The Tide Watchers is part spy novel, part adventure novel, part history lesson and a little bit of romance It takes place in England and France during Napoleon s rise Our hero is in France trying to learn what he can about the soon to be Emperor s plans and to try and find his employer s daughter, Lisbeth She ran away with a French emigre against the wishes of her parents and he did not turn out to be the romantic man she thought he was so now she finds herself working at a tavern and branded a whore by all in the town. Duncan finds Lisbeth and realizes she could be a help on his mission but is a little reluctant to put her in danger Lisbeth is not like any other woman he has ever met she is intelligent, forthright and she speaks her mind She agrees to work with Duncan and then she wants to go home. The story is a good one and the writing kept me very engaged There is Suspenseful espionage novel set mainly in Napoleonic France, with a feisty, down to earth, clever heroine Lisbeth Sunderland, daughter of a baronet, to escape a hated marriage, elopes with a charming Frenchman and returns to France Subsequently she discovers the hateful persona hidden under his mask of elegance and suaveness He takes their baby son and deserts her she is reduced to working as a tavern maid With promises to retrieve her son and to return them to England, she agrees to help Duncan, a King s Man , or spy codename Tidewatcher Under his direction she infiltrates the house of Robert Fulton, eccentric American inventor of a type of submarine, as housekeeper and apprentice Lisbeth and Duncan set out to foil pl The Winter Of , One Woman Stands Between Napoleon And The Fall Of Great BritainThe Free Spirited Daughter Of An English Baronet, Lisbeth Defies Convention By Eloping To France When Her Husband Abandons Her, She Must Find A Way To Survive And Be Reunited With Her Young Son, Who Is In The Care Of Her Mother In LawA Seasoned Spy Known As Tidewatcher, Duncan Apprenticed Under Lisbeth S Father And Pledged To Keep His Mentor S Pretty Daughter Safe A Promise Complicated [ read Online The Tide Watchers ê public-transport PDF ] by Lisa Chaplin É By The Wily Napoleon Bonaparte The British Believe He Is Planning An Attack, And Duncan Is Sent To Search For Signs Of Invasion On The French Coast Where He Draws Dangerously Close To Adventurous And Unpredictable LisbethA Sensational New Invention May Shift The Tide Of A French Victory A Brilliant And Eccentric American Inventor Named Robert Fulton Has Devised A Deadly Weapon That Can Decimate An Enemy S Fleet To Protect English Ships, Tidewatcher Must Gain Control Of Fulton S Invention And Cross Enemy Lines But He Cannot Do It Alone Left With No Other Options, He Enlists Lisbeth S Help In Outwitting The American Inventor And Uncovering Bonaparte S Secret PlansGoing Undercover For The Handsome And Duty Bound Spy, Lisbeth Risks Her Freedom And Her Life As She Navigates Double Agents And Submarine Warfare To Outwit The Greatest Military Tactician In History The Only Question Is Who Can She Trust The first thing that drew me to this book was that it was about spies during the Napoleonic Wars In the US, these wars don t get a lot press in the classroom, so to speak Growing up, my takeaway was that Napoleon was a little man who wanted to own everything, and then he was exiled In fact, these wars lasted quite a long time England and France were at war for over 10 years and I am surprised that fiction doesn t dig deeper into the intrigue that was surely going on at this time, but The Tide Watchers definitely took that idea and ran with it The French Revolution and all of its terror still reverberated over the politics of France and beyond, and I enjoyed the political debates between characters A fictionalized version of Robert Fulton he is known best for inventing the steam engine, but he also developed the first submarine and torpedoes was a I wrote a feature article for the Historical Novel Society on this novel. My personal reaction to this book was that it never really came together for me I didn t like either of the romantic leads, which didn t help I found Duncan forgettable and Lisbeth s oh so frail but so plucky character irritating I think I would have enjoyed the read better if the story line had been simplified to cut out several of the characters this is apparently the start of a series, so plenty of time to introduce everyone I can t address the historical aspects of the novel as I don t know much about the Napoleonic period, but others have done that very well. This was a very interesting book I chose it because it was set just prior to the Regency period in England, a favorite time period of mine The main characters are a young English woman, Lisbeth, who eloped with a Frenchman, only to find out he was extremely abusive After the birth of her son, she was forced out to become a barmaid, though she didn t become a whore like the other barmaids Our other hero is Duncan, a ship s captain and British spy They meet in Lisbeth s bar, and the plot evolves to where Lisbeth, in exchange for the rescue of her baby, becomes a housekeeper assistant to inventor Robert Fulton He was in France to work on his submarine invention not called a submarine in the book for the French He also de ì The Tide Watchers ☆ Lies are abundant than the truth between France and England in the early 1800 s Napoleon is quietly planning an attack on the British, and the British network of spies, known as the King s Men are secretly keeping watch Known as the Tidewatcher, British spy Duncan is on a mission not only to watch the French Coastline for signs of invasion, but to find and protect his mentor, Sir Edward Sunderland s daughter, Elizabeth Lisbeth Delacorte has been dragged through the gutter She eloped with Alain Delacort, a Frenchman to defy her father and get out of an arranged marriage to a wealthy Baron only to be abandoned in France and have her son stolen from her Now Lisbeth works in a tavern and is desperately trying to save her son from Alain s cruelty In the beginning, I would have certainly acknowledged that this book was a page turner I was intrigued by the plot and felt that there was a lot of potential to give historical fiction fans a serving of unique After all, a British spy network trying to keep tabs on Bonaparte s coming and goings in 1802 1803 France would be interesting Right The problems appear to stem initially from the prescence of too many characters Lisa Chaplin decides to give many of them their own chapters excerpts and sometimes this causes a choppiness in the transitioning A lot of them die and I realized I didn t care Mostly because I couldn t REMEMBER who they were In addition, the character of Duncan was badly handled Was his story supposed to be tragic The execution was really awful Secondly,I couldn t
I pre ordered this book in January, so obviously I have read nothing than the very lengthy blurb Two things, based on the blurb publisher s description from the number of books featuring British spies between 1803 and 1814, one could almost believe there were enough of these undercover folks to form their own army and fight the Corsican Ogre all by themselves and here we have yet another apparently fearless, feisty young woman defying every possible social and cultural convention of the times to work in a French tavern her command of gutter French better be good pose as Fulton s housekeeper, and gasp learn to operate an experimental submersible I have to say that those two plot elements leave me cold the first is trite and over done the second improbable. Naturally I have no idea whether the claim that thi After a career of writing contemporary romance novels under a pseudonym, Lisa Chaplin s debut historical novel under her own name is a gem The Tide Watchers is a quasi fictional exploration of Napoleon Bonaparte s long rud attempt to invade England via the English channel in the late winter of 1803 Coming on the heels of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, this story is especially timely and engaging As a fan of this time period in British and Continental European history, I was thrilled when the opportunity to read and review this novel was presented to me. Duncan Aylsham, Commander and King s Man spy is an apt term , is sent on a mission to find the daughter of his mentor, Sir Edward Sunderland Lisbeth Sunderland, in direct defiance of her father s plans to arrange a marriage to a baron s heir, hastily mar
About The Author
Melissa James, I quit to try my hand at my first love, historical mainstream While living in Europe, I found a small piece of Napoleonic hidden history that led to my first historical novel, The Tide Watchers Returning yearly to Europe now for research purposes, I hunt for the little known details that bring a story to life I love mingling real history and people with fictional elements, adding steampunk to espionage, and make it all exciting, fast paced and fun.