Friday, June 26, 2009


By Kym McNabney (Illinois) - See all my reviews

The Pirate and the Puritan is an amazing story written by an amazing writer. I happened across this book, not being the typical book I would have picked to read, and having never heard of, Mary Clayton. I feel truly blessed to have come across her writing.

The Pirate and the Puritan was written, in my eyes, with no flaws. As an inspiriting writer, I was in awe of Ms. Clayton's writing and story telling. Not only was the story of one to be believed, it also kept me on the edge of my seat, eager to find out what would happen next.

I loved the way she wove in faith and morals in a subtle, yet impacting way. She slipped in virtues and morals, yet as in real life, also ones sins. It was refreshing to be allowed to read a novel that is so true to life in that one can be good, and yet struggle with their sins.

I enjoyed the interaction between Edmund and Mercy. Who could not fall in love with Edmund? He is strong and honorable, took charge, yet was protective when need be, and gentle and caring. And who could not help but admire Mercy, whom is spirited, stubborn and kindhearted. I have no doubt that you will fall in love with the main characters, but it may surprise you when a few others seep into your heart.

I sincerely hope Ms. Clayton intends to continue this story. I would love to become entangled in Richard and Soulange's story, as well as learn of Edmund and Mercy's future together.

There is no doubt in my mind that I will purchase more books by Mary Clayton in the future, for she has won my heart in the world of novel writing.


Monya Clayton said...

Kym dear, I will be emailing you shortly to thank you for the beautiful review. But thank you! I'm grateful, it's so truthful and positive.

You obviously have a good, kind heart. Not many people would be involved with a prison ministry, and not many foster Collie dogs. They're such beautiful animals, I marvel anyone could abandon them.

There isn't much else coming up soon from Mary Clayton, I fear. My next historical novel has been turned down because it is 160,000 words long (The Pirate And The Puritan is 130,000 words and no one has complained). So I must do some strict editing and find another publisher.

Thank you again, and God bless you and your family. By the way, in appreciation, I will send you a copy of my short story on The Wild Rose Press, Lily's Captain. It WILL be a pdf. file, but at least is only twelve pages long.

Warmest regards,
Monya (aka Mary) Clayton

Kym McNabney said...

Thank you, Monya. It was truly a blessing reading, The Pirate and the Puritan. Edmund and Mercy will be in my heart a long time.