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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Where the Gold Lies by Jacqueline George

Where the Gold Lies by Jacqueline George
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Historical, action/adventure
Length: Full
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

After Captain Flint dies in Savannah from the effects of yellow fever and too much rum, young Dick Brown and his pirate shipmates set out to find Flint's hidden treasure. Their quest leads them first to England and then back to the Caribbean, searching for the vital chart that will lead them to the spot.

There, on the island where Flint buried untold wealth in gold and jewels, Long John Silver, Dick Brown and the pirate crew struggle to win control of the chart. They finally succeed, but will their victory bring them the riches they dream of? Or will Dick find that there is more to life than gold, and that true love has a value far beyond sparkling jewels?

Jacqueline George’s pirate tale, ‘Where the Gold Lies,’s is well worth reading. Although it is far from a typical romance – and further from what you expect to discover between the pages of a ‘historical romance,’ quality of characters make this work shine. It is largely a retrospective of the life of one man, Dick Brown, and is presented as thru a descendent of his. This initial set-up is cleverly contrived, and offered almost conversationally – so delightfully first person that indeed you feel are having this revealing chat with a friend.

The sounds and smells of the sea, the loss of men and friends and any sense of attachment to man or principle pervade this work. The men – From Long John Silver to Billy Bones, have names that offer the sound and sense of the times. They weigh anchor and dream of the nearest taverns, wait to ambush ships full-laden from Charleston. Our narrator shares views of the people they see – especially the women of the West Indies. Yet, to our young narrator- none can compare to the beautiful Isabel. We see her importance early on – but are swept back into the story – the ‘his’-tory, of this young man’s days in England, his time at sea, and the pursuit of treasure which would make many men famous. Unexpected and unpredictable turns crop up, just when you think you can predict how it will all turn out.

This is beautifully written, and cleverly put together. I selected 4 books for it here, as I can only just call it a romance – A pirate’s tale would be more accurate. Yet, Romance does drive some events, and I don’t believe a romance fan would be dismayed to read this…