Monday 1 August 2016

Book Review: The Guinea Stamp by Alice Chetwynd Ley

Title: The Guinea Stamp
Author: Alice Chetwynd Ley 
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Publication Date: 2015 (1961)
Pages: 234
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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With England under the shadow of Napoleon’s invasion, the windswept coast of Devon has become a hotbed of intrigue—with spies and smugglers terrorising the county, no one is safe.

No respectable lady should concern herself with romantic notions of spies and smugglers, but Joanna Fineton does not care.

When she discovers double agent Captain Jackson breaking into her family home, she is suddenly swept up into a tangled web of lies and conspiracy.

Someone in the Fineton house is not who he appears to be—but can Joanna discover who the French spy is before his dastardly plan comes to fruition?

As the plot thickens and Joanna runs out of time to find the traitor, Captain Jackson’s grip on her heart tightens ever more — threatening not only to destroy her future, but England’s too…
. (Goodreads Synopsis)

It took me a good 60-70 pages to get into The Guinea Stamp. Unlike some of the author's previous titles, I did not automatically connect with the characters in this story, though I gradually came to care for them a little during the course of the book. As such, I would not recommend this one as an introduction to Alice Chetwynd Ley's stories, but it will appeal to those who already enjoy her work. As usual, the plot twists are fairly easy to guess, but that doesn't necessarily spoil the fun. Not my favourite by any means, but still an enjoyable quick read.

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