Cabin Girl by E.G. Bella

Eight years ago, young √Čirinn O‚ÄôConnell‚Äôs papa disappeared at sea. Many sleepless nights later, in the rolling hills of 1600‚Äôs Ireland, √Čirinn has given up on his return ‚Äď while her mama continues to watch the horizon, her grasp of reality slipping. Desperate to provide for her and her sister, √Čirinn learns all she can of medicine and spends her days struggling to assist villagers who shun her for her crooked back. Then in one brutal night, Barbary pirates raid her village, and √Čirinn is dragged from her family and the only home she‚Äôs ever known. Set on a course to Morocco, and amidst a crew as turbulent as the ocean around her, √Čirinn is forced to tend to the sick quartermaster. In addition, she must serve as cabin girl to the infamous Captain Gills, a hard-hearted man bent on thwarting her every attempt to return home‚Ķto the family she prays still lives. As √Čirinn searches for a way home, she soon finds that all is not what it seems aboard The Lonely Eye. Unrest brews and mutiny whispers. Allies appear in unexpected places. A cunning enemy plots. Who can she trust? Will her God carry her through the storms? And how can she survive the Captain‚Äôs constant torment? The answers are unlike anything she expects.

AdultDiversity Representation/DisabilityHistorical Fiction/Medieval


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Worldbuilding: Piqued curiosity
Plot: Ambiguous
Characters: Some more thought out than others
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Adequately represents the story

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