written by Mike Hartner
published by Eternity4Popsicle 2014
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I liked I, Walter, but I honestly didn’t fall in love. Walter is a good solid character, and I enjoyed the love story with Maria. It was sweet and made me go “awww” a few times, but truly the story fell a little flat for me. There were moments I wanted to be on the high seas with Walter and his crew–the problem was the flashbacks got in the way. They would pull me out of the story of young Walter just so Maria could help old Walter reflect. By the time I got back to the young Walter story I had to take another few pages to get back into the book. This process made it harder for me to finish the book even though I loved the characters.
“Why is it that everyone else sees you for the honorable person that you are, but you cannot?”
Would I recommend it: I think there’s a 50/50 chance I’d recommend this one.
About the book – from Goodreads: In a country and a time where favor and politics were both deadly, can an honest boy stay true to himself? Especially given his family background?
Walter Crofter was born in Elizabethan England, the youngest son of a poor family. After watching his father’s fall and the suffering it caused Walter learns from a young age that favor is fleeting. Young Walter leaves home to find his own way and is swept away on one of the ships in service to the crown.
The seas are full of dangers, from unforeseen storms to brutal pirates. During one of Walter’s many sea voyages he encounters a girl who will change his fortune. But in order to survive in a world where favor can bring a man a lifetime of good fortune or destroy him in the blink of an eye, Walter must stay true to himself and his values.
Walter faces the question we all face, are we what we are born into or can we become more? I, Walter is a tale of love, courage, and adventure.