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A Merry Life


Loved it! 😍

Swashbuckling, vengeance and heart - all wrapped up in one heck of a strong woman.

Kat Wallace is a Thrall, a slave, to an unbelievably rich and powerful man. After three failed escape attempts - for which she's faced almost life ending beatings, she finally manages to stow away on a small plane (or vessel). There, she's taken into the care of a Pirate Captain, and given the chance to start to live her life.

It is the second half of the 24th century, and earth as we know it has been ravaged. Floods, fires and pandemics (sound familiar?) have decimated land mass and the population. New nations have risen and new civilisations flourish - a Federal Alliance runs most of the planet - protecting its peoples; but as with most civilisations their reach is only so far. In some areas crime, trafficking and drugs are still the main currency.

What follows is a story that meanders beautifully over the next eight or so years of Kat's life. She's adopted into the kindly Pirate Captain's family, and becomes a Pirate herself. She learns to love her new family as well as give her heart to a man. She learns how to be patient, how to stay her hand when the opportunity for revenge presents itself at an unexpected moment. She becomes everything she never thought she would be, a leader, a daughter, a wife and a mother. As Kat's story unfolds, your heart will break along with hers; you'll feel her joy and her terror.

As the book reached its climax, I was sobbing. A testament to how beautifully written this was. It was a true rollercoaster - with soaring highs, a few belly laughs, true desperation and overwhelming sadness. I sincerely look forward to the next instalment in Kat's story.


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Author of the Witch Laws. Book reviewer on Reedsy Discovery. Short Story Writer on Reedsy Prompts. Editor and Proofreader on Reedsy (also check my website for more details).

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About the author

Sarah Branson started conjuring stories of pirates when her family hopped a freighter to Australia when she was seven. She now creates stories about strong women and men finding adventure, love, and their paths in worlds that are constantly changing. view profile

Published on April 09, 2022

Published by Sooner Started Press

90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Action & Adventure

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