From what I understand, Belle of Eden is the debut novel of Sofia B. Ashford.
I received an ebook copy of this story in exchange for my honest review, and I have to say that I was disappointed in the story.
The book blurb states that Belle is rescued from the noose by Commodore Craven and his son, Benjamin, and asked to assist them in their search for the Garden of Eden and the salvation it promises.
Therefore, I expected a story about finding the Garden of Eden and salvation.
However, the book is quite depressing as the majority of the story is about the life bleeding out of Benjamin, and his life seems to ebb and flow throughout the story.
In addition, Belle is a pirate and has a lot of pirate enemies, and everywhere they go, some of her enemies show up and there are battles. In the beginning, most of the battles end quite quickly, but late in the story, the battles take longer and become bloodier.
Ms. Ashford also writes of the Garden of Eden and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, as one and the same thing, which they are not.
And, for those who like happy endings, I will warn you that you may be disappointed in the ending of this book.
I give Belle of Eden by Sofia B. Ashford 3 stars.