Wow. This book transported me into another world. I loved being in the Australian outback, complete with cowboys and "B&S Balls" (Bachelor and SpiWow. This book transported me into another world. I loved being in the Australian outback, complete with cowboys and "B&S Balls" (Bachelor and Spinster Balls). This story contains a delicate balance of romance, mystery, crime and sadness. It is obvious the author has an affinity for missing people and it’s interesting how she highlights they different types of people who go missing....more
Highly entertaining, well-written romantic mystery! Hope for more of these!
This book cannot be described as simply a romance novel. The plot is too riHighly entertaining, well-written romantic mystery! Hope for more of these!
This book cannot be described as simply a romance novel. The plot is too rich and complex. It is both a modern and a medieval love story and both a mystery and a romance.
The modern story kicks off the book. Nicholas Carey, Eighteenth Duke of Burnham, is not only a the holder of an ancient title, he is a modern financier with millions of dollars and millions of employees at his beck and call. To every female on the planet, he is Prince Charming.
But the real Nicholas is empty inside because he is overwhelmed by years of unrelenting grief. His beloved wife died during her pregnancy with their stillborn child, and Princess Diana’s friendship was his only solace. When he lost Diana, Nicholas vowed to use his millions to bring her killer to justice.
Taylor Collins’ initial indifference to Nicholas is very believable. She one of the few women on earth who is not looking for Prince Charming, and since she has her own money and career, she has no need of a prince. She is also preoccupied with the loss of her fiancé to another woman. Taylor falls in love with Nicholas only after reading his ancestor’s diary and after coming to see that Prince Charming is a myth Nicholas has encouraged to hide his true identity from everyone except his friend, Diana.
The medieval story is the diary of the first duke, Thomas Carey, who loved a great heiress, Elizabeth Howell, not for her wealth, but for her grace and beauty and loving heart. However, Thomas’s love is complicated by the fact he has a wife living and by Henry VIII’s determination to make Elizabeth his mistress. The author cleverly uses Thomas to mirror Nicholas to demonstrate that both men possess the unusual ability to love unconditionally and to risk their lives for the ones they love. And both men are accused of murder because both of their wives died under circumstances that suggested each man had something to gain from their deaths.
The author has a particular gift for creating vivid scene descriptions that make the reader feel as if he or she is actually at Burnham Abbey. The house itself is a symbol of the continuity of the Carey family and becomes an important character in the novel. The book is a fascinating and compelling story that is difficult to put down, The plot leaves the reader guessing right up until the last page, and the resolution of the mystery of Diana’s death is believable and quite clever. Mystery and romance are masterfully woven together in this highly entertaining, well-written romantic mystery....more
Would you know what to do if you found a stray pet? You might think that calling animal control would be the best thing for the animal – but you’d beWould you know what to do if you found a stray pet? You might think that calling animal control would be the best thing for the animal – but you’d be wrong.
Lots of food for thought in this book, including what to do if you find a stray pet, how to keep from losing a pet, and what to do if your pet is lost.
The authors are donating all of the proceeds to ARME’s Beagle Freedom Project, a group that rescues dogs used in laboratories....more