Blackhearts

Blackhearts
Age Range
14+
Release Date
February 09, 2016
ISBN
9781481432696
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In this stunningly creative debut, Nicole Castroman reimagines the origins of history's most infamous pirate--Blackbeard--and tells the story of the girl who captured his heart and ultimately set him on his path of destruction.

When Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, returns home from a year at sea, he finds his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn't love and sick of the high society he was born into, all Teach wants is to return to the vast ocean he calls home. There's just one problem: he must convince his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following the death of her parents, Anne Barrett is left penniless. Though she's barely worked a day in her life, Anne takes a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks and Anne longs to escape the confines of her now mundane life. How will she ever achieve her dream of sailing to Curaçao--her mother's birthplace--when she's trapped in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn together by a shared desire for freedom, but kept apart by Teach's father, their love is as passionate as it is forbidden. Faced with an impossible choice, Teach and Anne must decide whether to chase their dreams and leave England forever--or follow their hearts and stay together.

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Blackhearts was a really intriguing novel. I was drawn to the concept of reading about the early life of Blackbeard and it was not disappointing!

It was really interesting to imagine what could have been Edward Teach's early life before he became the infamous Blackbeard. And the idea that his ship was named after Anne Barrett was also a nice touch.

I loved the captivating plot and the characters. Anne and Edward were really fascinating and drew me in right from the start. And reading more about this era was also enlightening.

A really great novel that has me reaching for the follow up immediately!
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