I find it to be a painless form of accidental learning where I often retain information better than completely non-fiction sources.
Like all the best historical fiction it includes a part in the back that says what is fact and what isn’t, important when used as an accidental learning source!
Then of course there was the actual substance of the book, involving two different times (current and past, love that) two different countries (culture comparisons, always good) and a willful woman in a time when that was not encouraged (gotta love that).
Oh, and pirates, they always make life more…”interesting.”
Would I recommend it? Yes, it dealt with a small part of history I’d never heard of before.