Diane Merrill Wiggington’s Books

Angelina’s Secret

Angelina Stewart is a beautiful, bold, independent woman hiding a secret after returning home from a sea voyage. She is touted as a hero for saving her family’s ship from a band of ruthless pirates, but Angelina feels like such a fraud. As her psychic abilities become more pronounced she must unravel the mysteries of the gruesome, London murders. At the same time, Captain Jude Deveraux is leading a double life as well. He and his band of French privateer’s steal, rob, and plunder unsuspecting ships that have the misfortune of wandering into their domain. Awarded a title by the King of France for bravery during battle, The Duke of Bayonne, A.K.A. Pirate Captain, Jude Deveraux, takes what he wants from the world as he and best friend, Honore live each day as if it were their last. That is until the day Jude discovers that the only thing he truly wants is to capture the untamed heart of fiery tempered, Angelina for his own.

 

Some reviews of Angelina's Secret:

From Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars   Great period piece and love story all in one!

By M. Shortt on April 30, 2017

This is not the type of book that I am normally drawn to. I stay away from period pieces because they tend to be long and dull in some of their descriptions and the pace is slow. This book did not disappoint! The setting of the 1700's as the background to the love story between Lady Stewart and Jude Devereaux was done beautifully. They are not merely two opposite shadows of each other that fit perfectly together due to natural courses either, rather they are thrown together by the high seas and the fire that ignites between them is the catalyst which they live their lives around. The obstacles presented in their paths are indicative of a writer who knows their characters can best serve each other apart at times. Their separations and trials only seek to make them stronger in the end. There is so much to say and yet I do not want to reveal too much. Be sure to give this one a read and you will not be disappointed.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars    What a fun and exciting read!

By Leanne Toohey on May 3, 2017

I absolutely loved this book! The story was engaging and captivating with unexpected plot twists throughout. I especially enjoyed that the author created such strong women characters with lively dialogue that I felt attached to and involved with from the very first page. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

 

Editorial Reviews for Angelina’s Secret

BOOK REVIEWER: MARK DAVIS MD / REVIEW WRITTEN: MARCH 22, 2017

Intense passion and adventure define Diane Wigginton’s Victorian era novel Angelina’s Secret. This well written romantic epic revolves around protagonist Angelina Stewart who is less than conventional in behavior and attitude for 18th century aristocracy. Gifted with beauty, grace and a sharp intellect Angelina’s voluptuous frame attracts the worst and best in a society bounded by lust and genteel sophistication. She is indifferent to expectations of women in her societal class. Angelina uses her physical attributes to defy pirates, rogue agents and a host of other characters as she moves through her travels. As the novel unfurls Angelina’s passions become directed at one man whose own adventures make this book well worth reading. Jude Deveraux finds his equal in the arms of our heroine always returning to her nest no matter what situation draws him away. Author Diane Wigginton enables the reader to enter the Victorian age with intricate descriptions of characters, their surroundings and a story replete with sexual escapades. As a romantic epic all the elements of a great novel intertwine to make this book an excellent read. 

 

Book Review by Avonna Kershy

May 25, 2017

I love when I am asked to read a beloved genre book by a new to me author and can recommend it highly to others! ANGELINA’S SECRET (Jeweled Dagger Series) by Diane Merrill Wigginton has everything I am looking for in a great historical romance read. A heroine who is true to her times, but independent and courageous set against a strong hero who is protective, but also values the heroine’s unique character and a plot and subplot that have adventure and intrigue twisting throughout the romance that keep you turning the pages. Lady Angelina Stewart was born into a wealthy English aristocratic family that allowed her independence and to be as well educated as her beloved older brother, Jonathan in a time when most young ladies only cared about beauty and titles. Besides her education, two other things set Angelina apart. She has a bit of the sight, or a feeling when things are about to change in her life and she never wants to be wed. She is determined to never be owned by a man. Captain Jude Deveraux is sailing the open seas as a French privateer for his king after receiving an award and title for bravery during battle. The Captain is also the Duke of Bayonne. He and his best friend Honore’ steal and plunder from unsuspecting ships and live for the adventure. A trap is set for the unsuspecting ship belonging to Angelina’s father. The trip is a birthday gift for Angelina from her father with her uncle to trade for their company. When the feisty Angelina stands up to the Captain pirate sparks begins to fly. A wager is made for the return of Angelina’s family ship and crew with safe passage if the cards favor Angelina. Win or lose, Jude does not plan on letting the entrancing Angelina out of his life. These two are meant to be together! Ms. Wigginton has written a hero and heroine that will be remembered long after the book is done. The secondary characters are also well developed and interesting. Set in the 18th century, my only slight problem with historical references was the white wedding gown. (Although possible, the white wedding gown didn’t become popular until the 19th century when Victoria wore one.) This is a well written and entertaining historical romance, full of action, adventure and great characters. This is definitely a book and author to read and follow!

 

Goodreads reviews:

Mar 26, 2017Evelyn Davis rated it really liked it

A wonderful read for a historical romance set in 17th Century France! If anyone is a fan of "Outlander" give this series a try. From the extravagant parties to the unexpected plot twist, "Angelina's Secret" will keep you in your toes.

My full review is on Novelblogs: https://eevee17reads.novelblogs.com/b...

 

Nov 24, 2014Shelley Smith-goyet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is so well written. I loved the humor In this book. It was so detailed, it had me consumed. I love how Angelina was a real spitfire. Great job on this book and I'm so excited for her second book to be coming soon.

May 10, 2017Elaine Milks rated it it was amazing

This is a love story that takes place in the late 1700's. It is different from the normal romance story and very well written. Hard to put down and with lots of surprises and an touch of mystery included too. It took me through a full range of emotions from laughing out loud on parts of it to tears. I did not want it to end. i loved all of this book, so very enjoyable, like eating a wonderful meal in good company, a delight not to be missed.

 

Isabella’s Heart

It is 1783 England, Isabella Deveraux is an independent, fearless woman who has hardened her heart to everyone for the past three years. She experiences a disturbing dream concerning her twin brother, Charlie. On the eve of their 19th birthday, Charlie and his school mates have been abducted by the devil, himself and Isabella resolves to do anything it takes to save him, even if that means reconciling with her estranged family and placing her faith and life in the hands of an intimidating, Irish mercenary.

Captain Aiden Townsend is more than willing to save the lives of three privileged schoolboys, for the right price. Sailing his ship from England to Dublin with the beautiful, Lady Deveraux, aboard, he formulates a plan to help her. But if his plan is to work, he must break through the walls that surround her heart and tear down a few of his own.

Olivia’s Promise

The year is 1804. Lady Olivia Sophia Allen Townsend has just turned 20 years old, beautiful and considered by some in polite society far too eccentric for her own good. When Olivia was younger, she was very open about her gift of being able to see spirits, but the shunning by her peers has caused her to turn her back on those who need her the most - spirits caught between two worlds. That is until her best friend Lilly Collins comes to her in the middle of the night and asks for her help. Lilly can’t remember what happened to her so finds herself in need of Olivia’s unique gifts.

Olivia’s younger sister, Coco, is also gifted with a unique set of skills - she can touch someone and know things about them that they would sometimes prefer to keep hidden. Together, the sisters set off on a sea voyage, from Ireland to America, intent on solving the mystery of Lilly’s untimely death.

Brody and Quinton Beaumont, fine-looking, eligible, southern American gentlemen, and heirs to a successful cotton empire, are twins hiding a deep dark secret. Their mother, Annabelle Beaumont, died eight years earlier on the night of their annual birthday winter ball, yet she continues to rule over their plantation home with an iron fist.

Olivia, drawn to no man, feels suddenly akin to Brody Beaumont, but she must figure out if she can trust him, and if he or his brother had anything to do with Lilly’s death.