“Persephone”

Julian Stockwin

It has ships on the cover so it should be about deeds of daring do on the high seas, right? Well, this one is more about romance than broadsides and the eponym of the book is a woman, not a ship.

This entry in the Kydd series is more Austen than Hornblower and most of the story takes place on dry land as Kydd tries to win back the affections of “The Admiral’s Daughter“. As much as I enjoy the action and adventure elements of this genre, it’s this sort of story that humanizes and rounds out characters, and it’s one of the things that distinguishes the Kydd series.

(Note: Though this is being posted after the post for “The Baltic Prize” this book precedes it in the series.)