Wednesday, March 3, 2010


The Pirate And The Puritan by Mary Clayton
Historical Romance, heat level Sweet

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1704 - Dangerous times, when the British colonies in the America's are threatened by Queen Anne's War. It is not the French but a pirate who captures Mercy Penhall, mute Puritan spinster. Fearing for her life and virtue yet drawn to the captain in spite of herself, Mercy unknowingly sets foot on a path of adventure and heartbreak that will test her courage to the limit. And in the end the secret she carries in her soul threatens to prevent even the small chance of happiness inherent in an impossible love.

Edmund Gramercy is an unwilling pirate, forced to join a hostile crew to save his life. He defies them to spare the captives and the women, but the silent Puritan tempts him like no other.

Can the impossible become possible for the pirate and the Puritan?

Reviews: Jody Allen: excerpt: "A heroine who can't speak and a pirate with a heart..."

Laura Miller: excerpt: "She is intrigued by his protection of her... He is drawn to her innocence and strength..."

Drebbles, Amazon Top 500 reviewer, excerpt: "...a sweet gentle romance... a rip-roaring adventure..."

Kym McNabney "Writing From The Soul", excerpt: "The story kept me on the edge of my seat, eager to find out what happened next."

Donna K. "bookcrosser", excerpt: "Instead of sexually tense bickering, these characters interact with kindness and respect." (reviewed by Steph), excerpt: Edmund and Mercy give hope to readers that love can overcome anything."

Christy Tillery French "reviewer/writer", excerpt: "An enthralling love story, moving from the high seas to colonial America."

Lesley West, Amazon Top 1000 reviewer, excerpt: "Edmund and Mercy are both damaged by life but are strong and sympathetic nonetheless."

Marion Marchetto, excerpt: "A story of depth and intelligence... A Puritan heroine instead of an English lass of the privileged class."

Beverly Romance Books "Beverly", excerpt: "Without one sexually explicit scene the author has sensuality ooze from the page."

Jackie B, excerpt: "Once I was hooked, I didn't want to put it down."


Kimberly Job said...

Sounds like a great book!

p.s. I found you from the link on Goodreads. :)

Monya Clayton said...

Thanks, Kimberly! Of course I, as the author, think it's good, but it's wonderful that other people do as well!

Laura Fabiani said...

I loved this book. You are a talented writer and I look forward to reading more books from you.

Virginia C said...

Hi, Monya Mary! I couldn't find an email address for you, but I wanted to let you know how much I love "The Pirate and the Puritan"!

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

I posted the following *5 Star* review at, Good Reads, Library Thing, Barnes & Noble, and Borders:

I have just read "The Pirate and the Puritan", and I feel as though I was given a gift by the author, Mary Clayton. A sweeping, swashbuckling, enthralling romance! Thrilling battle scenes, rich historical detail, a reminder of the horrific Salem "witch hunts", and a sweetly sensual, deeply devoted romance. Second chances and a hard-fought-for hope of a happily ever after life! This is a "true" historical romance. Set sail with the Pirate Captain and his Puritan for one of the most romantic adventures of your life!

Condiff Family said...

I truly loved "The Pirate and the Puritan". I have read it multiples times and it never gets old. :o) The book ranks in my top 5 favorite books... And i am an avid reader.

Monya Clayton said...

Condiff Family - I have seldom been so deeply complimented! I find there are very few books I can read more than once, and the fact you've read mine over and over simply astounds me!

Thank you. Did my heart good!

Monya Clayton said...

Laura - fairly sure I said 'thank you' on Goodreads. But if I didn't (and I'm becoming quite absent-minded in my old age) - thank you for your very nice comments!

Monya Clayton said...

And Virginia C - I'm sure I thanked you for your generous reviews in the Comment box at Amazon, but just in case I haven't - thank you too! That's a charming way of putting it - a 'gift' from the author.

Happy reading and happy Christmas!