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.
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