The Smuggler’s Daughter

These are the first three chapters of my last novel, The Smuggler’s Daughter (2010):

The Smuggler’s daughter is a romantic-historical adventure story set in the Napoleonic wars. When Lucky is arrested, fourteen-year-old Esther fears she’s going to lose a second father. On a mission to save him, she sets sail with Dillon for enemy France. Then she discovers that Lucky is a spy. Should she turn traitor herself to save him from the noose? And as if Esther didn’t have enough on her mind, she’s falling in love with Dillon.

‘Five-and-twenty ponies,

Trotting through the dark –

Brandy for the Parson,

‘Baccy for the Clerk;

Laces for a lady; letters for a spy,

And watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!’

From: A Smuggler’s Song by Rudyard Kipling


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