As We Sweep Through the Deep, by Gordon Stables.
Read February 15th, 3 // 5 stars.
I’ve been swamped under with school/uni work for the past week, but I thought I’d take a moment out from assignments and study to write a little review on this rollicking book!
This book is the height of swashbucklers. It surrounds two families, one of which has a mortgage on their old mansion, and the other of which has control of the mortgage. There is a see travelling young man, a feisty sister, a loving love interest, and kind friends.
There were many things that I enjoyed about this book! Namely:
- The sweetness and innocence of the romance
- Sea battles and (hopefully) accurate historical content
- Sweet sisters with sweet characters
- Friends that stick up for you
- The gorgeous writing style!!!
That said, there were some iffy things with this book. The book had a clear plot from the beginning – BUT WHERE DID IT GO?? I was sooo confused in the middle of the book because the plot had packed up and left. It barely returned for a little wrap at the end.
So what did it do instead of follow the plot? Well, it…..
- Took us through numerous sea battles
- Death (seriously though, so many soldiers died and I was sooo surprised at the death toll)
- There was a scene where smugglers were captured
- Basically ships.
- And sea fighting.
- So … it’s essentially England vs France on the water.
- England wins!!
(and now we return for the finale where everyone and everything ends up happy!)
I hope that wasn’t too spoiler-ly for you, but to be perfectly honest, there isn’t much to spoil. As I said, this book seemed far more interested in taking us through sea battles than following through with the plot that it had promised from the beginning. The reason I ended up rating it so high was because I enjoyed the reading experience so much! The writing was delightful and the characters were delightful and even the sea battles were delightful. Just the lack of a consistent plot irritated me.
My ancient hardcover edition of this book was found for one dollar at a second hand book sale. You can read a free eBook at Project Gutenberg here!