The Highwayman’s Daughter

Published Date: May 7, 2014

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Is it a crime to steal a heart?

Hounslow, 1768. Jack Blythe, heir to the Earl of Lampton, is a man with great expectations. So when his carriage is held up by a masked woman, brandishing a pistol and dressed as a gentleman of the road, he wholly expects to have his purse stolen. And when he senses something strangely familiar about the lovely little bandit, Jack also expects to win his cousin’s wager by tracking her down first.

But as Jack and the highwaywoman enter into a swashbuckling game of cat and mouse, uncovering an intricate web of fiercely guarded family secrets, the last thing Jack expects to have stolen is his heart.

Available in paperback, large print and audio CD/download  in most English speaking countries plus online bookstores. eBook available on all the major platforms. 

Henriette Gyland

Henriette Gyland and other authors - Festival of RomanceHenriette lives in London but grew up in Northern Denmark and moved to England after she graduated from the University of Copenhagen. She wrote her first book when she was ten, a tale of two orphan sisters running away to Egypt fortunately to be adopted by a perfect family they meet on the Orient Express.

Between that first literary exploit and now, she has worked in the Danish civil service, for a travel agent, a consultancy company, in banking, hospital administration, and for a county court before setting herself up as a freelance translator and linguist.

Expecting her first child and feeling bored, she picked up the pen again, and when a writer friend encouraged her to join the Romantic Novelists’ Association, she began to pursue her writing in earnest. Her debut Up Close won the New Talent Award in 2011 from the Festival of Romance and a Commended from the Yeovil Literary Prize.

Henriette’s novels include: Up CloseThe Elephant GirlBlueprint for Love and The Highwayman’s Daughter (May 2014).

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Customer Reviews


  1. Kirsty
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    I don’t usually read historical fiction, but the cover of this book was just too gorgeous to resist. The highwayman’s daughter captured my heart from the cover alone, so it’s no surprise she also captured Jack’s heart despite the fact she is holding up his carriage, masked and dressed as a gentleman of the road and threatening him with a pistol.

    What follows is Jack’s attempt to pursue the highwayman’s daughter, firstly to win a bet against his cousin, Rupert, and to turn her over to the magistrates, but ultimately, after he lays eyes on her dressed as herself, because he has such an intense connection with her that he is entirely enamoured with her.

    As with all true chick-lit, the ultimate ending is obvious, but the path that leads you there is filled with twists and turns, which make you wonder how on earth this is all going to work out for the best.

    The Highwayman’s Daughter also has a dark side, as it features an 18th century prison, public executions and loss of loved ones.

  2. InD'Tale Magazine
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    InD'Tale Magazine…The Highwayman’s Daughter” is a lively Georgian historical romance that will capture the reader’s interest! It has an authentic feel and well-written characters. Jack is a good-hearted and appealing hero, while Cora is strong and loving, her devotion to her father admirable. Their romance has some stirring and sigh-worthy moments. Rupert is a villain that readers will despise. While the romance is endearing and the adventure exciting, the storyline is too melodramatic. Some crucial plot twists seem highly tenuous and unnecessarily convoluted. This novel is recommended to readers who enjoy plenty of adventure and a historically authentic feel to their historical romance.

    Reviewed by Danielle for InD’Tale Magazine.

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  3. Long & Short Reviews
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    Long & Short Reviews There’s nothing like a highwayman robbing a carriage to kick off a story and that’s how this one begins. In this book highwayman’s a young woman, and yes, I know it’s been done many times before, but it never gets old. Well, at least not for me.

    ….If you like historicals, and like me especially look for ones set in England during the 1700s I think you’ll find this an enjoyable read.

    Reviewed by Stephanotis for Long & Short Reviews

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  4. LoveReading
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    A lovely, light, frothy, eighteenth century adventure that sees baby Cora adopted by dashing highwayman Ned and eventually taking over his role when illness forces her to find money for medicine and treatment. So off she goes a-robbing and a-loving for she holds up a coach with gorgeous Jack Blythe aboard and life gets complicated. There is inheritance to protect, parentage to unearth and the girl to unmask. It is huge fun.
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  5. Robyn K
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    The moment I saw this book cover on Choc lit’s website back in Decemeber- I knew I wanted to read this book. It was well worth the wait.

    Cora is a cross between a Barbara Cartland heroine and Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft. She certainly can stand her own in a time when women were treated like chattel. The romantic lead in the story, Jack, refers to her as Nemesis. I loved that because he recognizes her as his equal and not a conquest. There is a lot of electricity between them and a few sparks.

    Henriette Gyland recreates a part of London, Hounslow- as it was in 1768, which is more complicated than you think because nothing remains of that original location. It is now buried under runways as part of Heathrow Airport.

    The Highwayman’s daughter is a little hard to describe without spoliers- but I will give it go. It is action packed with a few twist and turns to keep you guessing. The historical details are so accurate it adds a deep rich atmosphere to a now forgotten part of London.

    With all Henriette Gyland’s work there is a dark vein threaded throughout, which adds a sense of menace and mystery. There is also a very delicious gothic element of lush green ancient forests and moonlit nights.

    Once you start reading, you won’t be able to put the book down. It is that good!

    The Highwayman’s daughter was a skillfully crafted read that will transport you to the world of Dandies and Gentlemen of the roads. I highly recommend this gorgeous read.

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