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Ot her fortune on the battlefield Her war at an end she returns to England as Captain Nathaniel Fleming and wants nothing than peace The Covert PDFEPUB or uiet and the company of horses Instead Captain Fleming meets Harriet Harriet has averted the calamity of matrimony for a decade cares. suggested this under the KU historical romance section and it sounded like something I would love or hate It ended up being not uite either I have long wished for lgbt diversity in historical romances but most I have seen in that umbrella lean towards what I would consider costume drama historical or at best secondary romances in a book with a straight romance As a result a lesbian romance in a realistic regency setting sounded like something I would love to try The biggest short comings of the book arise from what is clearly an intentional stylistic choice by the author of writing in almost short connected vignettes or snapshots of the overall plot This actually worked really well except for a few to me major issues one being the romance didn t entirely feel well rounded at times and another that the discovery of Eleanor sNathaniel s secret by first Harry halfway into the book and then Sherry nearer the end didn t allow for real exploration of reactions on the part of any of the characters because the story simply skipped forward from scene to scene without touching on the emotional impact for than a brief moment at a time This undermined the plot in many ways making the book feel disconnected at times and the world not properly explored because the emotions were at a distance from the narrative The last issue I had with the style is that oddly it also led to a confusion of gender issues for meFrom the synopsis is sounded like a cross dressing heroine type plot which I always have trouble with because of believability in the way they are usually written This one didn t have that problem per se but the basic premise straddles a line I am not sure it intended to between simple cross dressing heroine and complicated issues such as transgender characters in a historical setting given the fact the heroine in this case isn t simply masuerading as a man for a time but living life as one continuously for something like 12 years This is further complicated by the short scene later in the book with a group of molls and toms so that nuanced gender issues are introduced but never explored I don t think this was actually intentional given other aspects of the story and the synopsis I think instead that the romance was intended to be a simple lesbian romance paired with a staple of straight romances aka the cross dressing heroine plot Unfortunately the vignette approach to narrative and the distance from emotional impact made some of the gender themes come across confused then I think intended Overall I did enjoy the book but the problems especially the emotionplot disconnect kept me from fully enjoying it as much as it otherwise might have I would go ahead and still recommend to fans of regency romances cross dressing heroines and lesbian romances though the disconnected style might be off putting to some

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The Covert Captain

Nathaniel Fleming veteran of Waterloo falls in love with his Major's spinster sister Harriet But Nathaniel is not what he seems and before the wedding the truth will out Eleanor Charlotte Fleming forgotten daughter of a minor baronet stakes her life on a deception and makes her name if n. Regency ff indeed historical ff at a reasonable price is rare enough that I was super excited for this but I can t recommend it In part I found the style distancing and occasionally confusing There is little description inner thoughts scene setting We jump from scene to scene plunging into the next bit of dialogue without a lot of leisure to get under the surface or explore emotions or reactions and this kept me at arms length from the characters Along with the picaresue structure characters elements and scenes just happen with no overall plot relevance the effect for me was of watching a seuence of snapshots always from the outside and often too close up to work out what was going onThis is doubtless why the book doesn t address Nora s gender It seems she identifies as a woman and obviously wouldn t have access to modern concepts of transness But the reader does and historical fiction is a product of its own era and not to address gender identity in some way feels like trans erasure and like we missed out on a really crucial aspect of the character Also and this killed the book dead for me Harriet is casually antisemitic There is a scene that exists purely to establish that she sees Jews as less than herself and not meriting names And yes many people were antisemitic then but again historical fiction is a product of its own time and this is an authorial choice to show the heroine s casual distaste for Jews barely challenged by Nora IMPORTANT EDIT I m told the author is Jewish so evidently the decision to show Harriet s antisemitism was a considered and deliberate one It remains a problematic decision for me it s such a shocking thing to read on the part of the heroine that to have it shown unchallenged by the narrative was a huge problem for me as reader It was evidently important to the author to show English antisemitism and I am bang alongside that but the character doing it is the heroine The basis of a romance has to be our engagement with the characters and this scene put me right off Harriet Does author ID make a difference given what s on the page and what isn t I m honestly not sure I am going to think about this further There are good things about this some great historical details the beginnings of really interesting characters if we d been allowed access to explore them but overall it didn t work for me

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Little for the cut of her gowns and is really rather clever Falling in love is not a turn of the cards either of them expected Harriet accepts Captain Fleming but will she accept Eleanor Along the way there are ballrooms stillrooms mollyhouses society intrigue and sundering circumstance. I love this book Just adore it It s one of my favourite books of all time and definitely my single favourite genre romance The premise Captain Nathaniel Fleming who is courageous diffident and restrained and has years of service in the Napoleonic Wars under commanding officer and dearest friend Sherbourne is now demobbed Enter Harriet Sherbourne s sister and the rest is inevitable The thing is Captain Fleming s birth name was Eleanor and if she s going to court Harriet the truth of it will have to come out one way or another NB this is an ff romance Fleming is a cis woman who by pragmatics and preference lives as a man but she isn t one The story unfolds very gently against the background both of the Regency England of traditional Regency romances balls manners and marriages and the brutalities of war Fleming and Sherbourne are both significantly traumatised by their wartime experiences Harriet has closer to home past abuses to deal with The mixture of the two makes the historical period textured and compelling in a way no other Regency romance I ve read has uite achieved And the three main characters are just utterly lovely Again with such texture and complete realisationHaving said all that I can see why others might not like this book in some ways it doesn t hit the genre beats and it isn t the usual three act structure or if it is it s very back loaded As well as that the style is extremely distinctive sparse and understated to a fault I can see why it would be an acuired taste but I love it it s subtle and complex and very funny in a very understated way A wonderful book and I can t wait for a seuel


10 thoughts on “The Covert Captain

  1. says:

    Regency ff indeed historical ff at a reasonable price is rare enough that I was super excited for this but I can't recommend it In part I found the style distancing and occasionally confusing There is little des

  2. says:

    Spoilerish riff aheadFirst off I want to talk about what I enjoyed When this author sinks into a scene and follows its emotional arc the writing is so vivid The war snippets resonated with the many period memoirs and letters I’ve read and I thought the emotional damage PTSD very well doneI loved EleanorNoraCaptain Fleming I loved Harriet and the fact that she was a woman of her time as her brother Sherry was a man of his time as

  3. says:

    InterestingI love hidden gender books and I don't even mind when they are historic in nature I came upon this one while clicking on books and looking what others have purchased along with it I won't lie as much as I wanted to love this book I

  4. says:

    A good uality ff regency romance is as rare as hens teeth And when author Heather Jones of Alpennia fame gives a 5 star endorsement yo

  5. says:

    Regency FF The world needs And it should all be like this because this book is a JOY A few chapters in I'd already started pitching

  6. says:

    suggested this under the KU historical romance section and it sounded like something I would love or hate It ended up being not uite e

  7. says:

    I've long had a peculiar love for Regency romances ask me about my complete collection of Georgette Heyer Every time I've gotten wind of a Regency featuring a romance between women I've done my best to track it down Some have been very enjoyable some have been adeuate some have been disappointing But I now have a reigning

  8. says:

    I love this book Just adore it It's one of my favourite books of all time and definitely my single favourite genre romance The premise Captain Nathaniel Fleming who is courageous diffident and restrained and has years of ser

  9. says:

    cw lots of period typical homophobia and misogyny along with antisemitism from some characters several non consensual gender reveals past child abuseI mostly loved this book but there are some definite caveats to that It's uite pleasingly comp

  10. says:

    I found the flowery prose far too much for me The wordage used is very much that of the time it is set but as someone that never did care for Regency speak and all those period dramas where people say a heck of a lot of uncommon word

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