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Shadow On the Highway by Deborah Swift – A YA Historical Adventure Novel

England has been in the midst of a civil war for nearly ten years. The country has been torn in two, and the King is getting ready to make his last stand against Cromwell’s New Model Army. Abigail Chaplin, a young deaf girl, has lost her father to the Parliamentarian cause. But with her family now in reduced circumstances, she is forced to work as a servant at a royalist household – the estate of Lady Katherine Fanshawe. Abi is soon caught up in a web of sinister secrets which surround the Fanshawe estate, the most curious of which is the disappearance of Lady Katherine late at night. Exactly what is her involvement with the robberies being committed by the mysterious Silent Highwayman? Shadow On The Highway is based on the life and legend of Lady Katherine Fanshawe, the highwaywoman, sometimes known as ‘The Wicked Lady’. It is the first book in The Highway Trilogy.


Our Summary

Shadow On the Highway is a YA historical adventure novel set during the Commonwealth of England. The story revolves around Abigail Chaplin, a deaf young woman who lost her father to the Parliamentarian cause and who finds herself employed by Lady Katherine Fanshawe. Entangled in the web of conspiracies and secrets surrounding the Fanshawe estate, Abi must find out the answers behind pressing questions – such as how Lady Katherine is involved with the robberies being committed by the Silent Highwayman. Fans of A Spy In the House will love this YA adventure novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

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What Readers Are Saying

The author balanced the characters nicely, with two budding romances, political idealism and the reality of war, a vicious villain, and the looming evil of Sir Simon–though after a short and sadistic appearance, he took off for parts unknown. I suppose he’ll reappear in the sequels. Because readers need to see that he’s eventually punished!” – Editornado, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
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Deborah Swift has done a superb job capturing the life of a deaf person, the everyday trials, the little discomforts, such as darkness. Darkness robs us everything. We are so dependent upon on our eyes. I’m amazed that she understood this. She even captured the difficulty of lip reading, how we must get used to the way a person’s mouth moves before we can read their lips well. Ms. Swift portrayed this frustration very well in Abi’s dealing with the cook, her new “boss” of sorts.” – Tara, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
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I love Ms Swift’s work; the research is so complete but the details are never laboured; she assimilates her knowledge of the times so smoothly, so that a picture of the time is painted almost immediately. Her books are so very readable.” – Terry Tyler, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
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About the Author

Deborah Swift lives on the edge of the beautiful English Lake District, a place made famous by the poets Wordsworth and Coleridge. She enjoys walks in her town’s stunning scenery, and constantly finds inspiration in the landscape of lakes and mountains. You can visit her online at, where you can also find her blog. Follow her on Twitter @swiftstory. She also writes WWII novels under the pseudonym of Davina Blake.
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Preview the Book

Shadow On the Highway is a  YA historical fiction novel that will appeal to fans of adventure, English history, politics, the Commonwealth period, estates, highborn ladies, highwaymen, robberies, hidden identities, mysteries, conspiracies, secrets, and heroines who are determined to find out the truth despite limits.

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