Smuggler's Kiss by Marie-Louise Jensen

Smuggler's Kiss

Written by Marie-Louise Jensen

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A pacy adventure with a gutsy heroine at its heart brings danger – and romance- to life in a vividly imagined past. Isabelle plans to end her life. Stepping into the sea seems like an easy way out but when the waves wash over her, Isabelle is less sure! Luckily, she is rescued and soon finds herself swept up in a world she had always thought of a morally repugnant. Isabelle’s smuggling saviours change her view and one captivates her heart.


Smuggler's Kiss by Marie-Louise Jensen

You're smugglers? That ain't what we call ourselves. His voice rumbled deep in his chest. We're Gentlemen o' the Night. In the autumn of 1720, Isabelle does something which changes her life for ever. But though Isabelle has fled, she is still trapped. If the secret of her previous life is revealed then the smugglers who have found her will not let her stay on board The Invisible - and she has nowhere else to go. To survive, Isabelle must help her captors - even though she detests what they do. But soon her principles are thrown into confusion, as she discovers that outwitting the King's Men fills her with excitement. Soon she finds herself becoming fiercely loyal to the crew - and to one mysterious smuggler in particular...


More of the gorgeous historical romance that Jensen is so good at, set in a richly evoked world of smugglers and landowners in 18th-century Dorset. Fiona Noble, The Bookseller This is a hugely enjoyable historical adventure with a brilliant narrator, a fantastic love interest and a really strong setting. The Bookbag Bring me more smuggler romances! The Bookwitch ...This is a very good story with real depth and a joy to read...this is a fine romantic story standing on its own merits, measured, well-written and with a real feel for the period and the women of its time. Books for Keeps I literally couldn't put it down and ended up reading the entire novel in one go. Marie-Louise Jensen has established herself as one of the foremost writers of historical fiction for young people and this latest novel can only enhance that reputation... The Scotsman The characterisation is delightful in this exciting, adventure story... The Independent on Sunday Marie-Louise Jensen has created a novel filled with historical detail and a strong heroine...Jensen's plot shines in this teen novel to provide a refreshing read; whether you like fiction or not, Smuggler's Kiss promises to captivate any imagination. We Love This Book Marie-Louise Jensen's deliciously readable new offering follows in the footsteps of Daphne du Maurier's classic Jamaica Inn. The Times brimming with romantic seafaring zest The Times

About the Author

Marie-Louise Jensen

Marie-Louise Jensen was born in Henley-on-Thames to an English father and Danish mother. She studied Scandinavian and German with literature at the UEA and has lived in Denmark and Germany. After teaching English at a German university for four years, Marie-Louise returned to England. She completed an MA in Writing for Young People at the Bath Spa University in 2005. Marie-Louise now lives in Bath, reads, reviews and writes books for young people and home educates her two sons.

Marie-Louise’s first novel, Between Two Seas, received brilliant reviews and found many fans, as well as being shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award. The Lady in the Tower was shortlisted for the 2009 Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize.

She is a contributor to The History Girls blog - click on the link to visit.

In her own words:

"At age 11, I possibly suffered severe psychological damage having to wait for a week to discover whether Aragorn survived the battle at Helm’s Deep. My family moved around a lot and in 1979 we moved down to the Bath area, where I’ve been based (on and off) ever since. By late secondary school, I’d discovered there is a way of reading all day and calling it work. It’s called literature. I did A-levels in English, German and French followed by a degree in German and Scandinavian (with literature) at the University of East Anglia. I noticed all the books I’d read at school and uni were written by men. So I did a PhD at Bristol on German women writers to balance things up. The reading was great but the thesis got me down and I never quite finished.

"Between 1990 and 1995, I moved to Münster, Germany, to teach English at the Westfälische Wilhelms Universität. My first son was born in Germany. Returning to England in 1995, I resolved that my two boys weren’t going to go to school unless they wanted to. At ages 12 and 9, they haven’t decided to yet. I’ve had endless fun reading them all my favourite children’s books and discovering new ones. I do waste some of their time with maths but I never confiscate their books. Our hobbies are lots of different sports - and going to book signings to meet children’s authors. I finally decided it was time to start writing books as well as reading them. I did an MA in creative writing at the Bath Spa University in 2004-5, and was fortunate enough to have my first novel accepted by an agent and a publisher soon after."

Q & A with Marie-Louise Jensen

1. What inspired you to write your current book?
I live near Farleigh Hungerford Castle (which is in Wiltshire) and when I heard the story of how Lady Elizabeth Hungerford was locked in a tower for four years and that nobody knows how she escaped, it set my imagination going. I researched the family and what I couldn’t discover about them I invented.

2. Describe it in two lines?

An adventure with jousting, betrayal, midnight escapes, friendship, family and romance.

Fifteen months.

I hope they will find it exciting, find that it brings Tudor times to life and that they will care about what happens to Eleanor.

I’ve just finished a Viking book set in Iceland and am working on a second. I’m also working on a project with another children’s author, David Calcutt, which is very exciting.

I love most fruits.

My brother’s jokes.

My laptop with power and an internet link!

My trip round Iceland to research my Viking books in 2007 was pretty spectacular.


11. What is the worst/most unusual job you have ever done?

I worked part time in a cocktail bar for a couple of years.

12. Who is the person you most admire?

All the women who have fought for a fair world in the face of overwhelming odds.

13. What is your most embarrassing moment?

It’s less embarrassing if I keep that to myself.

14. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Never say anything behind someone’s back that you wouldn’t like them to hear. Do I stick to it? Well, not quite…

15. What is the best piece of advice you could give to someone?

That would have to depend on the person.

16. Last album bought? First album ever bought?

Last: James Blunt - Back to Bedlam.
First: Marillion – Script for a Jester’s Tear.

17. What are you reading at the moment?

Leila Rasheed: Socks, Shocks and Secrets

18. Favourite holiday destination?


19. Which authors have most inspired you?

JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis were the writers who made me want to become a writer as a child. More recently, JK Rowling and Jennifer Donnelly.

20. What is your favourite children’s book?

There are so many wonderful children’s books: how could I choose just one??

21. Most treasured possession?

My collection of signed children’s books.

22. Where are you happiest?

I love spending the summers in Northern Jutland in Denmark. The air is so clear and fresh and we can hear the sea from the house.

23. Favourite biscuit?

Those Bahlsen ones with the mega-thick milk-chocolate layer.

24. Pet hates?

Apostrophes where they don’t belong and people saying, “He was sat in his car.”

25. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I’d love to be one of those naturally thin, elegant women with good dress sense!

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320 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

7th March 2013




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