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The Smuggler's Escape

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After escaping the guillotine, Noelle de Vallon takes refuge with her aunt in England. Determined to make her own way, she joins the local smugglers, but when their plans are uncovered, Richard, Lord Boltwood steps out of the shadows to save her. Too bad he’s the last man on earth she ever wanted to see again.

Years ago, Richard Boltwood’s plan to marry Noelle was foiled wh
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Lori D
Sussex 1794 Noelle de Vallon had been summoned to the deathbead of Lord Boltwood. He had always treated her with courtesy, unlike his son Richard and could not think why what he could want.
"I have unpleasant news for you mademoiselle. To put it bluntly-for there is no other choice-you are in imminent danger of arrest as a spy." It seemed the Home office had heard she was sending information to France via the smugglers. What was she to do now? He was only telling her this because of his concern
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Cheryl
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a light hearted read with plenty of humour. The storyline flowed along at a good pace. The two main characters of Noelle de Vallon and Richard, Lord Boltwood we’re likeable but also frustrating at times. For instance, Richard expected Noelle to trust him but didn’t share all he knew with her. Noelle, also kept things to herself in stead of discussing them. They have a past that they need to talk about in order to move on, In this story there are a motley collection of characters, some i ...more
Eileen Dandashi
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mademoiselle de Vallon, more commonly know has Noelle, has a kind and compassionate heart. Unfortunately, she is also naïve and fiery-tempered. Her traits add lots of charm to this story. Her need to help her fellow townsmen leads her to smuggling, mind you, to make sure the otherwise law-abiding folk have food on the dinner table. She is rather good at directing events and has already amassed money for herself – enough she hopes to be able to leave her aunt and uncle and venture out on her own, ...more
Martha B.
A well written, but frustrating read.

Set in Sussex, The Smuggler's Escape by Barbara Monajem unfolds during the volatile period of the late 18th century. This second-chance romance features interesting characters (both likable and unlikable) within a well woven, but complicated plot. This stand-alone novel is lengthy, but it is also well written. The author skillfully moves between the hero and heroine's points of view. Also, the thoughts and descriptions are balanced with the dialogues and acti
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Margaret Watkins
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In an era when friends could be enemies, Noelle de Vallon is cautious and mistrustful, especially when Lord Boltwood returns and claims her as his bride. Noelle has more gumption and feistiness than 10 men put together, but in an era when women entertained themselves playing the piano and doing needlework, she really did not fit, especially as she is also a French emigree with strong views about equality! As a hero, Richard needed a Gibbs slap on the head as he is overbearing and unduly aggressi ...more
Sarah Light
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Rubs hands together and smiles* Alrighty, well this was a first time read for this author and she sure didn’t disappoint. Spies, action, love and a good funny thrown in for good humor, this book is sure to excite just about any reader.

Noelle is a fiery, passionate and self-determined woman that tugs at the heart strings, and Richard, well he’s hard to not love on sight. Two polar opposite people come together to find so much more than what they were looking for. Noelle a spy, and Richard a gove
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Lana Birky
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Noelle de Vallon has escaped her native France & has found safety with her aunt in Sussex. She is; however, a strong, feisty, independent, passionate beauty who will find a way to make it on her own - she does just that by becoming a part of a smuggling ring.

Richard, the new Lord Boltwood is a handsome, full-of-himself, confident, funny & clever man who was forced to leave, by his father to spy for the Home Office in Amsterdam, 2 years ago after proposing & then taking Noelle's maide
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Cyrene Olson
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smugglers, spies, action, humor, love…what else do you need in a book? I liked this story, it hooked me in pretty quickly – Noelle is a stubborn, passionate, feisty heroine that grew on me, although there are a few moments in the book I wanted to shake some sense into her. As for Richard, I liked him immediately. This book has plenty of action and danger that will keep a reader turning the pages. My biggest gripe if I really have one, is the book is a bit longer and it drags out a bit in spots, ...more
Jan
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not the first book I have read by Barbara Monajem, and once again she doesn’t disappoint. The Smuggler’s Escape is a lesson in why you shouldn’t keep secrets from the one you love, and how such secrecy has the serious potential to sour a relationship. Noelle is a courageous and strong heroine and her lover, Richard, makes a real hero. The secondary characters are well drawn and absolutely wonderful, some of whom you will want to strangle!

This latest story from the pen of Ms. Monajem is a
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Barbara Monajem wrote her first story in third grade about apple tree gnomes. After dabbling in neighborhood musicals and teen melodrama, she published a middle-grade fantasy when her children were young. Now her kids are adults, and she's writing historical and paranormal romance and mystery for grownups. She lives in Georgia with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline stra ...more