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A Most Extraordinary Pursuit

(Emmeline Truelove #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  893 ratings  ·  196 reviews
Known for “charming, original characters, a large dose of humor, and a plot that’s fantastic fun,”(New York Times beststelling author Jennifer Ashley) Juliana Gray presents an extraordinary novel of an uncommon pursuit...

As the personal secretary of the recently departed Duke of Olympia—and a woman of good character—Miss Emmeline Rose Truelove never expected to be steaming
Paperback, 430 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Berkley
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Christina ~ Brunette Reader
4,5 Stars

This was a most enjoyable Edwardian escapade and so much more. And all tied together by a superb and sophisticated writing smoothly propelling you along the pages like a summer breeze.
A quirky potpourri of diverse genres accompanying the reader from London to Crete, there's mystery, adventure, suspense, mythology, some paranormal undertones and an interesting collision of past, present and future to provide enough intriguing material for the following books.
Miss Emmaline Truelove, ou
This book kind of defies convention, it's historical mystery, splash of romance, paranormal, and time travel. It is also, most definitely, a starter book; we get an introduction to characters and the arc here but you will be left with more questions than answers.

This is labeled as #1 in the series, although there is .5, which I was wishing I had read because for the first 20% of this, I felt hopelessly lost. However, I'm not sure there are elements from the .5 book that would help clue you in f
My review for A Most Extraordinary Pursuit by Juliana Gray will be posted here at a later date. Stay tuned.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ian by: Christina ~ Brunette Readers
The duke has died and his heir is missing. Emmeline is sent on an urgent mission to track him down and avoid disaster. And accompanying her is Lord Silverton who I guess is a cad and a bounder, though with assassins on their trail he might just be the perfect man for the job.


If you've read Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor or any of the many Tintin graphic novels you'll have a reasonably good idea of what to expect in this book. It's not for everyone but I loved it. It really w
Well. That was all a bit odd.

Like no other Juliana Gray book, this was a mixture of road story, sorta-love story (but not), time-travelling and high fantasy of a type I haven't come across since Andrew Lang's opium-dream of a book The World's Desire. All crossed with a dash of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit.

Much to my surprise (since the prequel - The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match was one of my top books of 2016), I didn't enjoy this. Partly that's down to the bizarre combination of genres but m
Rachel Nicole Wagner
3.5/5 stars. *Contains mild spoilers*
I received an ARC e-book of A Most Extraordinary Pursuit by Juliana Gray through Penguin Random House’s First To Read. I’m really excited that I got a chance to read this book prior to its release in October 2016. Before receiving this book, I had never heard of Juliana Gray. Little did I know, Juliana Gray is a pseudonym for New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams, the author of Along the Infinite Sea, Tiny Little Thing, The Secret Life of Viole
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aar, mystery-thriller, arc
I've given this a B at AAR.

Having previously enjoyed Juliana Gray’s historical romances, I was intrigued when I learned she would be venturing into the sub-genre of historical mysteries with her latest series. It is connected to her Princess in Hiding books by virtue of the fact that the plot of A Most Extraordinary Pursuit revolves around the search for the new Duke of Olympia and that the son of the Duke of Ashland (How to Tame Your Duke), Freddie, Lord Silverton, is one of the protagonists. I
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
So, I somehow managed to really enjoy this, while simultaneously feeling like the balance was somehow off.

To start, this book was not the book I thought it was going to be. I think I thought it was going to be more of a cozy mystery set on a yacht. The cover sends off some serious cozy mystery vibes. And the description is all kinds of misleading. Except that it's also very accurate. Basically, this is a really weird book in reality. It's a big mishmash of historical romance, mystery/adventure s
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quirky, unpredictable, and totally enjoyable read with lots of witty repartee! It defies normal classifications and has tons of surprises.
I'm torn because half me keeps saying, 'It was fine, fine. Just let it go with two stars. Or at most a star and a half. It cannot help you not liking it.'
But the more I think about it, the more irritated I feel. It should have been more than fine. All the technical plot points are there to make an exciting, fun adventure story along the lines of my favorite historical mysteries. Yet it falls quite short.
It is formally fine, but emotionally dead.
The problems are twofold: annoying characters and
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was a book that couldn't decide what it wanted to be. It was billed as sort of a historical murder mystery. Ok, fine. Then it added ghosts that talk to the main character. Ok, so it's a supernatural historical murder mystery, but are the ghosts real? Is the main character just hallucinating? That was never explained-it just happened. Then add an thoroughly unlikable main character who is stuffy British in all the WRONG senses of the phrase and who refuses to learn better no matter what. The ...more
Barb in Maryland
Meh, I lost interest around page 161.
I think it was the time-travel bit that finally tipped me out of the book.
I snagged this one because I saw a review for the prequel at Anna's Herding Cats Burning Soup blog. I didn't realize until after I really looked at it closely that the spotlight shifted to a new main character, but that was just fine with me. I do love an intrepid lady on a mission away from all she knows accompanied by a dashing heroic sort.

After closing the book on the last page, I was left somewhat bewildered about this one. A Most Extraordinary Pursuit had a cunning mystery, colorful charact
This a weird book. I've read the Williams books, so I know that the author isn't opposed to some supernatural elements (neither am I), but this combined them in a super weird way. I'm not sure it was bad, but it left me sort of unable to connect to the book and it felt like I was reading it forever, because I never really wanted to be reading it at all.

It took me a very long time to warm up to the heroine of the novel, and I'm still not completely convinced that I did. I don't need to like a pri
Cheryl Sinclair
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Captivating story, loved the characters and the ancient Greek mythology in the story line. Cannot wait for the next book!
One shouldn’t judge a book by its cover…

I picked this up thinking it would be a historical mystery with a touch of romance. Therefore, I was confused when the opening scene was set in present day and read almost like an action thriller novel. Then, just as I was grasping that the book was including time travel of some sort, the ghost of Queen Victoria started talking to our heroine, adding a paranormal element, and I began to wonder if there was any genre A Most Extraordinary Pursuit wasn’t goin
Scottsdale Public Library
Emmeline Truelove was the personal secretary to the late Duke of Olympia. She is instructed by the Duchess of Olympia to find Olympia's heir, Max Haywood, who has not been heard from in several months. Accompanying Emmeline is Lord Silverton who is to be her chaperone and fellow investigator. Off they go on their quest. Emmeline is a strong and highly proper young woman. Although not quite ready for what lies ahead, she rises to the occasion. Lord Silverton doesn't initially impress Emmeline as ...more
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I am a fan of author, Beatriz William and her historical war time period stories. I was intrigued to check out this new book by Juliana Gray. The pseudonym for Beatriz William. I thought this book was a charming book. Lord Silverton was full of wit. He sure kept the journey fun. Plus, I like that he called Emmeline by her last name Truelove. It was endearing. For the time period I found Truelove to be strong and daring. Silverton and Truelove were cute together. This is fine and I actually would ...more
Decided to try this library book as I like historical fiction and time travel. Not sure it would've been worth buying, but glad I listened to it. I did skip the one-minute sections at the beginning of each chapter set in ancient Greece, not feeling I missed a lot.

If you're dead set against any sort of "romance" aspects, you might hesitate on this one, although it's no bodice-ripper. If anything, Truelove's a bit of a prig, making up for her mother's "loose" reputation. Her dashing aristocratic c
Feb 02, 2017 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Nope nope nope nope ALL the nope. Contemporary prologue with "dude/bro" dialogue? Nope. Main character sees hallucinations that have information the main character herself doesn't have? Nope. Hints of anachronistic historical artifacts? Nope/yawn.
Betty Strohecker
I was really looking forward to this book after reading the prequel about the Duke of Olympia, which I rated a 5. However, this novel was a disappointment in several ways. The author used a technique of having the main character, Emmeline Truelove, frequently conversing with her dead father and the dead Queen Victoria, which I found a distraction from the story. I could almost understand using the father to provide a look into Emmeline's backstory, but Queen Victoria made no sense. Also, Juliana ...more
Heather Alderman
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, this wasn't what I was expecting and only sort of enjoyed it. There were some parts that were really great, but most of it I felt was slow and didn't really particularly like the characters. Too bad, because this is one of my favorite authors (Beatriz Williams).
The Lit Bitch
About three chapters into A STRANGE SCOTTISH SHORE, I knew that I needed to read the first book in this series.

For one, I thought it would help me figure out some of the little nuances in the book that I was missing, as well as the backstory for many of the characters and their relationships.

So confession….I put down A STRANGE SCOTTISH SHORE about five chapters in and started reading this one instead. I just felt like there were so many little things that I was missing and I felt like I was chea
Lis Carey
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Emmeline Truelove is in the unusual position, for an Edwardian woman, of being the Duke of Olympia's personal secretary. She's held the post for six years, since the death of her father, who previously held it. The Duke of Olympia is newly dead, his heir is somewhere in the Mediterranean, and the alternative to great-nephew Maximilian Haywood is his younger brother, a dissolute spendthrift.

Haywood has to be found.

The Dowager Duchess asks Miss Truelove to make a trip to Greece to find the heir. S
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. In "A Most Extraordinary Pursuit" is the story of Emma Truelove. She is a very traditional woman who is interested in maintaining her appearance as a fine, upstanding woman. After the Duke of Olympia dies, his secretary Emma is forced to go to Greece in order to find his heir. Lord Silverton, a guy who doesn't seem to take himself too seriously and seems to think that there may be something more to Emma hiding under her prim and proper exterior. Emma seems to think that he might just ...more
Vanessa Price
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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What fun! I thoroughly enjoyed A Most Extraordinary Pursuit. It is not a book I would normally choose, as it's a little romantic and that's not generally my cup of tea, but I am so glad that I won an advance copy through the First to Read program.

Emmeline Truelove is a complicated character who is assertive in a time when women mostly aren't, romantic but trying not to be, and a little crazy as she hallucinates visions of her father and The Q
Book Him Danno
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it

A remarkable novel written in a style which allows it to shift in time but also allows the reader to stay abreast of the plot. The two main characters are both strong willed and capable of achieving their goals. Lord Silverton easily brought to mind a very early 007 with his suave debonair attitude and manner. Miss Truelove cast forth a character which I can only describe as an Emma Peel in the making. I look forward to my next encounter with this daring duo of partners.

I have given this book a
I thought this was pretty wonderful, but I love a good cocktail mystery, adventure, witty banter and romance. To make it even better, Emmeline Truelove is a prickly, brave, fearful woman who unwillingly chats with the Queen of England's ghost and her own dead father when they drop in to tell her what they think of her choices.
Oct 11, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
You know, at times I think I liked this book (I LOVED Silverton! he was a riot) but at other times I felt a bit lost. I don't know if I was reading too fast or what, but I would read a scene which would refer to something a few pages previous, and I totally did not recall reading that. It also didn't help that I was dozing while reading the beginning of the book. (But that was probably my fault, not the author's - I hadn't been sleeping well the past couple of nights.) I would have loved it if i ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a bit at a loss as to how to describe this. Adventure? Time travel elements? Mystery? Rather perplexing. I found emmaline intriguing and reminiscent of Amelia Peabody. I love the setting in Greece. And definitely hope to learn more about Max and Silverton. But at times it dragged and I found it easy to put down. So a B- for me.
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