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Where the Heart Leads (Casebook of Barnaby Adair #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,793 Ratings  ·  151 Reviews
Penelope Ashford, Portia Cynster's younger sister, has grown up with every advantage - wealth, position, and beauty. Yet Penelope is anything but a typical ton miss - forceful, willful and blunt to a fault, she has for years devoted her considerable energy and intelligence to directing an institution caring for the forgotten orphans of London's streets.

But now her charges
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published 2008 by William Morrow
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Susan (susayq ~)
After meeting Barnaby Adair in several books, he finally got his own. I had a soft spot for him, and he lived up to it. It's too bad he ended up with Penelope Ashford. She just didn't do it for me.

I liked that the mystery was the main focus of this story. I felt like the romance and the "lessons" were a repeat of several of SL's other books. And to be honest, I slimmed those pages cause I was groaning while reading them.
3.5 Stars! I was super excited to get to this one in our series read. I really liked Barnaby a lot in all of his previous appearances. He's charming and clever and cute (but still manly of course) and all that good stuff. Plus the whole mystery aspect, and his investigating... I was really hoping for a new fave in the series. It almost could've been, except Penelope kinda just didn't do it for me. I didn't hate her, or avidly dislike her, but she had her moments where she just aggravated me. Whe ...more
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was an okay read. I like the hero, but I barely tolerated the heroine, I find her to be rude and bossy, and not in good way. The secondary is much cuter.
This is the first (and probably the last) abridged audiobook I have ever listened to, so I'm not sure if that influenced my enjoyment of this book or not. I really liked Barnaby, and I liked Penelope, but I never really got interested in their story, and felt my mind wandering while I was listening.

I did not like the production of the abridged audiobook. The narrator was OK, but there were strange bits of music placed at seemingly odd places throughout the production. I think I'll stick with una
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! I love historical romance with mystery and in this book the mystery was just as strong as the romance. Barnaby and Stokes made a great team. My only niggle is that I wish Stokes and his lady would have actually got a kissing scene at least. But overall the book was A+ for me and I can't wait for the next one in this series.
Jul 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of historical romantic suspense.
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MB (What she read)
I looked forward to this new series of the Barnaby Adair Case Files. I always think that the mystery/suspense elements add so much to Laurens' books. This book is good. It has a great plot, but I got bogged down about 2/3 of the way through. Let me explain:

I enjoy Stephanie Laurens' books and read every one I can get my hands on. I especially appreciate her knowledge of the period! The dialogue is authentic, and her characters seem to behave more-or-less appropriately to their era. Some of her
Carrie Olguin
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy Laurens' stories and characters. Her men are men.

Her heroines are the adventurous, independent types without being TSTL (which means they are NOT loners. They are capable of recongnizing danger and are willing to "amass the troups" when the problem is beyond their capabilities. Why so many heroines in romance novels try to do everything without help is beyond me, when in real life, females rarely even go the the ladies room all alone!)

So I am thankful to read about strong willed,
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
A historical romance novel wrapped around a pretty decent mystery. I really liked Penelope (although, Penelope and Barnaby? Really? Terrible names.) - her work ethic, priorities, and logical way of thinking. I sort of want her life. Barnaby was also cool, although the multiple references to "trapping" Penelope and "possessing" her were a bit much. And, I would have read an entire novel about Stokes and Griselda.
This was the first Stephanie Laurens novel I've read. I may find that this is repeat
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think was as good as many of Ms. Laurens' other books, but I did enjoy it for the most part.
I rather liked the way SL described the kiss between Penelope & Barnaby on pages 128 & 129 - rather lovely emotive writing. It felt I was a bystander witnessing the kiss!
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I think the premise of adding some mystery to Laurens books is great. Good book but not one that you can't stand to put down. While, I might read others in this series, it is not one of those series that you have to immediately pick up the next book in the series
Lisa Kay
★★★☆ Not as enjoyable this time around, even if I did do it as a “buddy read.” I actually put it down and it took forever for me to pick it back up. Who ever thought I'd say too many - and long - love scenes? SL should have gotten back to the mystery, which was well done. ...more
Jul 13, 2009 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It had just the right amount of eveything. Suspense, suprise, romance and a nice dose of history. I would read more of the Barnaby Adair series.
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, print
good. fun quick read.
♡PıNaR DeğiRmeNci ♡
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kalbimi affettim Stéphanie Laurens
İnatla kadının kitaplarını okumaya devam ediyorum ama gerçekten öyle uzun öyle uzatmali ki kitapları bazen hadi ama artık bağla diyorsun. Ama işte inat tabiki bende başladım mı bitirmem lazım. Neyse kitabı beğendim ama oğlumuzun yavaş yavaş kalp kazanma taktiği hoşuma gitti. İki kayıp çocukla başlayan serüven hoştu diğer aynasız ile şapkacı kızin hikayesi de güzeldi . Bes yüze yakın sayfa yine de bitti merak ettim yani sonucu 😂neyse okumaya kendine eziyet etmek
Leticia Vega
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
It was ok. Started the series out of order. Perhaps had I started with this one, I might have liked it more.
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: will-read-again
Second book from Stephanie Laurens and still I'm amazed. "Where the Heart Leads" was the second book I've read in her novels and I'm entirely hooked. The reason this was the next book I read was I really liked Barnaby from "The Truth About Love" which was the first book I've read from her.

Story starts off with Penelope Ashford seeking the help of Barnaby Adair to look for missing boys that was intended to be placed in the Foundling House. So they set off to unravel the mystery behind the boys
Deborah Vespo
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I recently read another book from this series "The Casebook of Barnaby Adair" and I loved it. So I went off and found another one. This was the first in the series and is the story of Penelope Ashford, Portia's younger sister who married Simon Cynster from the Cynster series books.

Penelope is the headmistress for a school and home for London's foundling children. Penelope is very devoted to these orphan children and when two of them go missing she is determined to find them and bring them back i
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lori S.
A fairly well written story with just enough action and interesting characters to keep one's interest.

It opens with Penelope Ashford, a Viscount's youngest daughter and Administrator of Foundling House, asking for the help of Barnaby Adair in the disappearance of several young boys. These youngsters were to be taken into the House at the time of their parent's or guardian's death and given not only an education but a chance at an occupation later in life.

As the story unfolds, we discover that th
Sheila Melo
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Cynster Related Book and Start to New Series

WHERE THE HEART LEADS is the first book in the Casebook of Barnaby Adair series. I also consider it part of the Cynster series as both the hero and the heroine have been in the Cynster series. Barnaby Adair is the third son of an earl but because of his father's support of the police, Barnaby has taken to assisting with police investigations especially those involving the ton. Penelope Ashford comes to Barnaby with a case. Boys who are supposed t
Kathleen Burket
Jul 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Another fine novel from Stephanie Laurens. I love the strength of the Laurens' heroines who are respected by their heroes because they are strong, intelligent women. And Laurens' heroes are no sloughes either, but definitely alpha males in charge of their destinies. Barnaby Adair and Penelope Ashford are perfect for each other. Both are unconventional by ton standards. Penelope is the administrator of Foundling House, an orphanage for the children of London's lower classes. Barnaby would rather ...more
Pamela Shropshire
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I'm a huge fan of period mysteries such as Anne Perry so I loved those bits. I thought the mystery and investigation was well done. (At times, I wanted to burst out with tunes from Oliver, but refrained.) I liked the H/h all around. I know some readers were put off by Penelope's bossiness. I had no problem with that (perhaps because I'm a has-to-be-in-control gal myself).

I liked the egalitarian attitudes of the H/h and was enchanted by the secondary romance between Stok
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
"Una vita idilliaca. Da quando l’aveva sposata, aveva imparato cos’era la felicità. Consegnarle le chiavi del loro amore si era rivelata la decisione giusta per trovare finalmente il suo piccolo paradiso in terra"

Come spesso accade nei libri della Laurens anche qui abbiamo un misto di romance (poco) e mistery (troppo) ma per i miei gusti, aldilà della distribuzione squilibrata dei due generi, nessuna delle due componenti è stata gestita bene. La parte investigativa è convincente ma il lettore si
Britney (BookDrunkSloth)
This book was a struggle for me to finish. It just didn't have that appeal to me where I couldn't stop thinking about it or put it down. I would go for days without reading anything.

The weird thing for me is I'm not all that into mysteries or investigative type books. However, the romance was so bad in it, that the investigation was the only reason I finished the thing. I wanted to know who the culprit was and whether or not they captured him and saved all the kidnapped boys.

I have to say that
Trudy Miner
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Barnaby Adair, younger son of the Earl of Cothelstone, has made a name for himself as a criminal investigator and a confirmed bachelor. Penelope Ashford is Portia Cynster's younger sister and runs the Foundling House. However, Penelope's young charges are disappearing and she's desperate to find them so she turns to the one man she knows who can help her, Barnaby Adair. Turning up at his home late one night, Penelope risks everything to beg for his help. Reluctantly, Barnaby agrees to help her a ...more
Jul 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was impressed with this book. I had previously read a Stephanie Laurens book called The Promise in the Kiss, which was okay but didn’t make me want to go out and read any more of her series. When I saw that Where the Heart Leads was this months Group selection I picked it up with trepidation that I was going to have to battle through reading the book. I’m glad I read it. It was excellent and I look forward to reading more of this particular series. It’s reminds me of the Anne Perry series C ...more
May 17, 2009 rated it liked it
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When I first read this book, I'd been waiting breathlessly for Penelope's story and Laurens did not disappoint. This book is one of the few of her latest where she doesn't club us over the head with one of the characters having a secret, different personality.
Penelope is one of the board members of the Foundling House. She is losing her children. Generally, there is a list of children slated to join the Foundling House when they become orphans. But two of the boys have recently disappeared befor
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Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

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