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  • A really enjoyable then-and-now tale…

    I’m not normally a big fan of romantic suspense, but I do usually like the “parallel stories in different times” theme. So I was happy to receive an advance review copy of Kerry Barrett’s The Smuggler’s Daughter, which has two intertwined storylines – separated in time, but both revolving around the same pub on the coast of Cornwall. In the long-ago story, Emily Moon is the daughter of the pub owner, who is being pressured to allow smugglers to use his pub as a storehouse. Emily has a speaking impairment which makes it difficult for her to communicate, but after she witnesses her father’s murder, she has to do something. Meanwhile, in the present, Phoebe Bellingham is a DS with a traumatic case in her recent past. So when her childhood best friend could use some help at the pub, Phoebe sees a good chance to get away and get a bit of space to work through her career issues. While in Cornwall she becomes fascinated by the bits-and-pieces that are still told of Emily’s story, and tries to figure out what really happened. But it also turns out that the pub is still an attractive spot for smugglers, and Phoebe finds she can’t leave her professional life behind after all. Barrett does a good job of moving smoothly between the two periods, and although there isn’t really a lot of mystery to either story, I still found myself reading late into the night. Since this is romantic suspense, Emily and Phoebe each have a potential romantic interest, but I won’t say much more on that topic to avoid spoilers. But Barrett also doesn’t ignore reality – she doesn’t hide that life could be harsh, both in Emily’s time and today. All-in-all, I surprised myself by how much I enjoyed this book, and I will now keep an eye out for some of Barrett’s other books. Please note that I tend to try to fight “star-flation” a bit, and so I don’t give many 5-star reviews, maybe only one in thirty or forty books that I read. What that means is that the 4-star rating I’m giving The Smuggler’s Daughter is a solid “read” recommendation. And my thanks to HQ Digital for the advance review copy!

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  • Fabulous

    In 1799 Emily Moon and her parents lived in and operated an inn in Cornwall. In 2019 Phoebe is off of work as a police officer after a young girl died on her watch and she joins her friend Liv, who is living in the same inn. While there, Phoebe learns more about the young girl the Inn was named after and needs to learn more about her. As Phoebe learns more about the history of the inn and area, you see parallels drawn between the two women’s lives. Will Phoebe meet the same tragic end as the stories tell of Emily, or will she find justice for the young girl? I wasn’t expecting to be so deeply absorbed in this story, but it hooked me pretty much right out of the gate. the surprising turns and twists will keep you hooked and turning the page to find out what happened to Emily and how Phoebe makes out in the end. Fabulous!

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  • The Moon Girl

    A real page turner, I could' put it down. Suspense, Danger, Smuggling and ghosts combine with an old English pub makes for some fine reading. Although written in two time periods it is very readable and easy to determine which time period you are in. The book is about smuggler's on the coast of England and a pub called Moon Girl. In 1799 Emily who everyone called Moon Girl discovers smuggler's at her mom's pub and with the help of her friend Arthur they set out to catch them in action. Emily and Arthur disappear never to be seen again. In 2019 Phoebe , who her friend called Moon Girl, takes a leave from her job as a policeman after a hard case involving a missing teenager. She decides to spend the summer on the coast in England at a pub named Moon Girl. When Phoebe takes leave from her job as a policeman to spend the summer with her best friend she never dreams the adventure she will find. She is determined to solve the case of Emily and Arthur and in researching she stumbles across real live action at the pub where her friend is working. The characters were great, the setting was perfect, and the story was well written. I recommend it.

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  • The smugglers daughter

    A very different story. The jumping back and forth in time made the story really exciting. I loved the parallels in the story and the characters were colourful and real. An excellent read!

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