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The River Knows

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,671 Ratings  ·  223 Reviews
The first kiss occurred in a dimly lit hallway on the upper floor of Elwin Hastings's grand house. Louisa never saw it coming.... Of course, Anthony Stalbridge couldn't possibly have had romantic intentions. The kiss was an act of desperation meant to distract the armed guard from catching the pair in a place they did not belong. After all, Louisa Bryce, in her dull maroon ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 2007)
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Nov 19, 2015 Daniella rated it it was amazing
The River Knows is definitely one of Ms. Quick's better written novels. The pacing was just right, and the entire story was well-planned. I admit that Anthony and Louisa didn't really stand out as leads when compared to that of Dangerous, The Paid Companion, Lie By Moonlight and Ravished, but they were still strong primary characters nonetheless. They had chemistry, and worked really well together, with each augmenting the other's strengths. After reading tons of Amanda Quick books, I know that ...more
Set in London towards the end of the Victorian era, when enlightened women refused to wear injurious corsets and 14 pounds of petticoats.
But she and Emma were both staunch advocates of the rational dress movement, which held that ladies should wear no more than seven pounds of underwear. As for corsets, the movement had wisely declared them to be injurious to women’s health." (So I figure we need a new movement — underwire bras hurt!).

This is a historical romance, narrated beautifully by Kather
Jacob Proffitt
This was a fun story and I liked it, but without anything truly outstanding to raise it above the average. I liked Louisa. A lot. But Anthony was kind of Victorian standard—capable, worldly, rich, and prone to falling in love with strange, bookish women.

There were a few laugh-out-loud moments (I've never laughed so hard during a love scene), but also some real groaners with the villains. And yet again, I have to say I'm beyond tired of inserting sections from the viewpoint of the villains (parti
Kerstin ~ (SheReadsByMoonlight)
A year ago Joanna Barclay had to stage her own suicide in order to escape the noose, after killing a Lord in self-defence. She fashioned a new life for herself under the name of Louisa Bryce, living with the eccentric Lady Emma Ashton and working as a journalist.
Her current case is to find out the dark secrets of Mr. Hastings, who she thinks is financing a brothel. While searching the Hastings mansion for proof, she runs into Anthony Stalbridge and realizes he is after Hastings' dark secrets as
Jul 02, 2015 Virginia rated it really liked it
This is the 24th book by Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) and subsequently the 24th that I've read. If you like one of her books, you will probably like them all. They all (if memory serves) have a darkly handsome and worldly hero and a slightly irreverent heroine, who are nearly always bespectacled. The chemistry between the two leads is always politely passionate. They get into just enough peril to make for a slightly mysterious plot, and they consistently have surprising (to the heroine) sexua ...more
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Feb 19, 2014 Stephanie Williams rated it it was amazing
O.M.G I loved this book so much there was a lot of different angles that were being played and it all worked out perfectly. I am happy that Louisa got her happy ending... I was even more happy when Anthony n his family loved her even tho she had a big secret.
Jun 12, 2011 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though this is a romance, shaken with a light dressing of mystery, some very serious topics are tackled.

First off is the absolute inability of a woman in Victorian times to control her destiny. Employment opportunities for women were few and far between, and even honest employment could lead to very dangerous situations for a woman alone.

Also, this book directly addresses how justice was very different for the gentry than for the non-gentry. Even one with money was not as important as one of the
She rose from her ashes, creating a new identity to bury her past. Now widow Louisa Bryce is an investigative reporter, searching for dirt about a prominent gentleman in Society. One evening, she’s rescued in the nick of time by another gentleman’s fiery kiss.

Anthony Stalbridge has an agenda of his own to find dirt about the prominent gentleman in Society. He suspects him of murdering his fiancée a year ago. But Anthony also has an agenda of his own about the mysterious widow.

Soon, Anthony and L
Nov 09, 2014 Emmalg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the last Amanda Quick book I read annoyed me, I thought it might be a while before I read another but getting to the library at closing time I ended up grabbing a few books almost at random.
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the plot and some of the surprises it presented. One of the things I've always enjoyed about Amanda Quick's books are the strong, independent heroines. I think Louisa may be one of my favourites.
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Oct 05, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
A quick and easy read with some light hearted moments. Another good book by the author
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Aug 21, 2011 Marya Kowal rated it it was ok
I like Jayne Krentz and Amanda Quick novels, and have read more than a few.

The plot was more interesting than the characters on this one, both too predictable, but certainly readable.

There seems to be a standard insert-name-here quality about the dark, brooding, and troubled Arcanely Talented hero...but he's got some good points, too, so I'm not complaining too loudly.

I wouldn't start out your Amanda Quick experience with this book, it's more of a fill-in-the-gaps of the Arcane Society novel tha
Jun 23, 2014 Ladysatel rated it it was amazing
The River Knows by Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz)

Women’s bodies are being found in the river in London on a too regular basis. Reporter Louisa Bryce who works for The Flying Intelligencer thinks she knows who is responsible. But proof is needed if she is to bring crime boss Elwin Hastings to justice.

Anthony Stallbridge was the fiancé of one of the women drowned. He joins with Louisa to investigate and find information which can be taken to the police. They need to get their hands on a ledger co
Ngoc Lien
1 tiểu thuyết diễm tình để đầu độc các cô gái mơ mộng, 1 chàng tài hoa xuất chúng bị thu hút bởi 1 cô gái có vẻ ngoài quê mùa lạc hậu, và rồi sau đó thì càng quan hệ càng phát hiện ra vẻ đẹp tiềm ẩn của nàng.
Là 1 chuyện lãng mạn thì nó ko có gì mới mẻ, đặc sắc cho lắm; là 1 truyện trinh thám thì cũng chẳng bất ngờ, kịch tính cho lắm.
Jun 24, 2010 Lurdes rated it liked it
I misread the review for this book and assumed it was a mystery with a love story tied in. Instead, I got a Victorian romance novel with a mystery plot. It followed the general romance formula: a couple of steamy petticoat-and-corset scenes, with a few cute murder-in-Polite-Society twists. Not bad for cotton candy for the brain, and certainly a light enough read to start off summer.
Feb 10, 2012 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While this was very well read by the reader, I'm afraid I may have read too many books by this author. This humorless pair wasn't any different from her other heroes and heroines, and the hoops Quick jumps through the make so many of her heroines virgins masquerading as worldly women is getting on my nerves.
May 21, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I don't know why, but when I start an Amanda Quick book, I'm always surprised to find that her heroine are charmingly, frustratingly obtuse when they talk to the hero. It always makes me laugh and then I seem to forget how much I enjoy her heroines until I pick up the next book.
Author: Amanda Quick
First published: 2007
Length: 4276 locations, 360 pages
Setting: Victorian London.
Sex: Explicit. First time rather ordinary. Closed door violence and bdsm of secondary characters.
Hero: Well-travelled from a good family. Searching for his fiance's killer.
Heroine: Forced into trade (book selling) and then as a companion. Investigative journalist.
Trigger: Discussion of suicide.

Typically competent Amanda Quick with engaging characters, good writing and interesting plot. But it's a
May 16, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this read. While the characters are similar to heroes and heroines in other Amanda Quick books, I find them likable and fun to read. In this stand-alone novel, Louisa and Anthony stumble across each other's path as they each seek for evidence of Hastings' evil deeds. As they work together to unravel the growing plot surrounding Hastings, they also find the love each of them thought would never be possible. If you like Amanda Quick (and I do), you'll enjoy this novel as well. Quick buil ...more
Lucy *Mrs Khalid*

This was an ejoyable read. Nothing too profound or susceptible of causing you some serious emotion, yet good enough to spend some hours relaxing.

Louisa and Anthony weren't outstanding leads, but there were some funny moments that made me giggle.

I don't know how Louisa could be such a clever, observant woman some times, yet the rest of the time she was so naive that she almost came across as childlike.

The part about them trying to prove Hastings's shadowy activities was somewhat interesting.

Jane (PS)
Jun 01, 2010 Jane (PS) rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I enjoyed this read - not as much as 'Mischief' but still a worthwhile time-waster!!
Aug 28, 2014 Doris rated it it was amazing
This series of books are romances, but with a strong sense of the mystic, and in most cases, a reminder that the women n the Victoria era were not free to live their lives outside of the direction of the man or men in their lives.

The main character, shrouded in mystery at first, is a young woman struggling to make her way, as she searches for truth behind the wall of secrecy that covers and protects the privileged class from the results of their crimes.

A deeper story than some in this series,
Dec 20, 2015 Kai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I enjoyed this book even as a re-read. There were some great parts that made me laugh at times. The story follows Joanna who is forced to change her name to Louisa and live as a journalist after killing a Lord in self-defence. Louisa encounters Anthony when she is investigating the truth about someone for an article. They join forces to work out the truth and find themselves in trouble. I enjoyed reading their story as they fell in love and investigated. Definitely a book I would read again and ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Robin rated it liked it
Kinda sorta lame but somewhat interesting too.

Woman fakes her own death trying to hide from a would be killer and ends up killing him in the process. She becomes an anonymous investigative columnist writer for a paper and begins to investigate a serial killer.

Man's fiance is killed by said serial killer and he too investigates.

Path's cross and they work together to solve the crimes. And as the way these things go...they fall in love. I didn't mind the hero so much but the heroine was lame beyond
Louisa and Anthony. A quirky romance between an arrogantly self assured Hero and a deceptively reserved heroine. Anthony's fiance supposedly committed suicide in the river, the same month that two other women supposedly also found solace in a watery grave. But all is not as it seems, and Anthony is determined to prove this. Louisa is one of the women who supposedly jumped into the river. Faced with the limited choices women had in those days, her own death was the best option... A quirk of fate ...more
Mar 21, 2009 Donna rated it liked it
Not quite a 4 star but close.
Joanna Bradley was forced into murdering an English Lord to save herself. She is aware that despite it being self-defense, the justice system will hang her for murder as it would not allow the death of a noble by someone from a lower class when the only proof of self-defense was her word; consequently, she stages her suicide and assumes a new identity.
Because of her own experience, Joanna, now Louisa Bryce, starts exposing the foibles of the upper classes, writing
Mar 16, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it
Lots of Suspense and a wonderful story woven by Amanda

Set in the late Victorian era of England, this is a charming romance with a dose of a compelling tale of mystery to boot. The reader will find that the characters are well-developed and realistic. There is humor which I always appreciate and some of the supporting characters actually made me think of someone that I had known over the years. As the story moves along in this enticing story of society's upper-class that is cloaked in dark secre
A fun, light, quick-witted read!

Only a year or so ago, Louisa Bryce, a very intelligent woman, faked a suicide to run from the supposed murder of a very prominent, but very evil, man. Hired by Emma Ashton as a companion, someone to write her memoires, Louisa and Emma quickly become fast friends, where Louisa confesses all. In order to help, Emma is playing off Louisa as a distant cousin from the country who is now widowed. “Unimportant, unfashionable and excessively dull”, Louisa manages to sque
Dec 26, 2010 Viccy rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Louisa Bryce is the dull, quiet and unfashionable companion to Lady Ashton. Anthony Stallbridge is the wealthy heir to the eccentric Stallbridge fortune. Both of them are intent on bringing down Elwin Hastings, a man with fingers in many dirty pies around London. However, both Louisa and Anthony have secrets of their own; Louisa is a reporter for a lurid London paper and Anthony's former fiancée committed suicide, but he wants to prove it was actually murder. The two meet at a ball at the Hastin ...more
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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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