"There are so many 'forced to live together' 'she isn't who she says she is' 'he isn't who he says he is' stories out there, and I can usually find one that takes place in just about every time period. What's different about Smuggler's Bride is the twists applied to the intrigue, and the side characters like Ma Ivey that almost overshadow the main protagonists. It's as fun and light in tone as Pirate's Price and a pleasure to read." --- Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
"Marshall weaves historical facts into a well-written and highly captivating romance. The scene in which Julia and Rand find out that neither is what the other thought is humorous as well as poignant. The author ties up loose ends with a big bow and has an extraordinary way of setting the plot for her next book. "-- Romantic Times Bookclub
"Darlene Marshall has written a wonderful story filled with romance and humor. The sexual tension explodes between Julia and Rand. This book will keep you up late into the night. It is impossible to put down." --- Coffee Time Reviews
From the Author
I confess, I've never cooked a possum (though the day's not yet over), but I enjoyed learning how to cook a possum for this novel. It was delightful to set a novel in my home of North Central Florida, the "other" Florida. I hope you enjoy Rand and Julia's story as much as I enjoyed researching and writing it.