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Catherine and the Pirate (2002)

by Karen Hawkins

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Good typical teen romance. Loved the historical pirate aspect, and great imagery and setting; also liked the colonial dialogue. Good read for teens wanting to read about first love and coming of age adventures! ( )
  Allizabeth | Jul 17, 2011 |
When seventeen-year-old Catherine Markham's parents died four years ago, it was her brother Royce who kept her going. Although Royce was twelve years older than Catherine, he became more than just her brother, he became her best friend. When Catherine learns that Royce has been lost at sea in the American Revolution, she is devastated -- until a ransom note arrives, stating that Royce is still alive and demanding money for his safe return. Determined to get from Boston to Savannah to deliver the ransom herself, Catherine convinces Royce's best friend, Derrick St. John, to take her on his ship. Just twenty-one years old, Derrick already has a past as a pirate, a past he was able to abandon with Royce's help. But he still lives with the memories of what he has done, and the knowledge that it was partly his fault his late father was falsely accused of treason. On the journey to Savannah, Catherine and Derrick fall in love, but hide their feelings from each other -- he because of his past, she because she despairs of ever becoming more than his best friend's little sister. I highly recommend this new Avon True Romance. Like the rest of the books in the series, it's a wonderful historical romance for teens. I also really loved the setting, as the colonial period has always been one of my favorites. ( )
  rebecca191 | Nov 11, 2008 |
This series was one I read years ago and they were one of my first romance books. Sadly I got rid of them a few years back, but I am trying to refind them. Very good book for young teens. ( )
  van_stef | Aug 11, 2008 |
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To Kim Hawkins and Jennifer Brumit, who had the great idea to write a pirate book.  Thank you for your inspiration!
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Catherine Markham gripped the stiff scrap of paper.
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Catherine

Born to a prominent Boston family, Catherine Markham is a bit of a hellion despite her gentle upbringing. Stifled by the rules imposed by society, Catherine yearns for adventure. When her beloved brother is kidnapped, she decides to deliver the ransom herself -- with the help of a young man few others might turn to.

The Pirate

Derrick St. John lives on the edge. The memory of his dead father tainted by treason, Derrick's life has been spent at sea in both legal and not-so-legal pursuits. Determined to clear his father's name, the last thing this young pirate wants is to embark on a voyage to Savannah in the midst of a war with the British, much less with a young lady who spells trouble at every turn.

An emotion stronger than caution takes hold of Derrick, and he finds himself unable to refuse Catherine's pleas for assistance, even though the journey promises peril for them both. And so the headstrong girl and the daring sea captain sail into an exhilarating adventure that fast becomes a journey of the heart.

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Catherine Markham falls in love with the pirate who escorts her on a dangerous voyage from Boston to Savannah.

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