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Smuggler's Lady

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  284 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Her auburn hair tucked into a severe chignon, dressed in a shabby brown bombazine, Merrie Trelawny was the picture of dowdy widowhood and sober respectability. No one would gess that those demurely lowered eyelids hid a sparkle of pure adventure. Or that the white hands so modestly folded in her lap could handle a sword as well as any man. Certainly, no one would ever susp ...more
Paperback, 460 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Zebra (first published October 1986)
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I've wanted to try Jane Feather for a while. I bought this one as an impulse buy one evening at Target. It is a reprint of an older novel, so it is not available as an ebook.

Lord Damian Rutherford, is an heir to a dukedom, a son to one of the most powerful families in London. However, he is a multi faceted character. As a wounded soldier in the Peninsula War, Rutherford is bored and moody. He inherits a crumbling estate in the wilds of Cornwall from a slothish cousin. Needing a distraction from
2.5 stars

I loved the first half, it was worth 4 stars. I hated the second half except the last chapter, it was worth a one star.

The main characters turned into two selfish, lame, unreasonable, arrogant, childish jerks. I couldn't stand Merrie in London, she transformed into a full fledged brat and a bitch. Her reasoning for not wanting to marry Lord Rutherford was idiotic. It wasn't that she didn't love him, it wasn't that she found him a controlling arrogant ass, it was that she didn't want to
I do not resent a 2 star book, I do resent a two star 460 page book that can be summed up in six words "Arrogant ass tames willful widow."
Author: Jane Feather
First published: 1986
Length: 460 pages
Setting: Cornwall. Regency.
Sex: explicit and purple first time, closed door other
Hero: Duke of Keighley's heir and ex-Colonel.
Heroine: Young widow with care of three younger brothers and many debts. Head smuggler.

In 1984, Feather published five contemporary books under the name Claudia Bishop. In 1986, she started using the name Jane Feather, publishing Love's Charade and then Smuggler's Lady (both standalones). And has gone on to publish
3.5 Stars! This was picked for me for my March Pick-It-For-Me read. It hadn't been on the TBR for too awful long. I'd previously only read the author's Bride trilogy before, but I really liked them, so I was kind of looking forward to this one. I'll admit the idea of heroine as smuggler was intriguing, so that and the pretty cover is what caught my interest. Going in, I could tell it was an older romance, the whole tone reminded me of the ones I used to read when I was younger. I liked the setti ...more
Jul 12, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was first published in 1986. It's set during the Regency period, and it has plenty of the usual clichés of a historical romance novel: The heroine acts in a way entirely unsuited for a woman of her social status and upbringing, she runs around in pants, blah blah blah. The usual rigmarole.

What is most astonishing book, and which made me want to stand up and cheer, is that the cliché it skips entirely is the "punishing kiss" and its attendant gender-relations miseries. They are both wil
Susan Ross
First off, I'm surprised at the title since the heroine was the smuggler, not the hero. It should have been called "The Smuggler's Suitor."
The first part of the book, situated in Cornwall, was great. Our hero was annoyingly overbearing at some points but overall the story was very engaging. The children were a fun part of the dialogue. (It was unfortunate that they were basically ignored in the latter half of the book.) The heroine was very intriguing. Had the book continued in this manner I wou
Shanyn Hosier
I got this book at my local library's "Friends of" bookstore, where I bought a grocery bag full of books for less than a buck apiece. Score!

Smuggler's Lady was first published in 1986, so I was prepared to cut it a lot of slack where my modern, feminist sensibilities were concerned. The first half of the book, set in the "wilds" of Cornwall, was great, with engaging characters, lively yet realistic period dialogue, and an interesting plot that clipped along at a fun pace. To my delight, Merrie
Aug 27, 2014 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harlequin
An older Jane Feather, somewhat disappointing, ending forced as the author seemed to struggle to work up the predictable ending.
Marion Marchetto
A unique take on the usual British romance novel. Merrie has resorted to leading a small band of Cornish smugglers to earn the money needed to redeem her home in Cornwall after her now deceased husband left her a legacy of gambling debts. Damian, Lord Rutherford, takes up residence in the godforsaken and unkempt country home of his deceased cousin Lord Mallory. Things at that estate are in a serious state of squalor. What ensues is the romance between an unsuited pair.

I found the story interesti
May 07, 2012 Elle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever been angry--REALLY angry-- at someone, only to have them laugh in your face and belittle your feelings? Have you ever had someone manipulate and manhandle you so that you're forced at every turn to do things you don't want to do? Most of us remember that powerless anger at least from when we were children, and our parents didn't take us seriously and forced us to do what we were told.

Now, imagine MARRYING someone like that, and you imagine Merrie's love life. Rutherford was so com
I had a copy of this book and it was stolen out of a car years ago. I finally mooched this again, from Puerto Rico I believe. This copy is extremely weather-worn although intact. At the end of the day, although it was quite dated, this made for a fun read. I did gnash my teeth a bit, between the high-handedness of the hero and the stubbornness of the heroine, but all in all a good holiday read. Currently in Mallorca.
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Apr 17, 2016 Dennise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: candy
The heroine is the smuggler! She's tough, leading a devoted band. He falls in love and tries to toughen up his pampered self to show her that it's by her side where he wants to be.
Dec 27, 2015 Brenda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
460 pages of wasted time and two very stupid, childish characters whose reasoning makes no sense whatsoever!
Meh? It was ok. Very long-winded. I liked it more than a lot of trashy romance novels.
Stephanie Tracy
This book was good, but it didn't capture my attention with the same intrigue that most romance novels do. I usually find myself falling in love with the lead male character - Not the case with this book. In fact, I found Lord Rutherford to be a bit of an a** at times in the book...pushy, concieted, arrogant, etc. and I thought Merrie was a bit of an unbelievable character. Overall, I liked it enough to read all 460 pages of it (dang, it did not need to be that long), but it's not a book I'd pic ...more

I read a book by Jane Feather a while ago and it was not bad and so i thought that i have come across another good writer. Unfortunately for this book i can say that i probably assumed a bit too early.
Lady Blake is the most annoying character I have ever come across. I liked the book at the start but struggled to finish it ..
THe book Is very slow and seems like the writer just stretched it from the middle to the end with some really absurd characters and long sentences which were repetitive in
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Merrie has been left to raise her brothers and live poorly after her husband died, leaving her with all of his debts. Rutherford is drawn to Merrie but can't stand her fake, dim-witted persona she portrays to all her peers. He figures out that she's one of the heads of the smuggling ring in Cornwall and he admires and is attracted to the little adventuress. They both find their own niche in the others world, the true art of compromise, and truly find their matches in each other. Good read!!
Aug 20, 2008 BookMaven rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all romance lovers
Recommended to BookMaven by: Bookstore Browse
I usually love Jane Feather, but this book was just a little too unbelievable. I get tired of authors trying to make women into men. No wonder men get tired to trying to be men when they have so much competition from their sex and then from the women in their lives. I like a gutsy character who takes on a challenge, but this book goes too far. No Jane Feather book can be a total bust, but this was probably my least favorite of Jane Feather.
Jul 16, 2013 F. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like it since it started off with an interesting plot but as it went along it got so boring. Seriously, how many romance novels do you get to read where less than half-way through the book the guy reveals his love for her but she doesn't want to get married. It became tiresome after a few chapters and thus I had to discard it.
Dec 17, 2011 Joanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read many of Jane's books and have loved them, but this one was quite boring at times. The length of time it took for the herione to except his proposal was grading on my nerves.........but it did have some good parts........
Jan 29, 2012 Caro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, own
The daring suspense, the comic relief acting, the genuine emotion, and the headlong reckless actions kept making me turn pages. I'll end up reading this book again. Enjoy
Mar 15, 2012 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i got this book and tried to read it,but wasn't really interested in the storyline,and it didn't immediately grab me.i don't think i'll try to read it again.
Nov 08, 2011 Kesha marked it as could-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I tried, I really did. In the almost 200 pages I read there were some good chapters but not enough to keep me interested.
Nov 03, 2012 Carmelina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I found the main character at times annoying but otherwise a good read.
Jun 22, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just shows that if you compromise you can work through any obstacle with Love
This was pretty good. I enjoy the historical romances set in Great Britain.
Jul 23, 2011 Shalon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
wow. i had to read over half of this before it got interesting.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Jul 25, 2015 10:41AM  
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Jane Feather was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in New Forest, in the south of England. She began her highly successful career after she and her family moved to Washington D.C. in 1981. She now has over ten million books in print.

Has also written under pseudonym of Claudia Bishop (books written in 1984)
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