Review: Surgeon’s Mate by Linda Collison

When I read the first book in this series, Star-Crossed, I looked forward to reading more about the characters. It’s been a long wait for it to come out, but the second in the Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventure Series, Surgeon’s Mate is now available and I wasn’t disappointed.

Collison develops very strong characterisations and writing the book in the first person, from the point of view of a young lady disguised as a man, makes this series unique within the genre. Modern research indicates that there were ladies on many ships of the Royal Navy, some in disguise and some just carried unofficially and never mentioned in the ship’s records. It is only in recent series that some authors are starting to introduce strong female characters aboard ship but so far only Collison has written from their perspective and started to reveal this hidden world.

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