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The Last Light of Dusk

Adult; Romance; (Market)


She’s the brilliant granddaughter of England’s most infamous privateer

When Rachel Cavanagh is rescued from drowning by English seafarer Jonathon Lecky, her life is irreparably changed. Despite the briefness of their meeting amidst the chaos of the wreck, a bond of trust is formed between her and the rugged, unconventional boat captain. Lauded for her survival, her family and indeed all of England would have her marry Britain's most eligible bachelor. Still, her dreams of exploring far away places and the storm-gray eyes of a handsome seafarer call to her soul….

He’s the adventure she’s been longing for

Returning to England’s shores with wrongs to redress after eight years in North Africa, the shadows that have chased Jonathon Lecky across continents allow no place in his life for romance. Yet when he again meets the woman he rescued but can’t forget, he knows someone has to show the captivating shipping heiress that it’s right to want something different….

Australian author Lockyer’s refreshing debut historical abandons the fainting flowers of London’s ballrooms in favor of Rachel Cavanagh, a privateer’s granddaughter determined to make her own way in repressive 1816 England. The ship Castalia sinks in the English Channel, and the only survivors are Rachel and the blind, dashing Marquess of Rossum. Both are pulled aboard another ship by a mysterious man named Jonathon Lecky. Rachel is hit hard by the deaths of her aunt and maid, but she lifts her chin and plans to continue to live an unconventional life. The London papers, shared grief, and Rachel’s title-hungry mother all push her toward a romance with her new friend Rossum, but when fate drops Lecky back in her path, Rachel has a risky opportunity to abandon a life of duty and explore the world. Two great love interests and excellent characterization are supported by Lockyer’s smooth style, and love-triangle skeptics will appreciate that Rachel’s choice never feels forced, contrived, or arbitrary. (BookLife)