Duty and career–Captain Moberly of His Majesty’s Navy prizes them above all. So why is he tempted to relinquish both for Dinah Templeton? Though Dinah seems sweet and charming, the difference in station between an East Florida belle and the son of an earl is too marked to ignore. And all the other obstacles pale with the discovery that Dinah’s brother James is not what he seems . . . . A war is brewing on the colonies’ horizon, and James has chosen his side–in opposition to the country Thomas has sworn to defend. But what of Dinah? Where does her heart truly lie–with her family, or with the man she claims to love?
First, I want to say how refreshing it is to visit historical eras outside the norm. Secondly, I want to give kudos to the author for taking on a difficult task with this series.There are always at least two sides to every tale and Gouge has done an excellent job of spinning both. It can’t be easy having heroes from opposite sides of a war, especially when they’re brothers.
After having read the first book from this series I had no idea what to expect from Louise M. Gouge. I was pleasantly surprised in an odd sort of way. I was drawn into At the Captain’s Command from the very first. Gouge pulled me in so tightly that I was already feeling Dinah’s heartbreak within the first few pages. With Dinah and Thomas’ families divided in their loyalties I could see no possible way for this story to end well. But, even though there was some sadness (chosing the man she loves over her brother), the author proved it could be done and wrapped it up neatly with a very satisfying ending.