Copyright 2007 by MaryLu Tyndall.
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The Raven Saint
An in depth look at the main characters
Captain Rafe Dubois
Brief description: At twenty years of age,
Grace Westcott is the youngest of four sisters.
With raven-colored hair and eyes a deep shade
of emerald green, she's been told she has
beautiful exotic looks. But Grace closes her
ears to such praises. Vanity only swells one's
pride, and pride goes before a fall. And she
cannot allow such idle flattery to deter her from
her mission to ensure her sister's eternal
salvation and attend to the poor in Charles
Towne. Though not as petite as her sister,
Hope, nor as tall as her sister, Faith, Grace
tries to hide her medium, yet curvy, build
beneath high-necked, loose fitting, plain gowns.
There is no need to become a temptation to any
of the men in Charles Towne. Not that she has
received any unwanted attention-or any
attention at all, for that matter. Besides, she is too busy aiding the poor and preaching
to her sisters of the evils of sin, to have time for courting. If only they would listen to
her, Grace is sure her sisters would save themselves a lot of pain and heartache. Yet
despite Grace's self-righteous attitude, she is a kind, generous lady who loves God and
who would gladly give up her last meal to help someone in need.
Strengths: Self-sacrificing, Generous, Clever, Strong Faith, Confidence
Weaknesses: Judgmental, Idealistic, Lacks compassion for sinners, Nosy, Stubborn
Quirks: Grace wears a cross around her neck which is usually tucked within her
bodice. When she's nervous or upset, she pulls the cross out and rubs it. Also she
throws a hand to her throat to cover up her exposed skin when she's nervous. She
says "Mercy me" all the time and is very outspoken about other people's faults.
Inspiration: I love Grace's character. I've seen her in so many people around me.
She's got a great heart, loves God, loves to help others, but she has one major flaw.
She is too quick to judge everyone around her for any sin she sees in their lives. Since
she has never had it rough in her life, since she's always had a home and food and
love, she cannot understand why people commit sin: why they steal or cheat or lie or
are immoral. She only sees the sin, the top of the iceberg and refuses to look
beneath. As a consequence, she comes across as being very prudish and
self-righteous when in reality she only wants people get to Heaven. More often than
not, I find I can easily slip into this kind of attitude, judging the actions of others
without truly knowing their heart. But wait until Grace runs into Rafe Dubois, the vile
mercenary who kidnaps her from her home.
Tall, well-built with jet black hair and
dark, smoky eyes, Rafe Dubois has
no trouble attracting les femmes. That
is, until he comes across
Mademoiselle Grace Westcott. The
son of Henri Dubois, a rich planter on
the French island of Saint Dominique,
Rafe, at age 26, has already amassed
a fortune of his own by hiring himself
and his ragtag crew out as
mercenaries to the highest
bidder-performing whatever dirty deed
is required of them, without question.
But Rafe has an oddity that baffles
both his men and Mademoiselle
Grace. Instead of spending his wealth on himself, he gives most of it away to the poor
and sick in Port-aux-Paix, his home town. In fact, it is his ultimate goal to build a
hospital in the poverty-stricken port for those who cannot afford quality care. In truth,
Rafe wants nothing more than to infuriate his father, a man who mistreated Rafe from
birth and who committed the ultimate act of betrayal. I picture Rafe looking a lot like
Orlando Bloom in the pirate movies.
Strengths: Protective, Smart, Leader, Good heart, Intuitive, Risk taker
Weaknesses: Bitter, Arrogant, Rebellious, Loves Praise, Pessimist, Bad Temper
Inspiration: Rafe is the ultimate Bad Boy. And I love writing the bad boy! He's rude,
extremely macho, and arrogant. Yet he is a true leader, a commander who inspires
others to follow him. He walks on the wild side and has a dangerous look about him.
But inside, he's a wounded warrior with a heart of gold. I think this is my favorite type of
hero to write because bad boys are so deep, so passionate, and there's a lot of stuff
going on beneath the surface. Rafe has lived a lifetime of abuse and neglect. Those he
trusted and loved the most stabbed him in the back. Consequently, he hates God and
hates women. He has no self value so he searches for it in the praises of others.
Pretending to be altruistic, he is only satisfying his need for value and for revenge
against his father-a father who has an outward appearance of piety that disgusts Rafe.
Can you imagine the fireworks that are set off when Rafe meets Grace Westcott?
Background for the story:
Grace Westcott is everything a proper, godly woman should be. She attends
church weekly, reads her Bible daily, and spends all her free time tending to
the poor and sick around Charles Towne. But when she is kidnapped by
Captain Rafe Dubois, the notorious French mercenary, and discovers he
intends to sell her to a Spanish Don, she cannot understand how God could
have allowed such tragedy to come her way. Nevertheless she is undaunted
in her efforts to witness to all the unsavory men aboard the ship, including
the rogue Captain himself, thinking perhaps that it must be God's plan for this
Captain Rafe Dubois happily accepts the job to steal a young daughter of a
British Admiral. Not only will the money offered by the Don be enough to
build a hospital at Port-aux-Paix, but Rafe holds the British Navy responsible
for the murder of his mother. It should be an easy task to deliver the young
lady to Columbia. Or will it? Despite her beauty, Grace Westcott does
nothing but continually berate Rafe for his sins, telling him he is going to hell
if he doesn't repent. As if he did not get enough of this hypocritical drivel
from his father while growing up. But Mademoiselle Westcott is no hypocrite.
She actually believes in what she expounds. Not only that, but her honesty,
kind heart, and generous spirit begin to weaken the hard crust Rafe has built
around his heart. Could he be falling in love with this British prig?