Wayward Voyage - Anna M Holmes


4 Stars!


Anne is a headstrong young girl growing up in the frontier colony of Carolina in the early eighteenth century. With the death of her mother, and others she holds dear, Anne discovers that life is uncertain, so best live it to the full. She rejects the confines of conventional society and runs away to sea, finding herself in The Bahamas, which has become a nest for pirates plaguing the West Indies. Increasingly dissatisfied with her life, Anne meets a charismatic former pirate, John 'Calico Jack' Rackham, and persuades him to take up pirating again, and she won't be left onshore. The Golden Age of Piracy is a period when frontiers were being explored and boundaries pushed. Wayward Voyage creates a vivid and gritty picture of colonial life in the Americas and at sea.

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Anna is originally from New Zealand and lives in the U.K. with her Dutch partner.

WAYWARD VOYAGE is Anna’s first novel. She has been fascinated by the lives of women pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read, for a long time. Some years ago, she visualised this story as a screenplay before exploring and building their world more deeply as a novel. WAYWARD VOYAGE made a longlist of 11 for the Virginia Prize in Women’s Fiction 2020.

BLIND EYE an eco-thriller, will be published by The Book Guild in September, so this year, 2021, Anna will have two novels coming out. Her screenplay, BLIND EYE, is joint winner of the 2020 Green Stories screenplay competition. 

A documentary about pioneers of flamenco in the UK that Anna produced and directed was screened in Marbella International Film Festival and in London. This passion project ensures a slice of cultural history has been captured. It is available on YouTube and via a portal on her website.

She holds a Humanities B.A, a post-graduate diploma in Journalism and an M.A. in Dance Studies. Initially she worked as a radio journalist before a career in arts management working with U.K. Arts Councils and as an independent producer, dance history lecturer and she has run a dance development agency.

Anna is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and enjoys practising flamenco. Writing, dance, and yoga shape her life.

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Website:             https://www.annamholmes.com

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Twitter                @AnnaMHolmes_


Oh my goodness, what a fascinating story! I love historical fiction but have never read anything about Pirates. This book was raw and gutsy. The author does not try to paint a pretty picture here - she tells it like it is (or like it was).

This is a romance, of sorts, more of an adventure in romance! Anne Bonny certainly new what she wanted, or rather what she didn't want. She was... unsettled, bored and wanted more. And she set out to find it. Using any means and anyone she could to get it! I loved how the author made every character important as you got to know them all equally. Some I liked and some I didn't but that's what makes a book real.

A tad slow in spots but still didn't deter me from wanted to keep reading - it was just so interesting.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources -  Thank You!!



  1. Wow I haven't read anything about Pirates either except for JoAnne Lindsey and I'm sure hers had nothing real about them. Great review I'm looking into it. Thanks


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