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Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon   By: (1853-1931)

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Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon by Hall Caine is a riveting and emotionally-charged tale that takes readers on a whirlwind adventure. Set in the 19th century, this historical romance grips readers from the very first page and never lets go.

The story follows the life of the dashing Captain David Quale, known to all as Capt'n Davy, who embarks on a long-awaited honeymoon with his beloved wife, Bessie. However, their idyllic honeymoon takes an unexpected turn when their ship is captured by pirates. From here, the narrative takes on a thrilling twist, filled with danger, betrayal, and surprises at every turn.

Caine's writing is descriptive and evocative, transporting readers back in time to a world filled with daring sea voyages, treacherous encounters, and intense emotional dilemmas. The vivid portrayal of the characters, their struggles, and their relationships make them truly come alive, leaving a lasting impression on the reader's mind.

The strength of this novel lies in Caine's ability to seamlessly weave together various themes. Love, duty, sacrifice, and the fight for survival all intertwine throughout the story, creating a multi-layered and thought-provoking narrative. The author gives equal weight to both the action-packed sequences and the emotional depth of the characters, effectively balancing the fast-paced adventure with moments of introspection.

Furthermore, Caine's exploration of the human psyche and the complexities of relationships adds depth to the story. Capt'n Davy, in particular, is a compelling protagonist, torn between his loyalty to his crew and his unwavering love for his wife. The internal struggles faced by the characters lend authenticity to their actions and decisions, making them relatable and engrossing.

In addition to the complex characters, the settings are vividly portrayed, painting a vivid picture of life at sea, both the beauty and the brutality. From the vast expanse of the ocean to the cramped quarters of the ship, every scene is brought to life, immersing readers in the world of Capt'n Davy and his enthralling journey.

One slight criticism would be that at times, the narrative can be overly dramatic. The intensity of the emotions and the often tragic events can occasionally border on melodramatic, which might not be to everyone's taste. However, this aspect also adds to the story's charm, enhancing the grandeur of the tale and heightening the suspense.

Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon is a captivating historical romance that will appeal to readers who enjoy a blend of adventure, emotion, and rich character development. Hall Caine's masterful storytelling keeps the reader engaged from start to finish, leaving them eagerly anticipating the next turn of events. With its unique blend of action, romance, and captivating characters, this novel is sure to leave a lasting impression and satisfy fans of the genre.

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By Hall Caine

Harper And Brothers 1893


"My money, ma'am my money, not me."

"So you say, sir."

"It's my money you've been marrying, ma'am."

"Maybe so, sir."

"Deny it, deny it!"

"Why should I? You say it is so, and so be it."

"Then d the money. It took me more till ten years to make it, and middling hard work at that; but you go bail it'll take me less nor ten months to spend it. Ay, or ten weeks, and aisy doing, too! And 'till it's gone, Mistress Quig gin d'ye hear me? gone, every mortal penny of it gone, pitched into the sea, scattered to smithereens, blown to ould Harry, and dang him I'll lave ye, ma'am, I'll lave ye; and, sink or swim, I'll darken your doors no more."

The lady and gentleman who blazed at each other with these burning words, which were pointed, and driven home by flashing eyes and quivering lips, were newly married husband and wife. They were staying at the old Castle Mona, in Douglas, Isle of Man, and their honeymoon had not yet finished its second quarter. The gentleman was Captain Davy Quiggin, commonly called Capt'n Davy, a typical Manx sea dog, thirty years of age; stalwart, stout, shaggy, lusty lunged, with the tongue of a trooper, the heavy manners of a bear, the stubborn head of a stupid donkey, and the big, soft heart of the baby of a girl... Continue reading book >>

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