Book Review: The Bastard by Brenda Novak

The Bastard by Brenda Novak is a historical romance from a popular author known for her romantic suspense novels. In The Bastard readers get to met Jeannette Boucher, a young French woman left penniless by the revolution. She is low on options and feels responsible for providing for her family. That pressure leads Jeannette to marry a man she does not know because of a cousin‘s recommendation. However, as the wedding reception end ad she prepares herself for the night she discovers that her husband has unacceptable plans for her conceiving an heir. In a panicked effort to escape her fate Jeannette disguises herself as a boy and stows away on a ship. Lieutenant Crawford Treynor is the bastard son of a marquise that was raised by an abusive farmer until he ran away at the age of fourteen. Since then he has spent his life proving that he can hold as much honor and worth as any titled gentleman. In the Royal Navy Treynor has proven himself and worked hard, though still struggles with the inequality between classes. He protects Jeanette on the ship, even when he believes her an inexperienced boy, and continues to risk everything to keep her safe when he discovers the truth.

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