Synopsis: 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: I accidentally read these books from Victoria Cornwall back to front as this is the first in the Cornwall books with a past reviewed book The Captain’s Daughter being book 2. Luckily it doesn’t matter too much as the stories are quite self contained.
This is another well written historical romantic drama that it’s easy to get lost in. The descriptions of Cornwall are beautiful and really conjure up a time past. I loved the romance and the overall story. It’s a great debut and having also enjoyed the second book too this is an author I’m keen to read more of.
Thank you to Netgalley and Choc Lit for the free arc