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Lie by Moonlight (Vanza #4)

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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  2,976 ratings  ·  114 reviews
While investigating a suspicious death, private inquiry agent Ambrose Wells finds himself on the grounds of Aldwick Castle--and in the midst of utter chaos. The ramshackle castle is in flames--and a beautiful woman and four young girls are taking flight on horseback. It turns out that the strong-minded Miss Concordia Glade and her four bright students are on the run from a...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published June 7th 2005 by Jove Books (first published 2001)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I really enjoyed Lie by Moonlight, and I think a huge part of its charm was listening to it on audio. The narrator has a great voice, she speaks with an English accent, and she modified her voice for the various characters, based on class, gender, and personality. I like how she captured the Victorian feel--both a mystery vibe and a romantic in a classic way vibe. She showed the chemistry that Concordia and Ambrose shared, and also she conveys the sense of family between Concordia and the girls,...more
Liz
An enjoyable read and an intriguing mystery.

Amanda Quick seems to get better with each new book. She also seems to be one of the few romance writers who can come up with a heroine -- Concordia Glade, in this story -- who is more than just the usual Lady Doormat. Concordia has a backbone without being a b**ch, is sensitive without being simpering and intelligent without over-apologizing for it. She's a woman with modern ideals trapped in a time where that and her unusual upbringing are scandalous...more
Jane (PS)
Listening on CD - nearly finished and I have really enjoyed it. Given I purchased this, I'll certainly listen to it again...
Juliana
This was recommended to me, and I'd decided I ought to know more than nothing about the romance genre, so here we go.

The good:
-I did not at any point want to throw the book across the room.
-There was at least some explanation for why Victorian characters had suspiciously modern attitudes towards sex and gender (and let's face it, traditional Victorian morals are pretty squicky.)
-I was kind of amused at times.

The bad:
-Definitely many *eyeroll* moments
-What, you think there was realistic just...more
Lara
This book starts with action and keeps going for a while. The heroine is unconventional, and willing to risk her life for her charges. Despite her upbringing, she is rather naive, and doesn't understand how what she experiences compares to what she has seen in terms of men's interests in her.

I was initially worried about including the young ladies, but found that they added a light energy to the story and kept Cordelia on her toes. I was pleased that the villain was a bit unconventional as well,...more
Jackie
The last practicing Vanza student is an interesting man who runs an inquiry service that relies on favors for payment. Ambrose Wells stars an inquiry into the death of a woman who worked at the Doncaster Bath. Her sister will not believe that the death was accidental. This investigation brings him to Aldwick Castle just as Miss Concordia Glade and her four students are leaving in the middle of the night after sabotaging the castle. The ladies feel that they are in danger and Ambrose arrives just...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
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Anne
This is one of my all-time favorite Amanda Quick books and when I saw it on audiobook, I snagged it. Ann Flosnik is an amazing narrator and certainly does this justice.

I adore this book for many reasons. I love the heroine and her unconventionality. I love that the hero loves her unconventionality. I love that the students love their teacher and consider her a fantastic role model but also stick up for her (although it is unnecessary). I love that the hero doesn't take money for his services fro...more
Pamela
I am becoming a fan of her books. This one held my interest, and the interaction between the characters was superb. I loved the mystery and the whole story really flew off the pages. Finished it in one day, up until 3 am to finish...would recommend this one!
Christa Simpson
I'm a big fan of the Amanda Quick novels, but I almost put this one down out of boredom. ALMOST. The trouble began for me when four secondary characters were introduced at once, at the start. The four girls could have easily been molded into two and it wouldn't have made any difference in the story. It was difficult for me to differentiate between the four of them, and quite frankly I didn't really care to, since I read these stories for the romance and the mystery. I decided perhaps if I skippe...more
Maryam
It was the first of Amanda Quick that i read and i LOVED it. Others which i read later, i found very lengthy and not upto its liking.
Margaret Sisu
I like romance, I like historicals, I like mystery. Amanda Quick combines all 3 like no other, with more than a dash of that invaluable ingredient--humor. An author whose books I reread again and again. I own them all!
Kelly
One of the best romance books I have read in a really long time. The ending even left a happy tearful smile on my face.
Gamatst
Another audiobook winner for me from Amanda Quick. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Anne Flosnick narrate this one.
Natalie
i only read this one! i didnt even realize it was a series!
Steven
This is the best of the series.
Serban Georgiana
Interesnta carte.Pot spune ca in sfarsit am nimerit o carte buna scrisa de Amanda Quick.
Mi-a placut mult subiectul acestei carti,a fost foarte palpitant sa urmaresc aventura protagonistilor,si ceea ce mi-a placut cel mai mult a fost faptul ca autoarea a lasat pe planul secund povestea de dragoste,si a accentuat mai mult suspansul acestei aventuri.
Mi-au placut personajele ,dialogurile au fost bune,iar subiectul acestei carti (traficul de carne vie-adaptat la nivelul anilor 1800)este unul inedit.A...more
Kathi Sharp
With every Amanda Quick book I read I seem to find my new favorite couple but Concordia Glade and Ambrose Wells have got to be the absolute best couple (or at least equal with Lavinia Lake and Tobias March). She is intelligent (of course), resourceful, perceptive and a fierce protector of her students. He is the embodiment of the knightly virtues. It is a joy to watch them fall in love.

The wit and humor in Lie by Moonlight had me literally laughing out loud. The mystery of Aldwick Castle and the...more
Alessandra
I liked this book mostly because it didn't have the typical, cowering, damsel-in-distress female protagonist that I've come to expect from historical romance novels. I appreciate a well-placed rescue scene as much as the next person, but a book is no fun if the main character can't do anything for themselves.

Which is why I liked Concordia. She's controlled and modest enough to be realistic in this time period (19th century), but she has enough balls to do things for herself, as well as having ra...more
Lori McD
3+ stars

This fourth and last Vanza book is only loosely tied to the series as a whole. The Hero, Ambrose Wells, is a student of Vanza and his master was John Stoner. Stoner was the rogue Vanza student of the master Lorring - Stoner was the one sent by Lorring to kill or hinder Edison Stokes in the 2nd book.

We've moved into the Victorian period, and Stoner is now an older man - late middle-aged to older. He doesn't make a real appearance in the book until much later, but his presence is felt earl...more
Auggie
I was pleased with this Romance, mostly because the story was so interesting. This teacher, Concordia (What a name!), escapes a burnings castle (they set the castle on fire themselves by the way) with her students. Bad guys are on their tail and it's up to our heroine to save the lives of these young women.

In comes tall, dark, and handsome. Ambrose kind of takes over, but not really because our heroine didn't have things under control. His showing up is more of just a happy accident. So, we don'...more
Jane Stewart
Story was merely ok. The ending was nice.

It felt like an Agatha Christie mystery with a little romance thrown in. Ambrose used to be a thief but is now a private inquiry agent (private investigator). He sees Cordelia (a teacher) and her four female students running away from a fire and helps them. The girls had been kidnapped and the plan was to sell them. Some people are murdered in connection with the events. The story had no major flaws, but overall, I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped....more
Melissa Levine
My most favorite part in this book was after Ambrose and Concordia, were found together in the middle of the night by one of the girls. The next morning as Concordia heads off to the library to get ready for the girls classes, the girls decide to have a chat with Ambrose. Basically informing him that although Concordia knows a lot, she's pretty much clueless when it comes to being with men. That was just priceless. haha

One question though...what was with the flower tattoo? How was that Vanza rel...more
Red
(aku menyelesaikan buku ini tadi malam sekitar jam 24.44. Jadi kukira itu sudah termasuk Tgl 13 ini kan ya. Tapi aku masih menganggap 'sehari')

Concordia (OK, aku aneh dengan nama ini) bersama empat murid perempuannya dikejar oleh seorang penjahat dari kalangan atas, bersama mereka, Ambrose (ya, aku juga merasa aneh) yang seorang detektif swasta bersedia dikerjakan oleh Concordia untuk membantunya.mencari siapa penjahat itu.

Seperti kata Hannah, salah satu murid Concordia, yang sangat menyukai rom...more
Kristen
Jane Ann Krentz writing as Amanda Quick has a standard premise - an unconventional but spunky heroine gets herself into trouble, but happens upon an equally unconventional hero, who generally has some murky past making him dark and mysterious in addition to (always) being very handsome.

These books may not be terribly original, but they are always fun, romantic, and usually filled with intrigue and excitement as hero and heroine make their way through a convoluted path to the ultimate consummatio...more
Marcela Cornejo
Me encanto. La versátilidad de la autora, la rapidez y la historia apasionante fue simplemente lo máximo, con un misterio increíble, una historia preciosa y dos protagonistas simplemente adobables al igual que todos los personajes clave que fueron apareciendo. Que gustó leer libros así. Amo los finales felices y este fue uno de esos que te dejan suspirando.
Stacie  M. Ritchie
Concordia Glade is a respectable governess to young girls. She accepts a once in a lifetime position and realizes something is very wrong from the beginning. When her four students are threatened, she breaks them out with the help of a mystery man. They contrive to hide once they are in London. The mystery man, Ambrose Wells, is intrigued by the group and invites them to stay in his home. The sparks that fly between him and Concordia are great, and they can’t avoid them. The intrigues that happe...more
Jean
This novel is definitely different from her other novels though I haven't read the first few Vanza novels before this one. While most of this author's novels primarily focus on the two main characters, we do have several supporting characters to make for an interesting dynamic. On a whole, the two main characters appeared to work well with each other with more palatable amount stubbornness from the heroine and overbearingness from the hero -- not the typical excessive amount of stubbornness or o...more
Jessi
Concordia Glade thought that she had landed the perfect job. She had just been fired from her last position and working as a teacher to four girls at an out of the way castle seemed like a dream come true. Except that the dream was more like a nightmare. The girls kept telling her that their last teacher disappeared mysteriously and Concordia is beginning to think that she's about to do the same. She and the girls concoct a plan to escape. Their pyrotechnics display annoys Ambrose Wells who has...more
Cathy
This is a historical romance about a teacher determined to protect her charges (four young ladies) against all comers. However, rather than being a gold digger, the hero here is the Victorian equivalent of a private investigator who just happens to practice mystical Eastern arts (and possesses a chest remarkably like a marble bust according to the cover). So the book is about two eccentric individuals colliding in the midst of madness, mayhem, and murder... which is standard cookie-cutter formul...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...more
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“I am well aware that for some, love and passion do not always follow the traditional path” 6 likes
“Whoever John Stoner is, he is no magician. He could not have made you into a hero if you had not already possessed the raw material." -Concordia Glade to Ambrose Wills.” 4 likes
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