The Thief’s Daughter by Victoria Cornwall

27th March 2017

What the publisher says:

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 …

 

What I say:

This was a step away from my comfort zone as this is the first ever historical romance I have read.  Let me tell you I am glad I made the leap of faith with this one.  What I found was a tale including romance, drama, intrigue and a little bit of betrayal.  The research that the author has so clearly done into the historical elements shone through and is placed in the story in such a way that I feel I have learnt something but not been lectured.

The story is one which kept my attention from start to finish and even though, it being a romance, you know what the outcome will be, there is nothing predictable about the story.  It is fast moving and dramatic and you can’t help rooting for both Jack and Jenna as they deal with the local smuggling community, law enforcement and Jenna’s less than supportive brother, Silas

Rating 5 out of 5



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