Thursday, August 13, 2015

Throwback Thursday: The Ship of Love by Barbara Cartland

Author; Barbara Cartland
First published in 2000 by

The daughter of a wealthy, ambitious man, Rowena knew that her father longed to marry her to a title, preferably the Duke of Wenfield, whom she disliked and did not wish to marry herself. To avoid marriage, they hatched a plot. 

Posing as brother and sister, they would take a trip on a yacht with their like-minded friends and would help each other find the love of their dreams. Plans went awry on the Mediterranean, when Rowna was kidnapped by a Sultan, and was imprisoned in his harem. It seemed that they would be parted forever. 

The Ship of Love is the second book by this author that I have read.  I thought this was a really cute story of two people who are looking for love and having a hard time finding it in a society that looks down on love matches.  When Rowena and Mark feel they are being forced together, they plot a "love cruise" on her father's yacht in the hope that they can find suitable love matches for each other among their friends.  

This book reminded me a lot of the plot of Jane Austin's Emma. Rowena and Mark become great friends and don't see that the love of their life is right in front of them. Rowena tries to play match maker, but every time she see's Mark with someone else, she feels jealous.  These two were so cute together.  I loved watching their friendship develop as it helped to deepen their love for each other.    

It was a little cheesy with the Sultan kidnapping story line.  But what is a great romance without a little cheese, right?  The ending was perfect and really sweet.  If you are looking for a cute and clean romance, I highly recommend checking this one out.

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