Title: Sophronia L.
Author: Tim Bridwell
Publisher: Folded Word
Publication Date: December 1st 2014
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Paperback, 372 pages
Source: Physical Copy from the Publisher via Goodreads
Sophronia Lambert, a schoolteacher on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, lives a quiet life; that is until Nantucket whaling captain James Folger comes ashore. Realizing he is the man who killed her deaf brother, she decides to pursue vengeance – first at home, then at sea-sailing to the far side of the world as his bride. As she grapples with madness and morality, Sophronia’s quest mirrors that of her island community: to find a way forward amidst the pressures of a brutal industry, a nation mired in Civil War, and a past darker than the ocean’s abyss.
Okay. I really really loved this book. Tim Bridwell’s debut novel is fantastic. I never thought that I’m going to enjoy the hell out of this book. Because historical is not really my cup of tea, yet Tim managed to keep me interested with his captivating and beautiful writing.
It’s poetic. It’s dark. It’s gothic. It’s eerie. It’s thrilling. And very imaginative. With a sly humor and a hint of romance thrown out in the story. Though the scenes between Sophronia and Absalom were limited (yes, I’m one of those readers who crave more of them), the moments between them were heartfelt. The chessy stuff was carried well throughout the story. And from the beginning, I thought that there was going to be a love triangle. And I’m really glad it didn’t happen at all. Because Capt. Folger was your mad guy.
And if you’re asking me if there was a HEA, yes buddy, there was. But still you have to brace yourself for the death of some characters. It was painful. Or was it just me who felt too much for the characters? Never mind. The conclusion was satisfying with a glimpse of the future.
Tim Bridwell didn’t just take us to the history of Martha’s Vineyard and the old whaling industry but also explores the heart of human nature. It was an awesome read with this awesome book. Highly recommended!