The Raven and the Banshee

by Carolyn Elizabeth

It’s the early 1700’s and sixteen-year-old Julia Farrow, spirited daughter of a shipping company owner, lives and loves on her own terms. With a sharp mind and sharper tongue, she constantly defies family and society expectations with no regard for the consequences.

Branna Kelly, only child of an Irish immigrant sailor, is hopelessly in love with Julia and imagines their life together as captains of their own fate. Left brokenhearted after Julia’s rejection, she embarks on a journey to chart a new shipping route to the Caribbean. Before Julia can explain her decision, Branna’s ship is overrun by merciless pirates. All hands are presumed lost.

Fifteen years later, Julia is running the Farrow Company and sailing with the crew on her newest ship when an encounter with pirates leaves her the lone survivor to be rescued by the infamous Raven, hard-hearted captain of the mercenary ship, Banshee. Julia is shocked to discover her rescuer wears a familiar face.

The Raven and the Banshee is a passionate tale of vengeance, forgiveness and second chance love in a swashbuckling adventure on the high seas.

Content note: the book contains one brief scene of sexual assault and one mention of rape.






Genre Romance, Action/Adventure
Length 234 pages
Publication Date January 13, 2022
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642472400e
Editor Ann Roberts
Cover Designer Kayla Mancuso



"The Raven and the Banshee holds a special place in my heart (don't they all). It was my first significant piece of writing and was published (~2014), under a different title, online as an AU fanfiction for a fandom which I'm unlikely to disclose. If you're really clever you may be able to figure it out.

It was received well and the first early confidence boost I got about my writing. Who doesn't love swashbuckling lady pirates? It was only a matter of time before I adapted it for publication. That time is now. You're welcome.

I am very excited to share this story with you and hope after reading it you want to know more about Branna and Julia's adventures aboard the Banshee. I look forward to telling more of their story."

—Carolyn Elizabeth

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Andi K. - Everything I hoped it would be... swashbuckling revenge tale with a second-chance romance to die for!! Amazing. Loved it. Bought the book!! I was looking forward to this novel since it was announced, and always fear that expectations may be too high, but not a problem; Elizabeth knocks this out of the park.

Della B. - At the heart of this novel is a second chance at love for Branna. The journey to the second chance is an exciting read by anyone’s standards. Elizabeth’s main characters are strong women who make their mark in their world and the readers. Elizabeth is an exciting storyteller and does not disappoint in hopefully the first book of a series.

Samantha D. - I only needed to read a few pages to be immersed in the world of pirates in 1720, a bustling Nassau, rough seas, and even rougher people who work on or around the seas. The battles and the work are brutal, but very well written. I think this book works so well for me because of how strong Elizabeth's characters are, you know very early on who they are and why they are behaving in a certain way. You really get a good feel of the main characters, but the author doesn't stop there, the secondary characters are just as strong and important to the story.

Action-adventure romances always have an issue with making the romance believable, at least a lot of the time. In my opinion one always takes away from the other, that's why I prefer the crime/ mystery romance, it usually works better. In this case I would say it works out perfectly, and it all comes down to Elizabeth's excellent writing, story choices and characters. I hope this is the beginning of a new series, 4.5 stars.

Betty H. Of course this is an adventure story filled with pirates and mercenaries. Not only are these people out for gold and other riches, but many are also set on exacting revenge for wrongs done to them. These folks don’t settle disputes by playing a rousing game of checkers. You must expect a lot of action, fighting, blood and gore.

Woven into this exciting adventure is a second chance romance between Branna Kelly, who becomes Captain Kelly (The Raven) of the mercenary ship, The Banshee, and Julia Farrow, a young Southern lady who inherits the Farrow shipping company. I fell for both women early and their love story itself would have kept me a captive of this tale. It is a fairly angsty romance, but that just makes it fit perfectly into the adventure. The chemistry is there at the beginning of the tale and grows throughout the story.

This book is now firmly in my favorites and has my highest recommendation. If you love adventure and romance, then set your sails and chart your course for the nearest bookstore, Matey. You don’t want to miss this treasure of a tale!

Bonnie K. - This is a beautiful well written historical fiction with a Sapphic pirate. The characters had amazing chemistry. There's action, suspense and romance. What’s there not to love. Well done, I recommend. 4.5 stars.

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