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Solving Sophronia

(The Blue Orchid Society #1)

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Lady Sophronia Bremerton is a far cry from the typical debutante, but she's the toast of London's upper class for one simple reason: she's a society columnist for the London Illustrated News, and the gentry loves seeing their exploits printed in the gossip pages. But Sophie has bigger plans - she aspires to be an investigative reporter. When a stuffy ballroom at yet anothe ...more
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Published May 1st 2020 by Covenant Communications
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
INTRIGUING HISTORICAL MYSTERY WITH A SPLASH OF ROMANCE

You might be tempted to think that this is mainly a historical romance book, but that is actually not the case. This is far more historical mystery - a good one at that - that features a bit of romance. This is the first book in a series about the Blue Orchid Society, a band of young women in Victorian England who set out to make their own destinies without the interference or need of men. When I first read this premise, I had a bad premoniti
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Julie Carpenter
Fabulous, captivating and a new favorite! I am really excited about this new series and love the idea behind it, especially the name. The Blue Orchid society!

I highly recommend that when you read it, make sure that you take the time to read the author's note as well. I loved her thoughts into the story and this time period. Especially the whys of the women and the creating of this group of women.

Sophronia (Sophie) was such a fun character. I loved her insights into society and her navigating of
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Melissa
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this mystery romance. Sophronia is a great character, flawed and honest with courage. I enjoyed reading her story and am glad this is just the beginning of the Orchid society books. This is what I call a step by step mystery. You follow the characters and try to follow their clues as they solve a murder. This was well done. Everything was pretty realistic. There are several murders and attempted murders in this book. Everything is kept on the not too detailed side especially because th ...more
Connie
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lady Sophronia writes a society column for the Illustrated London News but wishes to become a real news reporter. She has an amazing talent for detailed drawings. When she stumbles upon a murder scene, she decides to use the opportunity to try some real investigating. If only Detective Jonathan Graham will acknowledge her ability to contribute.

This is a fun story. The characters are wonderful. The mystery is satisfactory. The clues are given at a good pace. It’s pretty easily solvable, but I sti
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Julie
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am going to gush about this new book, Solving Sophronia, by Jennifer Moore. It is SO GOOD! I stayed up way too late reading it, then woke up to finish it first thing in the morning. That's how compelling it is. I love that this is a Victorian mystery romance and the author seamlessly blends so many aspects of a complicated crime with a complicated romantic relationship. It was very well-done.

The beginning was obviously a set up for the rest of the series when we are witness to the formation of
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Mara
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love mysteries, romance, historical romances, stories with women that push the boundaries of their time, and I got all of that and more in the first book in Jennifer Moore's new series. Lady Sophronia Bremerton isn't your typical Victorian lady. She and four other young women formed The Blue Orchid Society--a sisterhood where they'll follow their dreams despite the obstacles they may face. Sophronia (Sophie) works at a newspaper writing the society column, but her dream is to write serious pie ...more
Alisha
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ongoing-series
A fast-moving Victorian mystery with the potential for future intrigue.
Lady Sophronia writes and illustrates a society column for a London paper, but she wants a more serious position: news reporter. So when she hears about an unexplained murder in the area, she immediately puts herself front and center in the investigation, which the detective on the case does not at all appreciate. Much to his chagrin, he discovers he may need her connections and her wits to help apprehend the criminal.
Lady So
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
In the Victorian Era, being a woman was tough. They were on the verge of gaining freedoms, but society wanted to hold them back.

The Blue Orchid Society is a series of books that feature women who have dreams and all of them meet to discuss their plans and ways to accomplish them.

This book features Sophronia, she wants to be a writer for the newspaper, not just the society columnist. She longs to be taken seriously and shows that she is capable of contributing more than inconsequential informatio
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Camille
I always enjoy a good mystery, especially one set in a Regency setting and woven with a lovely romance, and Solving Sophronia was no exception.

Lady Sophronia has ambitions to become a reporter. Her desire to find a breaking story that will allow her dreams to come true lead her to a murder investigation headed by the handsome Detective Jonathan Graham. He has no desire for her assistance, but when her observations prove helpful—much to his dismay—he tentatively agrees, leading the two on an adv
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Samantha Hastings
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A twisty mystery with sweet romance!

Lady Sophronia wants to be more than a society columnist, she wants to write newspaper articles that matter. She happens upon a murder investigation and much to the dismay the head detective, she’s really helpful. But as the dead bodies stack up, they have to solve the mystery before becoming the newest victims.

Sophie is a very sympathetic character because her mom and sister are THE WORST. Complaining about her looks and her weight. But luckily, she has a u
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linda hole
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was not for me... I am not saying It a bad book. When I read the synopsis of this book , I guess I expected something completely different. What I do like about this book is the Main female character differs from other females from her class.She expects more out of life. The plot sounded to me intriguing But it becomes too thin. And the romance in the book feels too rushed. But thank you to netgalley for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review
Lucinda
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a great story!

This is the first book in the new series, about a group of young ladies who become friends and support each other in their goals.

I was glad to see Sophie's grandmother in the story as she's the one in the prequel.

Sophie is a noblewoman and is also the author/illustrator of a society column. She aspires to be a real journalist and when the opportunity rises to join a murder investigation, she becomes useful to the detective.

I wasn't too sure about Jonathan in the beginning, b
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A. L. Sowards
This was a really fun read. It’s about a Victorian lady and a police detective who fall in love while investigating a murder. Sophie is a society columnist for a London newspaper, but she wants to write about real news and convinces Detective Jonathan Graham to let her tag along. It turns out that they make a good team—for solving crimes, and maybe for other things too. I enjoy stories that include characters overcoming some of the artificial divisions humans put up (in the case of this book, cl ...more
Sydney
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-copy, 2020-read
From the turn of the very first page, readers will be pulled into the mystery and romance of this charming Victorian story. The characters are absolutely delightful. Readers will thoroughly enjoy Sophie Bremerton, an aspiring reporter, and Jonathan Graham, a detective, as they come together and solve a murder case. Sophie is resilient and is determined to follow her dreams. This story is engaging and intriguing with mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very end of the book. A fabulo ...more
Amy
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is not your average historical fiction romance! Set in the Victorian era, Solving Sophronia has it all. Rich storyline, with a large cast led by Sophie & Jonathan who’s friendship begins with an interesting working relationship born out of unwanted compromise. For Sophie, she has aspirations as a reporter, in a career that seldom recognized women for anything deeper than the society gossip pages & fashion. I admired her resilience. She knew the limits, yet still sought out the opportunities ...more
Sheila
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Solving Sophronia was the perfect book I needed to read right now. Sophronia, or Sophie a young lady of high society in the early 1870's wants more than to be just a "Lady". She wants to be a serious journalist which just isn't done by a lady of the Gentry. One evening at a high society ball, Sophie and four other young women form the Blue Orchid Society determined to reach beyond the stilted walls of society and race after their dreams. This first book is all about Sophie, and other books will ...more
Lori
Jun 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
A fun read by Jennifer Moore that I got into at once and couldn’t put it down.
This book has a little bit of everything in it including some mystery to vamp things up a bit and that I felt the mystery part is what made the book take off.
Wonderful characters and an excellent plot to go along with it this book will be sure to keep you on the edge of your seat until it is finished!
I enjoyed in getting to know Sophronia. I hope to get to read more about her in the future.
She has spunk that’s for su
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Karen
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have loved all the books by this author. This is no exception. What a fun new series. This is about a woman who inserts herself in a murder investigation. Sophie steps out of what is expected of someone of her station. The relationship between her and the detective, Johnathon, is unorthodox. A lady and a detective, is not the ideal relationship but doesn’t make it any less sweet.
JaNel
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Cathy
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! I loved everything about it. Before I get into why, make sure you check out Emmeline by Jennifer Moore. It’s kind of a prequel novella. In my opinion, you don’t need to read it first. But it’s FREE through the end of the month. Grab it fast!

Back to Sophronia. This book is a Victorian romance, but it’s so much more. There is murder, danger, intrigue…and Lady Sophronia is in the middle of all of it!

Lady Sophronia is such a great young woman. She’s part of the ton, but has ne
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NaDell
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! I was lucky to get to read an advanced copy of this fun Victorian mystery romance detective reporter story and I LOVED it! Sophronia is a lady of Society and also reports to a newspaper with the happenings of Society events with pictures. She wants to write about things that matter more than Society events and gets her chance one day as she happens upon a crime scene just after the police arrive. Jonathon is a detective and doesn't want any help from Sophronia, but she makes some ...more
Donna Weaver
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Lady Sophronia Bremerton is a far cry from the typical debutante, but she's the toast of London's upper class for one simple reason: she's a society columnist for the London Illustrated News, and the gentry loves seeing their exploits printed in the gossip pages. But Sophie has bigger plans - she aspires to be an investigative reporter. When a stuffy ballroom at yet another Season proves to be nothing more than the usual rumor mill, Sophie seeks respite in the library alongside fo
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
SOLVING SOPHRONIA is the beginning of a series about a group of women who start as acquaintances, but become friends when they form the Blue Orchid Society. They each have their own dreams and find society in general, particularly men, are not approving of such, but they decide to set goals to achieve their dreams regardless. This first story focuses on Sophronia and her desire to become a news journalist. She curiously becomes involved in a murder investigation against the lead detective's wish ...more
Bookconfessions
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love books that show that women can be feminine and strong. Strong women don't all fit the same mold. By page 7 of Jennifer Moore's latest release "Solving Sophronia" I was already fascinated with all the future members of The Blue Orchid Society.

This series wont be books all about reporters, or all about nurses, each subsequent book with take it's own unique direction and I can't wait to get to know each of these characters individually. 

The tension between Sophie and Jonathan was very well w
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 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Romance/Mystery, period, clean; Series, but stand alone read;
Sophie and her friends are tired of women not being treated as capable, strong, intelligent, etc. They form a society of friends with pins, inspired by a group of cavalier gentlemen are wearing to promote their intellectual curiosity, success, and endeavors as women, fighting the norms and restrictions that society has imposed on them, and encouraging each other to reach their dreams and live them, forming the Blue Orchid Society. Soph
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Leann Arave
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great read, by a great author. It was a murder mystery romance, that took place during the Victorian era. Lady Sophronia was not your typical high society lady. She was Miss Propriety, the society columnist for the newspaper, but what she wanted to be was a real journalist. Sophie has a very strong determination and personality, but she also came to know she had a soft spot in her heart. Jonathan, is the detective, investigating a murder, when Sophie happened upon the crime scene. He ...more
Shana
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Women seek fulfillment besides marriage

This series is about women of the ton in the 1800’s that have been disappointed with their seasons. They are an intellectual bunch that seek more than the typical talents that women are supposed to have to become a wife. The first young woman Sophronia is a talented sketch artist and wants to be a true newspaper reporter, instead of a fashion or gossip reporter of the ton. She is fortunate to stumble upon a murder and becomes involved with the detective wor
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Wendy Davis
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Jennifer Moore’s books and this book did not disappoint! I love her strong heroines and the clever way she intertwines mystery and sweet romance. It was refreshing to read a book where women support and encourage each other rather than competing for status and reputation. You can’t help but fall in love with the intelligent and kind Sophronia and the complicated and intriguing Jonathan. My only disappointment lies in waiting for the release of the next book in the series!
Chesney
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another winner from Jennifer Moore! This is so different from her previous novels. It’s got a murder, solving crimes, and the feel of a Sherlock Holmes mystery. I can’t wait to learn more about the Blue Orchid Society members!
Elise Rose
3.5 stars. Quick, fun read with a great mystery. Obviously, the romance was the focus, but it was balanced well with the other aspects of the plot. I only wish there was a bit more of the Blue Orchid society itself. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series (if/when it comes out...?).
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Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family.

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