THE BASTARD

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A lively, fast-paced adventure on the high seas. Fans of Novak’s contemporary novels will not be disappointed as the plot contains equal parts action and romance. The characters are well developed and the storyline is engrossing. However, the heroine occasionally seems sulky, which detracts slightly from her overall plucky nature.

All aristocratic Jeannette Boucher desires is to keep her family safe after the perils of the French Revolution. Her marriage to Englishman Percival Borden, Baron St. Ives, will save them all. However, a sinister plot initiated by her husband causes Jeannette to flee. In order to reach London safely, she disguises herself as a boy and enlists in the Royal Navy.

Lieutenant Crawford Treynor is illegitimate but honorable and has distinguished himself in the Royal Navy. He never suspects the young lad who volunteers for the Navy is Lady St. Ives. However, once he discovers her deception, he doesn’t know what to do: turn her in or keep her safe. (BRENDANOVAK.COM, dl $2.99)

Reviewed by: 
Keitha Hart