The Charm School - Calhoun, Bk 1 Author:Susan Wiggs An awkward misfit in an accomplished Boston family, Isadora Peabody yearns to escape her social isolation and sneaks aboard the Silver Swan, bound for Rio, leaving it all behind. — Ryan Calhoun, too, had a good family name. But he'd purposely walked away from everything it afforded him. Driven by his quest to right an old wrong, the fiery, temper... more »amental sea captain barely registers the meek young women who comes aboard his ship.
To the Swan's motley crew, the tides of attraction clearly flow between the two. Teaching her the charms of a lady, they hope to build the confidence she needs to attract not only their lonely captain's attention, but his heart, as well. For everyone knows the greatest charms are not those of the formal lady, but rather the possibilities of a new world built on love.« less
Interesting story but a bit longwinded. Boston spinster Isadora is withdrawn, invisible & miserable in her life. In a pique of revolution, she signs on a ship bound to Rio as a translator, and her transformation from ugly duckling to beautiful swan is what the story is all about. The substory of slavery & redemption is a plus, but I found myself skipping through the book just to finish it.
gooseberry reviewed The Charm School (Calhoun, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 2
A very likable heroine - an intelligent, well read, badly dressed woman, completely out of her element at home but blooming during the long sail to Rio. The hero, however, though handsome and charming, was harder to like. Ah, well - to err is human. And he is very human.
I enjoyed the details about sailing. The author did her research well and also fit it into the story in an interesting way.