Dear Reader, You met Alec Carrick in Night Fire. He returns full force-and believe me, this man's got force--in Night Storm, the third novel of the Night Trilogy which I wrote in the Fall of 1988. The Paxtons are shipbuilders in Baltimore. Alec Carrick is an English nobleman who wants... read more
This was a story of the battle of the sexes - in 1814, when women were considered only to be a wife who ran the home, sewed and did artistic things, and ddidn't involve themselves in a man's world. Alec Carrick, a Baron in England, wonderfully handsome, a widower with a precocious 5-year-old... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
This was a story of the battle of the sexes - in 1814, when women were considered only to be a wife who ran the home, sewed and did artistic things, and ddidn't involve themselves in a man's world. Alec Carrick, a Baron in England, wonderfully handsome, a widower with a precocious 5-year-old daughter, set sail for Baltimore in America to see about buying the Paxton Shipyard, which was in economic decline. He met with James Paxton, the elderly owner, but was aghast at the effrontery of Paxton's daughter Eugenia, who was trying to pass herself off as Mr. Eugene Paxton! She no more looked like a man, in spite of the male clothing and wool cap over her hair, than many of the lovely women who trailed after Alec. Once he let her know that, however, it seemed to make little difference in her clothing while she worked but as time passed both Alec and Genny found ways to show they were both man and woman. Alec "instructed" Genny in how to be sexual - something he'd had much experience of. Genny had been allowed by her father to indulge herself in building a Baltimore clipper (named The Pegasus), but except for some of the men who helped build the ship, she was ostracized in Baltimore society for doing a man's work, wearing men's clothing, etc. That just wasn't done. Alec was willing to purchase the shipyard - and The Pegasus - but didn't want Genny involved because of her being a woman. When James Paxton suggested a marraige between Genny and Alec, both were unwilling, but eventually had to. An accident on board Pegasus occurred while a wager was in place, and Alec needed Genny's help. That made both Genny and Alec look to their actions with one another.
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