The Tide Watchers

  • Title: The Tide Watchers
  • Author: Lisa Chaplin
  • ISBN: 9780062379146
  • Page: 333
  • Format: ebook
  • The Tide Watchers In 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
    In the winter of 1803, 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 law.A seasoned spy known as Tidewatcher, Duncan apprenticIn the winter of 1803, 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 law.A seasoned spy known as Tidewatcher, Duncan apprenticed under Lisbeth s father and pledged to keep his mentor s pretty daughter safe a promise complicated 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 Lisbeth.A 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 plans.Going 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

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    About Lisa Chaplin


    1. I m a born and bred Sydneysider After twelve years of writing for Harlequin as 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.


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    1. Fabulous debut effort full of history of Napoleon's invasion of England. Espionage, intrigue, suspense and mystery along with the perfect amount of romance create a compelling narrative. The fast pace contributes to your need to continue reading, refusing to tear yourself away. Chaplin masterfully balances fictional characters with historical nonfictional characters. Lisbeth and Ducan take center stage - two affecting characters with painful pasts. Lisbeth a woman of principle, strength and inte [...]

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    2. I pre-ordered this book in January, so obviously I have read nothing more 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 th [...]

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    3. 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 more fiction doesn't dig deeper into the intrigue that was surely going on at this time, but Th [...]

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    4. 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 rumored 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 [...]

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    5. 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 D [...]

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    6. 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 evol [...]

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    7. Hurray for a novel that is complex, with multi-dimensional characters, and extraordinary writing. I didn't know a great deal about the Napoleonic setting of the novel but this certainly didn't prevent me from understanding or enjoying the book - in fact I think it probably added to my interest in it because as well as being immersed in the story, I felt like I was learning something too, which is one of the reasons why I love historical fiction. The characters in this book are very well-drawn an [...]

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    8. 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 [...]

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    9. Lies are more 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 elop [...]

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    10. 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 a [...]

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    11. 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 b [...]

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    12. The Tide Watchers is a fascinating and unique historical novel. It covers a period that I have not seen featured in any other historical novel (Napoleon's attempted invasion of Great Britain in 1803). It also deals with espionage and Robert Fulton's plans for a submersible ship.I would describe this book as rich and dense with historical details. It is a big, engrossing read, and there are many characters to catch the reader's interest. I was grateful for the Cast of Characters, Fictional and Hi [...]

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    13. I normally love historical fiction and spy novels, but this one didn't do it for me. The book started off awkwardly, I felt like I was dumped in on what should have been chapter 3 or 4. Obviously the author needs to save some mystery to reveal later, but in this case, a little more backstory would have helped to set the scene and explain some of the character motivations.The plot was also confusing as hell to follow, and not in an "oh, this was so clever!" sort of way. e.g. how Duncan seems to h [...]

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    14. Early 19th century espionage, historical fiction featuring battles of wits between France, Britain and a bright, albeit not so willing 19 year old woman who stands in the midst of posturing men and through cleverness may yet save the day. Of course there's a ruggedly handsome brooding ship's commander eager to catch her and save her from certain death. But our heroine proves fierce and capable. The story's twists, turns, clever contraptions and long list of well-known historic characters keeps t [...]

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    15. I thought this was a very well written, well researched historical fiction novel. I enjoyed it quite a bit- until the ending, which was rather abrupt and felt unfinished. I'm wavering between a 3.5 and a 4 because of that. Strong female character, if a bit unforgiving.

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    16. This was my first book with a great Napoleonic setting. It was very well written, and the story was compelling and intense. I was pulled right into a world of spies and espionage. It was an exciting read with some very good twists and turns, and it had some romance in it which sweetened it up a bit. The characters were well-developed. The heroine was a very strong and brave 19 year old woman, and the hero was well-matched for her given his strong character and bravery.I enjoyed this book very mu [...]

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    17. Absolutely loved this book and cannot wait for its sequel! Historical fiction at its best, suspenseful and gripping with romantic elements, set during the time period of Napoleonic France and Bonapartes attempt to invade England in the early 1800s. The main protagonists, Lisbeth and Duncan, are both well written, believable characters and the book kept my interest engaged throughout. I felt the ending was a bit abrupt and kind of left the reader hanging so almost downgraded my rating accordingly [...]

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    18. This is a glorious historical novel which blends fact with fiction and tells the untold story of Napoleon's attempt to invade England and the brave spies who thwarted him.Lisbeth and Duncan, the story's main characters, are brought vividly to life by author Lisa Chaplin; their relationship is volatile, compelling and irresistible. When these two characters are together, the story just sizzles! With a host of other characters, both real and cleverly imagined, including the inventor Robert Fulton, [...]

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    19. The sign of a really good historical fiction is that I learn something new about an era with which I am very familiar. Lisa Chaplin succeeded with this book. Her imaginative version of events to explain the mystery of the Napoleonic wars is plausible and a ripping story. The only flaw in this otherwise gripping spy adventure was a little too much detail on the working of the submersible. For us non-engineers, it dragged the story down a bit, but not for very long.

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    20. DNF @ 15%. First it was the rape scene to get the plot moving, then it was all the details with the characters, the locations, the code names, etc. Either I'm not cut out for spy novels, or this was too historical textbook (or, in the long run, I just don't know enough about this time period to appreciate all the tossed-around facts). In the end, not for me.

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    21. This may be only the third book I have been unable to finish. I made it to page 41, and said "Enough!" We've got a possible invasion of England by Napoleon, a new weapon developed by Robert Fulton, spies, code names, and a Baronet in the confusing mix. I will just have to assume that the invasion was thwarted!

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    22. Surprisingly this is Lisa Chaplin's first novel! This book is awesome! It has every element you want in a exciting historical fiction/romance. The action built up just right and I can't wait to read her next book!

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    23. Enjoyed it was a simple book to read and easy to follow the plot of the characters through France in the French Revolution.

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    24. Great History book, a little slow in parts, had several good storylines, and lots of history

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    25. Although well written with an interesting plot, I found it a bit too long and the romance at the end seems preordained.

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    26. I enjoyed this book as a sustained feat of writing and because it explored, very creatively, a period of European history unfamiliar to me beyond the dates of the French Revolution, the Battle of Trafalgar, the 1812 campaign in Russia and the Battle of Waterloo. It was good to learn something new, especially about the term 'King's Man' and the work of Robert Fulton. I am bound to remember him through the vehicle of this book, whereas reading about his inventions elsewhere, as a non-fiction accou [...]

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    27. A beguiling tale of secrets, loyalty and treachery, peppered with romance along the way. The story was set in the early 18th century amid the bustling atmosphere of the Napoleonic era. France, awaken from the Terror of the Revolution and led by the vision and ambition of one man, now set to conquer the whole of Europe. He brought the country to the brink of confrontation with Great Britain, her longtime enemy. The prospect of a French invasion and Republicanism arriving in the Kingdom was someth [...]

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    28. Wandering into this novel is much like walking into the post-Revolution French tavern of its first scenes you'll do well to remember you're a stranger here. Sit quietly in the corner, pay attention, and you will learn some crucial facts.This excellent espionage thriller is a Napoleonic double-cross between the gadgets and techniques from the TV show TURN and the smart historical plot twists from David Liss' Benjamin Weaver books.While there is no small quantity of cringe-worthy melodrama in the [...]

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    29. I fell into this novel and could not put it down. Lisbeth, in defiance of a prearranged marriage, elopes with a Frenchman. She walks into a foreign country, is physically and mentally abused, and her husband leaves with her newborn son. She is left to be a degraded tavern wench. Her father sends a unknown man to save her, but she won’t leave without her son. With Britain and France uneasily looking toward another war, she becomes involved in espionage. It depicts the strength of a young woman [...]

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    30. This book had many interesting aspects to it that I enjoyed, especially the place and time in history where it is set. I did not realize that there would be a bit of a cliffhanger at the end. I look forward to reading the next book.

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