Cap’n EriApril 15, 2012
It’s the story of three retired sea captains keeping house together who advertise for a wife — not to be shared between them, but to be married by whichever of them draws the short straw.
Captains Jerry and Perez are meant to be amusing, and occasionally they are. Captain Eri, though, is wonderful — smart, competent, and sensible. And so is Martha Snow, the prospective bride. Personally, I’d rather have one novel where two sensible, respectable middle-aged people fall in love than a hundred where enterprising young men fall in love at first sight with heiresses.
Cap’n Eri isn’t just — or even primarily — a romance, though. There’s blackmail, some political machinations, a wayward youngster who needs discipline, religious fervor, arson, daring rescues, and a fair amount of bad weather. And, you know, boats. Lots of boats. Early on in the book, I kept looking askance at new subplots — it didn’t seem like there could possibly be room for all of them. But there was. My main takeaway from the book wasn’t adoration for Captain Eri, although I have that to spare — it was respect for Joseph Crosby Lincoln, who took an array of elements (most but not all of which I liked) that should have been a mess, and created something solid and functional and extremely entertaining.