I recently had the pleasure of reading Volume III of V.E. Ulett’s Blackwell’s Adventure series. In Blackwell’s Homecoming, she takes to the sea once again and highlights the drama of the Georgian Age.
In this adventure, Blackwell and his family, which now includes grown children, return to England, but quickly get caught up in the drama and society demands of the day. He’s called away and wounded, saved by his son, who is also now in the Royal Navy, and returns to take a position that leads them to Hawaii on Sandwich Islands. As with usual Ulett type of action and suspense, the adventure is not an easy one on the high seas. It’s a joy to read about this family again in its progression, as Ulett has made them such vibrant, multi-dimensional characters over the course of several books. I especially was happy to watch the life and love grow between and with Blackwell and his wife Mercedes.
Beyond the story of the characters, Ulett’s adventure books bring us action and suspense that keep the pages moving, and certainly, I feel this book is her best yet in terms of hooking me to the pages. I love action on the sea and this gives me a proper dose of that all wrapped within a story that is truly layered. I love the history she uses, and even some actual historical people she makes into characters so that they come alive for us as the reader.
It’s an emotional tale as well as you follow along their lives and adventure. It has a little bit of it all, from drama to romance to action. It’s like a fantasy adventure for adults that can sweep a reader into another time and place. Filled with description and detail, I felt the turmoils and the joys right along with the characters. I think that the pacing, plotting, and connectivity improved even from the first book and I can’t wait to see where she takes this series next.
Speaking of description, I also absorbed through her words the lush area of the exotic islands and the sights, sounds, and smells of the sea. I also learned about the conflicts on the island during this time period and found it all very fascinating and interesting. Beyond that, the story she creates is highly fun and entertaining in many ways as well, as well pull for the family and jeer at the villain.
If you like adventure that crosses the sea and takes you back in history, then I highly recommend Ulett’s writing in this dramatic adventure that I’m sure you’ll enjoy. Hoist up the mast head and get ready to be swept away by the sea wind across every page. The whole set would be a great gift for a history buff who favors historical sea adventure.
Emma was collapsing with fatigue, her feet ached from the heeled satin pumps she wore, and she guessed it must be four o’clock in the morning. She was more than willing to retire, but when she looked into the card room she gave a little gasp. The card tables had already been taken away, and there were only servants remaining, carrying out chairs and glasses. She hurried, her heart thumping a little, and took a place in the line of people waiting for their carriages. It was always she who ordered the hackney or their carriage to be brought round, that was not a problem, but Emma missed Edward standing near her. She felt she must be conspicuous, an unescorted female, especially after the attention paid her earlier.
When her turn came at the head of the line, Emma spoke up. “A hackney coach to Curzon Street, if you please.”
“Oh, no, Miss! Not for you.” A man in pigtail and seaman’s garb was suddenly at her elbow. “His lordship, Captain Lord Cochrane sends his carriage.”
Emma recognized the coat of arms on the carriage, and with a murmured, “How kind”, she allowed herself to be handed in by the rough seaman. The man shut the door of the carriage and jumped up on the box alongside the driver. Emma sank back into the padded seat with a sigh, put off her shoes and promptly fell asleep.
She awoke when the carriage lurched to a halt. The door was opened by the same seaman, the steps let down, and Emma was out of the carriage and upon the pavement before she looked about her.
“This is not Curzon Street. Why have you brought me to Harley Street? This is Lord Cochrane’s house, surely—”
“Pipe down, Missy.”
Another man had appeared at Emma’s side, together the two seamen hustled her up the house steps and into the foyer.
Volume III of Blackwell’s Adventures
Publication Date: December 19, 2014
Publisher: Old Salt Press, LLC
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Series: Blackwell’s Adventures, Book 3
Genre: Historical Fiction
“A very satisfying conclusion to the Blackwell’s Adventures series, with lusty escapades tempered with amusing side passages, lively characters and a lovely ending.” – Broos Campbell, author of the Matty Graves series
In a multigenerational saga of love, war and betrayal, Captain Blackwell and Mercedes continue their voyage in Volume III of Blackwell’s Adventures. The Blackwell family’s eventful journey from England to Hawaii, by way of the new and tempestuous nations of Brazil and Chile, provides an intimate portrait of family conflicts and loyalties in the late Georgian Age. Blackwell’s Homecoming is an evocation of the dangers and rewards of desire.
“This entire trilogy has lots of adventure, lots of romance, and lots of wonderful settings that will thrill any historical fiction reader.” – Meg Wessel, A Bookish Affair
“A real pleasure to read, this book can stand alone, although I recommend reading the previous volumes to see additional development of the main characters.” – Jeff Westerhoff, Historical Novels Review
V.E. Ulett, Biography~
A long time resident of California, V.E. Ulett is an avid reader as well as writer of historical fiction. Proud to be an Old Salt Press author, V.E. is also a member of the National Books Critics Circle and an active member and reviewer for the Historical Novel Society.
Eighteenth and nineteenth century journals and letters inspired the writing of CAPTAIN BLACKWELL’S PRIZE. The sequels takes Captain Blackwell and Mercedes to the far side of the world, on new personal and cultural adventures. Coming soon from V.E. Ulett, a historical adventure with a fantastic edge.
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