I quite enjoyed this story, with its spunky heroine, dashing hero, and a plot that held plenty of intrigue and adventure on the high seas. Maribel is a child of twelve during Part I of the story (almost the first half of the book) and first meets Jean-Luc when he takes command of her father's ship under his Letters of Marque as a privateer. I wasn't sure how I felt about this at first, in view of the romance to come, but Maribel was such a bright, vibrant child that it was easy to see how she captured the affections of Jean-Luc's entire crew. It is only in Part II that this affection begins to take a romantic turn for the hero and heroine--and the second half of Part II at that.
Part II picks up the story about ten years after Part I ends, but I won't say where or under what circumstances because that will spoil the story. Suffice it to say there were plenty of twists and turns, some heart-wrenching moments, and even some gasps of surprise as this story unfolded. The romance, when it did eventually unfold, was rather low-key, so if you're looking for romance in particular, this one may disappoint, but if you're after adventure and intrigue, this is a good pick!
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.