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E for the cut of her gowns and is really rather clever Falling in love is not a turn of the cards either of them expected Harriet accepts Captain Fleming but will she accept Eleanor Along the way there are ballrooms stillrooms mollyhouses society intrigue and sundering circumstan. I love this book Just adore it It s one of my favourite books of all time and definitely my single favourite genre romance The premise Captain Nathaniel Fleming who is courageous diffident and restrained and has years of service in the Napoleonic Wars under commanding officer and dearest friend Sherbourne is now demobbed Enter Harriet Sherbourne s sister and the rest is inevitable The thing is Captain Fleming s birth name was Eleanor and if she s going to court Harriet the truth of it will have to come out one way or another NB this is an ff romance Fleming is a cis woman who by pragmatics and preference lives as a man but she isn t one The story unfolds very gently against the background both of the Regency England of traditional Regency romances balls manners and marriages and the brutalities of war Fleming and Sherbourne are both significantly traumatised by their wartime experiences Harriet has closer to home past abuses to deal with The mixture of the two makes the historical period textured and compelling in a way no other Regency romance I ve read has uite achieved And the three main characters are just utterly lovely Again with such texture and complete realisationHaving said all that I can see why others might not like this book in some ways it doesn t hit the genre beats and it isn t the usual three act structure or if it is it s very back loaded As well as that the style is extremely distinctive sparse and understated to a fault I can see why it would be an acuired taste but I love it it s subtle and complex and very funny in a very understated way A wonderful book and I can t wait for a seuel

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Nathaniel Fleming veteran of Waterloo falls in love with his Major's spinster sister Harriet But Nathaniel is not what he seems and before the wedding the truth will out Eleanor Charlotte Fleming forgotten daughter of a minor baronet stakes her life on a deception and makes her n. Spoilerish riff aheadFirst off I want to talk about what I enjoyed When this author sinks into a scene and follows its emotional arc the writing is so vivid The war snippets resonated with the many period memoirs and letters I ve read and I thought the emotional damage PTSD very well doneI loved EleanorNoraCaptain Fleming I loved Harriet and the fact that she was a woman of her time as her brother Sherry was a man of his time as well as the other officers we met briefly Like the surgeon Though I know they re popular I fall out of stories set in the past when everyone thinks like a MillennialI liked how comfortable Nora was with the demimondaine world it made sense given her life and I really appreciated her friendship with the Mendlessohns of Aldgate Not every British person was an anti semite as for example George Eliot makes clear And I thought Harriet s unexamined anti semitism was true to the time I appreciated her character the that she bumped hard into her unexamined assumptionsThe last half kept me up reading uite late after the previous night when I had about two hours of sleep which demonstrates how engaged I was That said there were some problematical bitsFrom my perspective it seemed this book was not sure if it was a romance or a historical novel Defining each of those isn t always going to mean the same thing to everyone fiction is not math with neatly defined euations that are exactly the same for everyone Generally what I expect from a romance is a focus on the romantic arc though the worldbuilding and interesting side characters the better So if this were a romance for example I d be fine with meeting Captain FlemingNora as a dashing experienced officer whose next big life milestone is meeting the person who will become her beloved and the story follows their coming togetherI d be fine with Nora looking into Harriet s eyes and knowing she s one of us and with how uickly both Harriet and Sherry overcome their cultural expectations What we want in romance is enough conflict to make the road to true love interesting and the flow of the story the transitions stitch together this emotional arcFrom a historical novel I want those details about her army experience and Sherry s experience and Harriet s growing up in the shadow of her three sisters who all died in childbirth and her weird relationship with her motherThis novel seems to veer back and forth between romance and historical novel via a series of sometimes ephemerally connected vignettes including many flashbacks that I think would have been exponentially powerful if met in realtime as Nora driven to desperation learned to be Nathaniel in the middle of the rough Spanish campaign The lack of transitions made them seem abrupt as if the structure of the book were struggling against itselfI would have loved seeing about how Nora came to define herself She didn t seem to be a trans man though we got many vignettes from both exegesis and mimesis narrative positions ie inside her head and the narrator talking about him from outside of her awareness it appeared that she had tightly compartmentalized her life always knowing she was Nora but acting the role of Nathaniel as she got closer to her commanding officer Without that ever becoming a love match In fact one of the aspects I admired most was the depiction of this friendship which so resembled the tight bonds that I ve read in other war memoirs biographies autobiographies and letters The fact that it transcended gender and became a bond between two violence damaged human beings just made it that much betterHer gender fluidity was another aspect I liked as it matched the sadly little I ve uncovered over the years There were in historical truth women who lived as men Who fought in wars as men and who got away with it until they were wounded and discovered as happened to Nora Some of these were men in every way but chromosomally others appear to have regarded themselves as women living roles Some married as men some cleaved to their own sex It takes phenomenal detective work to find them as time cultural expectation laws families who made it their business to tidy away what they considered abnormal and finally language make it difficult to discover them But they were thereSo here s this wonderful story that seems to skim over the top of an even better story As a romance it was uite satisfying but there s so much talent here I guess I would have loved and also a copyeditor better acuainted with the language of the period

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Ame if not her fortune on the battlefield Her war at an end she returns to England as Captain Nathaniel Fleming and wants nothing than peace uiet and the company of horses Instead Captain Fleming meets Harriet Harriet has averted the calamity of matrimony for a decade cares littl. Regency FF The world needs And it should all be like this because this book is a JOY A few chapters in I d already started pitching it to friends as Georgette Heyer by way of Robin McKinley with the latter comparison largely due to the fact that the titular captain is a Horse Person of the highest order Despite my own disinterest in Horse People and Horse Books I love Captain Nathaniel Eleanor Fleming SO MUCH SOOOOOO MUCH and I love Lady Harriet and I love their uiet and passionate feelings Though my favourite relationship in the book is probably that between Sherbourne and Fleming REGENCY BROS IN ARMSThe dialogue in this sparkles like a cave full of diamonds and the period details are incredibly immersive I can tell it s going to be a book I reread when I need to remind myself how voice can carry prose along at a lively pace if you don t weigh it down with trappings BRING ON THE SEUEL


10 thoughts on “The Covert Captain

  1. says:

    Regency ff indeed historical ff at a reasonable price is rare enough that I was super excited for this but I can't recommend it In part I found the style distancing and occasionally confusing There is little description inner thoughts scene setting We jump from scene to scene plunging into the next bit of dialogue without a lot of leisure to get under the surface or explore emotions or reactions and this kept me at arms

  2. says:

    Spoilerish riff aheadFirst off I want to talk about what I enjoyed When this author sinks into a scene and follows its emotional arc the writing is so vivid The war snippets resonated with the many period memoirs a

  3. says:

    InterestingI love hidden gender books and I don't even mind when they are historic in nature I came upon this one while clic

  4. says:

    A good uality ff regency romance is as rare as hens teeth And when author Heather Jones of Alpennia fame gives a 5 star endorsement you do not saunter but run to to get yourself a copy The Covert Captain Or A Marri

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    Regency FF The world needs And it should all be like this because this book is a JOY A few chapters in I'd already started pitching it to friends as 'Georgette Heyer by way of Robin McKinley' with the latter comparison largely due to the fact that the titular captain is a Horse Person of the highest order Despite my own

  6. says:

    suggested this under the KU historical romance section and it sounded like something I would love or hate It ended up being not uite either I have long wished for lgbt diversity in historical romances but most I have seen in that umb

  7. says:

    I've long had a peculiar love for Regency romances ask me about my complete collection of Georgette Heyer Every

  8. says:

    I love this book Just adore it It's one of my favourite books of all time and definitely my single favourite genre romance The premis

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    cw lots of period typical homophobia and misogyny along with antisemitism from some characters several non consensual gender reveals past child abuseI mostly loved this book but there are some definite caveats to that It's uite pleasingly complicatedly ueer and engages with the historical period in some great ways The two main female characters are delightful and I loved their growing relationship And I loved that they

  10. says:

    I found the flowery prose far too much for me The wordage used is very much that of the time it is set but as someone that never did care for Regency speak and all those period dramas where people say a heck of a lot of uncommon word