Becoming a mercenary pirate and a professional gambler, Gabriel travels to London, France, and the Barbary Coast in a desperate attempt to find Sarah again and all he knows of love. On the way, however, he will discover the most dangerous journey, and the greatest gamble of all, is within the darkest reaches of his own heart.
I had high hopes for this one but was let down by it. I give it 2 1/2 stars out of five. The hero was abandoned as a child and raised in a brothel as a prostitute. He has nothing and no one. He doesn’t even know his last name so he chose to use the name of the street that he was abandoned on, St. Croix. Knowing he was all alone and forced to prostitute himself called out to me immediately and made me want to read his story. It didn’t live up to my expectations at all. After about a year of him living with Sarah’s family he goes off with a family friend and gets knocked into the ocean by a runaway cannon on the ship. From then, he’s taken prisoner and sold. There’s a lot of war and violence for a good part of the story. Once he escapes his captors he lives as a free man. I just found all of that to be very boring and hard to get through.
The synopsis from the back cover is very misleading. It says that Gabriel travels, after he’s free, in a ‘desperate attempt to find Sarah’ and that simply is not true. He never once tried to find her or contact her via letter. He allowed her to believe he was dead for three years for no apparent reason. They find each other and he’s very cold and rude toward her. They secretly married right before he left three years before yet now that he’s face to face with his wife, his behavior towards her makes no sense at all and I don’t understand it. Needless to say, they have their happily ever after.
One thing that really bugged me is that their ages were never given. It was said many times that he was ‘young’ so I’m assuming he’s in his early 20s, and the same for Sarah. I feel as though I never got to know Sarah at all. We got absolutely no backstory on her. I don’t like or dislike her because I simply feel as if I don’t know her. But you read it and be the judge.
I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.