“The Barrister And The Letter of Marque” is easily among the most intriguing novels I have read this year, or any year for that matter.
One of the first things I noticed about this book is that the writing has a dated feel to it. I certainly do not mean this in a bad way – completely the opposite. Since the writing style feels much older than what you would normally find in a newly published book, it gives the story an authenticity to the time period that was very enjoyable, and it was a unique reading experience.
The characters in the story are… colourful! Of course there are the leads of William Snopes and Lady Jameson. A brilliant and somewhat unorthodox barrister, William Snopes is morally upstanding for the most part but is not above persuasive half-truths and the occasional outright lie to further his progress in a case. Also, Lady Jameson is, for the most part, an admirable Lady, although not terribly averse to threatening measures if it means saving her crumbling estate and restoring her family’s name and fortune. These two leads along with various other roles make for a story that was really quite difficult to put down.
On the back cover of the book, it is classified as simply Historical Fiction, and I can see why. It is far more secular than other releases from Bethany House. There are still Christian Fiction traits as far as references to God and religion, and the content was quite clean as well. It was still different though, as there was little to no developing faith among the leading characters, and most of the characters never do overcome their flaws by the final page.
Overall, however, I still recommend this book. If you enjoy twisting and turning court cases that reveal a complex, far-reaching scheme then “The Barrister And The Letter of Marque” will be a joy to read.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”