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Crystal Gardens (Ladies of Lantern Street #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  5,733 Ratings  ·  528 Reviews
Evangeline Ames has rented a country cottage far from the London streets where she was recently attacked. Fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal
Gardens, she finds pleasure in sneaking past the wall to explore the grounds. And when her life is threatened again, she instinctively goes to the gardens for safety.

Lucas Sebastian has never been one to ignore a lad
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Putnam Adult (first published April 1st 2012)
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MravaWishes I don't think so. Jayne (or Amanda)'s books often feature repetitive names and surnames, especially her victorian novels.
So, I think it might be a…more
I don't think so. Jayne (or Amanda)'s books often feature repetitive names and surnames, especially her victorian novels.
So, I think it might be a coincidence, just like with 'Till Death Do Us Part', which is supposed to be a part of 'Ladies of Lantern Street' because there's a feature name: Clarissa Slate/Calista Lengley.(less)

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Jun 07, 2015 Phrynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wonder if I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read it rather than listened to it on audiobook. The reader was really not my cup of tea at all. I can't begin to describe how she sounded but for me anyway it was not good. Still I persevered and the story was reasonable. I could not develop any attachment to the characters because of the way their voices were read. A bit of a disappointment really:(
El amor muy muy precipitado y la relación entre ellos, cuando menos, muy "moderna".
El tema del suspense no está mal, pero tampoco es que me haya emocionado, hartita del tema de las corrientes de energía, que tampoco, al final, he tenido muy claro qué narices pasaba con el dichoso jardin jajajaja
Lo que sí me ha sorprendido es la "·naturalidad" y lo "normal" que comentan el tema de los trabajillos de él, justicia por su mano.
Entretenido, pero me esperaba mucho más
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Crystal Gardens is for readers who enjoy their historical romance with strong paranormal elements. In this case, a huge part of the story is the concept of 'psychical energies.' Both Evangeline and Lucas have paranormal abilities, and they are drawn to Crystal Gardens, Lucas' deceased uncle's estate by no accident. In the case of Lucas, he comes to investigate his uncle's murder. Evangeline comes to soak up the atmosphere and work on her series of serial novels, and also to investigate the place ...more
Hillari Delgado
May 07, 2012 Hillari Delgado rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I won't be the first long-time Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) fan to voice her disappointment that one of my favorite authors is just 'going through the motions' in her latest release. 'Crystal Gardens' is a mash-up of themes, events and even character names from her backlist. She's done all this before, and better.

Of deeper concern is that Quick/Krentz appears to be dredging up some unappealing and long-discredited notions of 'romance' in her effort to prop up this weak offering. Quick/Krentz
Feb 11, 2012 TJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adc-reviews
3 stars is really a stretch but others might like everything "psychical" more than I.

For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, April/May 2012 issue.
Jess the Romanceaholic
Not my favorite from Amanda Quick, but still entertaining. As with all of Ms. Quick/Krentz/Castle's books, it was very... light. I've read all but a few books from this author (which is saying something -- I know there's over 80 of them, probably more), and one thing I've always been able to count on would be that they're easy reading. There's excitement, danger, and a touch of steam, and makes a great pool-side read.

3.5/5 Stars
Jul 05, 2015 Daniella rated it liked it
I was very reluctant to start Crystal Gardens because I've never really liked paranormal stories. The few ones that I have read usually had convoluted plot lines that bordered on ridiculousness. The last one, Elizabeth Boyle's Tempted by the Night was so bad that I cringe every time I remember it. Indeed, it takes a great amount of skill on the part of the writer to weave a tale like this without it being trippy.

And Ms. Amanda Quick did just that.

Despite a lot of skepticism and low expectation
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Sep 01, 2011 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mollie *scoutrmom* by: Cherise Everhard
Shelves: romance, read-in-2012
First, the disclaimers. I received this advanced copy from a fellow reader, not from any organization trying to promote buzz or generate great reviews or anything of that nature. I acknowledge that I was reading an uncorrected proof and the errors I saw will probably not be seen by the general reader. I don't let the fact that I did not buy the product influence the review.

I adored this story! It contains a mystery full of red herrings. We are viewing varying motives of greed, revenge, jealousy,
Dec 13, 2011 Donna rated it did not like it
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Evangeline is a paid companion and a budding authoress. She is renting a cottage from the elusive Lucas Sebastian on an estate that is buzzing with paranormal vibes and rumors of things that go bump in the night. Most townsfolk are scared of the estate and the owner, but Evangeline finds herself attracted to both. When Lucas rescues her, Evangeline finds herself teaming up with her mysterious landlord.

The plot to this story sounded wonderful to me. I am not a huge fan of Ms. Quick and all her ps
Apr 26, 2012 Antonia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 13, 2012 BiblioJen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 stars

I am a long-time Amanda Quick fan, and I particularly enjoy listening to her stories via audiobook. This was not my favorite offering from her, but I thought the core story was quite good. The overall book suffered a bit from Quick's obvious efforts to set up for a full series. The story started with some good action, and then I thought she was going to talk me to death as we entered a long section of backstory, exposition, dialogue and miscellaneous secondary characters who were clearl
Feb 17, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it
Re-read 18/2/13

My opinion of this new series JAK book hasn't changed, it is still well written, good characters, Victorian England at its paranormal romance best.

That said, JAK has repeated some plot points from previous books, the people eating plant maze, the Sensation Writer heroine, the murky crystals and the most obvious one, the psychical nature of our H/h. It so obviously draws on the Arcane books without ever mentioning them.

The paranormal, creepy gardens surrounding the almost abandon
Dec 02, 2011 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, well I haven't read it yet, as it's not yet available. But I KNOW I'll love it. Who doesn't love some Arcane thrills?
Apr 20, 2012 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Evangeline has taken a sabbatical from her day job and retired to the country to write her first novel. Of course, that's not the only reason - there was that little matter of a violent altercation involving her last case. And then there is the inspiration to be found for a supernatural novel in the local Roman ruins and the country house known as Crystal Gardens which locals prefer to avoid. Sadly, after completing four chapters of the novel she is extremely uninspired, suffering both boredom a ...more
Jul 28, 2013 Tin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Crystal Gardens is the first book in Amanda Quick's The Ladies of Lantern Street series and is a sub-series of her Arcane Society series, which I have been religiously following since 2006. Quick's commitment to the Victorian/Steampunk/Paranormal Romance world that she has created shows in each installment, as she continues to build this evocative, fascinating England full of "talented" individuals: she truly understands the abilities of her characters and has explored the limits of the genre th ...more
Apr 11, 2016 Mo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not Recommended
Crystal Gardens review

1 1/2 stars

I think I finished reading this book out of a sense of nostalgia. I had so enjoyed some of Amanda Quick’s earlier novels, that I felt a bit sad to realize that this would be the last book I would ever read by this author… because she is now churning out complete CRAP!

This isn’t a well thought out story at all. Everything is now “metaphysical”, “supernatural”, “paranormal”, etc. The hero or heroine just has to “heighten his senses” or “unleash her energy” and POOF
When Evangeline Ames is attacked in her bed in the middle of the night, she climbs out the window and runs to safety - in the dubious form of the walled estate next door, its strangely luminous gardens, and its mysterious new owner, Lucas Sebastian.

Given the current downturn in quality of Quick/Krentz/Castle books, I was disappointed but not surprised to find that Crystal Gardens continued the trend. Newcomers or insanely die-hard fans will probably appreciate this effort, but I (generally a di
Lady Lioness
I don't mind paranormal mixed with historical, but I kinda wish Krentz/Quick would go back to writing straight-up historicals. Don't get me wrong, I do like Krentz/Castle's paranormal books, but her Krentz/Quick mash-ups aren't as strong, with the paranormal elements often superfluous to the plot.
Gizella Tóth
May 25, 2014 Gizella Tóth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Újraolvasás: Hm, noha fenntartom, hogy kevesebb para több lett volna, most valahogy nem zavart :)

Sok nekem ez a para, bármennyire is kedvelem Amanda Quicket. Azt hiszem, a történelmi romantikái para nélkül vagy sokkal visszafogottabb, finomabb parával jobban bejönnek.
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
This one was kinda slow in the beginning but it got pretty interesting about halfway through. The Night Garden created a great atmosphere for the book that was very memorable.
Kathy Martin
Apr 11, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evangeline Ames has come to the quiet, rural town of Little Digby to get over an attempted murder and to write the next chapters of her sensational novel. She has been there a couple of weeks suffering from both boredom and writer's block, when she is awakened one evening by someone breaking in. She flees to the nearest home, that of her landlord Lucas Sebastian. She attempts to hide from her assailant in the very scary gardens that surround the house. She had been warned by the locals that stra ...more
May 08, 2013 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, 2013-books
Evangeline has left London for an extended break due to an attempt on her life. Her father believed a place called the crystal gardens is a vortex and has a lot of paranormal energy. Evangeline also desires to be a writer so she moves into a cottage near the gardens for inspiration. Life is not exciting for Evangeline she is not writing much and she is a little bored. Then one night an attacker breaks into her cottage and threatens her life. Evangeline runs to the gardens where she runs right in ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
May 30, 2012 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it really liked it
It has been ages since I read a true Regency or Edwardian Romance. In fact Georgette Heyer comes to mind. This book was recommended by Nora Adrienne Deret in her column and so I sent for a Paranormal Romantic Mystery.

Crystal Gardens is the name of the manor home in the countryside town of Little Dixby, England. About three hours ride from London via the train. A lone lady has rented the Manor's cottage for a month, while she recuperates from an attempted murderous attack, her name is Evangeline
3.5 stars

Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz, aka Jayne Castle) has been a comfort read author of mine for years. I know exactly what to expect when I pick up a book and she usually delivers a good solid story.

Crystal Gardens has all of the standard JAK/AQ elements:
1. The hero, Lucas Sebastian, is seen as a monster by almost everyone. However, the heroine, Evangeline Ames, sees him as a protector who takes care of those he considers his responsibility.
2. Lucas' step-mother is afraid of this influ
May 20, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Review written for

Another great read from Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz. This is the first in a new historical series titled Ladies of Lantern Street. While it is not part of the Arcane Society series it does have the same feel to it. So if you liked one you will like the other.

Both Lucas and Evangeline have psychical abilities. Lucas is the new owner of the Crystal Gardens which includes botanicals that are fed by paranormal activity and actually glow during the night. Wh
I am in two minds about "Crystal Gardens" by Amanda Quick. I liked the story and characters well enough but at the same time, I felt it lacked finesse. Although readers could “sense” (excuse the pun!) where the story was going, there were often large, gaping gaps between chapters. So much so I often had to go back a page or two to check I hadn’t skipped forward by accident.

The predictable twists and turns ensured this book is firmly ensconced in the “summer” read category of anticipated storylin
Persis Menon
Jun 20, 2015 Persis Menon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book, some how I felt skeptical. Really do know why!! And I must say it was unfounded. I very much enjoyed the book but didn't care much for the narrator. I would have enjoyed it more had the book had a different narrator. Somehow I found that Justine Eyre had difficulty with the male voices. They came out scratchy, like a bone stuck in ones throat!

Now for the story line. This books is very similar to other Amanda Quick titles about the Paranormal like
Classic Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz). Evangeline Ames is an intelligent older (virgin) heroine with some paranormal talent, who meets Lucas Sebastien, her landlord, a mysterious older man who others are afraid of (because they sense but don't understand his paranormal talents). Someone is trying to kill Evangeline, and Lucas feels obliged to protect her, both because she is is tenant, and because he finds her interesting...

Cue the usual blundering criminals, more intelligent criminals and
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Pseudonym of Jayne Ann Krentz

The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

She earned a B.A. in History from the Uni
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