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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Check It Out: The Ship's Carpenter





The Ship's Carpenter by  D.E. Stockman 
Historical Fiction

In late summer 1742,  shipwright Abraham Robinson leaves London to work at France's great shipyard in Brest where his life changes dramatically. There he falls in love with Yvette, only to lose both his position and lover as war begins. Returning to England, the navy presses him to serve as a ship's carpenter, tearing him from his plans. Great sea battles, dangerous escapes, and ravaging fires challenge Abraham and Yvette's lives from London to the colonies of North America. Throughout, historical and fictional characters cross their paths to help and hinder, but not all survive to achieve their goals in this first book of the Tween Sea and Shore Series.



3 out of 5 fairies

The Ship's Carpenter is not your typical historical fiction. It's a little drier than I would have liked for a historical fiction. It's a good book, but it's difficult to submerge yourself in the story. A nice read overall, and you'll find yourself rooting for Abraham more as the book progresses. I definitely recommend downloading and at least looking over the free addendum before diving in, it'll help certain parts of the book make more sense.



A free PDF Addendum to the book can be downloaded at Stockman Books that contains a character list, nautical glossary, ship diagrams, maps, and other information to make reading the book more enjoyable.


Where to buy: Amazon

Add to your TBR list: Goodreads


About the Author: D. E. Stockman was reared in a small town in the Midwest and now lives outside Chicago. After serving in the military as a Russian translator, he graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a bachelor of arts degree. He has been involved in various aspects of the graphic arts; as a fine art painter, a color analyst for Playboy and National Geographic magazines at a publication printer, and as an illustrator and book designer for imprints of the publishers Simon and Schuster, Harcourt Brace, and Pearson Education. He began writing articles for an e-zine and trade journals before beginning his first novel. David researched the history of a French frigate for over a decade and now recounts the fascinating story of the ship’s fictional and historical characters in his debut book, The Ship’s Carpenter, part of the tall-ship Tween Sea & Shore Series. His author website can be reached at: https://stockmanbooks.com

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