“Don’t…Don’t bury me here. Take me home,”
This book (the 12th entry in the series) covers approximately the years 1803-1806. No major ground is gained here, really, but there are a fair share of deaths and diseases and babies to keep the series moving along satisfactorily. Some of the branches of the family came up and some seem to be entirely lost.
Some facets of this story couldn’t really survive in a 20th century world and with the current timeline of the most recently written book lingering around the 1920s and 1930s, you just wonder how far it can go before the constant killing of inconvenient characters (for the sake of plot) becomes too obvious.
Some interesting developing characters especially among the younger generation of characters. The character of Frances Mary ‘Fanny’ Morland looks interesting to be sure – I wonder where Eagles takes the character as the story advances? All in all, my favourite character in the book was Captain Haworth, who features slightly more prominently in this book than in the ones before (given the book’s roots in naval battles). He seems to be a good character and a kind person. It is a good book if you can empathize with characters and want them to be real.
Generally, while this wasn’t my favourite book, it still had its fair share of good points too.
MY RATING: 2.5 / 5.