Trade Winds by Christina Courtenay is the first in a series of books published by Choc Lit.

Set in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1732 Jessamijn van Sandt (Jess) is a strong-minded young woman living under the protection of her rather nasty Step father who she believes is not all he claims to be.

Scotsman Killian Kinross has something to prove to his doubting Grand Father. He is worthy of being the Laird to family estate and will do all he can to prove it. When he meets Jess he is rather taken aback by her. Killian agrees to help to try to recover her lost fortune. He never expected to be a married man even if it is one of convenience.

Swedish East India Company are planning on setting off to China to Trade and Killian can not turn down this once in a lifetime opportunity which will hopefully once and for all show his Grandfather his worth so nothing is going to stop him from going, not even his new ‘Wife’.

He sets sail on a daring voyage to the Far East, believing he’s put his feelings and past behind him. But the journey doesn’t quite work out as he expects …

Will this journey be able to make things clearer in Killian’s mind of what he wants? Can he make his fortunes and survive the terrible seas alone?

I purchased this as an ebook as I saw lots of people talking about it on twitter and not being one who likes to be left out I wanted to see what it was all about. I’m so glad I did buy it as I was really gripped by this story. It is clear that Christina has researched these historical events in a great deal of depth, this is identified at the end of the book where she explains which elements are fact etc. This is more than a love story, it really is a historical adventure on the high seas as well!

I loved the relationship between Jess and Killian. A real raw attraction but one that both were too proud to show! Also, loved  Adair not forgetting a great villain with a fab name, Farquhar!

Beautifully written and with a real fast pace to it. Can’t wait to read the sequel Highland Storms which is out in November.

You can follow on twitter both Christina @PiaCCourtenay and Choc Lit @ChocLituk or find out more information via their websites and

To purchase from Amazon



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3 responses to “Trade Winds – CHRISTINA COURTENAY

  1. Stephanie Keyes

    Sounds great, Louise! I can’t wait to read it!

  2. Another historical ficton! It sounds wonderful and is going straight to my TBR list.

  3. So glad you enjoyed it, Lou – thank you for a fab review!! 😀

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