The Cornish Heiress

The Cornish Heiress

by Roberta Gellis




Megaera's father sold her in marriage at fifteen to Edward Devoran. Edward's extravagance mortgaged her estates and induced him to join a band of smugglers. Meg paid the interest by selling her jewels and when they were gone-Edward was gone too, murdered by his partner Black Bart. Meg became the smuggler Red Meg, took Edward's place and Edward's profits and kept paying her mortgages.

Philip St. Eyre wanted to fight Napoleon. Raised as a Frenchman and able to pass as French, he was the perfect spy and had a way to reach France through his father's old friend, the smuggler Pierre. Thus Philip met Red Meg and fell in love.

Meg thought Philip was Pierre's by-blow, Philip thought Meg was a common smuggler. To both gently born lovers the match was impossible. Until Black Bart tried to murder Meg, and Philip had to take her to France where her handiness with a pistol saved his life and his mission and exposed all their secrets.

Publisher Note: The book was previously published elsewhere in 1981.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440115151
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1981
Series: The Heiress Series

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Cornish Heiress 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now this one is not at all a light, mindless story. The characters are beautifully drawn, and somehow she managed to write a story based entirely on misunderstanding, lies and misdirection - all tropes I hate - without even making me want to shake the characters! Their actions were all reasonable for what they knew at the time. Several funny scenes where they're each thinking the same thing about the other, and a few points where the author speaks to point out that no one else actually thought either of them was anything but gentry, it was only the two of them who marveled at the good manners arising from a common background... Nice people. The fact that they constantly make each other laugh, and that's a major part of their love, is great. Philip's depression because he can't do anything, and Meg's working out how to handle her problems on her own, show up some admirable character traits. The setting is also interesting - Napoleon as the First Consul, England and France at that time. And Cornwall and its smugglers. It's an era I know little about, but this story is an excellent way to get introduced to it. Oh, and amusing point - I realized during one of the descriptions of France under Napoleon that it was familiar in a sideways fashion - I was seeing the template David Weber used for Haven in the Honor Harrington series. That aside - I want the other two stories in this series. I have a vague recollection of Leonie's story, but I may be remembering a Heyer or Coulter instead. Have to get it and find out! And I definitely want to see Perce's story.
fredalss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Did not finish, turgid writing, convoluted plot. During seduction, hero compares to his time with prostitutes.
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Dianne More than 1 year ago
In the last month I have read six of Ms Gellis's books and I have highly enjoyed everyone of them. I even go back and read her earlier books to savor the colorful, well written words and plots.
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WillowPark More than 1 year ago
I am having a very, very hard time getting through this book. Most of the time I will stay in at lunch to read my NC with all of the great books, but this book is like plodding along and making myself read it. Not the way it should be for a "fun" book, but I am still working at it.
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