Ned Farrier Master Mariner: Call of the Cape by Patrick G. Cox is a spellbinding historical fiction that will delight readers who love adventure and tales of aching hearts. Filled with adventure, this tale is set in the nineteen century and follows Ned Farrier, a hardworking man who continually looks for a new adventure as he advances in his career in the seas while pursuing a difficult love interest. Having suffered the loss of his wife and child, the man who once was a bargeman and now a captain gets fascinated by Sally Hudsmith, a married lady he meets in one of his ships. Ned wants nothing but to be with Sally in the Cape Colony of South Africa, but Sally has troubles of her own. She has followed her husband to join the number of settlers in the Cape Colony, but efforts to set up a farm are disrupted by plundering tribes and an injury, forcing her and her husband to move to Cape Town. When Sally’s husband dies, Ned, now an agent of the Gray Packet Line in Cape Town, asks Sally’s hand in marriage.
This is a captivating historical novel that offers a fully drawn picture of what it was like to move out of England to start life anew in South Africa. The author writes two compelling characters — Ned and Sally — allowing readers to vividly see their struggles, heartaches, and hidden joys are they live each day, hoping for the best. This is a mesmerizing story filled with adventure, both across the seas and on land; it is a tale of courage and resilience, one that is enriched by the romance. Patrick G. Cox is a great storyteller and his gorgeous prose, coupled with the ability to write detailed settings and to fill the pages with exciting imagery set this story apart from the many historical tales with an international setting in Southern Africa. Ned Farrier Master Mariner: Call of the Cape is deftly plotted, balanced, and fast-paced; it is a delightful tale that has its twists and that is brimming with suspense. You’ll find it hard to not care for the fully developed, genuinely flawed, and unforgettable characters.