Book Review: Pirate of My Heart by Jamie Carie

When her doting father dies, Lady Kendra Townsend is given a choice: marry the horrid man of her cold, money-grubbing uncle's choosing or leave England to risk a new life in America with unknown relatives. Armed with the faith that God has a plan for her, Kendra boards a cargo ship and meets American sea captain Dorian Colburn. But the captain has been wounded by a woman before and guards his independent life. A swashbuckling man doesn't need an English heiress to make him slow down, feel again, or be challenged with questions about his faith-or so he thinks. It is not until Dorian must save Kendra from the dark forces surrounding her that he decides she may be worth the risk.
Release Date: September 1, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: B&H Fiction
Source: NetGalley

Having read and loved two of Jamie Carie's novels: The Guardian Duke and The Forgiven Duke, I jumped at the chance to read one of her stand alone novels.  There's just something about knowing how everything ends up that appeals to me.

I enjoyed Pirate of My Heart even more than Carie's other novels.  The characters appealed to me so much, especially Kendra's situation.  Her beloved father dies, leaving her an orphan.  Her uncle, who is secretly out for all of her father's money, gives Kendra the choice of either marrying an old man (for money) or leaving her home to go to America with her aunt and uncle (whom she has never met).  Kendra refuses to marry unless it is someone of her choosing, so she decides to go to America and live with her aunt and uncle.  Kendra travels to America as the sole female passenger on a cargo ship, and is under the protection of the captain.  Captain Dorian Colburn has decided he will never love again, after a disastrous first marriage.  There is an instant attraction between he and Kendra, but he tries to ignore it.  He is set on staying single and enjoying his fast-paced life of travel and excitement.

What follows is a tender love story set amongst an exciting tale of betrayal and revenge.  I could not believe the lengths Kendra's uncle went to in order to ensure his own gain.  He was truly evil!  The minor characters were very well-written.  I especially liked Dorian's family.  I loved the resolution of the story and was totally satisfied with the ending.    

Overall, Pirate of My Heart was a great read.  Jamie Carie is a new favorite for me, having read and loved three of her books now.  Fans of Christian fiction and historical fiction will really enjoy it.


  1. Another JC reads. So glad to hear it doesn't disappoint.

  2. Oooh, if you are lovin' Jamie Carie, pick up Wind Dancer from her backlist. I loved that one.


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