Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman (more like break my heart and crush my soul)

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman


Genre: Historical Romance/ YA
Publication Date :  February 09, 2016
Pages: 384
Rating: ★★★★☆





Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.


Right. This is more like  rambling than a review so I apologize before hand. 🙂

Let me just say that before I read Blackhearts, I thought it will be  fairytale retelling. I was thinking of  Unhooked because that book is also about pirates (plus they both have boats on the cover). Let me just make this clear in case you’re thinking the same thing as I did:

This is not a fairy tale retelling or any retelling of any sort. This is a historical fiction about the life of the infamous Blackbeard. This story is made purely by the author and there was never a proven account about Blackbeard’s life before he became a pirate.

If you were expecting war and piracy on this one, you’re going to be disappointed. If you’re expecting romance like a Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn or Eloisa James type of romance, then you’ll also be disappointed.

This is YA. A story about adventure and romance but without piracy and sex. What this book has a hero who I love and a heroine who is brave. Their love story is something that could really happen in that era and it was beautiful in a way that an old faded photograph is beautiful and poetic.

This is a simple book without too much drama and angst. There’s romance but it was innocent in a way that first love/ puppy love is. I love how Castroman wrote Blackbeard’s pre-pirate years and to imagine Blackbeard as a young man who is kind and witty . If you are familiar with the pirate Blackbeard, you;ll know that he is the most feared pirate in history to imagine that he was once a man who is in love is too much for me to handle.


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