I have loved the poem ‘The Highwayman Came Riding” from when I first read it during high school and part of the reason I like this novella so much is probably because of the way the writing mimics the lyrical feel of that poem.
I also like the mystery behind The Frenchman (the highwayman of the title) and the reasons for him taking up his role.
But what is the story about? Essentially we have two childhood sweethearts separated by the war who find each other again but must work past the heroine’s dark secret to reach their happy ever after.
There’s some lovely secondary characters, particularly Nana Rose and the way they arrange the resolution for Lizzy and Trace is gorgeous. Completely unbelievable but gorgeous nonetheless.
Or as the author herself says:
This improbable tale is written solely for your delight and enjoyment. Should you happen to crave more information about the highly romanticized, sometimes brutal truths behind the real highwaymen of myth and legend, please visit Kathleen’s website.
Until then, take a deep breath; close your eyes to harsh realities, and stroll into Claegburn Woods where the moon rides high and the owls are hunting on silent wing, there we will enter the lives of a rather unusual band of Robinhoodlums.
Highly recommended for an afternoon by the beach or wrapped up in blankets with a cup of hot chocolate – perfect no matter the weather!