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Indie Author (Self-published)
What if the man you loved was a smuggler--or a spy?
Jobless and nearly destitute, Susanna Ward intends only to find work as a governess. She certainly has no intention of contacting her family, who cast off her father and scorned her mother years ago. But a chance encounter with a figure from her past suggests that her estranged grandfather was murdered, and that his death was connected to a local ring of smugglers, led by a mysterious figure who calls himself Captain Clark.
When Captain Clark himself appears at her door, wounded and in need of her help, Susanna must decide where her true loyalties lie. And she must also discover the truth of her grandfather's death. Otherwise the man she is rapidly falling in love with may be hanged for treason and murder.
I picked this up as a free Kindle Download in early March this year, and have only just got around to reading it. I've just checked on Amazon whilst writing this, and it is still showing as available as a free download - click HERE to get a copy.
Normally, it's listed as £8.99, which in my own personal view is a little on the high side for the length.
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I'm not sure that's the best cover I've seen, it felt a little too 1970's cheap print for me.
However, once inside it was a really nice, and I have to say surprising read.
Nice little bits of dialogue between the two main characters, with a good sprinkle of chemistry and hasten to the bedroom tension.
Susannah certainly was a game one, nothing seemed to put her off, or slow her down ..... brave, or stupid? .... you decide!
I actually found it a bit reminiscent of Georgette Heyer, with a bit of Julia Quinn's more modern style and humour woven through it.
The cover image notwithstanding, I loved this little gem of a read, and highly recommend it.
For me 5 stars, and add Anna Elliott on to my favourite author list.
1% - "...in her father's carriage, driven by his own coachman and two footmen and drawn by the team of four handsome greys." - I am a pedant, but did all three of them drive it? ... surely it should be ".... with two footmen".
42% - "though" was used in three consecutive (and quite short) sentences.
44% - "The shadows closed in over him as he moved away, but not quickly enough for Susanna to miss this stiffness in the way he held himself" - in the context of the whole sentence it should have probably been "the".
44% and throughout the books actually - "captain" - as a Rank it should have been with a Capital Letter. Also, the same should probably be true for things like cousin, aunt, father, wife, etc.
Apart from those really nit picking bits, it was a reasonably well delivered product.