Castroman, Nicole Black Hearts 369 pgs. Simon Pulse 2016. $17.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG13 Violence: PG
Drummond is a well off ship merchants son, set to marry a baron’s daughter, and
to take over his fathers business. But his real dream is to return to
adventures at sea. His father has a new maid, Anne, whom catches his
attention. Anne has dreams of her own, to travel back to her mother’s homeland
in the West Indies. To make this dream happen she has been stealing from the
Drummond’s and squirreling away the money. As the pair discover each other and
share their dreams, the world around them is moving too fast and catching up to
them in ways they try to fight against.
This was very much a
linear typical romance novel. Anne’s thieving was a big part of the plot, but I
hope to read about female characters with a little more creativity and drive. There
are hints of more than kissing, including a pregnancy, but nothing rated R. Spoiler
Alert: I was shocked at the end to discover this was a Blackbeard the Pirate
origin story, who knew? I found Edward to be a boring character. Didn’t feel
like a teen book to me just not enough angst or fire.
HS -OPTIONAL Reviewer:
Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.