This request comes from Stephanie, who has some excellent old skool plotlines running amok in her head:
Hoping the Bitchery can help me out. I'm looking for a book that I first
read in the early 80's, but I think might have been published in the late
70's and definitely full of Old Skool WTFery. It was one of a pair, and I
only remember a few details. Both books were titled after the Heroine, and
if my memory serves the first book started with an A.
On to the plot: It's the War of 1812 and a young woman winds up being
transported on a privateer along with her sister who is the star of the
sequel? I think she was rescued from English pirates. The first mate on the
privateer is a woman (of the low cut, flouncy white shirt, knee high boots
and two rattling sabres variety).
The captain is oblivious to the first mates lustful gazes and only has eyes
for our heroine. but, because he is a privateer he cannot possibly sully her
innocence. They arrive at Barataria Bay and our heroine meets the Lafitte
brothers, visits the bootleg market and she and the hero exchange smoldering
looks from a distance. Eventually the sisters and the first mate are set up
in their own house with a chaperone and introduced to polite society. I
don't remember why or who was providing the cash. At some point h & h have
sexy times, and what I do remember is he tells her “no one can get pregnant
the first time”! Even as a young teenager I knew that was a pile of
There's a war on, and while h & h are endangered only the secondary
characters die, little sister goes off to have her own book and America
wins. Hero has been bankrupted when Barataria was shut down by the feds, so
now they, h & h (gosh I wish I remembered some names), go off together to
rebuild their lives and fortunes.
I would love to reread this book if only to confirm my horrible memories, so
if anyone can help me out it would be greatly appreciated.
Do you remember this book? So many of the plot pieces resemble other books I've read, but I read them pretty recently. What do you think it might be?