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Lie by Moonlight (Vanza #4)

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Hired to tutor four orphaned girls at remote, ramshackle Aldwick Castle, Miss Concordia Glade is pleased to find her pupils both eager and bright. Indeed, they are bright enough to have noticed some oddities about their situation. Provided for by an unseen benefactor, they are surrounded at all times by hard-eyed guards in the guise of gardeners - and their previous tutor, ...more
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Published June 7th 2005 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2005)
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Barbara
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-challenge

During the reign of Queen Victoria - when social conventions in England were exceptionally
rigid - twentysomething teacher Concordia Glade has been hired to educate four teenage girls at an 'orphan school' housed in Ardwick Castle. Concordia gets wind of a scheme that (she thinks) involves selling the girls to brothels so - being an unusually intrepid woman - plans a daring escape.

As it happens, a private inquiry agent named Ambrose Wells is hanging around Ardwick Castle during Concordia's risky
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I really enjoyed Lie by Moonlight, and I think a huge part of its charm was listening to it on audio. The narrator has a great voice, she speaks with an English accent, and she modified her voice for the various characters, based on class, gender, and personality. I like how she captured the Victorian feel--both a mystery vibe and a romantic in a classic way vibe. She showed the chemistry that Concordia and Ambrose shared, and also she conveys the sense of family between Concordia and the girls, ...more
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (On Hiatus)
★1.5 Irritated Stars ★


The Vanza series,in my opinion,turned out to be AQ's weakest series compared to her other works.But none of then disappointed or earned a one star from me,as this one.

Weak suspense plot with all the exciting aspects crushed to the last 10%,where the author literally makes the villain narrate every aspect of the 'Evil Plan' so the reader can finally understand what the hell was supposed to have happened this whole time.



Yawn worthy chemistry between our two leads with all mo
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Daniella
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lie by Moonlight had the necessary elements that made it a standard Amanda Quick novel--a stoic hero, an eccentric heroine, a mystery, and a love that blossomed under dangerous circumstances--but there was a certain je ne sais quoi to it that made it very special and very unique even to a well-read and avid AQ fan such as myself. I've read so many of her books now that I've come to recognise a familiar formula in most of them, but that never really bothered me because Ms. Quick almost always man ...more
SheriC (PM)
Of the eight romance novels I’ve read over the last two years, I’ve only rated three better than 2 stars. That’s a lot of bad romance, especially considering the affection with which I used to regard the genre. I was surprised and delighted to find that Lies By Midnight bucks this sorry trend. Perhaps I’ve not become a romance curmudgeon after all.

Plot: Unconventional heroine meets unconventional hero while engaging in heroic activities. Mystery ensues. Growing attraction building to a… climax.
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Lauren
Lie by Moonlight
3.5 Stars

Private inquiry agent, Ambrose Wells, is investigating a suspicious death when he crosses paths with Concordia Glade and her four students escaping from a blazing castle. Soon Concordia and Ambrose are working together to stop a notorious crime lord from carrying out his nefarious plan for the girls.

Anyone who has read Quick's Arcane Society books will immediately recognize Ambrose and Concordia as they are virtually identical to every hero and heroine in that series. W
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Lakshmi C
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story revolves around Ambrose and Concordia, caught in something they can't walk away from.

The book starts with an escape attempt. Concordia, a teacher, helps her students escape a disturbing boarding school. They are helped by a mysterious man, Ambrose Wells, who leads them to safety.

Ambrose and Concordia were equals in every possible way. Both had a mysterious past, an unconventional upbringing and were unusual in their professional approach. Both were big believers in planning and guardin
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Liz
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read and an intriguing mystery.

Amanda Quick seems to get better with each new book. She also seems to be one of the few romance writers who can come up with a heroine -- Concordia Glade, in this story -- who is more than just the usual Lady Doormat. Concordia has a backbone without being a b**ch, is sensitive without being simpering and intelligent without over-apologizing for it. She's a woman with modern ideals trapped in a time where that and her unusual upbringing are scandalous
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Margaret Sisu
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like romance, I like historicals, I like mystery. Amanda Quick combines all 3 like no other, with more than a dash of that invaluable ingredient--humor. An author whose books I reread again and again. I own them all!
Gieliza
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: absolute-fave
5 stars!

I was initially going to give this 4.5 stars, but that ending pushed it to a full 5. No wonder this is the last Vanza book. I did not see that nice twist coming.
Anne
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my all-time favorite Amanda Quick books and when I saw it on audiobook, I snagged it. Ann Flosnik is an amazing narrator and certainly does this justice.

I adore this book for many reasons. I love the heroine and her unconventionality. I love that the hero loves her unconventionality. I love that the students love their teacher and consider her a fantastic role model but also stick up for her (although it is unnecessary). I love that the hero doesn't take money for his services fro
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Pamela(AllHoney)
The fourth book in the Vanza series by Amanda Quick. Lie by Moonlight is the fourth book in Amanda Quick's historical romance series, Vanza. Concordia Glade is the governess of four young charges, Edwina, Phoebe, Hannah, and Theodora. Ambrose Wells is a private investigator who has come to Aldwick Castle to investigate murder.

I did like this book but it wasn't in my opinion one of Ms. Quick's best.
CatBookMom
2018 - It's really too bad the author didn't carry on with this heroine and hero. With the four younger women who were rescued, there could have been several reasonable spin-off stories. Am upping this to 4 stars.

2015 - Enjoyed the mystery elements of this very much, stronger heroine than #1 in this series.
Pamela
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am becoming a fan of her books. This one held my interest, and the interaction between the characters was superb. I loved the mystery and the whole story really flew off the pages. Finished it in one day, up until 3 am to finish...would recommend this one!
Maryam
It was the first of Amanda Quick that i read and i LOVED it. Others which i read later, i found very lengthy and not upto its liking.
Jane (PS)
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Listening on CD - nearly finished and I have really enjoyed it. Given I purchased this, I'll certainly listen to it again...
Kelly
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best romance books I have read in a really long time. The ending even left a happy tearful smile on my face.
Steven
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best of the series.
Natalie
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i only read this one! i didnt even realize it was a series!
Alicia Esparza
a pesar de que con ella voy a la segura siento que le falto amor a esta historia.
Auggie
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleased with this Romance, mostly because the story was so interesting. This teacher, Concordia (What a name!), escapes a burnings castle (they set the castle on fire themselves by the way) with her students. Bad guys are on their tail and it's up to our heroine to save the lives of these young women.

In comes tall, dark, and handsome. Ambrose kind of takes over, but not really because our heroine didn't have things under control. His showing up is more of just a happy accident. So, we don'
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Kathi Sharp
May 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
With every Amanda Quick book I read I seem to find my new favorite couple but Concordia Glade and Ambrose Wells have got to be the absolute best couple (or at least equal with Lavinia Lake and Tobias March). She is intelligent (of course), resourceful, perceptive and a fierce protector of her students. He is the embodiment of the knightly virtues. It is a joy to watch them fall in love.

The wit and humor in Lie by Moonlight had me literally laughing out loud. The mystery of Aldwick Castle and the
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Juliana
Jan 19, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This was recommended to me, and I'd decided I ought to know more than nothing about the romance genre, so here we go.

The good:
-I did not at any point want to throw the book across the room.
-There was at least some explanation for why Victorian characters had suspiciously modern attitudes towards sex and gender (and let's face it, traditional Victorian morals are pretty squicky.)
-I was kind of amused at times.

The bad:
-Definitely many *eyeroll* moments
-What, you think there was realistic just
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Jackie
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last practicing Vanza student is an interesting man who runs an inquiry service that relies on favors for payment. Ambrose Wells stars an inquiry into the death of a woman who worked at the Doncaster Bath. Her sister will not believe that the death was accidental. This investigation brings him to Aldwick Castle just as Miss Concordia Glade and her four students are leaving in the middle of the night after sabotaging the castle. The ladies feel that they are in danger and Ambrose arrives just ...more
Melissa Levine
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
My most favorite part in this book was after Ambrose and Concordia, were found together in the middle of the night by one of the girls. The next morning as Concordia heads off to the library to get ready for the girls classes, the girls decide to have a chat with Ambrose. Basically informing him that although Concordia knows a lot, she's pretty much clueless when it comes to being with men. That was just priceless. haha

One question though...what was with the flower tattoo? How was that Vanza rel
...more
Laureen
Feb 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, romance
I was already expecting I wasn't going to enjoy this book since it's not my kind of read anymore; I only wanted to finish the series that was long forgotten on my list. I didn't imagine it would be so bad. It wasn't the worst book I ever read but it's not that far behind. The vocabulary was so stiffen and awkward, especially the dialogues. And don't get me started with the awful names! Even the names added more awkwardness to the narrative... It was so painful. The most unoriginal descriptions a ...more
Stacie  M. Ritchie
Concordia Glade is a respectable governess to young girls. She accepts a once in a lifetime position and realizes something is very wrong from the beginning. When her four students are threatened, she breaks them out with the help of a mystery man. They contrive to hide once they are in London. The mystery man, Ambrose Wells, is intrigued by the group and invites them to stay in his home. The sparks that fly between him and Concordia are great, and they can’t avoid them. The intrigues that happe ...more
Jean
This novel is definitely different from her other novels though I haven't read the first few Vanza novels before this one. While most of this author's novels primarily focus on the two main characters, we do have several supporting characters to make for an interesting dynamic. On a whole, the two main characters appeared to work well with each other with more palatable amount stubbornness from the heroine and overbearingness from the hero -- not the typical excessive amount of stubbornness or o ...more
Pam Nelson
4 Lie by Moonlight Stars

Not my favorite sub-genre but I quite enjoyed the mystery of this. And how helpful the teacher Concordia was and what she did for her charges.

The girls were funny and so sweet they only wanted what was best for their teacher.

The romance comes from Ambrose who not only helps the teacher and gets the girls to safety. But who is determined to solve the mystery surrounding the teacher and her charges to find out why they were fleeing from the ‘orphan school.’
Overall I lik
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Lara
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts with action and keeps going for a while. The heroine is unconventional, and willing to risk her life for her charges. Despite her upbringing, she is rather naive, and doesn't understand how what she experiences compares to what she has seen in terms of men's interests in her.

I was initially worried about including the young ladies, but found that they added a light energy to the story and kept Cordelia on her toes. I was pleased that the villain was a bit unconventional as well,
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“I am well aware that for some, love and passion do not always follow the traditional path” 6 likes
“Whoever John Stoner is, he is no magician. He could not have made you into a hero if you had not already possessed the raw material." -Concordia Glade to Ambrose Wills.” 5 likes
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