How to Catch Crabs by Demelza Carlton

May 10, 2017 Book Review 0 ★★★½

How to Catch Crabs by Demelza Carltonthree-half-stars
How To Catch Crabs by Demelza Carlton
Series: Turbulence and Triumph
Published by Lost Plot Press on June 15th 2015
Genres: Historical
Pages: 153
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Love and babies: two things Lucy doesn't have time for in her life. It's 1926 and this young West Australian woman is happy as an accountant. And she intends to stay that way.
Until Giorgio, an Italian migrant fisherman sent to Australia in disgrace. The moment their eyes meet across the fish market, he knows Lucy's the girl for him. If it weren't for his reputation as a rake, he's certain he could catch more than just her eye - perhaps even her heart, too.
A tale of crabs, cricket bats and catching your heart's desire in Jazz Age Western Australia.
A tiny taste of what's in store:
As I approached the counter, he rose from beneath it, unfolding to a height several inches taller than me. And my eyes met...a pair that were much darker than Paolo Merlino's. Then one of them winked.
I blinked furiously, backing up to put some distance between me and this...rake, I realised, as I took him in. Well-muscled arms strained at his shirt sleeves as he folded them across his chest, making his knitted sweater tighten just enough to show the outline of more muscles beneath. He said something in Italian, his voice rich and deep, though he looked much younger than his brother.
His voice felt like it rumbled through my chest as much as his and his second wink said he knew it, too.
Don't be silly, I told myself. Rakes are good for gardening and that's it.
"I don't understand Italian," I told him. "Where's Mr Merlino? I need crabs and I understand he can help me."
His eyes seemed to widen as he heard my broad Australian accent. Had the fool thought I was Italian? "If it is crabs you want, streghetta, I will give you those and much more besides."
"English," I insisted. "If you're going to insult me, then I'll go elsewhere." I turned to go, but I had no idea if anyone else stocked crabs. If Maria didn't have them, I'd be lucky if anyone did.
"I called you a little witch, miss, because you have enchanted my senses. I am at your service."
Something inside me was melting. The tone of his voice was melting things that should not be capable of liquefying.
"Don't call me that," I snapped. "Do you have crabs or don't you?"
He chuckled and reached under the counter, bringing up a half-filled bucket of ice that he set in front of me. A claw emerged from the ice before sliding out of sight. "What do you think, miss?"
Turbulence and Triumph
This book is a standalone story that takes place at the same time as Ocean's Trial, the second book in the Turbulence and Triumph series.
The books in the Turbulence and Triumph series to date are: Ocean's Justice (#1)
Ocean's Trial (#2)
Ocean's Triumph (#3)
Ocean's Ride (#4)
Ocean's Cage (#5)
Ocean's Birth (#6)

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Oh, that title! My mind drifted immaturely to a rather sordid response when I first read the title for this book. I’m sure I don’t need to elaborate 😉

I can assure you this story has nothing to do with my unsavoury first snickering thought. It is an entertaining and short tale about a fishing village set in the early part of last century. While this falls into the historical genre, the emotions and situations in essence weren’t so far removed from society today. Yes, transport has progressed, opinions and roles have evolved but what underpins this story is romance.

“Signorina, I am Giorgio Paino and I’m honoured to make your acquaintance.”

On a trip into to pick up crabs for dinner, Lucy meets Georgio, newly arrived from overseas. Lucy has no intention of becoming involved with him. Well, that’s easier said than done. He can’t get her out of his mind despite her dismissive reactions to him.

“Have you never been in love, Lucy?” “Of course not. Love turns women soft in the head and they do stupid things like get married and have children,”


Lucy is a young Australian woman of migrant descent, unmarried and living with her family. She values her independence but as usual there are always people who like to see a young woman settled and, to be specific, married. She is more than happy, working and enjoying her life as it is.

I wouldn’t have picked this book up except for having received an email alerting me to it being a freebie. The lure of reading a novella set in Australia in the 1920’s was all the bait (pun intended LOL) I needed. So glad I did because while it is not the kind of book I would normally read, it was a fun way to spend an hour in between the dark suspense books that normally consume my reading time 🙂

3.5 Stars

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