Diane Merrill Wigginton's, Angelina's Secret

Jeweled Dagger Publishing featuring novels by Diane Merrill Wigginton. Start the series with Angelina's Secret.

Discover mysterious romance with Angelina's Secret.

Angelina's Secret in the book: Lady Angelina Marguerite Amelia Stewart was born in a time when women were valued for their beauty, titles and little else. Beloved daughter of Lord and Lady Stewart, and cherished by her older brother, Jonathan, Angelina is blessed with a quick mind and a sharp wit, which she uses liberally regardless of the consequences. Determined to never be owned by any man, Angelina shuns societal rules and lives life on her own terms. When she is surprised by her parents with a sea voyage for her nineteenth birthday, Angelina is thrilled to fully explore life, unaware that her gift comes with a price. It will test her resolve and challenger her in ways she could never have imagined. 

Captain Jude Deveraux is leading a double life. He and his band of French privateers 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. 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.



“A sweeping and engaging historical romance, Angelina’s Secret has emotion, action, suspense and above all, an epic and timeless love. Filled with heroic, dashing pirates and brave, beautiful ladies, this is a fantastic read.”

Blueink Reviews


“Diane Merrill Wigginton’s period tale, Angelina’s Secret, has romance and action in spades.”

Forword Reviews


“Save for a rainy day and escape into this suspenseful, bodice-ripping romp.”

Kirkus Reviews







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 a 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.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars  Beautiful story with action that you cannot put down!

By Melissa Mae Palmer on April 1, 2017

Imagine being on vacation and looking at the beach. It brings you back to pirates and the 17th century in France. Angelina is a strong female and there is a lot of adventure and romance.
Great Read!


5.0 out of 5 stars   I can strongly recommend this brilliantly descriptive travel back in time

By Chris Gregory on April 6, 2017

The author transports you back in time - back to 18th Century Britain, France, and sea travel. Research for this tale must have been painstaking because I felt that I was there. The characters were lifelike and the scene was vivid. The feelings and relationships of the protagonist were well crafted. Told in first person, the story was difficult to put down and time seemed to pass quickly as I read Angelina's Secret in two sittings under three hours each.

The boredom of Angelina's life is constantly interrupted by her own will and that of uncontrollable circumstances. This is an adventure and a romance, but most of all... Secret is an examination of life and relationships. I can strongly recommend this brilliantly descriptive travel back in time. Kudos to Wigginton and I look forward to reading the next in the series - Isabella's Heart.