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Genre: Romantic fiction, historical fiction, romantic suspense

Stars: 4

Links: Amazon UK and Amazon US


The Blurb:

Hide from the thief-taker, for if he finds you, he will take you away …

Eighteenth-century Cornwall is crippled by debt and poverty, while the gibbet casts a shadow of fear over the land. Yet, when night falls, free traders swarm onto the beaches and smuggling prospers.

Terrified by a thief-taker’s warning as a child, Jenna has resolved to be good. When her brother, Silas, asks for her help to pay his creditors, Jenna feels unable to refuse and finds herself entering the dangerous world of the smuggling trade.

Jack Penhale hunts down the smuggling gangs in revenge for his father’s death. Drawn to Jenna at a hiring fayre, they discover their lives are entangled. But as Jenna struggles to decide where her allegiances lie, the worlds of justice and crime collide, leading to danger and heartache for all concerned …


My Review:

Romance, suspense, and smuggling in a lovely tale with a vivid setting steeped in history.

Jenna, despite her resolve to be good, enters into the world of smuggling to help her brother. There she meets Jack, and the secrets of her family and connections begin to unravel…

Sweeping, elegant writing, a setting that you can lose yourself in, and a sweet romance at the core of it, this was a lovely read. With suspense to increase tension, wit to make you laugh, and characters that make you want to read into the page and hug/slap them, this is well worth a read. Recommended.


*Thank you to the publisher for my free review copy.