I am looking for a book I stole and read in junior high, by stole I mean
borrowed from my mom’s romance collection. Don’t remember the author or
title but perhaps the plot will ring a bell??
So the book starts off with a girl running away from her family in London
before an arranged marriage. That same night she is mistaken for a
prostitute by a captains first mate and brought to his ship to pleasure him.
Etc etc.. I don’t remember if it was really a rape scene on the boat or if
it was consensual…but in the end he takes her innocence. The family then
discovers this and the sea captain is forced to wed the girl.
This sea captain turns out to be a well off American of some sort? Possibly
military…I don’t exactly remember. But the girl must then sail with him
to the “new world.”
On the way I believe he falls sick as well as she nurses him back to health?
Anyways…most of the book is about them learning to love each other or
admit they love each other.
Any of this sound familiar??
This could be a number of historicals, but I’m coming up with several books for each plot point described. Does anyone recall a book that fits her description?