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Review and Giveaway: Marisol Spanish Rose by Elva Cobb Martin November 18, 2019

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About the Book

Book: Marisol Spanish Rose

Author: Elva Cobb Martin

Genre:  Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: November 8, 2019

Marisol_final-200x300.jpgEscaping to the New World is her only option…Rescuing her will wrap the chains of the Inquisition around his neck.

Marisol Valentin flees Spain after murdering the nobleman who molested her. She ends up for sale on the indentured servants’ block at Charles Town harbor—dirty, angry, and with child. Her hopes are shattered, but she must find a refuge for herself and the child she carries. Can this new land offer her the grace, love, and security she craves? Or must she escape again to her only living relative in Cartagena?

Captain Ethan Becket, once a Charles Town minister, now sails the seas as a privateer, grieving his deceased wife. But when he takes captive a ship full of indentured servants, he’s intrigued by the woman whose manners seem much more refined than the average Spanish serving girl. Perfect to become governess for his young son. But when he sets out on a quest to find his captured sister, said to be in Cartagena, little does he expect his new Spanish governess to stow away on his ship with her six-month-old son. Yet her offer of help to free his sister is too tempting to pass up. And her beauty, both inside and out, is too attractive for his heart to protect itself against—until he learns she is a wanted murderess.

As their paths intertwine on a journey filled with danger, intrigue, and romance, only love and the grace of God can overcome the past and ignite a new beginning for Marisol and Ethan.


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About the Author

Elva-Cobb-Martin-226x300.jpgElva Cobb Martin is a wife, mother, and grandmother who lives in South Carolina with her husband and a mini-dachshund. A life-long student of history, her favorite city, Charleston, inspires her stories of romance and adventure. Her love of writing grew out of a desire to share exciting stories of courageous characters and communicate truths of the Christian faith to bring hope and encouragement. Connect with her on her web site at


More from Elva

A couple of things inspired me to write Marisol ~ Spanish Rose, in addition to my love of historical romance fiction set in the colonial/pirate era of Charles Town and the Spanish Main.

I ran across a teaching of how people often let the one terrible moment of their lives define them and their future. Know anyone like this?

I envisioned a heroine in the 1700’s who let her “terrible moment”—being molested and accidentally killing the Spanish nobleman who attacks her—define her and her future destiny.

My premise for this idea and novel is: Love, forgiveness, and determination can overcome the most horrifying experiences and poor choices when we invite God into the equation.

Loving horses, particularly the white Lipizzaners, I named my heroine Marisol and set the attack on her father’s Andalusian Stud Farm in Cadiz, Spain in 1740. Andalusians are the Spanish horses in the ancestry of the Lipizzaners. And they can be trained to do dancing steps with a dancing maiden called the Flamenco, which my heroine can do well. Click here for a video of a flamenco dancer.

Marisol’s exciting Flamenco plays a pivotal part in the novel.

All this story idea needed now was an exciting, handsome Charles Town privateer—sometimes pirate—who will cross paths with my heroine when she flees Spain after killing the Spanish nobleman who molested her.

Captain Ethan Becket, backslidden former Charles Town minister, has returned to the sea, grieving the loss of his wife and child.

By the time these two get together at the indentured block in Charles Town, Marisol has discovered she is with child.

Thanks for stopping by! May you have an exciting, romantic adventure on the high seas with Captain Ethan and Marisol.

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To celebrate her tour, Elva is giving away a vintage nautical writing journal and a $20 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

My thoughts:

This was an interesting read. I enjoyed the journey we took took through the pages.

The opening scene is definitely an attention grabber. I was so worried throughout the book this what happened in the opening pages would come back and get Marisol. I also worried about the lies she had to tell to survive and how Ethan would respond when he found out.

I didn’t care for Ethan’s attraction to his cousin when just a few pages before he said he couldn’t get past his decease wife death to look at Marisol romantically, but then this cousin comes on and he is attracted to her. That bothered me for some reason.

Overall, a good read. I didn’t love it but I did like it.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 


12 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Marisol Spanish Rose by Elva Cobb Martin”

  1. Rita Wray Says:

    Sounds like a great book.

    • Elva Cobb Martin Says:

      Rita, if you like historical romance with lots of adventure, I think you’ll like Marisol and Ethan’s story. Thanks for commenting!
      Elva Cobb Martin

  2. anxious58 Says:

    Sounds good, new author for me.

    • Elva Cobb Martin Says:

      Thank you so much for commenting. Marisol is my first book in this new Charleston Bride Series, but I do have two other romance novels already released and on Amazon: Summer of Deception and In a Pirate’s Debt. Also, stay tuned for Book 2, Georgia Ann, in the Charleston Bride series coming soon. Grown up Captain Samuel Vargas will have to rescue Georgia Ann from the Barbary Pirates!
      Author Elva Cobb Martin

  3. Dale Wilken Says:

    The book sounds great.

  4. Elva Cobb Martin Says:

    Thank you for commenting, Dale! I hope you get to enjoy Marisol and Ethan’s love story set in Charleston and on the Spanish Main in the 1700’s. I had a great time researching and writing this story. And now I’m finishing up Book 2, Georgia Ann, set in Charleston and on the Barbary coast!
    Author Elva Cobb Martin

  5. Debbie P Says:

    This sounds like a great read. Beautiful cover!

    • Elva Cobb Martin Says:

      Thank you so much for commenting, Debbie, and I’m so glad you like Marisol’s cover.
      Have a blessed Thanksgiving Season,
      Elva Cobb Martin

  6. Deana Says:

    Thanks for sharing your nice review,

  7. Sounds wonderful. Love discovering new authors to follow and new books to add to my TBR. Thank you for sharing.

    • Elva Cobb Martin Says:

      Tashia, thank you for commenting and adding Marisol to your TBR list.
      Have a blessed Thanksgiving,
      Elva Cobb Martin

  8. Thank you for sharing. Love discovering new authors to follow and new books to add to my TBR.

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