Reader Review: I loved this story. Rough pirates do a makeover on a spinsterish wallflower and she blossoms into a rose that completely captures the heart of their captain. Her genuine-ness and kind heart, though, is what truly snares the pirate captain's own heart. Will she be able to keep him? Will he let her go for her own good? Will their love survive despite everything they face? Will his dangerous plans lead only to her heartbreak? Oh, this is a good one. You won't be disappointed. I wasn't the first, second, third, or fourth time I read it.
19th century America.
The captain had abandoned society. She was too unrefined for it.An awkward misfit in an accomplished Boston family, Isadora Peabody yearns to escape her social isolation and sneaks aboard the Silver Swan, bound for Rio, leaving it all behind.
Ryan Calhoun, too, had a good family name. But he'd purposely walked away from everything it afforded him. Driven by his quest to right an old wrong, the fiery, temperamental sea captain barely registers the meek young woman who comes aboard his ship.
To the Swan's motley crew, the tides of attraction clearly flow between the two. Teaching her the charms of a lady, they hope to build the confidence she needs to attract not only their lonely captain's attention, but his heart, as well. For everyone knows the greatest charms are not those of the formal lady, but rather the possibilities of a new world built on love.
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|Title of eBook: The Charm School||Series: Calhoun Chronicles, , #1|
|Release Date: 06-15-2012|
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|Publisher: MIRA||Store Sales Rank: 14043|
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The Charm School
The Portrait of a Lady
Boston, October 1851
Being invisible did have its advantages. Isadora Dudley Peabody knew no one would notice her, not even if the gleaming ballroom floor decided to open up and swallow her. It wouldn't happen, of course. Disappearing in the middle of a crowded room was bold indeed, and Isadora didn't have a bold bone in her body.
Her mind was a different matter altogether.
She surrendered the urge to disappear, relegating it to the land of impossible thingsa vast continent in Isadora's world. Impossible things a smile that was not forced, a compliment that was not barbed, a dream that was not punctured by the cruel thorn of disappointment.
She pressed herself back in a half-domed alcove window. A sneeze tickled her nose. Whipping out a handkerchief, she stifled it. But still she heard the gossip. The old biddies. Couldn't they find someone else to talk about?
"She's the black sheep of the family in more ways than one," whispered a scandalized voice. "She is so different from the rest of the Peabodys. So dark and ill-favored, while her brothers and sisters are all fair as mayflowers."
"Even her father's fortune failed to buy her a husband," came the reply.
"It'll take more than money"
Isadora let the held-back sneeze erupt. Then, her hiding place betrayed, she left the alcove. The startled speakerstwo of her mother's friendsmade a great show of fluttering their fans and clearing their throats.
Adjusting her spectacles, Isadora pretended she hadn't heard. It shouldn't hurt so much. By now she should be used to the humiliation. But she was...
Title: The Charm School
Average Customer Review:
Number of Comments: 4 Rating(s) 4 Review(s)
4 of 5 people found the following eBook Review Helpful
I would have given this book 4 stars if I felt tha
November 3, 2008
Reviewer: A reader from Atlanta, GA US
I would have given this book 4 stars if I felt that the hero and heroine had more chemistry together. Nevertheless, the storyline is amusing and the premise that a group of ragtag crewmen on a trade ship can turn a duckling into a swan is a refreshing change from the usual fare.
I loved this story. Rough pirates do a makeover
May 13, 2008
Reviewer: A reader from Houston, TX US
I loved this story. Rough pirates do a makeover on a spinsterish wallflower and she blossoms into a rose that completely captures the heart of their captain. Her genuine-ness and kind heart, though, is what truly snares the pirate captain's own heart. Will she be able to keep him? Will he let her go for her own good? Will their love survive despite everything they face? Will his dangerous plans lead only to her heartbreak? Oh, this is a good one. You won't be disappointed. I wasn't the first, second, third, or fourth time I read it.
Excellent historical romance
June 22, 2012
Reviewer: A reader from TENNESSEE USA
This is an excellent historical romance, based in the Ugly Duckling trope.
Isadora Peabody is the plain sibling: social awkward, plump and all around forgettable. She takes the chance to get away on the Silver Swan, a ship headed for Rio.
Ryan Calhoun, the captain of the Silver Swan, is caught up in trying to right a wrong to notice her at first. But as the long journey from Boston to Rio unfolds, and Isadora spreads her wings, he begins to take notice. Then to help her. Then to fall for her. A little big wicked, he tempts Isadora in the most intriguing ways.
Wiggs is a talented author whose prose is compelling. She creates a richly detailed world, dynamic characters and a heart-warming plot.
If you like historical romance, this is a must-read!
I liked it
February 4, 2010
Reviewer: A reader from Friedens, PA US
When I first saw this title I wasn't sure if I would like it or not. I read the previous reviews and after reading I agree with both. It was a great book once you got to a certain point in it. The beginning was a little slow but the middle and end made up for all of that! If you are looking for a nice little book with an adorable romance... I would tell you this book is for you. But be patient all good things come to those who wait!!! Happy reading!
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