Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. This does not alter my opinion in any way.
Goodreads Description: Caroline is no ordinary peacock, and she’ll prove it. Caroline lives a life of luxury in the Fourth Terrace, made possible by her father’s prosperous shipping company, but she daydreams about pirates, mermaids, and a life of freedom on the high seas, away from her overbearing mother and her high-society demands. But everything is not as it seems; her father is not the gentleman he pretends to be. He is a pirate, and he needs Caroline’s help to retrieve the Gilded Gauntlet before its owner, Talbot Ghost, comes looking for it. Caroline will be put to the test; help her father and the pirates, or do what she feels it right? Either will have ghostly consequences.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The adventure was very fun to be a part of.
I’ll admit, I was a bit annoyed with Caroline in the first half of the book. She allowed other people to decide who she was. However later on She proved herself time and time again that she wasn’t some peacock waiting to be married off, that she didn’t need anyone to decide for her.
I especially loved her relationship with Phineas. They were both expected to do things they didn’t want to do. Caroline broken tradition, deciding that she would no longer be a victim of circumstance. Phineas wanted to follow his own path before he “retires” as king. The pirates in the story also represented a semblance of the freedom they were both looking for. Though the punishment for piracy was steeped, those pirates continued to live their lives without deferring to anyone. It was an aspect of the book that I liked.