But though Isabelle has fled, she is still trapped.
Prevented from taking a desperate way out and picked up by a crew of smugglers, Isabelle is quickly forced to re-evaluate ev ...more
Pleease don't disappoint me. It didn't.
This book doesn't waste any time getting started. It starts with Isabelle, so desperate to escape her past life, wading out into the sea, getting swept away and struggling for survival. Que smugglers.
She's faced with a choice, join the smugglers or be sent back...or worse, disposed of however they see fit. She chooses to stay. An ...more
However, I am convinced that her books are not set in the real world, but rather in an 18th century located in some kind of parallel dimension, since their scenarios are just too unrealistic and unlikely to eve ...more
Marie-Louise Jensen has been a favourite historical author of mine for a few years after I was blown away by The Lady in the Tower and The Girl in the Mask. She's also lovely on Twitter (although that does not interrupt my opinion of this book). A friend of mine in the blogging world read this and told me I needed to read it. I find good historical fiction can be quite hard to come by now (I guess I'm more critical) but I ...more
I really loved Smuggler's Kiss by Marie-Louise Jensen. I haven't read the author's previous books as yet, but she comes very highly recommended from my blogging friends. Especially now that my mind has been changed about historical fiction, it gives me great pleasure reading books like Smuggler's Kiss. Especially as this book was very adventurous and exciting as well as romantic. I loved the bit of mystery that surrounds both main cha ...more
Smuggler's Kiss by Marie-Louise Jensen was another masterpiece to add to her already amazing collection. Jensen has been an author that I have followed and collected since I found one of her books The Lady in the Tower in a bookshop. She has a conversational tone to her writing and I find it makes for a welcoming smooth read, books that I can pick up, sit with a cup of tea, and fall into, transported to whatever magical scene Jensen ha ...more
Now reading to my 11 year old daughter who is loving it.
Isabelle is a rich girl who kicks off the storyline by trying to kill herself (happy stuff) but is saved by a group of smugglers. Though she starts off as an annoying, spoiled princess (much ...more
We begin with a very dramatic scene – Isabelle walking into the sea! Rescued by the crew of The Invisible, she gives nothing away about herself, not telling the truth about her background or what she’s running away from.
Having been used to being waited on, life onboard is rough and harsh. Barely scraping through on votes from the crew to keep her alive, she’s involved in a scene at Studland to scare off ...more
Isabelle and the rest of the crew on The Invisible were a great lot of characters. And one of things I enjoy ...more
Jensen creates lovable characters in Isabelle, Will and Jacob which may become some of my favourite characters to date. I truly would recommend this book for anyone who loves historical fiction as...more
It's an easy and engaging read, I romped through it in an evening and it had all the key elements I like in a book, kept me occupied and before I knew it, it was waaaay past my bedtime and I only had a few pages to go.
Isabelle feels accepted by the su ...more
to be honest, i was quite annoyed by isabelle, the heroine of the book.she's this rich arrogant spoiled brat one would surely hate.though sometimes, i find her fits of tantrums funny.but as the story progresses, you get to see the change in her ways and views as though she just realized there's more to the world she had been sheltered and grown up to.and thanks to the smugglers for that, and of course, will.i ...more
But *SPOILER ALERT*
Isabelle is 15 years old and Will is grown up. This is the only thing that I didn't really like. I still gave it 5 stars because I know that this was normal in that time period. But personally I would have enjoyed the romance more if Isabelle was slightly older.
That said, it was definitely its own different story. And while I liked it and enjoyed the read, I felt it wasn't quite as....intense as it could have been, I guess. The heroine must go through enormous changes in a few short pages, and while what she went through was awful, it wasn't quite as bad as what I had imagined for her the whole book.
Graded a B+
Isabelle goes on a life-changing journey through the book. As well as excitement, danger and romance, she is also forced to change her preconceptions as she learns more about the lives of others and how different they are from her own. This book has a good mix of fun and adventure, but is also thought provoking.
I’m so fond of Isabelle and the crew of The Invisible. The scenes on the ship were so well written and researched, and the opening chapter wasn’t at all what I expected. I just loved this.
I attended a string of state schools, including Chiltern Edge in Oxfordshire. Once my family moved down to Bath in 1979, I attended Fitzmaurice and St Laurence schools in Bradford on Avon. Throughout my primary school years I was constantly told off for reading secretly and writing long stories instead of completi ...more