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Ever since her father tried to sell her as a mistress to the highest bidder, Eleanor Massie has chosen to live in poverty. Her world changes overnight when Captain Oliver Worthy shows up at her struggling inn. Despite herself, Nana is drawn to her handsome guest....Oliver planned to stay in Plymouth only long enough to report back to Lord Ratliffe--about Nana. But he soonEver since her father tried to sell her as a mistress to the highest bidder, Eleanor Massie has chosen to live in poverty. Her world changes overnight when Captain Oliver Worthy shows up at her struggling inn. Despite herself, Nana is drawn to her handsome guest....Oliver planned to stay in Plymouth only long enough to report back to Lord Ratliffe--about Nana. But he soon senses that Lord Ratliffe is up to something, and Oliver will do anything to keep this courageous, beautiful woman safe--even marry her!...

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  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-04-12 10:29

    Carla Kelly has done it again. I read my second book by her and fell in love with her characters and her writing. Oliver Worthy was completely sigh-worthy. What an honorable man. He was very down to earth, and, at his heart, a really good, decent man. The Navy was his life, and he had convinced himself that marriage was not for him, because it wouldn't be fair to his wife. But, Nana Massie slipped past his defenses. It wasn't quite love at first sight, but darn close. This young woman had the power to make him yearn for a wife to come home to.Ms. Kelly has a way of writing a story that is so real and essential. She doesn't tend to write about dukes and ladies. She writes about the non-titled people, the ones who are just getting by, or are doing their everyday tasks to keep the British Empire running, although they seldom get credit for it. I love her non-titled heroes. They have more to offer me than a titled hero, who really has nothing more to do than to seduce women, gamble, and drink. Oliver is a great example of the kind of hero that Ms. Kelly excels at writing. He started his career in the Navy at the age of twelve, working his way up to captain. His men admire him, because he treats them humanely. He's earned his reputation and his rank, and that spoke to me. I liked his down to earth nature. He didn't judge Nana or her grandmother because they weren't Quality. He didn't hold Nana's illegitimacy against her. He loved her for who she was. Even though a woman who married him would have to deal with life as a military wife, hardly seeing her husband, and living with the knowledge that he could die at sea, a woman couldn't ask for a better husband. Nana was a lucky girl.Nana's mother had made the mistake of falling for the charms of a Navy Lieutenant, and ended up pregnant and unmarried for the trouble. Her grandmother held the father responsible, and he paid for Nana's education at a girls school in Bath. However, he turned out to have unsavory intentions for her: giving her as mistress to a man to pay off his debts. When Nana realized this, she fled back to her grandmother's inn in Plymouth, where she was when the story started. So, she had every reason not to fall for Captain Worthy. But, he lived up to his name. In the end, it was easier than she imagined to fall in love with him. When he shows up, sick as a dog, to stay at their inn, which is barely limping by with no business for six months, it's not very long before he's in her heart.The romance was excellent in this story. But, I also like the glimpse into the life of a sea captain, and those who live with the everyday reality of the Navy and their men at war. Although the battles are being fought at sea, the people left at home also suffer as the men they love don't always make it back home, or when they do, it's for as little time as they can steal with their spouses and families before they have to go back to sea. I enjoyed spending Sunday with Nana and Oliver, and I hope that they have a happy life together. Even though there is much at risk in their future, they can claim the time they have together, the family they create together, and the deep, true love they found as their own, that no one can take from them.

  • Dina
    2019-04-04 09:56

    4 1/2 starsThis was only my second book by Carla Kelly, but I can already say for sure that she is one of my favorite authors now. I love her writing and the way she fills her books with accurate and realistic historic details without turning them into a textbook... Well, that's how I feel after reading only two books, but I doubt they're exceptions to the rule. :)Marrying The Captain is the first book in the Channel Fleet trilogy. The story takes place during the Napoleonic Wars and, unlike what I've become used to read in other Regency books, the H/h are common (but not ordinary) people: Royal Navy Captain Oliver Worthy, a simple country vicar's son who's achieved his current rank by merit, and Eleanor "Nana" Massie, a scheming lord's illegitimate daughter.Nana's been living in Plymouth with her grandmother (from her mother's side, of course) and running the Mulberry Inn with her for the past five years, since her father tried to give her to one of his "friends" as payment for his debts. Oliver has the unfortunate luck of crossing paths with Lord Ratliffe, Nana's father and an undersecretary of Admiralty House, and is asked to spy on Nana - just to make sure she's doing fine, assures Lord Ratliffe. Oliver doesn't buy it, but fate plays its hand and he ends up staying in Mulberry Inn anyway - and as they say, the rest is history...I loved Oliver and Nana. They were fully developed characters, admirable and flawed at the same time, and their falling in love was very poignant. At first, I was afraid Oliver's connection with Nana's father would lead to a Big Misunderstanding, but Ms. Kelly knows better than that and showed me that such plot device isn't necessary to add conflict to a story and keep it interesting. The uncertainties brought by war were enough to give my heart a little squeeze.This was a very enjoyable read to me, slow paced at times but never boring. I never doubted Oliver and Nana's love for each other, even when they tried to fight it - for sensible reasons and not just for the sake of adding angst to the story. If I have one complaint, it's the ending: this book needed an epilogue, IMHO. Call me greedy, but I needed to see Oliver and Nana living HEA after the war was over. That's the only reason I couldn't give this book 5 stars. Hopefully, I'll get to seem them again in the next books, The Surgeon's Lady and Marrying the Royal Marine. :)

  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    2019-04-16 09:34

    Hope you all are ready for this....Right away I have distinct feelings for Nana (yeah wish her name was different) and Oliver and like them a lot. I have only read two chapters and already feel attached to these characters and can not wait to see how they come together.The way the author writes Oliver's private thoughts was a huge boost to this story. An example of this and a part which made me laugh out loud was when Oliver was sick and woke up having to pee and thought Nana was still in the room:“I think you’re needing this,” Pete said, his voice gruff, but not unkind.“My blushes,” Oliver said. “I hope I didn’t embarrass Miss Massie.”Pete put the urinal under the covers. “She’s tended me when I’ve been too ill to get out of bed. Gran cut up stiff, but Nana’s not a shrinking violet. If I hadn’t been available just now, she’d have done for you, too.”Horrors, he thought, horrors. “I could get up and use the chamber pot,” he protested, but only feebly.The "horror, he thought, horrors" part was hilarious and simply adding this part adds to Oliver's character and the story. These little things are what separates decent stories and great stories.This author did it right and I was able to read about the rarest of all things, two people falling in love. This wasn't oh he/she is hot, fall into lust but thoughts and feelings building over time and honest to god emotion.This book reminded me a lot of "All through the Night" by Connie Brockway (if you haven't read this book I demand you do). This story invoked similar emotions in me, the tone and way I was lost into the world the author created was reminiscent.I was utterly lost in this world Carla Kelly created. If there was a loud noise I would almost shake awake and be like "What's that? A T.V.? What's that doing in the Mulberry Inn?" Scary I know, but when a book is good I get completely absorbed into it.Uh, sigh (in a wistful way) when Nana reveals to Oliver why she left Bath:He did something then that startled her. The captain gently cupped her face in his hands and then touched his forehead to hers, holding it there until they were breathing in unison.“Remember this, Nana—not a bit of what happened was your fault.”Talk about making my heart skip a beat.So I'm not going to lie I just about cried like a baby when Oliver had to leave and put his cloak over Nana as she slept on a settee. HEART WRENCHING!!!I defy anyone not to at least tear up at the conversations Oliver and Nana have when he is trying to convince her to marry him. And may I just say thank god for Mrs. Brittle!I'm trying not to quote to much from this book but again, sigh, how romantic is it when Nana asks if Oliver will have time to think of her and he answers "I already do, Nana. It can get pretty quiet on an early-morning watch—just you, me and an ocean.” I can picture it clearly; Oliver standing on his ship deck alone watching the sun rise across the water thinking of Nana. (Insert another sigh here)I'm a tough chick but without shame I can honestly say I felt like a sappy mess throughout most of this book. But thank god Kelly isn't a sadist like Marsha Canham and Pete (he lives with Nana and sort of a surrogate father) was no worse for wear at the end.If I was going to complain at all it would be about some of the secondary characters. Gran and Pete could have been flushed out more. But this is a small complaint! I feel whiny for even complaining about this.This kind of book takes emotional energy to read, it's not just a "slap and tickle". (hahah I have always wanted to type that saying into something I wrote. Strangely I never found a spot in any of my college papers.) I give my greatest compliments to Kelly and with simplicity say "Marrying the Captain" is a beautiful LOVE story. I could go on and on about this book but don't want to give to much away.I have never read a Carla Kelly novel before but I am going right out and getting any and all of her books I possibly can.Whew, I need to read a light hearted, dare I say shallow, book now. Perhaps some chick-lit…A+

  • Rane
    2019-04-23 14:55

    I loved this book!It was well detail on the life of a navy officer in the early 1800's from sickness to daily life.The heart of the book was two people- Nana and Oliver finding love and each other in war.I did cry in some parts as I couldn't help but think of the many men and women who go off to war leaving they're love ones behind to wait for them. Just being with they're family and love ones- ever second is dear to them.Oliver just stopping by to hold and kiss Nana on his way to report news of the war and not saying a word. Just to know she's there waiting for him touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Overall an amazing book!

  • Mei
    2019-04-17 07:52

    A cute, sweet novel.What can be appreciated here is that there's no Ton, carriages or balls in sight! :)

  • TJ
    2019-04-03 08:59

    4.5/5.0Awww... How wonderful it is to experience a sweet, quiet, emotion-filled romance reminiscent of the classics! There are no loins burning desperately the moment the characters meet or wild dangerous intrigues with villains lurking behind every door. There is, however, instant attraction that over time blossoms into deep and passionate love, the kind of love that the reader can believe will truly last forever. The premise is also delightfully different. An illegitimate daughter of a Viscount, working at the failing Inn of her grandmother and a navel Captain in the midst of the Napoleanic Wars. By the end of the story the reader is not just titillated but truly touched.

  • Linda
    2019-04-01 09:55

    This charming Georgian story is a must-have for anyone who enjoys historical romances. It is what I refer to as a 'workhorse'; it has it all. It is an enchanting love story with a wonderful hero and heroine: Captain Oliver Worthy and Eleanor 'Nana' Massie. There is a villain, Lord Ratliffe, who is Nana's father. There are also some great secondary characters: Gran, Pete, Mrs. Fillion and Matthew to name just a few.The story itself grabbed me from the get-go. I started it in one evening and was finished by the next day. It was that good. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. There was a lot going on but everything jelled together and made sense.Shy at first, Nana was drawn out by the kind Captain. The dialogue was realistic and flowed smoothly. Oliver was deeply attracted to Nana in a short time but he felt he couldn't become a proper husband because he was tied to The Royal Navy. The smells, actions and looks: those little details that are often overlooked in most romances were crisp and clear. Oliver and Nana talked to each other-and to themselves!- about anything and everything, it was so refreshing. It was nice to see what they were thinking in print. Sigh.....and most of all it was emotionally satisfying with no Big Misunderstandings that dragged on and on. If there was one thing I could recommend that Ms. Kelly could lessen, it would be the amount of crying she has her women do. This is a historical romance first. The author depicts the underbelly of society during this era, exploring a variety of social ills. If you were unaware of the price of the war with Napoleon and how it affected people back then, you will soon learn the heartache it caused for everyone. If you are expecting a 'glorified' romance or if some sex bothers you, look elsewhere.This is the first book in the Captain's Fleet Trilogy about men in the Royal Navy and how they met their future wives: three half-sisters. As in all three romances there is an age gap between the hero and heroine but I felt the trope worked within this story. 'The Surgeon's Lady' is book two and rounding it out is 'Marrying The Royal Marine'.

  • Wollstonecrafthomegirl
    2019-03-29 14:55

    This is a re-read for me, 4.5 stars. This was one of the first romance books I read in 2014 and it's lost nothing for the passage of time. Kelly writes lovely, sensitive, wonderfully romantic books which nonetheless deal with serious themes and issues. This one is no different. I loved Nana - young and optimistic and kind. Captain Worthy is, like all Kelly's heroes, decent and strong. It's adorable to watch his conviction not to marry crumble away as he falls head over heels for Nana. This CK has a little more explicit sex than most. There is a 'member' and Nana actually touches it! It's really nicely done. Kelly is pure romantic escapism, best taken with a nice cup of hot chocolate, an open fire, fluffy socks and a warm blanket. Lovely, lovely.

  • Karla
    2019-04-15 07:49

    I enjoyed it. The protagonists were super-nice and could have been dull/annoying from all the sugary sweetness, but Kelly knew the limit and didn't cross the line. Usually such "good" characters make me throw a book at the wall, but Kelly has obvious talent for dodging the pitfalls of such positivity because I read great chunks of it at a time without getting a cavity.

  • Zoe
    2019-04-18 09:34

    oh Captain Oliver Worthy, I am so in love with you.I have heard about Carla Kelly for a while, lots of positive things, but this is my first book from her. I think her style is a little too innocent for me. But there is no denying it: she is a great writer. What I love about this book is Captain Worthy and his internal dialogues. Haven't we all been there, where the characters' internal dialogues drove us nut? Not in this Kelly novel. I wouldn't call her novel funny. It is not that. It is how poignant her characters are in a particular moment. And you laugh because you know exactly why they said what they said. It made you laugh because, well, you would have thought the same, had you been in the characters' shoes. Eleanor, aka Nana, was 21 years old. I have to say it because it drove me batty in the beginning not knowing how old Nana and Oliver were. Oliver was 30. They met and came to like each other. It was that simple. What was endearing is the process. They were both so wonderfully sweet. And have I said this already? Captain Worthy is swoon-worthy. Really great characters, with Captain Worthy firmly in the lead. The plot however, is a little bland for me. I like the background, a navy man, in a horrible war against the French. Wives seeing husbands off at the port. Difficult times. Carla Kelly did a great job illustrating that. She created a very endearing relationship between Oliver and Nana. But it kind of lacks excitement or tension. The pace was kind of slow for me. And the last 20% where Nana wen to rescue Oliver, well, I found that hard to believe. I wasn't impressed. Oliver and Nana are a sweet couple and I really liked Oliver. What a wonderful man. But the story is a bit too....sweet for me. Now I am wondering, just how cynical have I become to want a little more drama?

  • Luli
    2019-04-24 09:34

    You can find this review in English below.3.5 stars.Siempre puedo contar con la Sr. Kelly para encontrar una historia que me guste. Romántica, con sus protagonistas que no pertenecen a la nobleza, que pasan por malos tiempos y los superan y que consiguen un HEA más que merecido.En esta ocasión no ha sido diferente. Quizás la única pega ha sido ese poquito de aventura con el que la autora se ha atrevido que no me ha convencido demasiado.Por lo demás, como siempre, cumple con mis expectativas.***3.5 stars.I can always count on Ms. Kelly to find a comfort read. Her stories are so romantic, with MC´s who doesn´t belong to the nobility, who struggle through really bad times and overcome them and who get their well-deserved HEA.In this occasion it has not been different. Maybe my only complaint has been about that bit of adventure the author has attempted which didn´t impress me.Apart from that, as always, Ms. Kelly delivers.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-01 08:37

    Carla Kelly's The Wedding Journey is one of the best books I've read this year. This novel hits a lot of the same notes that one did, but much less successfully, I'm sorry to say. Where The Wedding Journey's story of two gentle, decent people falling in love was balanced by their experiencing some truly dark and grueling circumstances along the way, Marrying the Captain was just about all sweetness with almost no hard edges to be found.(view spoiler)[The heroine, Eleanor "Nana" Massie, is the illegitimate daughter of naval admiral Viscount Ratliffe and a lower class woman who has died. The father sent Nana off to a nice school in Bath for her education, but for his own nefarious purposes. He wanted to sell the grown-up Nana off to be an aristocrat's mistress, in order to pay his debts. Nana was, understandably, having none of that, and left the school to return to Plymouth, where her grandmother runs a struggling inn.The hero is Captain Oliver Worthy (RME at that last name), an honorable, nice man who has no family remaining and is alone in the world aside from his friends in the Navy. He comes to Plymouth while his ship is being repaired and winds up staying at the Massies' inn, under direction from Admiral Ratliffe, who wants to know how his daughter is doing. Worthy is ill when he arrives and Nana nurses him back to health. He's kind and decent and handsome, and she falls for him. She's sweet and good and beautiful, and he falls for her. He doesn't ever want to get married, though. He's seen too many Navy widows and he doesn't want to put anyone through that. And she doesn't want to ruin his career by saddling him with a "bastard" wife.Once Worthy gets wind of what Ratliffe's up to by spying on Nana, however, he changes his mind about marriage and convinces her they should wed. They do, and after some boring sex, he goes back to sea and gets captured by the French. The French want to exchange him for a French prisoner being held by the British. Viscount Ratliffe is involved, and is a total mustache-twirling villain with no nuance or redeeming qualities whatsoever. Yadda yadda, Nana goes out there herself to make the exchange, shenanigans ensue, and by the way Nana is pregnant. (hide spoiler)]Things just work out too easily, and the hero and heroine are both so perfect it's kind of nauseating, even to someone like me who has an appreciation for stories about good people. By the end of the book my teeth were aching from all the sugar.

  • Jaimey
    2019-04-08 09:29

    Synopsis: Eleanor "Nana" Massie's father, Lord Ratliffe, recruits Captain Oliver Worthy to spy on Nana at the small inn she runs with her grandmother. As soon as he meets Nana, he realizes Ratliffe is up to no good.What I liked: I am a fan of Carla Kelly. I have read some of her older traditional Regencies and I LOVED them. I liked this one but not quite as much. The characters are likable, the plot is believable and the historical detail is just enough to put you in the time period without making you wonder if you'd purchased a history text by mistake. :o)What I disliked: So there was one love scene in this book I skipped that contained a little more detail than I personally care for. I was disappointed that this scene was even in the book. Carla Kelly writes a wonderful, moving tale without detailed love scenes. I don't know if this was something she was told to do to get this story published or if she honestly felt it was necessary to the plot. (Traditional Regencies do not seem to have quite the following they once had.) The other thing that annoyed me was—and yes, I know this will sound nitpicky—the nickname “Nana” for the heroine. I'm sorry. When I hear Nana, I think grandma. It was distracting at times. My opinion.Overall: 4.4 stars. This is probably a book I'll read again.

  • Lorelei
    2019-04-22 08:55

    A very enjoyable story. A navy romance with the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars, some knowledge of the period would be helpful in understanding all that is going on. This is the first Harlequin I've read in well over a decade, and I was entirely unprepared for the graphic pornography. It is only in one scene, the wedding night. Call me a prude if you will, but had it been necessary to further the plot, or even because it was a natural inclusion of a regular part of the story, I would not complain. However, it is a stand alone reasonably graphic sex scene that clearly exists for those who want their pornography but don't want to go buy it in a plain brown wrapper. Other than that the book was unexceptionable. It could have used some more research, and some of the attitudes were more modern and a bit jarring given the historical context. Still, it was engrossing, and once involved I really wanted to see how the story unfolded.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-04-19 08:31

    It’s not the kind of book I would say “you have to read.” But it’s nice.It’s what I expect from Harlequin. Nothing really special or unusual, but ok. I was pleased there were no contrived conflicts or stupidity.A captain falls in love with a woman while he waits for his ship to be repaired. She loves him but feels they cannot be together because she would hurt his reputation. Her parents did not marry. She and her grandmother don’t have enough money for food. The captain helps them out. Her father is doing bad things.The sex scenes are brief, not much detail.DATA:Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 269 pages. Swearing language: mild. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: five plus. Setting: 1808 England and France. Copyright: 2009. Genre: historical romance.

  • Kate
    2019-04-05 11:50

    So I'm a wee bit disappointed. While I liked the story, and am glad to read about someone who doesn't have a title as a hero, I found it mostly unsatisfying. It wasn't bad, but it didn't thrill me.Nana (Eleanor) is a bastard daughter of a Viscount whose maternal grandma was such a good gramma she got the Viscount to put in writing that he would educate Nana and set her up for a good position in life. He sends her to school, all right, but the position he has in mind makes Nana furious and she runs away back to Plymouth to live at Gran's inn - which is falling apart and has next to no business.Our Hero, Captain Worthy (*groan*), is back in port. He goes to London where he is asked by Nana's father to let him know how she's doing. Aww, isn't that sweet? Except Our Hero has an inkling that there is something more to this than meets the eye!I actually like Oliver - a lot. And this story seemed to be more about his journey and acceptance of love even when he is pulled away by the war with Napoleon. But everything just seems too easy for our lovers.****Spoilers ahead. Ye be warned****......................So I was particularly bothered by how so many people said they liked Kelly's writing because she writes about "normal" people - people without titles. And yet, Nana has the education of a lady, and carries herself like one, and Oliver is filthy rich. So, no, not normal. Lisa Kleypas does it better.The book is called Marrying the Captain, so imagine my surprise when the marriage was NOT the climax of our story! Oh no, there's still half the book left! Which flies by, and suddenly Our Heroine is racing off to save her husband from the French, which turns out to be way too easy, and then putting her father in his place is even easier.I was also a bit pissed that Nana didn't get to be the one to tell her daddy that they knew he was a dirty traitor. She was cowering in the cabin while her big strong husband did it (you know, after she had just traveled on a ship when we had heard of no woman sailing, stood up to the Frenchies, and narrowly escaped from prison, all the time being brave as anything, but she lets her big strong man fight her daddy for her). I think that is what bugged me the most. Nana was alternately a strong, capable woman, and a shy, delicate flower. While I appreciate that every woman may have these varieties within her, it just seemed unbelievable to me.The last thing is that their connection did not connect to me, the reader. The sex was disappointing. As a contrast, take their first time. Oliver knows he can't make her come that first time. Their first time was pretty dull. Compare that to Elizabeth Hoyt's To Seduce a Sinner - first time sex after marriage = completely unsatisfying. But it leaves Our Heroine with a determination to drive her hubby wild. Nana doesn't even make a mewling sound of disappointment. Not even a resigned smile, like she expected it to be bad - so then her hubby can pounce her again and say "Now let me show you how it's REALLY done!" I've read a lot of unsatisfying first-times lately, and this was the most poorly done. It made me yearn for my Hoyt, I will tell ya that.This was a fast, easy read (as Harlequins are), but I expected more from it. And honestly, I read it because it comes before The Surgeon's Lad, about which I heard many good things.-------------------------Reading this in eBook format while at home - laptop is less portable than a paperback, but this one is out of print and too new to be popping up at my Half Price Books. :(

  • H2bourne
    2019-04-17 07:49

    This is a very well-told story with all the ingredients needed to keep the reader engaged. Yes, it's a romance but there are other elements to make this a well-rounded read. Eleanor Massie (Nana) is the by-blow of William Stokes, Viscount Ratliffe, aptly referred to by some as Lord Rat, and Rachel Massie, who died in childbirth. Rachel's mother, Mrs Massie, somehow brings Lord Ratliffe to task and he agrees to educate Nana at Miss Pym's Female Academy in Bath. At the age of 16, she is sent for and travels to London to meet her father. He has amassed gambling debts and unknown to her has passed around her miniature to his influential debtors, basically looking to sell her to the highest bidder in order to pay off his debts. He presents this to her by saying that she can't expect any better as a bastard. Of course, now that she has refused her father's proposition, he has severed her tuition at Miss Pym's so she is turned out. Nana runs away to Plymouth to live with her maternal granny. Poverty with her dignity intact is more important to Nana than living as an Earl's mistress. Fast forward now to Nana at 21. The Mulberry Inn, which is her home, has no boarders and is barely staying afloat. Enter Captain Oliver Worthy who is initially sent to Mulberry by Lord Ratliffe who tells him to check up on Nana and report back to him. Captain Worthy senses that he's not being told the whole story but agrees to the assignment as his ship must be dry-docked at Plymouth anyways. As the story progresses we see that Captain Worthy's instincts have served him well. He and Nana's relationship develop into a deep friendship which of course leads to love but it is told in a realistic but lovely manner. There is intrigue, espionage, suspense, humour and heft to this novel that drags you in as a reader. This story continues past the point of Oliver and Nana getting married which I appreciated. Things come to a head when Oliver is taken hostage by the French. Pete Carter, a former sailor and loyal employee of Mrs Massie proves his salt during this situation. Without giving anything away, his devotion to Nana comes to the fore and we see he has proved himself more of a father-figure than Nana's own biological father, who proves himself to be a coward in times of crisis. What a lovely tale. This can't rightly be classified as a clean romance only because it does tell of the intimacy between Oliver and Nana after they're married. However, it is not smutty and is not dwelt on at length. Other than that, this is a solid 4-1/2 stars. Things are set up nicely for a sequel when Oliver casually inquires of Lord Ratfliffe about any other of his by-blows and he mentions two other daughters, one of whom agreed to become an aging Lord's wife and another who is still at Miss Pym's school in Bath. It turns out that Miss Pym is Lord Ratliffe's illegitimate sister. Ah, the intrigue continues...I look forward to the next instalment in this trilogy, "A Surgeon's Lady."

  • Lyuda
    2019-04-06 11:41

    I know I am in minority here but I didn't particularly like the book. Although it was refreshing to read about everyday people as oppose to gentile ones, I find the story boring, predictable and too sweet. The characters were too saintly. The author swung the pendulum way over the other direction making gentry characters villainous and exuberated the virtue of the trade class. I could settle in a happy middle. I prefer stories where characters are more human with all their flows.

  • Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
    2019-04-12 12:45

    A real love story in the traditional, Regency sense of the word with an honourable hero and a genteel lady despite being born on the "wrong side of the blanket". Refreshing. 3.5 ★

  • Estara
    2019-04-21 07:58

    Being on a Carla Kelly trip and still having two physical books of hers in my TBR pile - books that were recommended at, I believe - I straightaway jumped into this story, which I really enjoyed.Kelly seems to have a tendre for heroines who are well-educated but utterly down on their luck, because this is the third one of that kind I've read. Nana Massie was raised at a boarding school for ladies, but she's the illegimate child of her father, a lord working in Admiralty House. When she realised his nefarious purpose for her education, she went back home to Plymouth and the small inn of her grandmother's. She's been working there, together with her granny and the old ex-sailor Pete, for quite a while now - but times are hard because the blockade to keep the French out of the channel (and to ship men to and from Spain to fight Napoleon) means that there are fewer people needing an inn which is quite a bit away from the port itself.Captain Oliver Worthy, competent and well-off and 32 years old, dislikes reporting to Lord Ratliffe, because he's somewhat oily in behaviour - but he knows he can't afford to annoy the man so he agrees to report to him about the current fate of his daughter who moved back to her gran recently.The really good part, the reason why I still give three stars to a book I did not finish, comes next. Quite sick and competent Oliver makes himself a guest at the inn, always keeping an eye on the repairs of his ship. We get lovely interactions with the inhabitants of the inn, cameos from Oliver's subordinates, some of their wives - and lovely interaction between Oliver, who has a good reason not to want to marry, and Nana, who knows she's unlikely to ever get an offer from one of the man her education would have usually destined her for. I especially liked the scene listening to the Christmas oratorio. Suffice it to say that I was enjoying the book wholeheartedly, enjoying the common sense of both protagonists up to the marriage and the way both tried to take care of each other, each in their own way.Reason for DNF: (view spoiler)[And then, on page 229, Nana suddenly turns into a TSTL impulsive heroine and decides that the fact that Oliver has been captured by the French means she herself has to go with any mission to ransom or free him!!!!! This is when I started flipping toward the end - especially when Pete, the voice of reason, couldn't convince the stupid woman to stay at home.And of course she gets captured!!!!!!! And there's no way to get her out of there but to CHANGE CLOTHES WITH PETE who had come along so he can PRETEND TO BE HER. And as if that wasn't too unbelievable in itself, Oliver, Pete and Nana are all aware that this means that PETE WILL DIE (I mean why should the French keep an old ex-sailor alive who successfully mislead them), and the only thing that comes to mind is that Nana promises to name her first son after him. Pete is never mentioned again.And then Oliver handily manages to con Lord Ratliffe into believing his traitorous business with the French is discovered and get him to go away, finding out there's another illegitimate daughter to be taken care of. And they all agree they are worthy of each other at the end.GAH! (hide spoiler)]

  • kris
    2019-04-02 12:43

    Oliver Worthy is a Captain of a ship (and also pretty damn rich from the ~spoils of war). Eleanor "Nana" Massie is the granddaughter of an innkeeper (and also the illegitimate daughter of a Viscount). Because of said Viscount, Oliver goes looking for Nana and they fall in love! And get married! And some other plotty bits happen!1. This was enjoyable even though there was approximately zero romantic...tension? Like, Nana realizes she loves Oliver in Chapter Five. Oliver realizes he's in love a chapter or two later. Yes, there's an additional chapter or three of Oliver being a big stubborn-head, but by just past the midpoint of the book--they're married! 2. While enjoyable, this definitely did not feel like a mid-career effort? Or perhaps that's harsh: basically, the book felt rushed and incomplete. There were too many poorly parsed phrases and simplistic emotional developments to truly ~woo me into the universe. There is absolutely some lovely writing mixed in, but the people-bits felt awkward. 3. What the hell kind of name is Nana--that's what you call your grandmother as she hands over the cookie goods.

  • Cortney
    2019-04-19 07:48

    Ever since her father tried to sell her as a mistress to the highest bidder, Eleanor Massie has chosen to live in poverty. Her world changes overnight when Captain Oliver Worthy shows up at her struggling inn. Despite herself, Nana is drawn to her handsome guest....Oliver planned to stay in Plymouth only long enough to report back to Lord Ratliffe--about Nana. But he soon senses that Lord Ratliffe is up to something, and Oliver will do anything to keep this courageous, beautiful woman safe--even marry her!What a sweet book, I truly enjoyed it and look forward to Ms. Kelly's next book. Marrying The Captain was a breath of fresh air for an adult romance. While I cannot claim it is clean due to a few love scenes, (view spoiler)[the H/H were married and I am always able to personally get over those when they are not explicit. I was so glad that Nana and Oliver held true to their own moral convictions. While it was touched on that the Captain is not a virgin Nana was. Had she been a promiscuous woman this story could have taken down an entirely different road. (hide spoiler)]

  • DemetraP
    2019-04-14 07:42

    I read Marrying the Captain by Carla Kelly. It's a romance where the heroine is a bastard and she's living with her grandmother and they are slowing starving. They own an inn and with the blockade of France because of Napoleon, they don't have any customers at the inn.The Captain (the hero) goes to their inn and has a bad cold. Heroine helps nurse him back to health and they fall in love.I just liked all the characters in the book. Everyone was very down to earth and I believed in the romance. There was a slow build and it was nice to actually watch 2 characters fall in love.I laughed a few times and just had a smile on my face when I was done reading the book.

  • Dana
    2019-04-07 13:49

    Marrying the Captain is the first book in a new series from Carla Kelly. I loved this book. The characters and the romance worked for me. I liked that the characters were just average people and I ended up caring about what happened to them. I also liked that the book was filled with enough period detail to make it believable. I look forward to the next book in the series, The Surgeon’s Lady, due out in June.

  • Ruth
    2019-04-07 12:35

    Absolutely one of my all-time favorites. Beautiful story, beautifully written and populated by characters who are so real you can almost reach out and touch them. The development of love between the hero and heroine feels totally believable and the descriptions of naval affairs adds a huge amount to the story without dominating. Lovely. Will stay on my Kindle for ling trans-Atlantic flights!!

  • Julie
    2019-04-02 13:47

    I can't say I disliked this book, but it was easily forgetable and I felt could have been so much better. It just didn't grab me. It was a bit of a yawn and didn't hold my interest. I put it down often. I think this book would appeal to early teens.

  • Alison
    2019-04-26 07:42

    I mostly enjoyed this story - the fact that it is involving the Royal Navy and characters that are not grand or titled - but I didn't love it.The only thing I can think that it was language and the way the characters talked that put me off, plus I did find the heroine's name a bit of a distraction.

  • SheLove2Read
    2019-04-15 14:50

    Very sweet romance. I liked the heroine of this story alot. She wasn't "oh poor me" about her station in life and our hero, the Captain couldn't have cared less. He falls in love with her for all the right reasons. PG13 for limited sexual situation.

  • Donna Hatch
    2019-04-24 15:42

    Loved it! Not your typical Regency, but the hero was an uber tough guy with a tender heart and I fell in love with him quickly.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-15 14:48

    This is not a clean read...just a FYI. I had to skip a few pages and would have skipped the end - but it was THE END. Anyhoo, it was a great story - bummer that it had the hoo-ha in it!