This is a review received on http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16127324-an-ill-wind by Sandi on 23rd November 2012
An Ill Wind is a short "novella" that introduces the reader to Gabriella Berryngton,and is a "Prequel" if you will, that continues on to further swashbuckling female pirate adventure books in the future.
We first meet Gabriella in the year 1683 in her home town Massachusetts Bay.She and her mother are summoned to meet her father at his work at the docks and since he would never do this Gabriella and her mother know something is not right. Little did they know it would change Gabriella's life forever..Her father has always been a cruel and abusive man,but Gabriella soon realizes just how cruel as he has sold her to marry the son of a Dutch merchant.
Hoping for a better life,those dreams are quickly dashed as well as she gets to know her father in law and her cold and distant new husband.The only good thing so far is a friendship formed with Klara the slave given to her,who is also shadowed by the masters of the house.How can she cope? Who can she turn to? In such a short story the author did a really good job of adding just enough adventure and drama without making you feel something was missing as some of these short "novella's" for me do.
This book isn't a "romance" but more of a "intro" to the main character and how it all began before her life takes a turn to piracy and finding romance and love on the high seas in the next book Nicely done and I look forward to reading more of Gabriella's adventures in the authors continuing series