by Dina L. Sleiman
Threads of Grace Woven Through Time is the tagline of historical fiction author Louise M. Gouge. And this lovely sentiment certainly is true. I just finished her latest release with Love Inspired, a story of the American Revolution set in the loyalist state of Florida.
The first thing I noticed about At the Captain’s Command was the incredible cover. What a nice change of pace to see such a handsome male for the model :) Once I opened the book, I was pleased to find the elegant historical voice I associate with Louise. The story was engaging and romantic. I got a kick out of the way these very proper, duty-bound characters, one British and one American Loyalist, experienced and dealt with their passionate feelings for one another. They phrased everything so prettily and with great dignity. I also enjoyed that Louise looked at the American Revolution from a different angle this time.
More than anything though, I loved the spiritual threads of forgiveness and experiencing the true fatherhood of God woven into this time period. Both the hero and heroine had to deal with these issues.
Dinah Templeton had long felt like an outsider in her family. She lost her parents at a young age and lives with her foster sister and the woman’s husband. Her remaining family members reside nearby, and she doesn’t realize the reason they exclude her is that they are all secretly working on the side of the Revolution. But Dinah knows one thing, she will never marry a seafaring man like her brother. She desperately craves family and permanence.
Enter dashing Captain Thomas Moberly, who has his own issues with abandonment. He was banished from his home and sent to the British Navy at a mere thirteen years of age. Feeling certain that his father sent him away in favor of his spoiled younger brother, he dreads traveling to the Florida wilderness to inform his brother of their father’s death. The man had always been a cold, hard taskmaster to his sons, and Thomas finds little reason to mourn. However, Thomas discovers an unexpected ally and spiritual mentor in his younger brother, who is also Dinah’s closest available male relative. Freddie Moberly has become an amazing father to his own small children, and shows Thomas a new path for his life.
The story of how both these characters overcome their fears and grudges to fully embrace God and one another will inspire and delight you. Thank you, Louise, for this lovely tale with threads of grace woven through time.
Do you have any questions for me or Louise? What challenges have you had to overcome to fully embrace love?