An SF navy story with a female lead and in-fiction physics contrived to justify spaceships that function exactly like vessels from the Age of Sail? It'd be tempting to write-off Alexis Carew as an ersatz Honor Harrington.
But that would not be a fair thing to do, I think. Alexis is a much younger, inexperienced character (a factor that does occasionally get used to belabor the reader with minutiae the author has learned about Napoleonic era navies) and there's an enthusiasm and naivete to her that's quite fresh compared to how I remember David Weber's super-competent heroine.
This was a fun tale, and I've already plunked down the cash for the sequel.
At fifteen, Alexis Carew has to face an age old problem - she's a girl, and only a boy can inherit the family's vast holdings. Her options are few. She must marry and watch a stranger run the lands, or become a penniless tenant and see the lands she so dearly loves sold off. Yet there may be another option, one that involves becoming a midshipman on a shorthanded Navy spaceship with no other women.