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The Orphan Pearl

(No Better Angels #3)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  20 reviews
All's fair in love and war...

Lady Lily Spark has been missing, presumed dead, for years. Now she’s back in England. She holds a secret that could change the course of history. And she has no intention of giving it—or herself—up to anyone.

John Tacitus Ware doesn’t know Lily’s secret. All he knows is that she has one—and he’ll have to win it from her if he wants to regain h
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Little Phrase (first published January 1st 2015)
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Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
(reviewed from an e-arc provided by NetGalley)

I used to be more of a mystery fan, so I came to romance with an automatic suspicion about any character who's disappeared and is assumed dead. So it was no surprise to learn that Lily, the dead sister of the hero of The Secret Heart, was only mostly dead. Actually, she ran away from home, married a Turk, and has been laboriously making her way back to England since his murder -- carrying a most valuable item with her. But after being welcomed home b
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it

Do I have a tombstone somewhere? I ought to visit it. Pay my respects.

Another solid example of a darker historical with compelling characters. However, this time the romance did get bogged down by the whole pearl shtick. I liked the political machinations, but I wasn't crazy about the pearl being at the centre of it all. But hey, that's just me.
May 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: victorian
If you like a historical romance with political intrigue, you may want to read this book. Although the story is the third in the series, it can be read as stand-alone. As with previous two books, the author gave us two very imperfect characters. Lily, the wayward daughter of the duke, disappeared ten years ago while traveling in Egypt only to reappear again in London at the beginning of the story with a very valuable item - perfect pearl named for its uniqueness "the Orphan Girl". The gem was so ...more
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Satie's third book is stronger than her first two, although it still suffers from some lack of character goals/motivation, as well as a slight overabundance of plot.

Lady Lily Spark (sister of Adam, hero of book #1), returns to England after mysteriously disappearing in Egypt years earlier. We hear why she left—her father threatened her with marriage to a much older man after catching her having sex with her lover, and she fled to escape his domineering control—and why she's come home—her hus
DNF - just couldn't get into it. Very dense with the political intrigue, and the MCs wore me out. ...more
Erin Books
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Erin Satie writes these wonderful books that sit in the place between litfic filled with awful people falling in love and having crises about it and happy, sappy romances. She writes difficult people, self-serving and ambitious and complicated- but never irredeemable. The villains are never cartoonish; the Duke is arguably the bad guy here, and there was a wonderful moment where Lily and Adam talk about what a good father he was when they were young. Her people and their relationships are immens ...more
K. Lincoln
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting heroine who is both flighty and determined. She seems to make quick decisions that are brash, (such as stealing a politically important priceless pearl) but also values her independence. I'm not sure i'm convinced by the central romance on her side. The hero is awfully closed off and switches his life goals soooooo easily. I do love the incorporation of prior hero/heroine couple into the plot; particularly seeing Clive not always cast in a good light. This series does have characters ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
John is mostly clueless. Not the most attractive hero in terms of the many mis-steps he makes as a political intriguer, and as a romantic partner. Lily is clearly the sharper pencil in the box between them. But they eventually work through all the difficulties and fraught scenes towards their HEA. Satie doesn't write comfortable books so there is always some sense of a deliberate distancing between the action and the readers' reaction to it. Always interesting! ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
My very first question is this: is the author related to the composer? My second is why that sub-title, nothing angelic about anyone.

Our heroine, the lovely Lady Lily, wants nothing to do with the future planned for her by her autocratic father and on a visit to Alexandria escapes her brother's care and disappears, not knowing they would give her up as dead. She marries, her husband dies and she somehow walks hundreds of miles to get on a ship that will take her home to England and her autocrati
Lily has returned home to London, after being presumed dead. She has secrets from the middle east and John, from the foreign correspondence department, is assigned to find out what she know. This is an interesting set up, I was interested in Lily's story and how she acclimated to London society after living abroad for so long. Unfortunately, there was a lot of politics and secondary story that dragged the story down. I didn't feel the spark between Lily and John, they didn't spend much time toge ...more
THE ORPHAN PEARL by Erin Satie is an interesting Victorian Historical Romance. #3 in "No Better Angels, but can be read as a stand alone. This was my first time reading Erin Satie, and I enjoyed this story. I hope to read the fourth and final installment in "No Better Angels". I also, intend to go back in read the other two in this intriguing story.
This is Lady Lily Spark and John Tacitus Ware's story.
Lily, presumed dead for years has returned to the land of the living with a dangerous secret, o
May 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this more than I actually did. There are many good elements here, and the characters have some complexity and their relationships are not cut-and-dried, but I also did not find them particularly engaging and was not drawn in.

There were some continuity issues also - lapses in location, positioning, etc. - that probably wouldn't have bothered me so much if I was more invested. Since I was emotionally skimming across the top of the story, the editorial turbulence bothered me.

2.5 st
Kathy Cohen
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it
There is something mesmerizing about Satie's characters--they always seem to be on their way to a trainwreck. This is the third in her Better Angels series; you can read it independently, but it helps to know the relationships from the earlier novels. Set in 1840, the protagonists, Lily and John, are escaping (or running toward) their pasts and their futures, and they are caught up in foreign intrigue between the European powers and the Ottoman empire. What saves these headstrong, selfish, self- ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I appreciate that this book was set outside of a ballroom, and involved political affairs in the Ottoman Empire. I could have used more description of what happened to the heroine, Lady Lily Stark, during her ten years away from England. The romance didn't quite feel real to me, perhaps it was too subtle for me to fully appreciate? I just didn't quite get why or when or how these two characters fell in love. ...more
Read this four months ago and it did not make much of an impression on me. The heroine had a secret pearl in her possession and the back story surrounding it seemed a bit strained to me at times. (3/5)
I am always so impressed with Satie's ability to make me care for unapologetically ruthless characters. I loved Lady Lily.

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Jacqueline Passey Mason
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Loved it! I really enjoyed how the third book brought together characters from the first two books as well as adding a new couple.
May 14, 2015 added it
Shelves: romance, historical
Such a good book!
Mandi Schreiner
Apr 12, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNFing at 35%. I just can't get into this one. Too much secret spy stuff has my head spinning. Lack of romance too.

I adored the previous book - highly rec that one. This one is just a miss.
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great balance of political intrigue and romance.
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