This book was a winner! From the beautiful cover, to the Preface at the beginning and the story all the way through to the end. If you like Jane Austin and her work, as the author states, then you are going to love how this story is written. I found myself smiling through most of this book and enjoyed myself tremendously. The Bertram family, the author says, has its basis in real life. This family is "witty, clever, fun-loving, and a godly Christian family". I would love to meet them.
Captain Laurence is a man who thinks his destiny is to command a ship and chart his course without women in his life. He did not count on meeting the Bertram family and especially Jasmine, the oldest of 4 daughters. Jasmine is so much fun. She has a quick wit about her and loves breaking free from tradition, shedding her shoes and her bonnet whenever she can. She does not like being "pursued" by men, so her and Captain Laurence make a "pack" to just be good friends. Jasmine has a love for the sea and to Laurence she is becoming the perfect partner for him, but he doesn't want to scare her away by "pursuing" her. Their interaction is fun to read and I loved the whole family, especially Mr. Bertram, the father. This book is suppose to be the beginning of a trilogy. "The Captain's Treasure" is book two, and I can't wait to get started! I am setting my sails for another fun adventure!