(From the publisher):
The year is 1797. Napoleon Buonaparte is racking up impressive wins in the field against the enemies of revolutionary France. On the seas, England is putting up a staunch resistance. When a modest fleet of British ships off the coast of Portugal encounters a larger force of Spanish vessels on their way to rendezvous with the French, the English are quick to seize the opportnity for a victory - even at the risk of a calamitous defeat.
Twenty-five-year-old Charles Edgemont is second lieutenant aboard HMS Argonaut, the smallest ship in the British line of battle. When orders come for the Argonaut to engage in an all-but-suicidal maneuver to cut off the escape of the Spanish ships, he leads his gun crews bravely - until the deaths of the captain and the first lieutenant elevate him to command of the stricken vessel. In the chaos that follows, his defiant refusal to yield under enemy fire earns him a permanent promotion.
Thanks to the purse awarded him by the Admiralty after the fight, Charles is wealthy beyond his wildest dreams. But there are challenges when he returns home after years at sea. His newfound riches prove no help when it comes to winning the heart of Penelope Brown, the feisty Quaker with whom he falls in love. Even more of a hindrance to romance is Charles's profession, for Penelope regards war as sinful and soldiers as little better than murderers.
Changing Penelope's mind may just be the hardest battle Charles has ever fought - At least until fresh orders sends him back to sea, where he faces a formidable adversary in a series of stirring battles of will and might.
Original title: Sails on the Horizon
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ Military and Naval Adventure
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ 18th Century