Join the virtual blog tour of A CAPTAIN FOR CAROLINE GRAY (Proper Romance Regency), Julie Wright’s highly acclaimed historical romance novel March 1 – 28, 2021. Over forty popular blogs specializing in historical romance, inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction will join in the celebration of its release with excerpts, spotlights, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set aboard an English ship bound for India.
Caroline Gray is an
educated woman with a lot of opinions. Although
her parents raised her this way, it is not appreciated in regency England. Caroline has been out for many seasons but
has not been able to find a match. With
her father’s death, her male cousin has inherited the estate. He is now taking possession with his new bride
and Caroline will be homeless. At this
time, she meets Mrs. Barritt who feels she will be a perfect bride for her son,
Captain Barritt. She pays for half a ticket
for Caroline to sail to India to meet her son to see if they will suit. If the match does not work, Caroline will not
afford to be able to return to England.
Captain Thomas Scott does
not like ferrying young English women to India to find husbands. He feels that often the women do not know
what they are getting into and end up with morally corrupt husbands. He tries to keep his distance from these
women, but he is surprised to find that he is captivated by Miss Gray. Her wit and lively conversation intrigue him.
He does not want a wilting lily for a wife. Will Captain Scott propose to Miss Gray? What about Captain Barritt?
I enjoyed this novel and
read it quickly.
I really enjoyed the
unique regency setting of having it mostly take place on the journey to
Jane Austen’s aunt was a “Fishing
Fleet” member herself; she went to India to find herself a husband.
In a time where finding a husband was the
only way for a woman to economically survive, it makes sense, although it is
sad to think about.
I enjoyed the
chemistry between Captain Scott and Miss Gray.
I also liked the theme of forgiveness and of telling the truth.
I thought the time in India was interesting
as well, especially the exploration into the prejudices of the time.
My only complaint is that I thought the ending
was a bit rushed and wish there could have been more explanation of the climax.
“But that does not mean
that all the skies of a country are void of clouds just because on person
happens to be blind to them. A world of
absolutes would be a colorless dreary place, would it not?”
“Why should I not invite
a well-informed woman to a conversation where her intelligence would be
Overall, A Captain for Caroline
Gray is a unique regency romance that was truly enjoyable. I highly recommend this novel.
Book Source: Review Copy from Shadow Mountain Press for
being a part of the Blog Tour.
Title: A Captain for Caroline Gray
(Proper Romance Regency)
Author: Julie Wright
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (March 2,
· Length: (336) pages
Format: Trade Paperback,
eBook, & audiobook
Tour Dates: March 1 – 28, 2021
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
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?
· "A charming historical romance in which smarts and sass are vindicated."— Foreword Reviews
· "…a delightful, not exactly traditional Regency romance. Teen readers will enjoy this adventurous journey with its proactive heroine and exotic settings."— Booklist, starred review
· "An unconventional woman finds herself at home at sea in this stirring Regency from Julie Wright…This adventure is sure to entice fans of historical romance."— Publishers Weekly
Wright wrote her first book when she was fifteen and has written over twenty
novels since then. She is a Whitney Awards winner for best romance with her
books Cross My Heart and Lies Jane Austen Told Me, and she is a
Crown Heart recipient for the novel The Fortune Café.
She has one husband, three kids, one dog, and a varying amount of fish, frogs,
and salamanders (depending on attrition). She loves writing, reading, hiking,
playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.
She hates mayonnaise.
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