For me, a nice relaxing night is sitting on the couch drinking a warm cup of tea, reading a great book and just losing myself in the book. Been reading The Eternity Series, and finding them hard to just put down. The first book of the series is I, Walter
Born of the working class in England, young Walter Crofter runs away from his dysfunctional family to seek fun and adventure. Becoming the first mate on a trade ship, not only does Walter save the captain’s life more than once, he excels at his position to find wealth, love, and happiness. Dealing with England’s Royal Navy, pirate ships, and sugar and tobacco runs, Walter is the protagonist that either finds luck or has a strong character that catapults him to a coveted social status during the Elizabethan era. Walter is pulled off the docks in Portsmouth by a man named Bart. Bart is the first officer on a trade ship and we aren’t sure what he sees in the young Crofter, but he takes him under his wing and teaches him all about sailing a ship. But what he can’t teach is already a part of Crofter’s character. Crofter is kind, generous, loyal, patriotic, courageous and smart.
Second in the series, Walter’s son is set up for a prosperous life until his uncle takes him from his father’s home at the early age of eleven years old. Sold into slavery on the sea, he has much in common with Rosalind, a fellow-slave girl who pretends she is a boy on board ship. Showing how nurture and nature affect one’s life, the fast read of abduction and captivity shows how values and commitment from both sexes can develop into love. Rosalind’s life is similar to James in transgressions against her. She is born on the same day and also forced from her family when she was eleven years old. She was supposed to become a slave, but her guard took pity on her.
And the third one is named I Mary
Third in the series surrounding the seventeenth century in England, Walter’s granddaughter, Mary, grew up around boats and is enthralled when she is allowed to be a part of the family’s shipping business. As the crew encounters one disaster after another, Mary must keep her wits about her to be the heroine who must make a life-changing decision between loving the sea or a man. There were plenty of dangerous bumps on the road and so many situations where Mary was at a disadvantage, what with the civil war between the Royalists and Parliamentarians and other political issues. Mary’s life was a tough one. Exciting, yes, but really tough and I’m pretty sure one I wouldn’t have survived if I’d have been in her shoes.
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