The Curse is the first book in Maddie James’ series The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice. The story begins in 1718 with Jack Porter in the mist of a mission to retrieve his wife, recently stolen by the pirate Edward Teach (Blackbeard). Jack successfully fights off Blackbeard and escapes with his wife, Hannah. His happiness is short-lived; Hannah dies a few days later in Jack’s arms.
Fast forward 300 years to Claire Winslow enjoying a quite, secluded vacation on Ocracoke Island. When Claire is visited by a mysterious, intoxicating man this vacation quickly turns into an adventure she never expected. Claire finds herself inexplicably obsessed with her nightly visitor and begins to question whether he is real or fantasy. Eventually she realizes that her phantom lover is really her husband from a lifetime past, Jack Porter. Thus Claire and Jack embark on a destiny-altering, time-traveling journey to find a chalice constructed of Blackbeard’s skull. The chalice is their only way of ending the curse leveled by Blackbeard that threatens to keep them apart for eternity.
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