Book Review: “A Captain For Laura Rose” by Stephanie Grace Whitson

March 7, 2015 at 2:15 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Stephanie Grace Whitson in her new book, “A Captain For Laura Rose book coverA Captain For Laura Rose” published by FaithWords takes us into the life of Laura Rose White.

From the back cover:  A Captain For Laura Rose

Laura Rose White’s late father taught her everything he knew about piloting a Missouri River steamboat. He even named their boat after her. Despite that, it seems that Laura will forever be a “cub pilot” to her brother Joe, because in 1867, a female riverboat captain is unheard of. That is, until tragedy strikes and Laura must make the two month journey from St. Louis to Fort Benton and back in order to save her family’s legacy, her home, and the only life she’s ever known.

The only way for her to overcome the nearly insurmountable odds is with the help of her brother’s disreputable friend Finn MacKnight, a skilled pilot with a terrible reputation. Laura loathes having to accept MacKnight as her co-pilot, especially when she learns she must also provide passage for his two sisters. Straight-laced Fiona has a fear of water, and unpredictable Adele seems much too comfortable with the idea of life in the rough and tumble environment of the untamed river and the men who ply it. Though they are thrown together by necessity, this historic journey may lead Laura and the MacKnights to far more than they ever expected.

I think if I had lived in 1867 in The South I would have loved to have been a Steamboat Captain. There is a romance all to itself about the Steamboats. Now enter a woman who knows how to be a Captain but, because of the time, is not allowed to be one. Then throw in that she has to be a Captain due to life’s misfortunes and we are off and running. This is Historical fiction at its best and a wonderful, fun book.  I think this is one of the hardest stories to write as it is all character driven and takes a steady hand to guide the characters through the story while remaining true to each character and these characters are memorable.  You come to love Laura Finn, his sisters and the Steamboat, yes, the Steamboat, as if they were alive (and they are within the pages of this book) and it is a thrill to watch them interact, grow and put aside their distrust, fear and the hurts of their pasts and find peace in their present.  Many kudos to Ms. Whitson for a truly memorable book. I am so looking forward to the next book from the very talented Ms. Whitson.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from FaithWords.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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