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The Crystal Cage

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Captivated…or captured?

Appearances don't always reveal the truth. Grace Latimer knows this better than most. Illusions of commitment and comfort have her trapped—until bohemian adventurer Nick Heysham charms his way into her world. Commissioned to recover a Great Exhibition architect's missing designs, he persuades her to assist in his research. The mystery of the Crystal
ebook, 264 pages
Published August 4th 2014 by Harlequin E (first published January 1st 2014)
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
2.5 out of 5 stars

This is a book that came up on an Instafreebie deal, set in the present day and 1851, the story follows the quest to track down missing designs from an architect who worked at the Great Exhibition in London in the process, unlocking secrets and a love affair shattered. I loved the Historical element of the story set in 1851, however I didn’t enjoy reading the present day perspective as much. Grace the main character I found to be quite unenjoyable at times since she preferred t
Sep 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Allingham runs two parallel love stories with the past reaching an arm to the present. Two women hundreds of years apart with eerily comparable stories given their individual eras.

The Great Exhibition is presented in extreme detail along with Victorian England en toto. Very well researched, allowing the reader to become part of the setting as well as narrative. The details paid to Grace and her quest once again appreciated, adding plausibility to the character and her sleuth skills.

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Erin Al-Mehairi
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book! I love historical romances in which either the characters time travel, or the book time travels. The Crystal Cage juxtaposes between modern and the Victorian Era. The author does this very well, leaving me grappling to go forth between the times to discover the mysteries presented. As historical fiction is my favorite genre, I also enjoyed the historical details that she weaved throughout the story in the past and how much research she put into mid-1800s Victorian L ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"The Crystal Cage" is a historical fiction with a heavy mystery element to it. The story takes place both in the present and also during the Great Exhibition during the mid to late 1800s. In this book, Grace is a researcher who is called upon by Nick, a modern day adventurer, to help him solve a mystery about what may have happened to some famous (and missing) architectural designs. At first, Grace is not sure that she really wants to help but she goes along with it anyway and ends up discoverin ...more
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I will admit that The Crystal Cage took a bit to garner my full attention, but once it did I was hooked. The build up of the story and the development of the characters, at first, seemed to move a little slow for me. However, about a quarter of the way through, it really started to take off.

I'm a huge sucker for historical romance. I love that this book took place in both the past, during the Great Exhibition, and the present. Both time periods mirror each other beautifully. Grace and Nick, the
Mary Jane
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing and skilfully drawn story. 2 Sep 2014

By Mary Jane Hallowell

Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

The Crystal Cage explores the lives of two women who face the same dilemmas, even though they live 150 years apart: Grace in today's society, and Alessia in Victorian times. How Grace and Alessia cope with these issues and the eventual conclusion is told in a tale which is poignant but without sentimentality, and an intriguing and skilfully drawn plot. The result?
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Liked the historical story about the Great Exhibition. The love story that from that era is well written. But the present day characters somehow didn't gel for me, and I was disappointed.

But Merryn's new book Daisy's War is a winner!
Debbie Flint
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved the mix of eras and historical facts, kept me wanting to turn pages. Well done. Charming.
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Probably more a 3.5, but feeling generous! It was an enjoyable read, I don't usually choose historical romance, but liked the mix of story lines. I did wonder if the author was hinting at something not then developed in the modern story line with the changes in Nick, something more sinister, but if there is ever a sequel maybe that would come out.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 03, 2015 10:18AM  
I was born into an army family and spent my childhood moving around the UK and abroad. Unsurprisingly it gave me itchy feet and in my twenties I escaped an unloved secretarial career to work as cabin crew and see the world.

I still love to travel and visit new places, especially those with an interesting history, but the arrival of marriage, children and cats meant a more settled life in the south