Author Mike Hartner did it again From the beginning I was swept away by another of his beloved characters This time Mary Crofter Hartner infuses his high seas adventures with coming of age tales o
Author Mike Hartner did it again! From the beginning, I was swept away by another of his beloved characters. This time, Mary Crofter.Hartner infuses his high-seas adventures with coming-of-age tales of honor and chivalry. In the third installment of The Eternity Series, Mary not only discovers and defends the noble parts of herself, her actions esteem the worth and value of others. She has a sharp mind, not afraid to work hard, and yearns for the sea, determined to forge a destiny contrary to how 17th century culture confined the roles of women. This is what I loved about her. What a fantastic role model for young women. I, Mary keeps with tradition and is told in the same memoir-like style of I, Walter and I, James. In Mary's recount, the reader is taken on a journey from life on the high-seas during the 1600's to the English civil war between the Royalist and Parliamentarians and even explored part of the English invasion of Scotland. As a history lover, I enjoyed seeing these events come alive. Like the other books in the series, the romance is sweet and clean and the title character is first introduced to the reader around age 10-11--Perfect for middle grade on up. Recommended to lovers of historical fiction, especially to those who enjoy stories with coming-of-age themes and/or about sailing life during the 16th-17th centuries. Great job, Mike! I look forward to the next installment :DGood I, Mary Author Mike Hartner are Book Mary Crofter s first trip on the water was just after her first birthday, when her parents came from her birthplace in Kilwa to Portsmouth She s been on several trips from Portsmouth to London and other places since She loves the water and the water seems to love her Can she survive on the water Will people ever take seriously a GIRL as a sailor Will she ever come offMary Crofter s first trip on the water was just after her first birthday, when her parents came from her birthplace in Kilwa to Portsmouth She s been on several trips from Portsmouth to London and other places since She loves the water and the water seems to love her Can she survive on the water Will people ever take seriously a GIRL as a sailor Will she ever come off the water If she does, will the lure of the ocean draw her back She was born to privilege but does she even know And, importantly, in a time of English Civil War, is it better that she doesn t know This is the third book in The Eternity Series.. Mike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965 He s traveled much of the continental United States He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for than twenty five years He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.. The best Kindle I, Mary Mary Crofter has spent the majority of her life on the water. Since the age of two, she has felt the call of the sea, and has always had an affinity with the ocean that most people could never understand. Her first trip aboard a ship was when her parents, James and Rosalind Crofter, sailed from her birthplace of Kilwa in Tanzania to Portsmouth, England. This was shortly after Mary's first birthday in 1635.At the age of twelve, Mary is finally allowed to realize her greatest dream in life - she becomes an honorary crew member on one of her father's trading ships. Mary is absolutely delighted to be given such a chance, but she still has her doubts. While she has been on several trips from Portsmouth to London and other ports as well, Mary knows that she still has a very long way to go before she is accepted entirely.Despite having such an affinity with the water; and sailing with her parents, will Mary be able to survive on the water? Will people ever take her seriously as a sailor? Is a girl truly competent enough to sail with a crew of men? Mary only knows that she will never know the answers to these questions for certain unless she takes the plunge.And yet, once she does, will Mary ever tire of the sailor's life? Will there ever come a time in her life when she will want to come off the ocean and eventually settle down? And if she does settle down, will the lure of the ocean ever prove strong enough to draw her back?I must say that as with the previous two books in the series, I absolutely loved I, Mary by Mike Hartner. In my opinion, the plot was well-developed and fast-paced; and I was drawn into the story right from the beginning. The characters were extremely likable, and I connected with them all rather quickly.I'm not sure if there will be a sequel to this book, but I certainly hope so. I'm invested in each of these characters and the time period, and avidly want to know where the story will go from here. I give this book an A+!