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Trade Winds
by Christina Courtenay | Literature & Fiction
Registered by LindyLouMac of Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on 8/25/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by LindyLouMac from Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Product Description: Amazon.co.uk
Marriage of convenience or a love for life? It's 1732 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and strong-willed Jess van Sandt knows only too well that it s a man's world. She believes she's being swindled out of her inheritance by her stepfather and she's determined to stop it. When help appears in the unlikely form of handsome Scotsman Killian Kinross, himself disinherited by his grandfather, Jess finds herself both intrigued and infuriated by him. In an attempt to recover her fortune, she proposes a marriage of convenience. Then Killian is offered the chance of a lifetime with the Swedish East India Company's Expedition and he's determined that nothing will stand in his way, not even his new bride. He sets sail on a daring voyage to the Far East, believing he's put his feelings and past behind him. But the journey doesn't quite work out as he expects....
 


Journal Entry 2 by LindyLouMac at Viterbo, Lazio Italy on Saturday, October 08, 2011

10 out of 10

I have only recently been introduced to the writing of Christina Courtenay and that is because while I was reading other book blogs I came across a Prize Draw for The Scarlet Kimono another book of hers, it appealed to me, so I entered. What a lovely surprise it was when I won. Deciding to track down and read her earlier work first I obtained this copy of Trade Winds via Bookmooch.
Just the sort of fiction I recommend reading if you are in the mood to be transported back not only in time but also to a far away place. It is novels like this one that are encouraging me to read more historical fiction than I used to.
Reading the Authors notes at the beginning of the novel it appears that Christina Courtenay has done her research well for this novel basing it on the Swedish East India Company’s first journey to China in 1732. The protagonists of the story Jess van Sandt, Killian Kinross and their family and friends are all fictitious. However Colin Campbell and other crew members named in the novel were real people, whose lives she researched to enable her to write this realistic portrayal of a daring journey to the Far East.
The novel opens with Killian Ross a handsome Scot and professional gambler having a win that allows him to make dramatic changes to his life. Already disinherited by his grandfather Killian decides to leave his past behind in Scotland and try a to build a new life for himself in Sweden. It is in Gothenburg that he meets up with feisty Jess van Sendt, who on meeting Killian decides he might be just the man to help her prove that her stepfather is trying to do her out of her rightful inheritance. Killian is learning the art of trading in her family business and makes plans to join an expedition to the Far East. At first Jess finds Killian immensely irritating and he seems to find her just as infuriating. Intrigued with each other, Jess comes up with a plan for Killian to help her get possession of what is rightly hers. However I do not intend to spoil the story by telling you any more other than it does not quite work out the way Jess plans.
This is a delightful story with two well developed main characters that come to life, as you get to know them. It is a good read with plenty of love and adventure that will take you away to times past for a few satisfying hours.


Lots more information about this author and her work on LindyLouMac's Book Reviews
http://lindyloumacbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/10/trade-winds-by-christina-courtenay.html 


Journal Entry 3 by LindyLouMac at by hand, A friend -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, December 07, 2011

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Journal Entry 4 by LindyLouMac at Viterbo, Lazio Italy on Thursday, June 21, 2012

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Came home to me again today, so that I can pass on to my sister, whom I think will enjoy both this and the sequel Highland Storms. 


Journal Entry 5 by LindyLouMac at To my sister, by hand -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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