Where the Heart Leads (Casebook of Barnaby Adair, #1)
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WHERE THE HEART LEADS--the first volume in The Casebook of Barnaby Adair. This is not a Cynster novel despite what it says on the paperback cover. from Stephanie Lauren's Dec. 2008 website newsletter.

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens knows the world of Regency London...especially the exclusive enclave of luxury in which the aristocracy lived in wealth and...more
Paperback, Alternate cover to ISBN 9780061243387, 505 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Avon (first published 2008)
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Susan (susayq ~)
After meeting Barnaby Adair in several books, he finally got his own. I had a soft spot for him, and he lived up to it. It's too bad he ended up with Penelope Ashford. She just didn't do it for me.

I liked that the mystery was the main focus of this story. I felt like the romance and the "lessons" were a repeat of several of SL's other books. And to be honest, I slimmed those pages cause I was groaning while reading them.
Kit★
3.5 Stars! I was super excited to get to this one in our series read. I really liked Barnaby a lot in all of his previous appearances. He's charming and clever and cute (but still manly of course) and all that good stuff. Plus the whole mystery aspect, and his investigating... I was really hoping for a new fave in the series. It almost could've been, except Penelope kinda just didn't do it for me. I didn't hate her, or avidly dislike her, but she had her moments where she just aggravated me. Whe...more
Keri
LOVED this book! I love historical romance with mystery and in this book the mystery was just as strong as the romance. Barnaby and Stokes made a great team. My only niggle is that I wish Stokes and his lady would have actually got a kissing scene at least. But overall the book was A+ for me and I can't wait for the next one in this series.
June
It was an okay read. I like the hero, but I barely tolerated the heroine, I find her to be rude and bossy, and not in good way. The secondary is much cuter.
MB
I looked forward to this new series of the Barnaby Adair Case Files. I always think that the mystery/suspense elements add so much to Laurens' books. This book is good. It has a great plot, but I got bogged down about 2/3 of the way through. Let me explain:

I enjoy Stephanie Laurens' books and read every one I can get my hands on. I especially appreciate her knowledge of the period! The dialogue is authentic, and her characters seem to behave more-or-less appropriately to their era. Some of her...more
Gina
Nov 11, 2009 Gina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of historical romantic suspense.
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Carrie Olguin
I always enjoy Laurens' stories and characters. Her men are men.

Her heroines are the adventurous, independent types without being TSTL (which means they are NOT loners. They are capable of recongnizing danger and are willing to "amass the troups" when the problem is beyond their capabilities. Why so many heroines in romance novels try to do everything without help is beyond me, when in real life, females rarely even go the the ladies room all alone!)

So I am thankful to read about strong willed,...more
Deborah Vespo
I recently read another book from this series "The Casebook of Barnaby Adair" and I loved it. So I went off and found another one. This was the first in the series and is the story of Penelope Ashford, Portia's younger sister who married Simon Cynster from the Cynster series books.

Penelope is the headmistress for a school and home for London's foundling children. Penelope is very devoted to these orphan children and when two of them go missing she is determined to find them and bring them back i...more
Lisa Kay
★★★½☆ Not as enjoyable this time around, even if I did do it as a “buddy read.” I actually put it down and it took forever for me to pick it back up. Who ever thought I'd say too many - and long - love scenes? SL should have gotten back to the mystery, which was well done.
Elaine Mcdonald
I think the premise of adding some mystery to Laurens books is great. Good book but not one that you can't stand to put down. While, I might read others in this series, it is not one of those series that you have to immediately pick up the next book in the series
Colleen
I enjoyed this book. It had just the right amount of eveything. Suspense, suprise, romance and a nice dose of history. I would read more of the Barnaby Adair series.
Leyla Kamilia
I enjoyed reading this book. The mystery aspect of the book is fair and I'd give it a 3/5. While the mystery is simple, it did help to drive the story. As for the romance aspect, it is great. I feel that Barnaby and Penelope are really compatible and they make a lovely couple. I like Barnaby, he's intelligent, attentive,respectful,loving...Penelope's lucky to have him! The secondary characters, Stokes and Griselda, also play important roles in solving the case and I like that in the end, all 4 o...more
Ruth
good. fun quick read.
Sheila Melo
Great Cynster Related Book and Start to New Series

WHERE THE HEART LEADS is the first book in the Casebook of Barnaby Adair series. I also consider it part of the Cynster series as both the hero and the heroine have been in the Cynster series. Barnaby Adair is the third son of an earl but because of his father's support of the police, Barnaby has taken to assisting with police investigations especially those involving the ton. Penelope Ashford comes to Barnaby with a case. Boys who are supposed t...more
Britney
This book was a struggle for me to finish. It just didn't have that appeal to me where I couldn't stop thinking about it or put it down. I would go for days without reading anything.

The weird thing for me is I'm not all that into mysteries or investigative type books. However, the romance was so bad in it, that the investigation was the only reason I finished the thing. I wanted to know who the culprit was and whether or not they captured him and saved all the kidnapped boys.

I have to say that...more
Trudy Miner
Barnaby Adair, younger son of the Earl of Cothelstone, has made a name for himself as a criminal investigator and a confirmed bachelor. Penelope Ashford is Portia Cynster's younger sister and runs the Foundling House. However, Penelope's young charges are disappearing and she's desperate to find them so she turns to the one man she knows who can help her, Barnaby Adair. Turning up at his home late one night, Penelope risks everything to beg for his help. Reluctantly, Barnaby agrees to help her a...more
Jessi
When I first read this book, I'd been waiting breathlessly for Penelope's story and Laurens did not disappoint. This book is one of the few of her latest where she doesn't club us over the head with one of the characters having a secret, different personality.
Penelope is one of the board members of the Foundling House. She is losing her children. Generally, there is a list of children slated to join the Foundling House when they become orphans. But two of the boys have recently disappeared befor...more
Kathleen Burket
Another fine novel from Stephanie Laurens. I love the strength of the Laurens' heroines who are respected by their heroes because they are strong, intelligent women. And Laurens' heroes are no sloughes either, but definitely alpha males in charge of their destinies. Barnaby Adair and Penelope Ashford are perfect for each other. Both are unconventional by ton standards. Penelope is the administrator of Foundling House, an orphanage for the children of London's lower classes. Barnaby would rather...more
becky
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Lori
A fairly well written story with just enough action and interesting characters to keep one's interest.

It opens with Penelope Ashford, a Viscount's youngest daughter and Administrator of Foundling House, asking for the help of Barnaby Adair in the disappearance of several young boys. These youngsters were to be taken into the House at the time of their parent's or guardian's death and given not only an education but a chance at an occupation later in life.

As the story unfolds, we discover that th...more
Christianne
Second book from Stephanie Laurens and still I'm amazed. "Where the Heart Leads" was the second book I've read in her novels and I'm entirely hooked. The reason this was the next book I read was I really liked Barnaby from "The Truth About Love" which was the first book I've read from her.

Story starts off with Penelope Ashford seeking the help of Barnaby Adair to look for missing boys that was intended to be placed in the Foundling House. So they set off to unravel the mystery behind the boys...more
Sam
I was impressed with this book. I had previously read a Stephanie Laurens book called The Promise in the Kiss, which was okay but didn’t make me want to go out and read any more of her series. When I saw that Where the Heart Leads was this months Group selection I picked it up with trepidation that I was going to have to battle through reading the book. I’m glad I read it. It was excellent and I look forward to reading more of this particular series. It’s reminds me of the Anne Perry series C...more
Livia
Excellent historical romance that introduces exciting new historical detectives, Barnaby Adair and his friend Inspector Stokes from Scotland Yard. There's romance of course, the heroine is Barnaby Adair's happy-ever-after and she'll also be featured in subsequent books. The same for Stokes, he meets his love in this story as well, but their romance is played out in the next story, THE PECULIAR CASE OF LORD PINSBURY'S DIAMONDS.
An Odd1
Hot. Fun. Clever. Strong Individual Females. More than brain bubble gum, predictable romps, like bonus x-rated Marion Chesney aristocratic romances, add action and adventure.

Drawn-out 2 pg kiss and 2 pg memory of. Elaborately embellished 12 pg seduction. 2 pg creatively comprehensive culmination. Chuckles and eyelids as well as tongues and lips. She's curious; he's obliging. I recall plot and character essentials fondly from previous reading. Lord and Lady join copper and milliner in East End d...more
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780749939151

Genre? - Historical / Romance / History / Erotica

Characters? - Barnaby Adair / Penelope Ashford / Portia Cynster / Simon Cynster / Inspector Basil Stokes

Setting? - London (England)

Series? - Barnaby Adair #1

Title? - Barnaby's heart led him to Penelope, it's that simple.

Character Analysis? - Barnaby Adair intrigued me in earlier books and I wasn't disappointed. Penelope was a strong heroine who it was easy to admire, as she helped those less fortunate than herself, and wasn't...more
Swanangel Boss
What drives a gentle born lady to spend all her time taking care of the children of less fortunate families instead of grooming herself to find a husband as is the norm in those days? You would have to ask Lady Penelope Ashford.

Lady Penelope Ashford along with her sisters had opened a home for underprivileged children so they can grow up and earn a trade for themselves. For years the Foundling House (as they named it) has
thrived but of late their charges has been disappearing.

The rest of my revi...more
Subathira
It was an interesting plot with good balance of mystery and romance. the characters of the hero - Barnaby Adair and Penelope was characterized beautifully. Though they are fromhigh socialfamily they have different opinion of life and look at it in different view. That forms the basis of attraction than external beauty.
Kay Webb
It took me a LONG time to read this book, partly because I have the regular hard cover version, which I acquired on BookMooch. The other reason is that neither the stories nor the characters engaged my interest enough to make me want to do nothing else but read the book until I finished it.

I decided to make the book my "waiting for the computer" book because I did want to finish it and knew that I would if it were the only book available when I had nothing else to do.

I think that I have come to...more
kathy kemmerer
Great story..

Great story..

All the best things in a story suspense and romance. Barnaby and Penelope are so made for each other. Can't wait to read all the stories to come. Thank you Stephanie Laurens for writing such interconnecting stories.
Monique J.
Another entry in Laurens' Cynster series. The hero, Barnaby Adair, was likeable and interesting. I enjoyed him in the other books he was in and so was glad to see him get his own love story. I also enjoyed the mystery and the glimpse into his investigations with partner, Basil Stokes, of Scotland Yard. Their friendship was refreshing. I was not as enamored of the heorine, Penelope. While undoubtedly a strong and moral character, I found Penelope a little too cold and clinical for my taste. That...more
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Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Laurens and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

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