Above the Bay of Angels
Isabella Waverly only means to comfort the woman felled on a London street. In her final dying moments, she thrusts a letter into Bella’s hand. It’s an offer...more
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Above the Bay of Angels takes place during the reign of Queen Victoria and presents a slightly fantastical but very enjoyable story about a servant who manages to rise above her current position in life. Bella comes from a good family but is impoverished and due to an amazing stroke of luck finds herself working at Buckingham Palace. A ...more
Isabella Waverley, an educated girl from an aristocratic family was forced to work as a maid when her mother died and her father squandered everything they had on the demon drink. Discovering that she enjoys cooking, she manages to train in the kitchen of a large house and through a twist of fate ...more
Isabella Waverly thought she had all the stars aligned. She came from a good family with her father having served in India with the Bengal Lancers. She and her sister Louisa were well educated and adored by their mother.
But sometimes that Big Dipper allows those stars to spill out in all directions in the heavens vastly changing the original intent. Roddy Waverly left his command with the Bengal Lancers and returned to London due to ...more
Through an unfortunate accident Bella finds an opportunity presents itself and if ...more
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When her aristocratic father lapses into alcoholism, Bella Waverly must forget about school and go into service to support her family. Motherless and without any practical training, she finds herself at the very bottom of Britain's social ladder. As a scullery maid, she lugs coal up multiple flights of stairs all day and collapses into a dreamless sleep at night. Though she gradually works her way up to assistant baker she doesn't see much of a future for ...more
When her parents die, aristocrat Isabella Waverly is forced to go into service. She becomes a chef in the Queen's household and chosen to accompany the queen to Nice. Then the threat of blackmail shadows Bella to the Riviera, and a member of the queen’s retinue falls ill and dies.
I enjoyed the historical background but the story and characters were a bit unrealistic. I would put this more into a cozy read genre.
This book paints a sad picture initially as we meet a young woman in London working below stairs for little reward plus a dollop of cruelty. Her story is a moving one as she was born to aristocracy but her father does not support his two daughters after the death of his wife since he prefers alcohol. Then he dies. Bella supports her ...more
This is a historical story I enjoyed a lot and the first Rhys Bowen book I've read.
Isabella comes from a good family fallen onto hard times and finds herself working as a maid at age 15. Her mother is dead, her father an out of work alcoholic and it's up to her to look after her younger sister. An unexpected incident ends with her working at Queen Victoria's palace. She loves her job in the kitchen and is determined to become a pastry chef, her ...more
I'm saddened to say that this book was not one of my favorites of any Rhys Bowen book. To me it was tedious to get into, and I found myself skipping forward to get to the plot of the book - the actual murder.
I've read all the Rhys Bowen Royal Spyness books, and know that she leaves the actual murder, many times towards the late middle or closer to the ending, as she builds up the characters, but with this book, the murder takes place ...more
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This breezy historical mystery is written by the well-known author of the Royal Spyness series (among others), Rhys Bowen. I've never read any of her books before, and so was intrigued tp read, "Above the Bay of Angels," which features identity theft, a fall from gentility and a heroine who is working hard to establish herself in a man's world.
I really wanted to love this book. I adore historical ...more
I am long time fan of Rhys Bowen. I have read and enjoyed almost all of her backlist so I was excited to see a new entry of hers in historical fiction. Above the Bay of Angels tells the tale of Isabella Waverly, a girl who was forced into being a servant because her father died. At the being of the novel, Isabella comes across an accident. A girl is dying and she stays with ...more
The background of this book was well researched, and the details of life in a royal kitchen were interesting. The information on what people ate at that time was fascinating as well. The ...more
And the biggest thank you to Ms. Janet Quin-Harkin, my favorite author for mailing me an advanced copy of the book, personally
Above the Bay of Angels is a stand alone novel. Set in the beginning of the 20th century, main protagonist, Isabella Waverly, is seeking for a life of independence ...more
Anything involving the history of the British monarchs has always held my interest, so when I saw the opportunity to read an ARC for Above the Bay of Angels I knew I had to request it. I ended up enjoying it even more than I thought I would.
The story follows Isabelle Waverly, whose family falls apart and loses its fortune and standing in society because of her father’s drinking problem. She has to go into servitude to provide for her ...more
Isabella Waverly only means to comfort the woman felled on a London street. In her final dying moments, she thrusts a letter into Bella’s hand. It’s an offer of employment in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace, and everything the budding young chef desperately wants: an escape from the constrictions of her life as a lowly servant. In the stranger’s stead, Bella can spread her wings.
Arriving as Helen Barton from Yorkshire, she pursues her passion for creating ...more
Isabella ( Bella) Waverly has had a rough go of it in life, of which all of it beyond her control, up to the present where the story begins. A twist of fate allows Bella to escape her current situation and allows her an escape, to flourish, and allows her to find herself and her destiny in ...more
Just about any book written by Rhys Bowen will be a winner. Ms. Bowen's voice and style of writing transcend the periods that she sets her novels.
Her latest novel, Above the Bay of Angels, is no different in that regard. From the beginning, you feel you are in Victorian England. The sights and smells are vivid. And the protagonist's trials are at once believable, for they could happen in today's time with only a slight difference. Being a single ...more
I have recently published two internationally bestselling WWII novels, one of them a #1 Kindle bestseller, the other selling almost half a million copies to date.
I also write the Agatha-winning Royal Spyness series, about the British royal family in ...more