Don't let the title fool you, this was actually a great book. I won't lie, I often judge books by their cover, contradictory to the old adage "don't judge a book by its cover" or in this case by the title. I thought the title was kind of lame, it didn't hook me right away. Despite this, I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt. My conclusion: this novel was amazing!
I could not put this one down. It was an adventurous tale of two young women in the 18th Century. Nancy is the daughter of a British Plantation Owner trapped by a horrible arranged marriage. Minerva is her sister and a slave on the plantation. They run away from their troubles to a life of piracy. Celia Rees made this into such a believable masterpiece that I didn't even find it cheesy. It is full of suspense, romance and thrills. It's like taking a peak into the past with vivid descriptions of their clothing, the riches, and colorful scenery.
Rees chose two strong, empowered women who break the bounds of gender, race, and social position to follow their own path. I was sucked into their world, each time I came out of the book as if I just sailed the seven seas.