Alice Chetwynd Ley
- Title: The Guinea Stamp
- Author: Alice Chetwynd Ley
- ISBN: null
- Page: 394
- Format: Kindle Edition
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 familyWith 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 threatening not only to destroy her future, but England s too The Guinea Stamp is an intriguing regency romance, perfect for fans of Georgette Heyer and Jane Aiken Hodge It has also previously been published as The Courting of Joanna A romantic page turner from a master story teller Robert Foster, best selling author of The Lunar Code Alice Chetwynd Ley 1913 2004 was a British writer of romance novels She was the sixth elected Chairman 1971 1973 of the Romantic Novelists Association and was named honour life member Her other titles include The Georgian Rake and The Jewelled Snuff Box Endeavour Press is the UK s leading independent publisher of digital books.
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This book from 1961 was also published as the paperback The Courting of Joanna some time ago. Its title in this e-book edition comes from a famous line in a Robert Burns poem, "The rank is but the guinea stamp/ The man's the gold, for a'that." In this story, heroine Joanna has to learn which of her suitors is the "gold". We readers know all along, but she takes a while to figure it out.The story is set during Regency times, with England worried about Napoleon's possible invasion and smugglers an [...]
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 [...]
Quite a delightful read! The Scarlet Pimpernel meets Georgette Heyer!The mystery was well done, the characters were well drawn and the pacing was perfect!Joanna Feniton happened upon a smuggler in her friend's library, and doesn't quite know what to do with him, so she tells him to stay. The smuggler, who is possibly an Englishman who is working for the French, doesn't want to continue bleeding on the carpet, so he leaves a note for Miss Feniton. A note which later goes missing.Joanna's grandmot [...]
Disappointing to meThis is a re-issue of a book originally published in 1961 which was then called ‘The Courting of Joanna’. This is not an easy book to get into. The writing style is detached (all knowing POV and switches between the various characters third person POV) and the introduction to the characters is done through chapters focusing on the different sets (family, law, spies). After a while the stories of the sets of characters start to mingle which makes the reading easier and allo [...]
I received a free copy for a honest reviewThis Regency novel is set in Devon where England is under the shadow of Napoleon’s invasion & the windswept coast has become a hotbed of intrigue. There are smugglers & spies as well as the ordinary stuff of life too. Joanna Fineton, is expected (by her grandparents) to marry well, preferably to Lord Cholcombe's son Algernon, who's a bit of a dandy that she hasn't seen since childhood.He'll be coming to Teignton Manor, Joanna's grandparent's ho [...]
This was a regency romance somewhat in the mould of Georgette Heyer and an enjoyable read.Set in an era where there were decided views on how women should and should not behave, we have Joanna Feniton - independent of mind and the worry of her grandmother who just wants to see her well settled. Adventure seems to dog her path though and one of these drags her unwittingly into a world of spies, smugglers and others and she is flummoxed as she does not know who is friend and who is foe. Her suspic [...]
Regency SpyHighjinks in Devon where French spys are lurking while plotting devious deeds. Our heroine meets with Captain Jackson a smuggler and spy, but for which side? Her curiosity and snooping compels Jackson to expose himself. But can he trust her with the information and his heart? I enjoyed this very British, clean Regency Romance. The heroine is one of those intelligent, competent types who thinks they are right. Of course this is the moment when she is definitely the wrongest.
This was an enjoyable book. The characters were likable and the writing did remind me a lot of one of my favorite authors, Georgette Heyer. The problem I had with the book was the plot, it just didn't feel believable to me. The fact that the main character, Captain Jackson, was a spy added some intrigue to the story, but by the ending I was a bit confused and disappointed. I liked the writing and might read something from this author again, I just wish it would have had a more satisfying end to [...]
Well written and enjoyable if a little predictable. The characters are all believable and wellRounded. Very much like a Georgette Heyer set in the Regency Period Find it quite compelling. Unable to put down
Almost 4 stars, anyway.
The beginning was a bit confusing, but stick with it. It's worthwhile, I promise.
Wonderful readThis is one of the best Ley tales I have read, yet. Filled with intrigue and romance, it captures the imagination wonderfully.
An ingenious mystery-romanceI found the beginning a little slow, but the plot thickens nicely. Lots of red herrings. Well written with attractive characters. Highly recommended.
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