We have gorgeous new jackets for Jane Aiken Hodge’s romance and thriller novels. A prolific writer of historical romance fraught with adventure and peril, her stories are full of colourful characters that pace Gothic castles, inherit surprise fortunes, get caught up in exotic wars and risk life and limb for love.
‘A veteran romancer’ Kirkus
Only a deathbed promise to her dying father could force Christina Tretton to travel to Tretteign Grange, the ‘Dark House’, and meet her estranged family for the first time. Having to fast-talk her way out of an encounter with smugglers on the way is only the beginning. Waiting for her is flighty aunt Verity, her two very different cousins – the stoic Ross and fawning Richard – and her formidable grandfather, who changes his Will every few days. Hanging over them is the constant threat of invasion, as Dark House looks over the sea to France, and Napoleon. As soldiers work to fortify the coast, Christina finds herself in the twisted intrigues of smugglers and spies.
When Caterina Gomez returns to her beloved home of Oporto, Portugal, her troubles have only just begun. The country is at war with France, and, even though Oporto is no longer in French hands, it is a shadow of its former self. The scandalous cloud she left under is still not forgotten, and her cruel and distant father insists on a hasty marriage or the convent. Half English and half Portuguese, she must walk a fine line between both societies, which is all made near impossible considering her troubled past.
‘Deft historical romance’ Publishers Weekly
Armed with her mother’s marriage papers, Henrietta travels to London from Boston in search of her father – a father thought lost to her until she discovered her aunt’s treachery. Henrietta is too beautiful to ignore; her wealthy father is enchanted with her while it is clear her stepmother hates her on sight. Her stepbrother Cedric, however, is an enigma.
Brett Renshaw has not been having much luck. Spurned by his fiancée and outcast from society, he has taken to his boat and escaped to the distractions of the Mediterranean. Rescuing two women from a Turkish Harem was certainly not part of the plan.
For Phyllida Vanick, being rescued by such a disagreeable man is only bearable in stark comparison to the circumstances from which she is running. Phyllida has seen her father cut down before her eyes and lived through kidnap and the indignities of the harem. But she cannot go home now. Phyllida and her aunt are searching for her brother, Peter, an impetuous, idealistic young man caught up in the Greek War of Independence.
Juana Brett’s hapless father has dragged her to England from her beloved home in Portugal. In Portuguese, she is not hindered by the stutter that plagues her when she speaks in English, and she is not at the mercy of her teasing stepsisters and icy stepmother. When Gair Varlow fixed his political machinations on her, he never expected to fall in love with her too. Pulling strings to get her an invitation back to Portugal, he knows he is sending her into danger.
When spirited Kate Warrender embarks on a dangerous impersonation she puts her family and home in jeopardy. In this enthralling new regency novel, first published in 1977, Jane Aiken Hodge, master of romance, sets the head-spinning love entanglements against the perils of England on the brink of revolution.
Set against the background of war-torn Savannah during the Revolution, this enchanting novel unfolds the saga of a family divided – and a beautiful heroine, Mercy Phillips, caught desperately between the passions of Rebel and Tory.
Mercy Phillips was a penniless English orphan when Hart Purchis, wealthy young heir to the Winchelsea Plantation, rescued her from the mob. Hart did not know it then, but Mercy was to play a part in his life that would shape not only the future of Winchelsea but the whole American Revolution itself.
At the height of the American War of Independence, Hart Purchis, captain of a privateer, marries the rebellious spy Mercy Phillips, rescuing her from the wrath of the British in Savannah. But it is not long before the wide waters of the Atlantic separate the lovers: Hart’s ship is captured by the British and Hart himself falls under the spell of his evil cousin Julia in London.
Mercy, it seems to him, is lost to him forever. Or is she? Back in Philadelphia she has met a mysterious but charming young Frenchman and is now laying her own plan.
Napoleon’s shadow hangs heavy over Europe, and all is not well in the tiny principality of Lissenberg. Martha, its new princess, discovers just how bad things are in a moment of terror in the summer vineyard. But where can she turn for help? Her husband is in Napoleon’s clutches, and her friend Cristabel, the prima donna, is involved in a disastrous marriage. Old enemies reappear, as well as old friends, and soon Martha’s marriage is threatened along with her crown. Winter is coming and snow will soon close the frontiers. When Napoleon himself arrives at Lissenberg the future looks black indeed.
While Napoleon campaigns to conquer the world, Princess Isobel has one aim only: the freedom of Poland. Her dynastic marriage produces the prince who will be Poland’s hope. Her elaborate game, mixing romance, passion and politics, involves her with Napoleon himself, with the flamboyant Murat, wily Talleyrand, even the unpredictable young Tsar of Russia. At her side is Jenny Peverel, unwilling spy for the sinister Brotherhood, risking peril and heartbreak for the sake of the little prince. Their story sweeps from Isobel’s court at Rendomierz to Petersburg, Warsaw, Tilsit and Napoleon’s desperate retreat from Moscow. And around them move three young men, one British, one American, one French, changing partners in the long, dangerous dance.
When tragically widowed opera singer, Anne Paget, is told by a doctor that she has only a few months to live, she is devastated. Instead of withering quietly into her fate she decides to take a risk and a final challenge, accepting a surprise offer to perform in an opera to be staged in a hidden principality in the Alps, to celebrate an international peace conference.
But Lissenberg is far from peaceful, for as she rises quickly from an understudy to a star, she realises that her life is not only threatened by her illness but also by mysterious intrigues and dangerous crosscurrents in the high society she is mixing in. There is sabotage and murder and Anne soon realises that nothing is as it seems, and that she cannot trust any of the men that offer her protection.
In her mid-thirties, Marion finds herself taking a job accompanying a younger woman, Stella, on a coach tour to Greece. It was meant as a distraction from her worries, but there is mystery surrounding Stella’s background. As the tour gets underway, strange things begin to happen, including some serious accidents. As suspicions grow, nobody can be sure who to trust. Marion becomes increasingly worried, both for her own sake and for Stella’s, and at the same time tries to resist her increasing attraction to a friendly classics professor. A departure from her well-known historical romance, Aiken Hodge brings her trademark adventure and breathlessness into this suspenseful thriller.
Fifty years ago, a very rich woman was murdered. Her killer was never found, but now the skeletons are coming out of the closet: long-buried secrets, family betrayals, and infidelities. Taking a liking to her granddaughter, Patience, Mrs. Ffeathers changes her will, an act not endearing Patience to Ffeathers’ daughter, Josephine Brigance, her sons, or their grown offspring. When Mrs. Ffeathers is found poisoned, it seems Patience is the only person with anything to gain from it. Luckily, a good man is on hand to clear her name. Fast-forward fifty years, however, and the murder remains unsolved, while danger comes crowding back into Patience’s life.
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