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VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5History, Steamboats, A Women Captain and RomanceMarch 7, 2015VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Stephanie Grace Whitson in her new book, A 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 Whites 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 familys legacy, her home, and the only life shes ever known.
The only way for her to overcome the nearly insurmountable odds is with the help of her brothers 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 lifes 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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Carrie5 Stars Out Of 5This was a very good book,November 1, 2014CarrieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This story takes the place in the area where I live so I journeyed with them.. I was unable to lay it down. Read it at one sitting. I don't care for series but this could almost have more added it.
When there is a series I usually wait until series is finished
An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Spritual growth, historical detail, and romanceApril 2, 2014An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Due to a series of tragic events, Laura White becomes captain and pilot of her own steamboat. Regardless of how skilled she may be, however, Laura White must find a co-pilot willing to share the wheel with a woman. Unfortunately, the only taker appears to be her brother's old friend - a wild young drunk. Lest her reputation end up in tatters, Laura is also stuck with Finn's two sisters on board - one a starchy spinster, the other a high-spirited young flirt. Can Laura travel the length of the river and back again in time to pay off debts on the boat, or will she lose the only home she has ever known?
While Laura and Finn are the main characters, it is almost as much the story of Finn's sisters, Fiona and Adele. Watching their personal journeys as they travel up the river and down again added more depth to the story - both have plenty room for growth, and they do not disappoint. The first time Adele's point of view was introduced, my instant impression was "that manipulative little minx," but as she matures, she improves. She will never be like straight-laced Fiona, but we are all different parts of the body of Christ.
It was fun to learn about steamships and the hazards they faced as they traveled up and down the Mississippi /Missouri. While it makes sense, I never supposed that pilots needed licensing even back then, lest no one trust them to take their cargo. As the author's note points out, some of the stranger details and sights seen are taken directly from history and not the product of an overactive imagination - a case of fact often being stranger than fiction.
Though not expressed as such in the novel, there is a definite theme of second chances running through the story. Laura gets a second chance on paying back the loan, while Adele and Fiona have second chances at relationships (with each other and otherwise). Finn, perhaps, receives the most grace - after a dissolute youth, with occasional lapses even after giving up drinking, the Whites are willing to take a chance on him again. This is not to say that second chances are easily given or that it is easy to trust after giving that second chance, but it is a good reminder of how many second, third, and even fiftieth chances God, in His grace, gives us. How can we refuse them to others?
Whitson does a good job showing just how hard the journey (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) was for her characters, yet giving credit where it was due to God bringing good out of the tragedy. As Laura learns, one cannot live off someone else's faith - at some point a personal decision must be made. Whitson creates an enjoyable read with a fine balance of historical detail, spiritual growth, and romance. 4.5 stars!
Joan K. LandisPerkiomenville, PAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent historical fictionMarch 18, 2014Joan K. LandisPerkiomenville, PAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleStephanie Grace Whitson has done it again. A realistic well written book. Enough adventure, conflict, romance and a good message are within the covers of this book to keep the reader engaged. Enjoyed every minute of the read.
Gretchen Garrison5 Stars Out Of 5Fresh fiction from Stephanie Grace WhitsonMarch 3, 2014Gretchen GarrisonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As an avid Christian fiction reader, I have been a fan of Whitson since the beginning. Since she now has over 20 books to her credit, she has achieved a feat that many authors do not accomplish. While her books often have a similar theme of loss and the need to trust God, each story them has remained fresh. Having a female heroine steamboat pilot was an unique direction for a novel. I felt like my knowledge of history of women during this era greatly expanded. I look forward to reading her next release.
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