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Age Appropriate For: 12 and up for mild romance and mild violence
Best for Ages: 12 and up
Description: Wealth and social standing mean nothing to Captain Kyle Bryden. To his family, however, they are everything. For years it has driven Kyle and his family apart. He longs for understanding from his parents, but most of all he yearns for them to accept the truth behind his faith. When his father sends him on a voyage to collect two family guests, it only complicates matters, particularly Kyle's growing desire to marry and make a home. He finds himself caught between pleasing his parents and living according to what he believes is right. As some things begin to change for the better, could a secret no one is expecting be enough to tear at Kyle's heart and destroy the love he has found? In A Captain's Heart, the continuing story of Pirates & Faith, meet new friends and revisit old ones while seeing the importance of patience and never giving up on those we love because all things are possible with God.
After making it though Every Tear, I was a little worried I would hate the rest of the Pirates and Faith series. However, I was looking through my Kindle books and came across this forgotten book, and I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did.
This book was my favorite of the whole series. The story is surprisingly compelling and refreshing. I say surprisingly, because on the surface it sounds like a lot of ‘forbidden love’ stories. However, Evangeline took this old plot and added elements to it that made it really amazing and different.
My favorite part? Kyle works hard to honor his parents, even though they don’t seem to deserve it. Too often books make it sound like honoring your parents is optional when they aren’t being perfect. One of the things I have come to love about this author is that she is unashamed of her faith. Her books talk a lot about bible reading, prayer, and other Christian ideas, yet it never seems forced.
Each of the characters was well developed and felt unique. Mariah was one of my favorite female characters I think I have encountered. I loved her sweetness, Christian character, as well as the way she interacted with Kyle.
The romance was very sweet and one of my favorite relationships in the written word that I have encountered this year. There were a couple of kisses, but they were very sweet, not super passionate and they both were in very appropriate settings (one was even where chaperones were watching). I found the romance very God-honoring and satisfying.
I highly recommend this book to those who like historical fiction, sweet love stories, and books that are unashamed of their Christian faith.