lot of research that had to have gone into this book to deal with all the varied aspects of those settings and the time period itself, including the nautical aspects and India itself. The other books I have read by this author are all contemporary, so it was interesting and a change of pace to see how she dealt with this time period. I appreciate this author's writing style for the humor she weaves into her stories. She brings some humor into this one as well, just not to the same degree as she does in her contemporary books (all I mean is that it's just different, not that that's a bad thing). Very entertaining and a great, clean read.

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I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved Caroline. She was a great character. She loved people and loved learning. She tried to make the best of hard situations. I wavered on liking Captain Scott. He was wise sometimes and totally clueless others. His saving grace was that he surrounded himself with good people who are loyal to him.

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Oh my heart! This romance will make you swoon. Julie Wright is a fantastic author who delivers not only romance but heartfelt characters and breathtaking character arcs. Please read this book and everything else this author has ever written.

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This was my first experience with Julie Wright and I loved every moment of this book! Her writing is dynamic and interesting. I had a hard time putting the book down. Caroline Grey is a woman on the brink of spinsterhood. She has had multiple seasons and while she is a beauty, she is outspoken, something that is looked down on by polite society. With her father passed and the cousin who inherited on the brink of marriage, there is nothing left for Caroline. She must make a choice, spinsterhood and living off the kindness of others or travel to India and marry someone she does not know, someone, a Captain in the Army, who's mother picked her out at a ball and made an arrangement with her mother. Desperate to not be a burden and with the guarantee that she is not bound to marry this gentleman if she does not want to after meeting him, Caroline boards a ship to India. Little does she know, the captain she will fall for is not the one in India, but the one taking her to India. Her fast paced whit and the dynamics between Caroline and Captain Thomas Scott make this a must read!

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If the plot is changed, the first half of this book makes me feel like I am getting a dual POV of Pride and Prejudice. Caroline's attitude and sentiments seem similar to those of Elizabeth and how I imagine Mr. Darcy to feel is what I see in Thomas.
Caroline is an outspoken bluestocking through and through. She's unsuccessful in obtaining a match year after year. Her father's dead and the cousin who inherits can no longer support Caroline. Her mother suggests that Caroline basically become a mail order bride to India.
I have read - and adored - Julie's contemporary novels in the Proper Romance series. While I found the setting and concept of A Captain for Caroline Gray vastly appealing, I also struggle with the on again/off again romantic progression. I don't know if that's because of Julie's modern voice coming through in a historical setting or if it's just the relationship trope that's hard for me. Either way, I'm very interested to see what Julie does next.
Thank you to Shadow Mountain and NetGalley for the advanced copy. All thoughts in this review are my own.

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Miss Caroline Gray has just finished her third London season with no proposal. She finds out the next morning that the heir to her father's estate is engaged, which means she will be without a home and income. While beautiful, her outspokenness has a habit of turning society against her, they see her as a bluestocking. Her mother had been approached the night before by the mother of a Captain in India. The two of them come up with a plan to send Miss Gray to India to meet the Captain, she is only obligated to have dinner with him, and then 3 more meetings if the Captain agrees to it. With no other options Miss Gray departs for India.
Captain Thomas is captain of the ship that Miss Gray travels on, he only puts up with the 'Fishing Fleet' because it's good for business and helps his reputation as a gentleman. He detests that any woman would feel the need to chase after a potential husband, seeing it as below their potential. But he is also determined to be politely aloof to the female passengers aboard his ship, until he see's Miss Gray.
This is a sweet story of adventure, romance, and being true to ones-self. I loved the character development that I saw in Caroline and Captain Thomas. Caroline truly struggles with societies expectations of her and who she wants to be, it is a great testament to the importance of being yourself, no matter what other people may think. Appropriate for any reader 16 and up as there are a few mentions of child abuse and 'ladies of the night'.

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Caroline’s three London seasons have all ended the same: no marriage proposal, no hint of a suitor, no security for the future. She is faced with only one choice: a one-way ticket to India on the chance she might find a husband there. The journey is long, and she determines she must mend her outspoken ways before she arrives. The handsome Captain Scott makes this an impossible determination.

The premise for this was fascinating, and I wanted to love it. However, I found Caroline difficult to like. In a time when wit was celebrated, I found it hard to believe that Caroline never found a way to share her intelligence in a way that would be appreciated by others. Instead, she came across as blunt and argumentative. She wanted to be true to herself but in doing so, denied that she could better herself.

Captain Scott also behaved distantly because he was determined not to fall for any o the women in his care. So it was difficult to see why Caroline was attracted to him when he would behave coldly. He fell for her intelligence. But there is the inevitable misunderstanding that drives them away.

The story does end rather abruptly, making the slow build of their relationship frustrating. When she got to India, I found that an interesting setting, and it was well described. The supporting cast of characters were enjoyable, and I would very much like to learn more about Caroline’s kind cousin.

For readers looking for a clean, out of the norm, Regency romance, you won't go wrong with this one.

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I really enjoyed this cook. Caroline was such a likable character that I found myself immediately rooting for her. The plot kept me interested throughout and I really enjoyed the other characters as well.

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A fun story set on the high seas with characters who are real—which means they make mistakes and jump to conclusions and need forgiveness.

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This book was incredible! I absolutely loved delving into this story of Captain Scott and Caroline. Julie is one of my favorite authors and I absolutely loved this!

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Sometimes life is more about the journey than the destination.

A Captain for Caroline Gray by Julie Wright is a heartwarming and fascinating nautical romance.

Caroline Gray was always encouraged to learn and discuss anything. Her bluestocking ways were not what gentleman in London's society were looking for in a bride.

Caroline's father died, and her entailed home went to a cousin. When said cousin decided to marry and consequently take possession of his home, Caroline saw herself in a difficult situation.

Without a place to live, she agreed to travel to India to meet the son of one of society's matrons.

Although she only agreed to meet the man and then decide if she would marry him, Caroline had no money for the trip back, so she knew she did not have a real choice in the matter.

Desolated, she started a journey into the unknown, having little in common with the other passengers and feeling more than ever her inability to be ladylike and keep up with their superficial interests.

Only one person, for good or bad, stirred Caroline's emotions, Captain Thomas Scott.

Her love for Captain Scott grew slowly and ran deep. They first dislike each other, then judge one another, and only after they get really close their feelings start to change.

Caroline was remarkable. She had the quiet strength of Elinor Dashwood and the resilience of Anne Elliot. Being smart when it was considered a flaw for a woman, she did her best to try to hide her brilliance and fit in.

Captain Thomas Scott was lovely, honorable, and dissatisfied with the world's many injustices.

He felt for these women who were uprooted and sent to unknown lands to marry men they knew nothing about.

He was not perfect, and it made it easier to relate to him. I was smitten after the first chapters.

The side characters were fascinating - Arnav and his wood carvings, loyal Black and his wife Claire, and the sweet cabin boy Thomas.

I loved everything about this story! I wish there was an epilogue to keep reading about their kids and grandkids.

This was my first book by this author, but it will not be the last.

Highly Recommended!

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

*This review will be posted on https://lureviewsbooks.com on 03/02/2021*

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I thoroughly enjoyed this proper romance of Captain Scott and Caroline. The description took me to the setting of being on a ship in regency times. It had me feeling laughter, tears, sighing and a little suspense. I would give it more than 5 stars. Very well done.

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I was skeptical about this book as I have not loved Wright's other works... however, this felt different than the other Proper Romance books Julie Wright has written. This was a slow burn, which is my favorite type of love story.

Caroline is very likeable- smart, kind, and trying to make her own way as to not be a burden on her family. I didn't like Captain Scott at first, but he quickly grew on me. Their personalities mesh well, and they challenge each other. There is not a lot of action in the story except some towards the end, but rather the story focuses on relationships (friendships, love, contentious connections). Overall, a very enjoyable read.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion on the work.

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Complementary copy given for honest review and opinion. Great historical romance with a nautical spin! Women looking for a husband for status and a future isn’t as far removed as we may think.

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So here is the thing! I absolutely love books on ships! I don't even care...I love them! I want to be on one soo badly! This book just added to it and I loved every minute! I loved the Captain and Caroline! They were so much fun to learn about and understand. Their lives were difficult and I thought Ms Wright did a masterful job working them through them!! She ddid such a marvelous job letting us really feel what the characters are going through! Yay for Proper Romance! I love it!

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This story is a delightful tale of staying true to yourself, being brave, and doing the right thing even when it's hard. I really enjoyed Caroline's eccentricities and the Captain's regard for her. Their romance blooms at the perfect moment (and that kiss!!). There are a few moments that felt slow and cumbersome, but they don't last too long before the story picks up again. A sweet, unique romance with a fascinating setting!

Thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley for my review copy of this book. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.

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I was enchanted by this book. Julie Wright is a 'new' author to me, and she writes exceptionally well.

Miss Caroline Gray finds herself on a ship bound for India to possibly marry a man she has never met. Her London Seasons to make a match were unsuccessful, and she has run out of options. Although beautiful, her bluestocking notions make her unattractive to eligible men in 1820's England. During the 3-month voyage, she makes several friends as well as enemies, but is also drawn to the captain, Thomas Scott, whose ideas are similar to her own.. He is also attracted to Caroline but his reservations about women who travel to India to become essentially mail-order brides is a barrier between them.

This is a 'clean' Regency romance. I would have given it 5 stars except for the author's use of the names 'Mumbai' and 'Kolkata' instead of Bombay and Calcutta, as those cities were known in the 1800's. She explains in the Afterword that she used the more modern names in respect to Indians who object to reminders of British colonialism. Isn't the plot of the story (transporting women to a far-off British colony to become wives of army men) also a reminder of colonialism? Please don't try to be politically correct when writing historical romances.

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I'm feeling very conflicted about this one and I'll explain why.

I know I'm not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but most genres have a distinct style to their covers. This looks like a historical fiction cover. So I was expecting historical fiction that contained a romantic storyline (based on the synopsis). However by the time Thomas and Caroline first meet, I experienced an unhappy realization.

The last four or five books I've picked up I basically had to immediately abandon because they were all very over the top on the physical attraction, with the characters developing an exaggerated preoccupation with each other within minutes. This always feels very insta to me, and kind of a little lazy. I want to see a relationship grow and for feelings to develop based on mutual appreciation and attraction for <i>all</i> of MC's attributes. And with a book about a bluestocking, the expectation is that the MMC will fall in love with the FMM because of her personality. So I was incredibly disappointed that Thomas becomes preoccupied with Caroline just from seeing her across the ship (even though he's transported dozens of women over the years and never paid any lady any attention before). He fixates on her long before they ever speak. And frankly this all tainted a lot of the rest of the book for me because I couldn't really get past this.

However, things did turn around a bit after this initial section. Throughout the book, the characters strictly adhered to the societal norms of the period, which was a refreshing change of pace from many other historical romances. There were no modern references or anything that pulled me out of the time period or anything, so I REALLY appreciated that and it made up for a lot of my disappointment from the beginning.

I really liked Caroline and her struggle to live in a world that scorned her for being herself, while forced to adhere to society's rules in order to actually survive in it. However, I wasn't a huge fan of Thomas, who did not seem to know how to manage his emotions despite his age and experience with the world, and ended up pulling Caroline back and forth depending on his mercurial mood.

And then the ending. After spending the entire book dealing with ordinary people, living their ordinary lives, we suddenly get this <spoiler>elaborate plot to damage Thomas' supply train, burn his ship, and kidnap young Tom and Caroline</spoiler> all in like the last 5% of the book. I don't know why the author needed to add in something so fantastical all of a sudden when the entire book was devoid of stuff like this. And then I felt a little deprived of the Caroline and Thomas reunion/reconciliation. It didn't work for me for a few reasons. And then the book ends. No epilogue. It was very abrupt.

So as you can see I'm very conflicted on this. Which was disappointing because I wrote my senior thesis on the British Raj and the role of women, like those in the fishing fleet, so my expectations were high.

...I guess I'll just split the difference and give this 3 stars.

<i>I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review.</i>

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I found this story to be fine, but it was a bit too long and at times a bit slow-paced - I skipped some bits.
I liked the characters, Caroline and Thomas, and their complexities, they both fit fine with each other.
I always like a romance happening on a ship, I find this context fascinating: it's always so interesting to learn about life aboard ships in the past.

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This was a delightful romance story. The title says it all - a captain for Caroline Gray. Caroline boards a ship for India, hoping to make a new life for herself and possibly a marriage. Her outspoken ideas and conversation that made her marriage prospects hopeless actually intrigue the Captain of the ship. As the crew comes to adore her, and the Captain as well - what choice will Caroline make? The suitor she is to meet in India, or her Captain?

Loved this charming romance story. Explored it solely after reading the recommendations of others. So glad I did!

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Interesting read. Caroline was more or less rejected by her peers. She was intelligent and curious, labeled a blue stocking. Having no prospects and being forced out of her childhood home. She agrees to travel to India, to meet a man as a possible match.
The majority of this story takes place on the ship, bound for India. The crew and a handful of single ladies, (historically known as “the Fishing Fleet women “) also looking for an English gentlemen to marry, spend three months on the high seas. With many adventures, this is a good read. The story really picks up, when they arrive in India. Romance, adventure, suspense and a touch of history, are all part of the story.
I felt a connection with Caroline, as she craved the intellectual topics, but is frowned upon, because she is a woman. So she tries to keep quiet and demure, to fit in with the ladies of society.
I thought the story moved along at a good pace. It held my attention throughout. I do wish there had been an epilogue. I wonder what happened to Tom? I have read and loved other books from this author. This one is a good one and worth reading.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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I absolutely loved this book. The characters were well written, and the storyline was so entertaining that I couldn't put it down. Caroline is an outspoken woman in a world where men don't care for outspoken women, and Thomas is the captain she meets and befriends on her journey to India to meet a man to marry. The development of both these characters was such fun to read and kept me turning the pages. The author did an awesome job writing this book and I am so glad I was able to read an ARC copy of this book! I look forward to reading more from this author!

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A CAPTAIN FOR CAROLINE GRAY IS an enjoyable historical romance that really deserves 3.5 stars, rather than 3. It's the first book I've read by Julie Wright. Moves quickly, an interesting glimpse into 1820s British culture, with no heavy lifting.

Caroline Gray has been "out" for multiple "seasons" in London, but despite her beauty, has so far failed to secure ANY proposals of marriage. She is outspoken, intelligent, honest, direct and curious -- not characteristics that appeal to many well-situated, marriageable young men of her day. And now a deadline looms.

The heir to her late father's estate is getting married. That means soon, Caroline and her mother will have to leave their home and find new accomodations. And, at the time, the only acceptable option for a widow or her unmarried daughter was a lifetime of imposing on one relative after another. The prospect of Caroline being a homeless spinster alarms all those around her.

So when another couple offers to underwrite a voyage to India, in the hopes that Caroline will marry their son, Captain Barritt, she can hardly say NO. Caroline winds up aboard a ship with a number of other single women -- all of them looking to find husbands in the smaller subset of British society settled in India, where men outnumber women. A trip to India to secure a husband, according to the author's note, was not uncommon during this period of British colonization.

In charge of the ship is Captain Thomas Scott, who provides well for his guests but makes it a policy to keep a distance between himself and passengers. But when Caroline and a number of other "ladies" are seated at his table for dinner, the Captain finds himself strangely attracted to Caroline's outspokenness. And now you get the book title, right? Two captains, but only one Caroline.

Supplemental drama is added by jealousy and gossip among the ladies, a mean-spirited ship's cook, and a young apprentice at sea for the first time. Some genuine friendships develop among the passengers and even the Captain learns a few lessons from crew members. As readers, we also witness a few potential obstacles to budding romance -- like keeping secrets, making assumptions, and speaking angry words. There's even a suspenseful climax at the end.

If you love historical romance, be sure to pick this one up.

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I really enjoyed this book! I loved learning about the "fishing fleet", woman who went to new countries to get a husband knowing they may never return to England. I loved that most of the story took place on a ship. It gave an added element that I haven't seen in many Proper Romance books. It was a clean read and I loved how Caroline was not they typical woman for the times. She had her own thoughts and ideas and tried to speak her mind. The only thing I didn't like was how it ended. I felt it was over too quickly. I would have loved another chapter or an epilogue. I hope Caroline and Thomas make appearances in other books by Julie Wright so we have some closure.

Thanks to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain for an ARC ebook in exchange for a review.

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What a sweet, easy, enjoyable wholesome read this was. I truly enjoyed it. Who would not fall in love with Caroline Gray and Captain Scott. I loved their banter and the descriptions of the ship rolling in the waves was so good you could almost feel it.
Sometimes a person just needs a non-complicated well told story without a lot of drama, murder mystery or WWII, we just want a feel-good love story and this fits the bill. I highly recommend.
I was given the opportunity to read an ARC from Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley for my honest unbiased review. This one comes in with 5 stars.

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4.5 stars
A Captain for Caroline Gray is the first book that I have read written by Julie Wright and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. This book had such an interesting concept and I had never heard of girls going to India to find husbands before.
Caroline Gray has run out of options, there is no man to marry and she must now travel to India. Caroline has no choice, there is no place left for her to go and she must now sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend is willing to consider an engagement to her. Captain Thomas Scoot loved the open sea, but he disliked ferrying young English girls across the ocean; he can’t imagine why families would send their daughters to marry questionable English men in India. However Caroline Gray is different from the others he has ferried, and before he knows it they have created an undeniable attraction. But their relationship is impossible, after all Caroline has obligations to fulfill in India.
Caroline was such an interesting character. She was different from the rest of the ladies around her, she was smart and she said what was on her mind. However she was kind, she didn’t look down on people. I felt so bad for her thought, she was trying to figure out how to be herself. She wanted to be true to herself, but she also didn't want to cause trouble. I felt connected to her and by the end of the book, I was totally rooting for her. I wanted her to find her happy ending and not change herself to fit someone else’s mold. However learning to be oneself is hard, especially when it seems like you could never be enough.
I had mixed feelings about Captain Thomas Scott. He wasn’t a bad guy, but he got on my nerves sometimes. He judged Caroline without knowing her and I wanted to shake him at times. However I liked reading at him growing, seeing the error of his ways and falling for Caroline. He was a kind man, but he was quick to judge and he had to learn to see past first impressions.
Caroline and Captain Scott had to learn how to love each other. They judged each other harshly at first, but as they saw past their first impressions they fell in love. However there are secrets and dangers that could drag them apart, will their love survive India?
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed A Captain for Caroline Gray. The characters grew on me and I was soon engrossed in the story. My only problem is that there was no epilogue, but I have heard from others that the author has added an epilogue. There were so many fun characters and I really enjoyed reading about Tom and Peterson, they really added to the story.
I would totally recommend A Captain for Caroline Gray! It was a clean regency romance and super enjoyable.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

I posted my review on Goodreads and Barnes and Nobles on 02/08/21. I will post on Amazon on release day and on my blog closer to release day.

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This was exactly what I needed.

Caroline Gray is forced to take a ship to India, one many women on the ship in search of a husband in another country. Leaving behind everything she knows, Caroline's sharp wit and clever mind is something that seems to not be favorable in a young woman at the time. At least, until she meets the Captain who knows he shouldn't be thinking about her at all. But can't help it.

It's a sweet and total romantic story about one woman's bravery. I love Caroline. I enjoyed her observations and her intelligence, as well as being unapologetically herself. She knows she's not like the other ladies and on some level she doesn't care. I love how she desire to be true to herself and she speaks up about injustices. She reminds me a little of Jane Eyre.

Captain Thomas Scott is determined to have the independence he has wished for all his life. He never wanted to be a captain but he is so close to achieving his goal, he can't let his mind be distracted by this passenger.

And so starts a battle of wills. Caroline isn't interested in Captain Scott (yes she is) because he is so stubborn and arrogant (yep.) and he is not interested in her at all (nope) because she is so stubborn and arrogant (yep.) Sound familiar? P&amp;P anyone?

Anyway, this clean romance is filled with colorful characters and a lot of very tender moments, not only between Scott and Caroline but also between Caroline and the other women on board. I loved seeing how those friendships blossomed over time. Scott too has good scenes with his crew, helping bring out who he really is and also adding depth to the secondary characters.

This book was a welcomed story, sweet and romantic and took me to a far off place with a little danger. The solid writing and easy reading makes this a pleasant and touching romance you'll want to read in one sitting.

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I enjoy many of Julie Wright's other books and was looking forward to reading A Captain for Caroline Gray. This regency novel took place mostly on a ship, which could be hard to write a novel that mostly takes place in one location, but it was filled with great characters and storylines that kept the story interesting and moving forward at a steady pace. The story seemed to be factually/historically correct and painted a picture of a time and situation that I previously didn't know much about. Most of the regency novels I read take place in England and ballrooms, etc. But there were many that travelled to India for business and personal reasons and that is a journey that would personally be hard for me to take. This novel sheds light on the long journey, (3 months), living conditions, people's options and prospects of that time period and what life was like in a new place. Caroline was indeed brave to take such a journey and found herself and love in the process. I personally didn't get something about the ending and thought it wrapped up a little too quickly/easily, hence the 4 stars, but it was overall fun to read and would recommend it.

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4.5 stars

Such a wonderful, captivating read right from the start. You can’t help but feel for Caroline and the situation she finds herself in. I loved the boat setting. It was such a nice change of pace from the normal regency read. The different characters and personalities on the boat really added to the depth of this story. The building tension between Caroline and Thomas was perfectly paced and there’s turned out to be a beautiful live story. I knocked off a half a star because the story ended so abruptly. I would have definitely enjoyed in a little epilogue.

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How frustrating it would be to be a spunky spitfire girl in Regency times! Miss Caroline Gray is synonomous with Belle from "Beauty and the Beast". She is educated and beautiful. After not securing a suitor after multiple seasons, she finds herself on a ship bound for India to meet a possible husband.

Captain Thomas Scott of the ship named Persistence. He was a candidate, but I struggled with some of his character flaws. What he took to be a definition of truth didn't really fit the conflict. I am glad he came to his senses though.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story! Thank you #NetGalley and #ShadowMountainPublishing

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An exciting adventure on the high seas from Julie Wright! A Captain for Caroline Gray is romantic and intriguing, perfect for fans of Arlem Hawks or Sarah M. Eden. Although it was a bit repetitive and ended somewhat abruptly, Wright’s style of writing and the life she gives to her characters will delight readers. 3.5/5 stars

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Loved this one. A sweet, clean, historical romance, but I learned a lot about nautical life in this time period too. The ending wrapped up a bit too quickly for my taste (and was just a tad cheesy), but the beautiful balance between scenery descriptions and dialogue and thoughts of the characters makes it worth it. This book makes me want to immediately board a boat and set sail for parts unknown.

Thanks Netgalley for the ARC! All opinions are my own and are unbiased.

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Caroline Gray finds herself with no other option but to accept her mother's proposition to sail to India for the sole purpose of a possible marriage match to one Captain Barritt. With three unsuccessful seasons under her belt, it seems to be the only logical choice for her. Even when she is told that if the match does not pan out, there is no way for her to return.

That sounds rather risky to me! I would not want to be stuck in a foreign country I know nothing about and the Captain even less about. What if they don't suit? What a quandary Caroline finds herself in, and she blames no one but herself. If only she could be the coy, complacent lady of society, she wouldn't be in this predicament. But she's much too thirsty to learn about the world & much too curious for her own good. In a time period when it's a curse to be such a lady and even shameful to not make a love match in the first season, she finds herself without any other options. She puts on a brave face & sails to India, thus leaving everything she knows to embark on an adventure that she has no idea what the outcome will be. I love her strong characteristics and her determination; it's what helps her face an unknown future and make the best of a situation.

As for Thomas Scott, Captain of the Persistence, I found him to be likable, strong leader. His love for the sea shows in how he treats his crew and provides for the needs of the passengers aboard his ship. Even though he has a certain disdain for the women who seek passage to India for the sole purpose of marriage, he still treats them with the respect they deserve. After meeting Miss Gray, his heart turns towards the romantic direction....much to his vexation! These two certainly were very stubborn and sparred with words more than once. But that just intrigued the Captain even more. In spite of any effort on their part, a wary friendship develops and eventual love blossomed....even though Caroline has promised to give Captain Barritt a chance. Another quandary in a story already full of unpredictability.

It was interesting to learn about the “Fishing Fleet”, of which Thomas Scott was Captain of. Women were sent from England to India to marry officers, thus the term “fishing” for men came to be...and a title that was very distasteful for the time period. I enjoyed reading the Author's Note at the end and learning a piece of history that I never knew about. Don't skip reading it! It's fascinating, informative, sets the tone for the story and the reason Caroline embarked on her journey in the first place.

In conclusion, I enjoyed A Captain for Caroline for the historical accuracy, the characteristics of each person, the intriguing plotline & the romantic ending. I read an advanced reader copy, but have learned there will be an epilogue at the end in the final copy. This will add even more to the story, in my opinion! Being part of the Proper Romance group, this is a clean historical read that I think any fan of this genre would enjoy.

*I received a complimentary copy and was not obligated to leave a favorable review. All opinions are mine alone. *

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What a satisfying read! It’s a story preconceived notions and staying true to oneself and being able to admit when one is wrong. The leads are delightful, especially our Captain, and the secondary characters are so well-fleshed out, I feel they could each have their own novellas.

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Caroline Gray is out of prospects and out of time. A confirmed blue stocking, Caroline has grown her intellect instead flirting her way to a match. Now she must journey to India as part of the Fishing Fleet on the chance that maybe she’ll be able to find a husband after all.
Captain Thomas Scott tolerates the women he’s forced to transport between England and India. He sees them as silly and desperate, fleeing spinsterhood for an even worse life in India where men are plentiful, but good men are few and far between. Until now, keeping his distance from his passengers has been easy enough, but there’s something about Miss Gray that draws him in and has him hoping for romance.

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There is so much to love about this book! Caroline is a delightful character with wit and intelligence that pulls you through the story. Thomas is a bit gruff, but he grows on you. The start of this book was a bit slow, but it draws you in with wonderful descriptions and fun characters. Julie Wright has clearly done her research! I especially loved reading about Caroline meeting various shipmates as she sketched them. I could easily picture joining Caroline and Thomas on their adventure.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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I loved this book! The plot was interesting and engaging and the dialogue made me laugh out loud at times. I also liked the dynamic between Caroline and Captain Scott and how their relationship developed.

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Good story with a different setting - most of the book took place on a ship on its way to India. Liked the hero and I also really liked the subplots, which isn't always the case.

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I have read several of Julie’s contemporary books, but this was the first historic novel of hers that I have read. Reading an author in a new genre can be concerning: Will the story live up to my expectations? Is the author prepared to write in this new setting?
My worries couldn’t have been more unnecessary. While I enjoyed reading Julie’s previous books, I fell in love with this one on an entire new level.
To start off there is Caroline: the smart, independent, and witty heroine that we all dream of being. Not only was Caroline said to be well informed, character’s conversations actually involved her knowledge of political and scientific happenings of the day. This added detail that is often glossed over historic romances, endearing me to Caroline even more.
Then there is the enemies to lovers trope... If you know me, you know that I am a sucker for this trope. Caroline and Thomas’ interactions were perfectly orchestrated and left me smirking each and every time. Their relationship was all I could have hoped for.
One of my favorite aspects of historical romance is when an added theme of adventure, intensity, or mystery is included. This book’s unique setting and circumstances certainly fit that bill.
This book is a new favorite of mine and I can’t wait for you to add it to your shelves!

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4.5* I enjoyed reading about the ocean voyage from England to India - Julie Wright did a good job with weaving in interesting details with her strong characters.  The imagery in the narrative is lovely and I appreciated the gems of wisdom and good advice that were presented in the story, as well. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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I was intrigued by the idea behind this book. A woman, seeking a husband, as a last resort travels by ship to India to meet a man. His mother sent her, and she promised to spend time in his company several times on arrival. However, the months on ship give her a change of heart. What should she do? Once in India, she will have little time before she runs out of money. Marriage is going to be necessary.

I really liked how the author wove the two parts of the book, the months on ship and the time in India together. I was invested in the characters and wanted to know how Miss Gray would work out her fate.

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This is another great book from the Proper Romance line. Although enemies who fall in love isn't one of my favorite tropes, I really enjoyed it in this case. It was a little reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice, with Thomas having preformed opinions about women who travel to India to make a match in general and then Caroline in particular, and Caroline quickly disliking Thomas. Caroline was an engaging protagonist, and I could really empathize with her struggle as she felt she had to choose between being herself and being accepted. As for Thomas, there were a few times I wanted to smack him upside the head (it certainly took him long enough to apologize when he needed to!), but his stubbornness made him realistic and I appreciated how he wasn't put off by Caroline's intelligence and strong opinions. Having their interactions take place on a ship bound for India was a refreshing break from the typical Regency setting; I really enjoyed seeing some details of ship life. I do wish a bit more of the book had taken place in India itself, though; it would have been really interesting to get a better feel for the culture and customs at the time. The ending felt a little rushed, but all in all, I found this book to be well-written and very satisfying.
I read an ARC provided by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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If this book were not a romance and were solely about Caroline Gray, I probably would have given this a 5 star review. She was truly a well-written, inspiring heroine that I thought held her own in the journey she was forced to endure in the story. I also loved Mr. Moore for the brief time we saw him, and I wanted to read more about him. Unfortunately, the person who dragged the story down to 3 stars was the hero, and I have complicated feelings about him.

At first, I understood Captain Thomas Scott - he ferries women from Britain to India and back again several times a year, and he is frustrated by their naivete. He knows that their lives will be miserable in India, and yet they all seem convinced they'll find a wonderful gentleman there. As he is well aware, true gentleman are rare there, and most British men in India will not treat their wives well. That is perhaps why his character struggled so much with his feelings for Caroline. He was quite rude to her for almost the entire book, with very few interactions where he treated her well. He had the worst opinion of her, even after she would prove herself many times over to be worthy of his respect. She apologized multiple times to him, even when he didn't deserve it, but he never apologized...until the last page of the book, not joking.

Now here's where I ran into my biggest problem with the book, and it was a low point from which there really was no return. Thomas knows that every woman on the boat is 99.9% of the time going to find a husband in India. He knows this. So when he falls in love with Caroline, and she with him, he completely forgets the fact that her end game was matrimony to a man in India. When he finds out that she is going there to meet a man, he immediately assumed the worst - that she was engaged already and was just toying with him. Of course, at no point in the story is Caroline ever portrayed as someone who would do that. But he assumes it, ends their "relationship" and sends her off. He only realizes his mistake at the very end - 89% of the way through the Kindle book. And then there is this really chaotic ending, with lots of seemingly unnecessary drama, and finally - FINALLY - he apologizes to her.

I give it three stars for Caroline. You deserved better, honey.

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I simply adored this book! A strong female protagonist who (except for her beauty and artistic ability) reminded me so much of myself decades ago. I could identify with her strong curiosity and thirst for knowledge, and the resulting desire for debate and discussions that contrasted with society's perception of "feminine." I am glad I had an easier time finding a husband who respects my voice than Caroline, who was forced to journey from England to India in search of a mate. How awful to live in a time when "All of her prospects hinged on marrying. Without marrying, she had no possibilities. No prospects. No choices."

The title of this book doesn't leave much doubt as to the outcome of her search, but which Captain does Caroline accept? I loved the descriptions of life onboard the ship Persistence, as well as in loud and steamy India. I found it interesting that in spite of cultural differences over the centuries, human nature is the same, and this new-to-me author drew it so well. Her characters could have so easily become caricatures, but they didn't, as evidenced by even Miss Cole. I almost forgot I was reading as I was drawn into the emotions and choices of these travelers!

The end of this book came a bit too quickly for me, but I am encouraged to hear on social media that there will be an epilogue added to the final publication (sigh). Julie Wright's books will automatically make it to my TBR short list!

I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley and was not obligated to post a review.