Author: Deanna Raybourn
Series: Stand Alone (although is a tie in to the Julia Grey Series)
Published By: Harlequin (September 30, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4 Stars!
On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat's wife, Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing—she flees the chapel in her wedding gown. Assisted by the handsome curate who calls himself Sebastian Cantrip, she spirits away to her estranged father's quiet country village, pursued by the family she left in uproar. But when the dust of her broken engagement settles and Sebastian disappears under mysterious circumstances, Poppy discovers there is more to her hero than it seems.
With only her feisty lady's maid for company, Poppy secures employment and travels incognita—east across the seas, chasing a hunch and the whisper of clues. Danger abounds beneath the canopies of the silken city, and Poppy finds herself in the perilous sights of those who will stop at nothing to recover a fabled ancient treasure. Torn between allegiance to her kindly employer and a dashing, shadowy figure, Poppy will risk it all as she attempts to unravel a much larger plan—one that stretches to the very heart of the British government, and one that could endanger everything, and everyone, that she holds dear.
Raybourn will forever be my go to author for a fabulous historic read with just the right amount of detail, mystery, paranormal elements and of course, a swoon worthy romance to make every single craving of mine complete.
She has an amazing ability to be able to paint a picture so vivid you feel as if you are watching the very scenes unfold in your mind. You see, feel, smell and experience it all for yourself right along with the characters, it truly feels as if you are there right along with them.
I fell in love with her Julia Grey series and my love for her work just escalated after each new release, each new book and each new series To have elements from all her books and characters, together, in this one read, is truly amazing and was quite the gift. She pulled it off beautifully, she blended the old with the “new” and it was flawless.
I don't even know where to begin to describe this other than to tell you that I loved Sebastian and Poppy almost as much as I love Brisbane and Julia, which is no small feat.
The blending of the two worlds, two eras really was seamless and reminded me all over again why I am a fan of Raybourn's and will continue to be one as long as she is writing, which I hope is for a very long tme.
I am so very exited about where this series is headed, where everything is headed. My only regret is that Nicholas and Julia weren't in this right along with Sebastian and Poppy. I would have loved to see them all together out there solving the worlds mysteries, I can only hope it will happen at some point in the future.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
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