Josanna Thompson has a win with her debut novel
A Maiden’s Voyage is a rare treat. Sarah is raised by her Scottish father in the South Seas. She thinks of herself as an Islander and shares the simplicity and joy of her sunny world. She is forced by a cruel twist of face to discover who she really is when she is captured by Barbary pirates and finds herself in the harem of the Dey of Algiers. Beautifully researched and rich in details of a world rarely seen, Sarah’s story is one of courage, friendship, betrayal, and faith. The supporting cast of friends and enemies she meets including the dashing naval officer she falls in love with makes for a story that lingers long after you have finished the book and yearn for more in the promised Book 2.