Reviewed by Tanya Phillips
Is it a crime to steal a heart?
Hounslow, 1768. Jack Blythe, heir to the Earl of Lampton, is a man with great expectations. So when his carriage is held up by a masked woman, brandishing a pistol and dressed as a gentleman of the road, he wholly expects to have his purse stolen. And when he senses something strangely familiar about the lovely little bandit, Jack also expects to win his cousin’s wager by tracking her down first.
But as Jack and the highwaywoman enter into a swashbuckling game of cat and mouse, uncovering an intricate web of fiercely guarded family secrets, the last thing Jack expects to have stolen is his heart.
The Highwayman's Daughter is set in 1768 and at the beginning Jack Blythe, Viscount Halliford, and his cousin Rupert are held up on their way home from a gambling den by a highwayman who in fact turns out to be a highwaywoman. They are made to hand over all of their valuables including Jack's wallet, which is fifty guineas lighter after their night out, Rupert's waistcoat and she even chops off Jack's ponytail!
After realising that they had been held up by a woman the two cousins set themselves a wager to try and be the first to find her but both have very different reasons for wanting to do so.
The novel then goes on to tell the adventures of the young men in their search and involves the uncovering of many family secrets and cover-ups.
I surprisingly enjoyed this book as I normally do not read books set in this period however it was a gripping read and I found that I could not put it down. The characters are all interesting, as is the story of their relationships. I would definitely recommend that you read this book if you like a good romance with some twists.
I'd like to thank Liz at Choc Lit for sending me a copy of this eBook and Tanya for reviewing it for the blog.