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Alaina Claiborne (British Agent #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  20 reviews
How far would you go to avenge your family and save the one you love?

In nineteenth-century England, Alaina Claiborne had a loving family, a cherished friend, and devoted servants. She spent her days riding across the grassy hills of the English countryside, joyful and at peace.

Then tragedy strikes and her world is forever changed. Searching for those responsible is her onl
Paperback, First Edition, 306 pages
Published January 22nd 2012
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Alaina Clairborne is young, a pre-teen Lady in the British countryside, when tragedy strikes and she is adopted by her aunt Charlotte and uncle Sebastiaan. Due to the traumatic experience that would change her life forever she suffers some memory loss. For ten years she was enjoying the friendship and support of her adopted parents, living an uncomplicated life breeding her own roses and riding horses at high speed, when Lord Tristan Sheffield appeared in her life. For her it was a chance encoun ...more
Amy R
When I first started reading this story, I wasn't so sure I wanted to read it because the beginning was so sad. Opening up with such a tragedy was hard for me to overcome, but I understand that it really set the story up and was necessary. I am a wimp when reading books with sad scenes in them so I almost put it down, but figured I had to keep going to get to the heart of the story. I am sure glad I kept reading. I really enjoyed Alaina Claiborne!

Alaina experienced tragedy when she was a little
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
The first thing that inspired my interest to read this book is the first name, Alaina. It's not one that I see often. It happens to be the first name of my sister-in-law who died several years ago. I also love historical romance.

Alaina is an orphan raised by her aunt and uncle. She was in a carriage that overturned while being chased by bandits. She witnessed the murder of her parents and lost her best friend in the tragic event.

Ten years have passed and Alaina meets her new neighbor, his name i
Victoria Brinius
All I can say is WOW! This is a British Agent Novel. I thought it would be like Sherlock Holmes. Boy was I wrong. This book was so much better. Alaina is a young girl who is young, sweet and Innocent. Her family loves her and she has a best friend that she intends to be best friends with for the rest of her life.
When tragedy strikes, she is forced to go after those responsible. She yearns to set things right, but at the same time she stays close to her new home with her aunt and uncle. She alwa
Susan Gorman
As a ten year old child, Alaina Claiborne witnessed the death of her best friend and the murder of her parents. These images resurface to haunt her 10 years later.

Alaina is being raised on her family's estate by her Aunt and Uncle. She enjoys the family's gardens, greenhouse and rides her horse throughout the countryside. She meets her new neighboor Tristan Sheffield while riding.

The author uses this chance encounter to begin the present day story. Alaina and Tristan are two strong willed charac
Mar 26, 2012 Miriam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone looking for solving a mystery and a cute lovestory.
Before I start with this review, I need to add that I'm not a huge lover of historical fiction. In fact, I haven't read more than maybe one or two books of this genre - so while reading my opinion, please keep that in mind. I'm probably not the right person to tell you whether or whether not something is realistically in this book, and I'm also not able at all to compare it to anything existing in this genre.

But even though I am not a person who reads a lot of books like this, I have to say that
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Looking for an entertaining historical read that’s not your typical? I recommend giving Alaina Claiborne a try.

I was ready to review this as soon as I saw the words “British Agent”. Admit it, that sounds very James Bond, doesn’t it? And, perhaps our hero, Tristan, doesn’t have all the 007 trappings, but he still makes a fine spy. Of course, he doesn’t count on falling in love with Alaina, and that changes everything. The good news is, she is the perfect match for him.

Ms. McClintock does a fine j
Books Mom
With a clever mix of mystery, history and romance, MK McClintock has forged a very good beginning to what promises to be an entertaining series.

Tristan and Alaina have similar goals: find out who killed her parents and best friend and his father. Presumably the same perpetrator. To this end, Tristan befriends Alaina, and so is there when things begin to happen again in an apparent effort to silence her before she can recall the events the day her family was murdered.

With a great cast of characte
Readers of historical fiction and romance will absolutely eat up this first book in the Alaina Claiborne British Agent novels! It is beautifully written, intriguing, romantic and heat wrenching. The historical content is worked in well, but it's the conversational content that makes it a magical and rewarding read. MK McClintock is one to really be watching on the historical romance scene!

This one is a winner.

It broke my heart several times, the poignant moments she describes are so real.

The pr
I read this book quickly when I first got it. I just finished it more slowly now. I really enjoyed this book on so many levels. The characters are strongly written and the plot sped by at warp speed. I really hated to put it down and it is seldom I can say that. Now I absolutely have to get BLACKWOOD CROSSING, the next in this series. If it is as well written I am really in for a treat.
Why don' you give it a try?
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Sometimes I think it was God's little joke to plunk me down in the middle of, well, today, when I love the past so much. Maybe it was because I would have been the lady's maid rather than the Lady herself, and ended up working in a bawdy tavern.

It's been a while since I've been so enthralled with a series, so much so, that I am on pins and needles waiting for the next book. ALAINA CLAIBORNE AND BLACKWOOD CROSSING are part mystery and part romance, something not every author can intertwine succes
Nicole Laverdure
Wow! what a great mystery romance! I really enjoyed this book ALAINA CLAIBORN, very well written by M.K. McClintock. It was a quick read, a real page turner, a love story with a little suspense. Perfect book for me! I didn't know, who the murderer was, until the end, so, I kept reading all day to finish the book! This is the first book that I read by this author and it won’t be the last one. An enjoyable historical romantic mystery with a great twist at the end! Ms. McClintock is a very descript ...more
Literary  Chanteuse
Loved this book! Full of twists and turns, adventure, romance, mystery... so many elements that easily worked well together. Definitely surpassed my expectation with a few surprises. Intriguing setting with equally intriguing characters and plot. I'm a new fan of this author!
Alaina Claiborne is an entertaining read. It is full of history, adventure, mystery, suspense and romance. I look forward to book 2 of this series. Recommended.
Kristy McCaffrey
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Alaina Claiborne is a strong-willed and likeable heroine, growing up in the English countryside with her aunt and uncle after witnessing the murder of her parents and a family friend when she was young. The details of that event, however, have been buried in her mind. When she meets her new neighbor, Tristan Sheffield, the attraction is immediate. Tristan is the British Agent of the title and is in search of the man who not only kille
Pamela Mclaren
This was a little too romance for me but it certainly did have plenty of action -- which starts in the late 19th century with a family at a ball. A young girl, her childhood friend and her parents have enjoyed the ball and are leaving when their carriage is chased by thugs. The driver loses control, the carriage goes over the side of a hill and as it rolls, the girl, Alaina, is thrown out. She is hidden from the thugs who find the childhood friend dead and kill the parents.

The action picks up 1
Ms. McClintock delivers a mystery packed with action and sprinkles of history. And to add icing to a masterpiece, a lovely romance can be found at the center of Alaina Claiborne's story. The story began with a bang, and it exploded with enough action and intrigue to keep me guessing and scrambling to uncover and figure out the mystery's clues. I fell in love with the characters the moment they graced the pages with their presence. Both Alaina and Tristan were very confident and strong people, ev ...more
The premise to this book was good--strong female character searching for men who killed her parents--but it seemed to get lost in the shuffle. The character turned wishy-washy; she wasn't developed enough early on and seemed to be able to do things simply because the plot required it. The same thing seemed to happen to several other characters and events. The wording seemed a bit over the top at times too. Was it a bad book? Not really, but I think I was expecting a little bit more from it.
InD'Tale Magazine
What a lovely love story of a mystery! Ms. McClintock succeeds in masterfully weaving both genres meticulously together until mystery lovers are sold on romance and romance lovers love the mystery!

Read full review in the 2013 July/August double issue of InD’tale Magazine.

Sharon Worsnup
Won a copy through Goodreads' First Reads program.

Easy paced historical/crime drama with likeable characters and a fun story.
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