The Highwayman’s Daughter by Henriette Gyland

HIGHWAYMAN
The Highwayman’s Daughter by Henriette Gyland
Publisher: Choc-Lit
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (285 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

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 stagecoach 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 Rupert 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.

There’s nothing like a highwayman robbing a carriage to kick off a story and that’s how this one begins. In this book highwayman’s a young woman, and yes, I know it’s been done many times before, but it never gets old. Well, at least not for me.

The scene was slightly humorous and you find yourself cheering on the highwayman as soon as she draws her weapon. Cora is a character I liked from the beginning, even when she was breaking the law. She’s got a valid reason and it’s not just to line her own purse with other people’s money and belongings.

Jack is also a likeable character and from the beginning he knows he wasn’t robbed by a man which keeps you reading to find out if and when he’s going to run into Cora and if he’ll recognize her.

I liked the dialogue in this story which I thought was fitting for this time period and the historical detail was well presented. I also like that there’s sort of a story in a story. Jack thinks Cora might be somehow related and that’s when the sub-plots kicks into high gear and keeps you reading on.

The secondary characters were also well rounded and seemed to have their own story too. Despite its 250 plus pages, it’s a fairly quick read.

If you like historicals, and like me especially look for ones set in England during the 1700s I think you’ll find this an enjoyable read.

Comments

  1. Henriette Gyland says:

    Thank you for a fab review. Really cheered me up on a very rainy day!
    Henriette

  2. I’m really looking forward to reading this one. It ticks all the boxes: highwayman, romance, 1700s… Plus, it’s written by an author whose two contemporary romantic suspense books have kept me on tenterhooks until the end. I’m really intrigued to see what she does in an historical!

  3. I love historical romance novels. Can’t wait to read it.

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