Molly is running away from the law.She has answered an advertisement for a secretary at a Place called White Buck Hall.As the book opens she is restinMolly is running away from the law.She has answered an advertisement for a secretary at a Place called White Buck Hall.As the book opens she is resting at an inn and decides to ask the innkeeper for directions to the mansion.
He tells her she would be better not going there as the owner of the place is in League with the devil and there are all sorts of mysterious going ons.
She doesnt pay much mind to it though and continue on foot to the estate and suddenly there appears a white stag.Its startled when a hunter starts to shoot at it.
The hunter is killed by the stag and Molly faints only to wake up inside White Buck Hall in the care of its owner and a dwarf wich is the member of his household.
Here is what I first thought when reading the blurb.
Albino hero? Thats quite cool. Never encounterd one in a romance novel before. aaand hes a wizard and can turn into a magnificient white stag you say?
This all sounded very good...but this hope crumbled soon.
Its just messy and confusing to read. At one the heroine thinks to herself that the guy doesnt dress like other men she knows. But in the first place I cant recall there being a description of his attire or she thinking about.
The world building is also very strange I couldnt figure out if magic was widely recognized in this world or not. And the characters are not convincing as people supposed to live in the 1890s....more
The heroine has been raised by her father (who is a botanic) in a remote place,ever since her mother died its just been the two ofA dark fairytale...
The heroine has been raised by her father (who is a botanic) in a remote place,ever since her mother died its just been the two of them. One day a man arrives with a strange boy,that he claims to be crazy.
Jessamin takes care of the boy and comes to learn that the boy who calls himself Weed, believes himself able to communicate with plants and flowers.They bond and eventually starts to feel something stronger...love. But things happen and Jessamyn gets sick and falls into a deep sleep.Can Weed save her?
The writing is both simplistic and imaginative.The plot is something quite extra.I dont think ive ever read a book about people being able to talk and see plants as humans.
The ending was a real cliffhanger,but still finished up the book very well.I cant wait for the next installment!...more
**spoiler alert** Genevieve Pasquier is a girl crippled from birth by being born with a clubfoot,loved by her scholarly father but despised by her bea**spoiler alert** Genevieve Pasquier is a girl crippled from birth by being born with a clubfoot,loved by her scholarly father but despised by her beautiful and vain mother who dotes on her more beautiful older sister.
She is in short an ugly duckling but a smart duckling ;)
Her father educates her and gives her books to read.
When on his deathbed he sends for her and gives her some words of wisdom.
But her mother thinks Genevieve was told where her father hid a vast fortune.But Genevieve of course dont know anything and is then put through such abuse that she has no other choice but to leave home.
While escaping she happens on the powerful society witch Catherine Montvoisin wwho proposes a deal:work for her and get revenge.
She become the Marquess, an allegedly 200 year old fortune-teller who acquired immortality through an elixir and its not long before she is popular in the aristocratic circles of Paris.
But things get dangerous when Athenais Montespan,the kings mistress,ask to get her fortune told.
It seems like Monvoisin has some darker agenda that could shake France if the plan is ever carried out.
I dont want to give to much away,but there is enough suspense so you wont get bored.And all the characters feel real and has motivation for their actions. And there is a romance but it takes a while for the heroine to realize who truly loves her.
Judith Merkle Riley has written other historicals wich ive also enjoyed but this book remains my favorite of them. There is some horrible elements in this story(rape,occult rites,poisoning) But in the end the good prevail.
This is built around an actual event in history,the affair of the poisons.And even though the author takes some artistic liberties it stays mostly true to history. ...more