Author: Louis M. Gouge
Rating: Two cups of Tea (four stars)
Sometimes good things come in small packages. That is the case with Louise M. Gouge’s latest book, The Captain’s Command. Gouge takes us back to East Florida, this time with the story of Captain Thomas Moberly and Dinah Templeton.
As with her other novels, Gouge writing is great. The pacing was great. No skimming here. Also, Gouge’s description of East Florida isn’t overdone but employs great imagery. I almost expected to smell the flowers and sweat from the humidity.
Gouge does an excellent job of depicting not only the struggle between the newly formed US colonies, but the struggled between class and rank. Also, the relationships between the characters and Dinah’s domestic problems draw you into the story. Also, Dinah’s struggle with her loyalty to her brother also creates a good depth of character.
Who doesn’t love a man in uniform? Captain Moberly is dashing and brave like a captain should be, but he also has a good bit of vulnerability. His relationship with his brother, Freddy, also added a very realistic ring to the story. Also the inspirational element of the story seemed organic and not preachy, a bonus.
This is a great little book, and series, for a quick read. I’m looking forward to more books by Gouge.