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The Lady Jewel Diviner

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Diamonds, Death, and Devonshire tea…

Miss Elinor Avely's proper upbringing cannot prepare her for the tiny, spinster vampire who crashes into her sitting room and demands to be fed with a sheep.

Elinor already has enough troubles without having to catch ruminants. First, her secret gift for divining jewels has landed her in scandal, exiling her from London society. Second, a nobleman of dubious repute wants her to find a cache of smuggled jewels, hidden somewhere along the Devon coastline. Last – and worst – she is invited to cream tea at the local manor. And while the autocratic and magnificent Earl of Beresford might be there (and perhaps the jewels themselves too), Beresford is the last person Elinor wants to meet over cream tea.

When a dead body is discovered along the cliffs, of course, such delicate considerations become secondary. Fortunately, Elinor now has a small vampiric chaperone – even if said spinster has a habit of appearing stark naked – and together they are ready to risk the hard questions.

Where are the jewels hidden? Who killed the smuggler? And just when is the cream tea being served?

255 pages, Kindle Edition

First published January 11, 2021

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Rosalie Oaks

7 books78 followers
Rosalie Oaks writes magic and mystery into Regency England, with side servings of jam, jewels, and the occasional naked shapeshifter.

As a child, Rosalie loved conducting home-made theatre productions with her three younger brothers. Now she directs her characters instead, but like her brothers, they don’t always do what she says.

While writing, Rosalie consumes vast quantities of tea and chocolate. Fuelled by such divine sustenance, her debut series, the Lady Diviner series, released in January 2021.

Join Rosalie’s newsletter to get writing updates, as well as the exclusive prequel novella, A Pendant for Trouble. Find out more at https://rosalieoaks.com

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Author 16 books2,261 followers
November 9, 2021
An utterly delightful alt-regency fantasy with a light romance line that is all it needs to be. Our dear Elinor has retired to the country in disgrace after a great social faux-pas. The story opens with Elinor adopting a miniature vampiress chaperone and then discovering a smuggling operation that involves people as well as jewels. Add to that the shockingly un-ladylike ability to divine the location of said jewels, as well as a spurned not-quite-lover and a dollop of legendary plum jam, and you've an absolute treat to read. Also, I burst out laughing at the high-action climactic moment of the book, and really, how can I not love a book that does that for me?

Definitely recommend!
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Author 10 books1,268 followers
November 22, 2020
I had the pleasure of reading The Lady Jewel Diviner before its release, though I've still ordered a copy of my own for posterity. This book was a lovely, low-stress read that included many of the things I most enjoy in a novel. It was humorous, witty, and magical by turns, and it went to great pains never to take itself too seriously.

The story begins with Miss Elinor Avely, who has recently found herself in social exile in Devonshire. We soon find out that Elinor has the magical ability to hear the "singing" of nearby jewels; after a misunderstanding in London, where Elinor was accused of attempting to steal a jewelled necklace, she was forced to disappear from polite society. Naturally, the lady is now attempting to lay low and avoid making waves. Within a few pages, however, a tiny naked vampire has crashed through Elinor's window, asking to feed upon a sheep.

A cozy mystery follows, at a sedate but humorous sort of pace. All the while, Elinor does her best to hide her new vampiric chaperone (a small lady of very fine breeding, in spite of her initial appearance), avoid the handsome Lord Beresford and his delicious Beresford jam, and uncover the location of another missing jewel. Somehow, this all culminates in quite the dramatic comedic shown-down, during which time I laughed loudly enough to spook my cat.

All in all, The Lady Jewel Diviner is a sweet comfort read, with plenty of wit and comedy. Every Regency novel should come with magical powers and tiny naked vampires. I cannot wait to see what Rosalie Oaks writes next.
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525 reviews28 followers
January 11, 2021
'Miss Elinor Avely's proper upbringing cannot prepare her for the tiny, spinster vampire who crashes into her sitting room and demands to be fed with a sheep.

Elinor already has enough troubles without having to catch ruminants. First, her secret gift for divining jewels has landed her in scandal, exiling her from London society. Second, a nobleman of dubious repute wants her to find a cache of smuggled jewels, hidden somewhere along the Devon coastline. Last – and worst – she is invited to cream tea at the local manor. And while the autocratic and magnificent Earl of Beresford might be there (and perhaps the jewels themselves too), Beresford is the last person Elinor wants to meet over cream tea.

When a dead body is discovered along the cliffs, of course, such delicate considerations become secondary. Fortunately, Elinor now has a small vampiric chaperone – even if said spinster has a habit of appearing stark naked – and together they are ready to risk the hard questions.'

The Lady Jewel Diviner is the first book in Rosalie Oaks' debut series and is a historical mystery with a paranormal twist.

Although this is the first book in the series, I would highly recommend reading the prequel novella first as it details Elinor's ability to sense nearby jewels and the events leading up to where this book kicks off. Elinor and her family have removed to Devon in disgrace and Elinor is now at odds with the Earl of Beresford.

I love Elinor, she is quirky and amusing and takes everything going on around her with aplomb. I love the dynamic between Elinor and Beresford. He's very haughty and overbearing in this book and Elinor is having none of it. And when they're not at odds they are teasing and bickering. I adore them. I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of the book, there was a good sense of danger and humor throughout. Reading the prequel, my hope was that the paranormal aspect of this series would be expanded upon and the author did not disappoint, but I don't want to give anything away so I'll stop there.

I highly recommend giving both the novella, A Pendant for Trouble and The Lady Jewel Diviner a read, starting with the novella. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series and learning more about the main characters.

I would like to thank Rosalie Oaks and BookSirens for sharing an eARC of The Lady Jewel Diviner with me. This is my honest review.
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413 reviews59 followers
January 15, 2021
Elinor already has enough troubles without having to catch ruminants. First, her secret gift for divining jewels has landed her in scandal, exiling her from London society. This was a great book and thank you to the author for allowing me to read this book.
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651 reviews216 followers
February 24, 2021
We loved this whimsical take on the Regency historical in the style of Gail Carrigar's Parisol Protectorate! Elinor has a past with a sexy earl, and she's fled London to escape both him and the scandal that has come between them. Fortunately for the reader, Beresford's estate is just down the road, and he happens to be in town for unrelated reasons. Or are they really all that unrelated? For a book that's not exactly a romance, we got a lot of fulfilling relationship drama along with the mystery plot.

There are lots of fun fantasy elements to the book as well. Elinor meets a vampirini. What's that? A cute little "spinster" vampire who can change into a bat [as vampires do] - but her human form has about the same mass as her bat form. There's also a selkie, some French spies, an avaricious member of the ton, and Elinor's loving family. Check this one out if you're in the mood for a fluffy little fantasy caper!

48-Word Summaries:

Laine: Elinor doesn't know how or why she knows where jewels are. After "finding" is mistaken for "theft," she flees London and bonds with a tiny vampire who actually understands Elinor's power. Elinor divines missing jewelry of French refugees while learning the motives of an earl and a selkie.⁠

Meg: Elinor’s rusticating in the countryside after a scandal. How Regency romance! Once there, however, she meets a vampire, a selkie, and the very earl whose proposal would have solved their scandal - if only she’d accepted it. Now he’s acting missish because she’s hanging out with naked supernatural beings.⁠

This objective review is based on a complimentary copy of the book.

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2,096 reviews62 followers
February 21, 2021
Continuing with my magical Regency mystery phase. This has a more goofy feel than the others I've read in this genre mashup (there's a Thumbelina sized vampire!). It also "feels" more like a cozy mystery but the romantic elements are also really noticeable. One of the side characters is openly bi or pan (it's not named in the text but it is clear), which made me happy to have some queer rep. One kissing scene between the heroine and her love interest.
1,955 reviews19 followers
January 11, 2021
If you like a good paced story that is quite whimsical and has a little romance, then I think you would enjoy this. I know I did! Miss Elinor Avery is able to divine jewels and is on a quest to discover some lost gems. Elinor, with her brother Perry get mixed up with smugglers, add to this a vampiri and a selkie and it makes for an entertaining read. There is also the relationship between the Earl of Beresford and Elinor. Will anything come of this? I’m looking forward to the next in the series. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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164 reviews7 followers
March 25, 2021
Gosh, reading fantasy after SO. LONG. was such a thrill. Plus mixing it with a cozy mystery? A great mix.

The story has everything a girl likes. Jewels, handsome magical men, cool af female MCs, it had everything I could have wanted and more.

Elinor and Miss Zooth were so likeable, I found myself rooting and suffering along them on every new chapter. (And even the annoying-ish brother is kinda cute lmao.)

By the end of the book you'll want to be a musor too. Or have your own little vampiri friend.
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Author 53 books511 followers
March 15, 2021
Miss Elinor Avely finds herself exiled on the Devon coast with her mother and brother after her reputation was ruined in London in a most public fashion. Accused of stealing a jeweled necklace, she self-destructs further when she shuns Lord Beresford, who tried to save her by declaring before one and all that she was his fiancee. Exiled from society, Elinor is determined to keep her head down and be a dutiful daughter. Until, that is, her evening is interrupted by a bat flying into her room, turning into a tiny, naked woman, and demanding to be fed a sheep. The two form an unlikely alliance when a local man turns up dead, piles of jewels and gold are missing and presumed to be smuggled to France to pay Napoleon, and an identity of an English spy may hit too close for comfort.

This was an entirely agreeable cosy mystery. Or cosy fantasy. Either one would be accurate. Honestly, though. Who wouldn't adore a Regency cosy mystery fantasy romance? Elinor is a typical figure in many Regency romances and mysteries. She is curious, intelligent, and not at all afraid to speak her mind. If only Lord Beresford could appreciate that about her! Or does he?

Aldreda Zooth, the tiny bat-woman, is a vampiri from France. She is in England to search for a necklace that belonged to her lost beloved and she convinces Elinor to help. Elinor is what Eldreda calls a Diviner, one who can find hidden objects by a sixth sense. This is, of course, what led to Elinor’s disgrace in London - she found a necklace but was accused of stealing it. Elinor agrees to help Eldreda but they are soon both drawn into an intrigue. Elinor gets to display her bravery and intelligence in several instances, but is still able to be a damsel in distress. Eldreda is an ideal chaperone, even though she is fairy-sized, and is a plucky and fun character.

Elinor’s brother, Perry, is a bit flat in terms of character development, but I really don’t think it matters a whole lot since he is not the main attraction of the novel. He is in it enough, though, that a little more depth for him would be appreciated. Perhaps this will come in future books, as the second in the series is set to be released on 1 March 2021.

I will definitely be on the lookout for that book as well as others by this author. A light, somewhat silly (in the 'fun' sense), cosy mystery is exactly what I needed to read as pure escapism. Enthusiastically recommended.

Reviewed for Discovering Diamonds
44 reviews
February 11, 2021
This is an interesting tale of magical creatures intertwined with the intrigues of London's 19th century high society. Full of twist and turns, awkward situations, good humor, and of course with a love story.
I really enjoyed it.
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483 reviews66 followers
July 13, 2021
I read this with my fiancé and we both found it incredibly cute, wholesome, and fun! The world would be a better place if every book featured miniature spinster vampires.
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1,031 reviews18 followers
January 13, 2021
A full review will be up on my blog soon, I hope.
Delightful historical fiction, I decided to read it because of the spinster vampire and the original gift of Elinor, the main character.
I wasn't disappointed! Elinor is such a great MC, I really liked her, but the best is Miss Zooth, the vampire. She's amazing!! Their interactions, as well the interactions between Elinor's brother and Miss Zooth are hilarious sometimes, and very well written.
The mystery is well developed, there's a touch of romance that I really appreciated, even if I'm not a romance reader, and there's food! I love food, this book made me crave for cream tea. Oh, how much I miss cream tea!
I will definitely read the other books in the series, I can't wait!
Thanks to Booksirens and the author for a copy of this book!
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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236 reviews41 followers
January 11, 2021
The Lady Jewel Diviner by Rosalie Oaks

ARC provided by Rosalie Oaks via Booksprout. All opinions are mine and freely given.

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01-11: 'The Lady Jewel Diviner' by Rosalie Oaks is a rather light tale that follows the path of one Miss Elinor Avely, her burgeoning friendship with a tiny vampiri named Aldreda, and their search for a cache of missing jewels.

Already having fallen into scandal in London because of her gift of divination, having only tried to be helpful, Elinor and her family escape to the county of Devon. Tucking themselves away in the home of a friend's father, she's seemingly pursued by a most determined Lord Treffler.. who wants her help finding the cache which is supposed to be hidden somewhere along the coastline.

Aided by her brother, Perry and Miss Zooth, the vampiri lady.. Elinor grows more and more intent on locating the jewels herself after coming across a pair of French refugees who tell her the story of their own lost jewels.. taken by the very same people who smuggled them into the country. Desperately wanting to assist her new friends, Elinor finds herself running afoul of the Earl of Beresford.. a nobleman who'd tried to save her from the situation in London previously and a cast of unsavory characters thought to be involved in the smuggling at hand.

The story is quite charming, as is the cast. Oaks has some skill, the strongest of which seems to be that of misdirection. She's careful not to telegraph the most important facts and displays an ability to create characters with interesting potential for backstories of their own.

That being said, the book is only slightly above average overall for me because the aforementioned potential doesn't really come to fruition. We're really only given bare bones about the characters and so I never felt any real investment in most of their situations.

As we're allowed to get to know Aldreda a little more than the others, I found myself moderately concerned for her well-being.. but the rest, no matter how dire their situations.. just couldn't summon a care within me. Likewise, the story is much more 'tell' than 'show.' The only character we get a pretty good description of is Jaq, who certainly sounds handsome enough.. but then when faced with the opportunity to really give him some depth of history.. it's just not delivered.

Most expanded details on the characters are presented briefly toward the end of the book. In fact, the novel is so devoid of description in many cases.. that I didn't realize I had no idea what Elinor looked like until something mentioned as the story wound to a close.. yet there was a tendency to almost waste words on overdoing greetings each time people came together. While I know there's a formality she was trying to achieve to reflect the societal ways of the period, it simply wasn't necessary for each person to greet each other in nearly every meeting.

Regardless of those small constructive criticisms, I still DID enjoy the story. It was told with a sort of levity that isn't overly common in modern releases, where being edgier is viewed as being more 'interesting.' There's a small, but creative mix of fantastical beings and what could certainly be a creative magic system.. if only it were developed and presented more thoroughly.

If you're looking for an easy read at the end of a rough day, this might be for you. Kick back.. relax.. and explore what Oaks' world has to share..

65 reviews5 followers
February 3, 2021
Truly enjoyed the characters and the time frame. So many books about this time period treat the female characters as idiots so it was wonderful to have a strong female lead. Loved this particular entwining of historical/mystery/murder and fantasy. Aldreda and Jaq definitely added to the richness of the story. Especially Aldrada!! Many Thanks to Rosalie Oaks for the complimentary copy of The Lady Jewel Diviner via Voracious Readers Only. Looking forward to the sequels.
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342 reviews33 followers
January 26, 2021
This book was so different than anything else I've read in such a great way. Who doesn't love a bit of a scandal in London society? There's so much happening in this book that I wasn't able to put it down until I finished it all in a sitting. There's supernatural (a vampire), historical mystery, scandals, great characters, adorable bickering, and of course, danger. It was such a lovely read and would highly recommend reading the prequel first before this one!
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Author 14 books256 followers
November 23, 2020
The Lady Jewel Diviner sees the launch of a charming new series from debut author Rosalie Oaks.

Miss Elinor Avely is a clever woman with a tarnished reputation, a love for cream tea, and a magical ability to sense the presence of precious jewels. Even after fleeing undeserved scandal in London for the remote coast of Devon, Elinor's power draws her into trouble as she sets out to find a stash of stolen gems.

Smugglers have been relieving French aristocrats of their fortunes while helping them flee Napoleon's regime. That's an injustice Elinor is determined to set right, especially after two of these noble refugees end up taking shelter in her cottage.

Elinor is aided in her quest by Aldreda, a diminutive shapechanging vampiri who quickly becomes her close friend and confidant. As the pair set out to identify the smugglers and restore the jewels, the plot is thickened by rumors of spies, a dashing and morally ambiguous selkie, and the interference of Lord Beresford, the rugged earl with whom Elinor landed into trouble back in London. (An incident covered in Oaks's free prequel to the series, A Pendant for Trouble, available through her website. I recommend reading it before diving in to The Lady Jewel Diviner.)

Oaks excels at building a rich fantasy world populated with charming characters. I'd likely have been entertained following Elinor and Aldreda on a trip to the market, never mind a high-stakes adventure rife with cutthroat villains and dangerous secrets.

Regency romance fans and cozy mystery readers alike will delight in this magical twist on the genre.
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172 reviews3 followers
February 7, 2021
I came across this book while browsing Reedsy Discovery. Captivated by the cover, I read Rosaline Ross’ great review and bought the book so I could read about a tiny little spinster vampire or vampiri. I’m not familiar with that term, and honestly it doesn’t matter – because I loved this Regency England vampire / smuggling / love story. Kudos to reviewer Rosaline Ross for the review that made me want to read more.

Miss Avely, who has the magical gift of sensing when precious stones are nearby (you know – a Jewel Diviner), has removed herself from London Society to a borrowed home in Devon, with her mother and her brother Peregrine. The jewel divining had gotten her into a bit of a sticky wicket, and leaving town was the family’s best option.

By page ten, Elinor has met her vampiri and the two are well on their way to forging a partnership of mutual aid and protection. The little bloodsucker, Miss Alfreda Zooth, is not the only magical creature in Devon, as it turns out. Intrigue, smuggling, magic, and scandal ensue (well, the scandal had already occurred), and as in every English Regency novel, sparks soon fly between Elinor and the dashing nobleman who was instrumental in her retreat from London.

Oaks has mastered the art of telling her spirited and unconventional tale in a most conventional Regency setting. I was sad that the book had to end – but the good news is that if you sign up for the author’s newsletter you get access to a free prequel novella that tells the story of the garden party that led to Elinor’s departure from London. Even more good news is tht Book 2 of the series, called The Moira Pearls, was released earlier this month (February 2021).

Five stars, defnitely.

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336 reviews13 followers
January 28, 2021
I was really really not feeling this... and I’m not sure if it was just me. The story launches off somewhat abruptly with our heroine mouldering in obscurity after she apparently met her love interest, royally fucked something (??) up and humiliated herself/him/assorted snobs and then fled to a hovel in the deep countryside in shock and shame. Within the first few chapters we get vague illusions to the above backstory, she meets a miniature vampire right out of hibernation and they both goes tromping around looking for jewels. At which point it lost me. So that is a really early dnf.

I had high hopes for this one after reading books that successfully blend regency with fantasy/fairytales (half a soul being a recent example). I also don’t mind getting launched into partway into a romance. What winds me up is skipping the exciting shit, being launched into non-exciting weirdness, putting up with oblique references to said exciting shit then having to wait for chapters and chapters before we even meet or get proper mention of Lord Beresford.

So yes - this really annoyed me. I had to skip to the end to meet the mysterious MMC but which point I was just angry. I mostly blame my baby for the rage (sleep deprivation IS torture)... but this one sadly must take some share of the blame for my pissy mood.
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Author 1 book4 followers
October 7, 2021
I received an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book, especially the last 10 chapters. The characters gradually unfold in front of us, with the plot confusing the reader for a good portion of the book. The use of the English way of speaking back in the 1700s does a marvelous job at transporting us to a different time and place and throughout the book, we are able to get a glimpse of the social and political situation of England during that time. The story drags a little in the first chapters and it's generally slow-paced, which can put some readers off. However, it is definitely worth it to keep going.

My favorite characters are by far Miss Zooth and Zaq, their unique character and quick comebacks make them irresistible! I also really enjoyed the main character, Elinor. It cracked me up every time she talked about jam and cream tea, that girl has her priorities straight! The romance is slow and agonizing and I was waiting for something, anything to happen with so much excitement!

We didn't get to experience much of the rest of the magic and the people involved with it in this book but we do have a great start for the next one. The plot twist was well played out and the resolution well done.

All in all, The Lady Jewel Diviner is a very pleasant read, if one is patient enough and loves slow pacing and a slow burn romance.
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11 reviews1 follower
January 18, 2021
I absolutely adored this book. What a unique and interesting world the author created! Regency romance meets fantasy is absolutely my lane and this book couldn’t be better suited to me. The main character a multi-layered individual and feels very human, full of curiosity and a rather reckless bravado that often gets her into trouble. I loved her immediately. The England she inhabits is both familiar and steeped with mystery, and we as the reader go along with Elinor as she first encounters a hidden supernatural world.

The descriptions of Devon are lovely, and the characters are all so interestingly drawn. The author does a great job of making the banter between characters feel realistic and enjoyable. I found myself laughing out loud several times, which I definitely didn’t expect!!

The mystery is well-crafted as well. I pride myself in figuring out endings long before the end of the book and this one pleasantly surprised me. It’s so enjoyable to read a well-done plot, which is definitely the case with this book.

I have devoured several books by this author and each installment is better and better. If you love Regency romance with a little supernatural twist, you will become a fan of Rosalie Oaks.
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1,868 reviews
June 1, 2021
2021 - Did Not Finish. I tried, goodness knows I tried. I've seen others review this favorably, but I kept trying to read it and then just not getting into the book. Perhaps it is the fact that I'm reading it in ebook format. My eyes don't like reading materials on a screen. Perhaps it is the fact that the characters seem small-minded and very self-centered. Perhaps it is the setting and the relationships between people. Maybe I'll try again another time, but maybe not.
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966 reviews12 followers
December 30, 2020
A selkie, a Vampiri, a jewel diviner, and other humans all become entangled in an adventure to uncover a mystery involving stolen jewels during Regency era England (during Napoleon’s take-over of Europe). It’s mainly a mystery novel with magical abilities and a romance wrapped into a captivating story. The Lady Jewel Diviner is the first novel in the Lady Diviner series with a prequel that gives background to an event mentioned multiple times called A Pendant for Trouble . Although you absolutely do not need to read the prequel to understand the story (I did not read it and I had zero difficulty), it does give you great foundation before moving on to novel number one.

Miss Elinor Avely is a jewel diviner, a person with the ability to sense jewels nearby. She is living with her brother, Perry, and her mother in Devon in a semi-social exile due to a misunderstanding in London involving an accusation of jewel theft (this is the prequel’s story). Now she and her family are trying to lay low in the quiet countryside and try to put themselves back together to eventually re-enter society. Elinor, however, keeps finding herself entangled in adventure when she meets a tiny female vampire named Aldreda Zooth that keeps finding herself without clothes when she transforms between human and bat. She also meets a selkie named Jaq along the way where a seal can transform between an animal and a handsome man.

While using her divining gift, Elinor comes across some French refugees who had their jewels stolen in transit. Elinor decides she will partake in the quest to recover the jewels and to find the smugglers as these two refugees were not the only victims of jewel theft. The quest to find the jewels and the smugglers lead her to reconnect with Lord James Beresford who she has not seen since his involvement in the jewel misunderstanding in London. Without knowing who to trust and who is behind the thefts, Elinor is unsure how to proceed without getting herself into too much trouble. Unfortunately, she keeps finding herself in situations and the reader journeys along with Elinor to try to uncover who is behind the jewel thefts and recover the missing items.

The characters in this story are all witty and fit their individual personalities. Each of them plays a part in the story and are consistent throughout as there are not moments when one of them says or does something completely out of character. The reader does not get a super in-depth look into the characters as the story focuses on the mystery and slowly revealing more details about each character. As this is a series, most likely the reader will have to continue reading to gain greater insights into the characters. It is one of the best and worst parts about series. It can get frustrating in some series, but I did not find that it was an issue in this novel as you become enthralled in the tale that you do not notice that some characters details are not present and you are anxious to read more. Overall, I admit that I did not go into this novel with high expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I became absorbed in the pages. It is light-hearted as the story does not take itself too seriously and it is an enjoyable read. The writing itself is easy to understand and the story flows well to keep the reader interested even as the author is building the story and setting the stage for the scenery, time period, characters, etc. Each character is likeable and witty in their own way. A very enjoyable read and I cannot wait until 2021 to get my hands on the next novel in the series, The Moria Pearls. An excellent start to a promising series!

**Thank you to BookSirens for the ARC for me to read. Opinions expressed are completely my own.**

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440 reviews
January 29, 2021
Well, this was just freakin’ delightful! I loved Oaks’ reimagining of the era and laughed just as much as I was enthralled with the plot.

Miss Elinor Avely, with all her best intentions, has become the center of a scandal in London. She escapes to Devon with her mother and brother, partially to wait out the unfortunate misunderstanding, and partially to try and “rest” her gift of diving jewels. Life in the countryside is somewhat dull, but the sudden appearance of a tiny vampiri and some too-tempting requests and Elinor finds herself in the middle of a jewel heist mystery that proves more dangerous and troublesome than she previously thought.

Oh, there was so much I enjoyed in this novel. Elinor was a great main – curious, brave and a wonderfully quirky. Her natural sweetness and slight naivety was a wonderful counter to Beresford’s brooding and serious nature. I very much appreciated that even though there was a bit of a romance between the two, the plot remained focused on the jewel heist, rather than getting caught up in their romances. The twists were well placed and while I suspected the culprit, it felt as if it could have been anybody! Also, I absolutely adored Miss Zooth. What a wonderful interpretation of a vampiri – I loved that she is not an evil, soul-sucking monster, but just well-intentioned blood-drinker who needs a little help, and offers help in return. Jaq, as well, was a wonderfully written character who, despite only popping up now and again in the story, definitely leaves an impression.

Overall, a superb book set in Regency times. Funny, sweet, a little romantic and full of guessing, The Lady Jewel Diviner is definitely recommended and I will be looking for the next in the series!

Thank you Voracious Readers and Rosalie Oaks for my copy!
20 reviews
January 19, 2021

*** I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. ***

I literally devoured this book in one afternoon. It is one of the best stories I have read lately and I am really keen to read book 2 and the prequel, and any other stories Rosalie will produce!

The synopsis really intrigued me. I love young adult dystopian stories but I also love regency romance. I was wondering how an author would be able to combine everything I like without one of the genres overpowering the other. More as I have become very picky when it comes to books.

This story contains:
- Regency England
- Mystery
- Bit of magic
- A dashing young man - I mean romance!
- Witty remarks
- LOL moments
and even if it is part of a series, you could easily stop at the end of this book.

If you are fond of Cindy Anstey's romance and mystery books but also love a bit of magic, you are in for a treat!
The story is refreshing. You have not read this before - HURRAH! You get straight into the middle of the story and, not having read the prequel, I didn't feel like I was missing on anything.
I cannot recommend this book enough!

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2 reviews
November 27, 2020
This is the first novel in a new series (although I'd highly recommend checking out the prequel novella A Pendant for Trouble) set in a quietly magical version of Regency England. It's cosy, funny and full of quirky charm.

The story follows Elinor's self banishment in Devon, after she gets herself into trouble with an incident at a Ducal garden party. It seems however that she can't resist the 'call' of jewels hidden along the Devon coast, not to mention the call of a cream tea, and she's soon involved in a high-stakes, deadly intrigue.

With a cast of miniature vampires, selkies, refugees from the French revolution, and of course the seemingly unavoidable Earl of Beresford, this was a hilarious romp through a magical version of Regency England. I may never go back to reading a straight Regency romance again!
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837 reviews68 followers
July 5, 2023
The Lady Jewel Diviner is a blend of cozy fantasy and historical romance that follows Miss Elinor Avely, who has recently had to retire to the countryside of Devon after a scandal forced her to leave London. Elinor's secret gift for finding precious gems, a gift that lead to the scandal causing her self-exile, leads her into further adventures in Devon as she gets the attention of a lord who wants her to find a secret cache of jewels and a tiny Thumbelina-size vampire that would like her help with another treasure. And to top it all off, she's invited to tea by the mother of Lord Beresford, the earl whose reputation she damaged. When a dead body turns up in a nearby village, it's up to Elinor to investigate, with the help of the tiny vampire and the reluctant aid and occasional interference of Lord Beresford.

While I recognize that I'm really not a fan of most cozy fantasies, I was hoping that the blending of historical romance would make this one of the few that works for me. Unfortunately, I had mixed success with Lady Jewel Diviner. I appreciated Elinor's wit and the element of a tiny vampire lady made this light-hearted and fun. There's some banter and tension with Beresford as he tries to keep Elinor out of trouble and it's clear there's something between them. The banter and conflict was sometimes fun. However, I got annoyed with Bereford's high-handed attempts to corral Elinor so I never really felt interested in their potential relationship. It is a clean romance, for those who are into that, with a kiss being as far as Elinor and Bereford go.

And while the stakes aren't quite as low as something like Legends and Lattes, it's pretty close and much like L&L, I found myself losing interest around halfway in. I'm kind of tempted to try a sequel just to see if it expands enough on Elinor's gifts and the romance to change my mind but I think this is one of those that just isn't my cup of tea.

If you're a fan of cozy fantasy stories and historical romance, I'd definitely say this is worth checking out. It's fun, light-hearted and filled with banter from intelligent and capable characters. As someone who enjoys historical romance more than cozy fantasy (and frankly not that fond of clean romances), this was fine but didn't quite win me over.
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Author 9 books105 followers
December 26, 2020
A clean and wholesome paranormal mystery ala Amanda Quick.

The first in a new paranormal romantic mystery series by Rosalie Oaks is a fun & frothy romp that does not disappoint. The chapter headings are amusing & in tone with the book's light-hearted style. The plot moves quickly & the paranormal elements -- miniature vampires, selkies & paranormal gifts that are not-to-be-discussed-in-polite-society -- are effortlessly woven into the story. It was an easy & quick read that made me smile.

The plot hinges on English-French post-revolutionary drama & the author drops some nice historical references into the book without it feeling like a history lesson. The language the author uses in the book really gives a regency vibe without making it hard to read.

I received an ARC for free & while that doesn't influence my review, I always take into account the actual purchase price of a book in my reviews (I expect more from a $12.99 ebook than I do a $2.99 or KU download). This is FAR better than most KU books in this genre!

From a critical perspective, the characters were a little flat for me. I didn't quite understand how the MC had so easily bounced back from the London debacle that had gotten her accused of being a jewel thief and tossed out of "polite society." I also had trouble getting a handle on her relationships with the other characters -- her brother, her mother & her love interest in particular. However, for me, the plotting, pacing, and sheer fun of the book more than made up for any lack of characterization. The author must seriously love her cream tea & jam -- something I seriously feel the need to look up after reading this book.

The paranormal elements of the story were lighter in tone than most steampunk or magical historical fantasy like McShane's Extraordinaries series -- to me they felt like they were added more to make the book feel fun and allow the MC to step out of a more traditionally-accepted role for women of the time -- than to create a uniquely different world. That's not a criticism, more of an explanation, so you know what you'll be getting.

All in, I would totally recommend this for anyone who likes Amanda Quick. I will also likely read book 2 when it comes out.
47 reviews8 followers
January 3, 2021
I read this book on a recommendation from Olivia Atwater. I absolutely love historical fiction, but I don’t typically read cozy mysteries, so this was a first for me, but after reading the review from Olivia, I was eagerly waiting for an opportunity to get my hands on it. This book was fun, lighthearted, twisty, witty and thoroughly enjoyable! I really liked Rosalie’s take on Regency England and had a good laugh at how the characters remained unfaced by the sudden appearance of paranormal beings. In Rosalie’s verse, you can have tea with a countess and be a vampiro snack in a blink of an eye and without so much as batting your eyelashes. I truly envy the heroine’s fortitude! I also liked the fact the author remained somewhat true to the era’s restrictions on women and that the whole affair involved the heroine’s brother. I said somewhat, because the heroine did have a penchant for ignoring convention when it suited her… The writing felt effortless and the book had a good pace. I would highly recommend first reading the prequel A pendant for trouble, which was also quite fun, to understand the whole debacle that landed the family in the wilds of Devon. Overall, this was an excellent start for this first-time author, and I am looking forward to reading the next installment in the series.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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54 reviews7 followers
February 11, 2021
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

In an interesting and unusual mix of genres, this book is regency meets cozy mystery meets magical creatures.

It has interesting characters, some witty writing and is a light, entertaining caper. There are no horror elements present despite the presence of a Vampiri. Infact she's tiny and adorable.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to readers who enjoy cross genre reads.
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601 reviews7 followers
March 14, 2021

I enjoyed the not-overly-done magic and magical creatures. Hopefully there will be continued tension between Elinor and Beresford. Pretty good mystery. The marquise daughter seems a superfluous character. Perhaps she will do something meaningful on a future book. I want my own Mrs Zooth!
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