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(The Smuggler's Wife #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  445 ratings  ·  22 reviews
When Kitty Farrell is offered a trinket by a street urchin, her impulsive response will change both of their lives forever, and place an unexpected strain on Kitty’s marriage. For the past four years, she has sailed the high seas on the trading vessel Katipo with Rian, her wild Irish adventurer, but when they return to the Bay of Islands in 1845, they find themselves in th ...more
Hardcover, 319 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers
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It was the mid-1800s when Mrs Carlisle received the letter from her daughter Kitty, and she was overwhelmed. Kitty was on her way to London on a schooner, with the man she was going to marry; she requested her mother organise for Kitty’s wedding to be held in May. But the delight at seeing her daughter after so many years was foremost in her mind. It had been years since Kitty had left for New Zealand after a scandal and her letters had been few and far between.

Mrs Carlisle’s meeting with Capta
Another great book by Deborah Challinor. I really enjoy her writing and this was very interesting based in New Zealand in the mid 1800s.
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Absolutely love this little series; historical fiction, romance, adventure, not completely predictable and easy to read! whats not to love!
Maree Lovegrove
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the history component of this novel and the anti-colonialism stance of the main protagonists, but I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't listened to the audiobook version. The audiobook is painful to listen to, the narrator absolutely slaughters the Maori language and makes a hash of all the accents she attempts. I can speak a little Maori but the narrator pronounced most of the words, especially place names, so badly that they were unrecognisable. This is culturally insensitive and ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't believe my eyes when I found this one already sitting on my bookshelf! No waiting to find it, yay! This story corresponds in certain aspects with my own young life although separated by just a little over 100 years. No murders or kidnappings, but I have strolled the areas, smelled the sea breezes aboard ship and remember vividly my first arrival at Port Jackson on board ship and also Wellington harbour where my father sailed with me all those years ago. Thank you Deborah for bringing my ...more
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m enjoying the historic context of this series, but everything just works out a little too smoothly for the characters. I did like the setting of Auckland in the mid-1840s, and the familiar street names when in the original city plan.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great, fast read

Unable to put down. Love the authentic historical connections. Looking forward to book 3. Thank you Deborah for respecting our history
Faye Maclennan
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jo :: The Country Book Nerd
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this series!!!
Carol Gross
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book as it encompasses lots of places I know in New Zealand inc Auckland & the Bay of Islands
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another great story, part 2 of the smugglers wife series. Follows in very well from ‘Kitty’ but easily picked up if you haven’t read the first book.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
As a lover of historical fiction I love the historical aspects of this story around the conflict and fighting in the Bay of Islands shortly after the signing of the treaty.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just love Deborah Challinor's book series! I loved The Convict Girls and I love this one now "The Smuggler's wife" - the first book is Kitty. I love how New Zealand features highly and have learnt a lot of the history that I never knew about before.

I admit to not reading any reviews or even that back of this book - I wanted a total surprise! (even more delicious that way, right?) ... so I was puzzled as to the title "Amber" for quite some time ... nearly half the book, actually! But, I just lo
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, new-zealand
I dont know how I wasn't aware that Kitty had evolved into a series. Seriously, this was published before I first read Kitty, and I never knew. Sad that I didn't.
Having also read the Convict Girls Series, there seem to be character cross-overs when the scenes are set in Sydney - like I'm sure that Mick Doyles Mum is involved - (and I spent a good hour frustrated that I borrowed those books from the library, rather than owned them, so couldn't confirm that for myself, or figure out the timelines
Annie McFox
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Amber of the title does not appear until the last third of the book.
Interesting and easy read, I enjoyed this as much as the first and both are slightly better than the third.
These books weave a fictional story through historical New Zealand events, I have great admiration for all women who lived in the 1800s.
The description of this edition is actually about the first book.
I enjoyed the further adventures of Kitty & Ryan in New Zealand & the historical background of the troubles between the Maoris & the English crown. The addition of Amber to the story was also sweet. Kitty is a feisty & rebellious heroine-good on her!
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Totally easy, interesting and historically informative read. Now for the third!
Jan 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Waited quite a while for "Amber" to appear but was not disappointed when she did. A truly moving and captivating story which finishes the sequel of nicely! ...more
Sarah Harrison
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
The adventures of Kitty & the crew continue.. I enjoyed this one as much as the first & i'm eager to read the next. Great story ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Book 2 - 319 pages
Now to read this.
I enjoyed this continued story of Kitty, and her life still mostly set in New Zealand.
Lyn Ford
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series, historical fiction mixed with romance and adventure
Kitty certain is a unique woman
I always feel like a time traveller when I read any of Deborah's fantastic books
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Born in Huntly, she holds a PhD in New Zealand history from the University of Waikato. Challinor has worked as a fulltime writer and historian since 2000.

Primarily known for her historical novels, Deborah Challinor’s first published books were non-fiction history books, including the best-selling Grey Ghosts: New Zealand Vietnam Vets Talk About Their War (Hodder Moa Beckett, 1998).

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Other books in the series

The Smuggler's Wife (4 books)
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  • Band of Gold (The Smuggler's Wife #3)
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