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Deborah Swift

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I am a novelist living in the Lake District in England. I write historical fiction but read widely - contemporary and classic fiction. I choose my books carefully, so I don't read many duds. If I do, they are not reviewed here, as a gesture of respect to other writers.

I blog at my website

Both Henriette Gyland and I have new books out about a female highwayman. Fascinated by finding this out, I invited Henri to come and enlighten us about her novel. Henri's novel is calledThe Highwayman's Daughter. I asked her:
Did you base The Highwayman's Daughter on a particular highwayman?This is a hard question to answer. Initially I would say “no” but the idea of the highwayman is firmly... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.64 · 822 ratings · 340 reviews · 6 distinct works · Similar authors
The Lady's Slipper
3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 474 ratings — published 2010 — 8 editions
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The Gilded Lily
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 170 ratings — published 2012 — 5 editions
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A Divided Inheritance
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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Shadow on the Highway (The ...
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 40 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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November 2010, Deborah Swift
"The theft of a rare, coveted orchid, The Lady's Slipper, disrupts the quiet life of a painter in 1660 England and sets in motion a string of turbulent events." ...More

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Shadow on the Highway by Deborah Swift
" This intriguing YA historical novel has Swift's usual deft use of historical background and unusual but strongly defined characters. (My reviews for Swift's The Gilded Lily and A Divided Inheritance .) Set in the 17th century in the midst of the... " Read more of this review »
"Marieca wrote: "Hi Deborah - Blogging keeps me sane. Could luck with the Blog Tour. Best wishes
Marieca xx"

Thanks Marieca X BTW, Post up your blog addr...more
"What hit the radar and wishlist this week? Let's see....Spotted on GR giveaways, When the Dawn Breaks by Emma Fraser came to my attention. Two women. One secret. A heart-breaking choice. Skye, 1903. Jessie, the young daughter of a local midwife..." Read more of this blog post »
" When I heard about Ms. Swift's new book, the story of a highwaywoman with a deaf maidservant who grows suspicious, I immediately wanted to read it and I also had a few questions for her. Until I can through my review pile and reach Shadow on t..." Read more of this blog post »
Deborah Swift said "yes" to attending Free Kindle Book
date: August 20, 2014 07:04PM
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description: Kindle version of Shadow on the Highway is FREE this week on Amazon UK, US, AU
'Terrific' - Gabrielle Kimm, author of His Last Duchess

May 1651.

England has been in the midst of a civil war for nearly ten years. The country has been torn in two, and the King is getting ready to make his last stand against Cromwell’s New Model Army.
Abigail Chaplin, a young deaf girl, has lost her father to the parliamentarian cause.

But with her family now in reduced circumstances, she is forced to work as a serva...more

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Peter and Rhoda are a couple in quiet crisis. Married 10 years, Peter is silently haunted by the five years he spent in a prison camp during World War II ten years earlier, while Rhoda fee... " Read more of this review »
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Which book would you like to read for our July 1 - September 30 History group read?

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“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
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“In one aspect, yes, I believe in ghosts, but we create them. We haunt ourselves.”
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“The hard and mighty lie beneath the ground
While the tender and weak dance on the breeze above.”
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Lucinda Dear Deborah,
Thank you for being my friend here on GoodReads. Your novel 'The Gilded Lily' was beautiful, hence i do hope to have the oportunity of reading more of your work in the future. Thank you once again,
Lucinda x

William O'Brien Hi Deborah- Thank you for your friendship.

Please visit my website
to view a sample page and many other snippets about the book.
Expected release date Feb.

Best wishes, William

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