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By Nicole Castroman

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In this stunningly creative debut, Nicole Castroman reimagines the origins of history’s most infamous pirate—Blackbeard—and tells the story of the girl who captured his heart and then broke it, setting him on a path to destruction.

When Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, returns home from a year at sea, he finds his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, all Teach wants is to return to the vast ocean he calls home. There’s just one problem: he must convince his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following the death of her parents, Anne Barrett is left penniless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne takes a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks and Anne longs to escape the confines of her now mundane life. How will she ever achieve her dream of sailing to Curaçao—her mother’s birthplace—when she’s trapped in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn together by a shared desire for freedom, but kept apart by Teach’s father, their love is as passionate as it is forbidden. Faced with an impossible choice, Teach and Anne must decide whether to chase their dreams and leave England forever—or follow their hearts and stay together.

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3 Responses to Featured Reads: Week of 4/10

  1. alyssayuri says:

    Oh wow! Finished this book and I loved it very much! Thank you very much riveted team for this featured read!

  2. terra says:

    This book was AMAZING!! I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. I must’ve looked ridiculous, smiling on the bus while I read it. Now I just wish there was more. I’m holding out for a sequel! If you like action with a hint of sappiness, you have to read this.

    • terra says:

      I was referring to Hit by Delilah S. Dawson. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman was also amazing, and way more sappy but the characters are so attractive in how they’re depicted they stick to you like glue. Read both!

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