Determined to start a new life
Constanza Smythe leaves England and accepts a position as governess in the Coloniesonly to capture the attention of two men.
When she meets Edward Teache
on her voyage to the New World, the infamous pirate known as Blackbeard decides to do anythinglegal or notto make her his bride.
Yet a firm hand pulls her to safety
when Blackbeard's ship wrecks near North Carolina's Outer Banks. Lucian Blackwell, a simple farmer, wants to love and protect Constanza.
Will either win her heart
and can they protect the life of a child she's sworn to protect?
Bride of Blackbeard is a compelling tale of sorrow, pain, love, and hate. With a cast of characters, each with their own trait, the story is hard to put down. From the moment I started reading about Constanza and her upbringing, I was torn. Each of the people she encounters on her journey has an experience to share, drawing in the reader more. Ms. Chapman sketches a story that tugs at the heartstrings. Her well-researched tale brings many things into light that this reader was not aware of. I believe many will be touched in some way by this extraordinary book that leaves much thought.
Cherokee, Coffee Time Romance
BRIDE OF BLACKBEARD has it all..you'll instantly feel a part of the story as Constanza's character seems to come alive. You'll walk right beside her as she endured the sadness, pain and sorrow, of growing up, and you'll root for her, all through the healing process. BRIDE OF BLACKBEARD was hard to put down. The secondary characters, some you'll love to hate, some will steal your heart, just as Constaza and her siblings do.
Ms. Chapman definitely has a winner, and you'll want to have the tissues handy, it tears at your heartstrings, and you'll love every minute of it! The setting is spot-on and as if time had turned back. You won't want to pass this one by, it's a must read, and one that should be on everyone's keeper-shelf.
By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Kimberly Leslie
The Bride of Blackbeard by Brynn Chapman is what I refer to as a 'beefy' read. It's a romance sandwiched between historical facts and a personal growth story.
Bride of Blackbeard contains many fascinating historical facts woven into the plot. This is not like reading a history book. The characters are engaging and the pacing is excellent
Magnolia, Long and Short Reviews
Brynn Chapman has crafted a story that is a tapestry of lore, legend, and fact. Bride of Blackbeard will leave you asking questions until the last page.
Chapman's passion for research into the ailments, from the ordinary to the bizarre, drive this book forward and enhance already well-crafted characters. The heroine, Constanza, is exactly as the author shows: unique, unconventional and a champion for rejected and lonely. Hero Lucian is a refreshing mix of vulnerability and strength. And tiny Meg has a bit of us all in her. At some point we all feel as she hasalone, with our only recourse to lock ourselves away in a world all our own and hope someone will listen. Chapman's medical background definitely adds to this book, and the author notes at the end were a definite plus.
Bride of Blackbeard made me concerned for the characters and curious to learn more about the pirate himself.
For this reader that is a mark of good fiction.
Jennifer Linforth, Author MADRIGAL: A novel of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera
"I received a letter."
"Yes, go on. Speak plainly."
"It was from Edward Teache. He asked for my hand in marriage."
Lucian stood so quickly it knocked her off balance. She was taken aback as he paced to and fro across the school room floor, muttering. "This will not do. No this will not do at all."
"How long have you known this?" His eyes went wild and pupils became a pinprick. His dark hair fell across his forehead and he swiped it out of his face in irritation.
"A-about two weeks . . . I was going to tell you, but I did not want to intrude on our happiness."
"Stanzy, obviously you do not realize the gravity of this situation. Teache is very dangerous; I did not want you to know how dangerous as I did not want to alarm you"
"Alarm me? Someone who has been caring for herself and two siblingsone a mere babysince she was sixteen years old? Who traveled across the Atlantic without male escort? I do not need your protection, I need your honesty!"
"And I yours!" He stormed out of the school, throwing the door open so hard it hit the wooden frame with an earsplitting clatter.