About the Book
Book: Stealing the First Mate
Author: Tabitha Bouldin
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release date: June 29, 2021
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Sometimes, happily ever after is as elusive as a pirate’s treasure.
Darcy Riggins dove headfirst into the online dating pool and sank. Every time.
Her lifelong dream of becoming a wife and mother becomes more elusive every year. So, taking the lack of a Mr. Right in her life as a decided “No!” from God, Darcy gives up altogether.
Single and happy is not an oxymoron. Right?
Nigel Jones has loved Darcy for ages, but her father (his boss, of course) ordered him to keep his feelings to himself, thanks to a stupid mistake that Darcy (thankfully) doesn’t know about. Too bad her dad does.
Being single and content turns out to be tougher than Darcy imagined, and when she begins doubting everything she’s ever known, Nigel decides it’s time to admit his mistakes, tell the truth, and trust God for the outcome.
In this “forbidden-love-meets-friends-to-more” novel, Stealing the First Mate continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
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Bouldin, Tabitha. Stealing the First Mate. NP: Celebrate Lit Publishing, 2021.
The Indepence Island series of books are enjoyable and great for a lazy afternoon read and they can be read in no particular order. While the books in the series are written by a variety of authors, there is character overlap between the books. Within that overlap there is consistency in spite of multiple authors. There is a series of books for each of the islands. Stealing the First Mate is part of the Elnora Island series.
Tabitha Bouldin focuses on Nigel Jones and Darcy Riggins. I don’t remember them from previous books, but I have not read all of the titles. There are a number of characters in the story who have appeared in previous books.
Relationships are hard, especially when mistakes were made in the past or when a family member seems to be standing in the way. Tabitha Bouldin has crafted an enjoyable story as Nigel and Darcy navigate their path through the book.
One of my favorite quotes in the book is when Darcy says, “I surrender. I’ve demanded, and I’ve fought, and now I surrender it all to You.” Isn’t that a place we all need to get to in our lives?
I thoroughly enjoyed the main characters in Stealing the First Mate. I hope that Nigel and Darcy appear in future books in this series. I’d like to read more of their story going forward.
While Stealing the First Mate is an adult clean romance, I think it would be an appropriate addition to a k-12 Chrstian School library. I received a complimentary copy of Stealing the First Mate. This is my honest review.
About the Author
Tabitha Bouldin has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and has been writing since 2015. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, you’ll find her curled up with a book. Tabitha’s genre of choice is Contemporary Christian Romance which she describes as: Adventure with heart.
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I love the friends-to-something-more trope. There’s something invigorating about the challenges of stepping into a different kind of relationship with someone you already know and trust. The risk of losing the friendship if things go badly comes to the forefront and each character has to decide if they’ll take the risk or keep things as they are.
For Nigel and Darcy, there’s the added difficulty of Nigel’s unrequited love. They’ve been best friends forever, and he’s loved Darcy all that time. And she’s clueless! How does that happen?
I wish I could say this story came from my own experience, but that isn’t the case. While my husband and I knew each other for several years before we started dating, we were hardly friends. High school social circles are brutal things. Plus, he had a crush on my cousin, and I was dating someone else.
But it all worked out.
And we’re best friends now.
When it came time to write Stealing the First Mate, I knew Nigel and Darcy were friends. It wasn’t until I worked my way through the first chapter that the depth of their relationship started to emerge, and I realized they were best friends. Darcy runs to Nigel for advise (even dating advise, which became really awkward for Nigel).
Darcy has been looking for Mr. Right so long she can’t see the truth staring back at her in Nigel’s eyes.
Writing their story is one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had in writing.
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