The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is for bloggers who wish to participate by publishing a blog post every day in April except for Sundays. Each blog post will focus on a letter of the alphabet. For example April 1 will be A, April 2 will be B and on it goes. By the end of April, a blog post for every letter of the alphabet will have been posted. My theme for 2023 is Book Reviews.
You can read my reviews without worrying about spoilers. My reviews are quite brief and I give away nothing more than you would read on the back cover or on Goodreads.
THE SMUGGLERS WIFE SERIES
Kitty: The Smuggler’s Wife #1
Kitty and her mother are left with no means of support, when Kitty’s father unexpectedly dies, when Kittyis 18. For various reasons, Kitty has a damaged reputation, which is why her mother sends her to Australia in disgrace, to be cared for her by her missionary uncle and aunt.
In Australia, Kitty falls in love with Ryan, a very rude and unfriendly ship’s captain, who she eventually discovers, is also a gun runner. A very drama filled romance and adventure follows.
Published in January 2006. 352 pages
Amber: The Smuggler’s Wife #2
The story of Kitty continues with her meeting a street urchin, who offers her a small trinket. Her response to the urchin, sets both of them on the next stage of their lives. This causes problems with Kitty and Ryan.
Published in January 2007. 319 pages.
Band of Gold: The Smuggler’s Wife #3
Kitty is making a life for herself on the goldfields of Ballarat. Distrastrous events occur which affect most characters in this amazing story, of a strong willed woman making a life for herself in a male dominated world.
Published in January 2010. 320 pages.
The Cloud Leopard’s Daughter: The Smuggler’s Wife #4
The Cloud Lepard’s Daughter is a heart stopping adventure story, mostly set back in New Zealand, at the Otago goldfields. Kitty’s adventures in the last of this series, are very dangerous and upredictable, with love and greed central to the story.
Published in January 2016. 368 pages.
I sometimes include Goodreads desciptions of the books that I review. In the case of the Smuggler’s Wife series, I feel that too much of the story line is given away on Goodreads. For that reason my summaries are very short, so that nothing is taken away from your enjoyment of the stories. I loved this series, and read them one after the other, in a short period of time, as I couldn’t wait to find out what happened to Kitty. Each book is stand alone, but I would recommend reading the series in order.
The series is a family saga, an adventure story, and a romance novel, all rolled into the fabulous story of strong willed Kitty, and her adventures. The settings for The Smuggler’s Wife #4 are both in the goldfields of Australia and New Zealand, and also on the high seas.
I would be surprised if any reader could stop at just the first book of this series. I couldn’t get enough of Kitty and her story.
About the Author
Deborah Challinor was born in Huntly New Zealand, and has worked as a fulltime writer and historian for more than 20 years. She has a PhD in New Zealand history from the University of Waikato.
Challinor has written many historical novels but the first books she wrote were non fiction history books.
Please note that my star rating system isn’t at all based on literary merit, but is based on my enjoyment for the book.
For me a book that gets five stars, is a book that I really enjoyed, and found difficult to put down.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Unputdownable. Would definitely read again
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Fantastic read. Not to be missed.
⭐️⭐️⭐️Enjoyable read. Would recommend.
⭐️⭐️Wouldn’t read again
⭐️Don’t recommend this book again
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I’ve been enjoying your reviews throughout April and have quite a few new to me titles added to my reading list. I also enjoyed these Deborah Challinor books.
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Ronel visiting for S:
My Languishing TBR: S
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Not sure this one is for me but I’ll be keeping your 2023 list for future reference.
Thanks for your interest Pauleen
I’m pleased you’ve found some books that interest you Carmel