The Wake of the Lorelei Lee by L. A. Meyer is the latest in the Jacky Faber series of Young Adult novels. This is another of those Young Adult novels that are not just for the Young Adult readers. Adults will enjoy this book too.
I had only a few minor things to fuss about. The quibbles were some words I wasn't sure were used in 1807 and the existence of fizzy drinks other than champagne in the era. The only other problem I had was the story took too long to get moving. Other than those few things I liked the story and the detail. I'm not really fond of first person present tense but it works in this book although it didn't allow me to be truly pulled into the story.
If you like piratey adventures with likable characters then I definitely recommend The Wake of the Lorelei Lee. I'm giving this one a 5 and definitely a recommended read.
Jacky Faber, rich from her exploits diving for Spanish gold, has purchased the Lorelei Lee to carry passengers across the Atlantic. Believing she has been absolved of past sins against the Crown, Jacky docks in London to take on her crew, but is instead arrested and sentenced to life in the newly formed penal colony in Australia.
To add insult to injury, the Lorelei Lee is confiscated to carry Jacky and more than 200 female convicts to populate New South Wales. Not one to give in to self pity, Jacky rallies her sisters to "better" their position—resulting in wild escapades, brushes with danger, and much hilarity. Will Jacky find herself a founding mother of New South Wales, Australia? Not if she has anything to do about it!