JEWEL OF THE SEAS 1S a richly romantic tale of a rebellious woman lured by the sea and loved by the vigorous men who sailed it. Born at sea, Julia Howard's deep-rooted passion for ships and sailing sets her apart from other women. She constantly hears the sea calling to her, beckoning her to follow it to the exotic lands that lie far beyond the horizon. Headstrong and irrepressible, Julia could never be satisfied to wait on land to hear sailors' tales of their voyages to foreign ports. Julia is as untameable as the sea itself, and irresistible to the men who know her. Although her father, a shipmaster turned shipbuilder, trained his oldest daughter to run the shipyard after his son's death, he understands the sea's seductive power. There are others who try to help Julia escape the land. Jason Thatcher, who hated the sea, yet followed it, awakens the woman in Julia. His father, William Thatcher, seeks solace in the sea and loves Julia, who will always be his young mermaid. David Baxter, the rugged captain of Julia's own ship, comes very close to being the escape she seeks. Harvard-educated Stephen Logan can not resign himself to stay on land and dreams, of his own ship. These caring men are Julia's vital links to a world and a way of life she longs to experience herself. This is the first novel in a sweeping trilogy of old Cape Cod at the dawn of the Glory Age of Sail, when America was a young and vigorous nation determined to win its rightful place in the world, and when a woman like Julia Howard could fulfill her dreams.
September 1977 : USA Hardback
November 1979 : UK Paperback
August 1978 : USA Mass Market Paperback