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The Lady Jewel Diviner

(Lady Diviner #1)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  52 reviews
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
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Published January 11th 2021 by Parkerville Press
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'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
Olivia Atwater
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
Megan Rivera
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
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.
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 ...more
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Olivia Helewa
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Eli Isenberg
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 hid ...more
Jacquelyn Benson
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 fl
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
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
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
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 ab ...more
Anne Forbes
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 in
Alexis Drake
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 romanc
Laura Engelhardt
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
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
T. S. Larsen
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
This is Rosalie Oaks’ debut, and it is a charming and funny read with many twists and magical turns. I consider myself lucky to have been given a copy to read before the official release, and I can't wait to purchase my official copy when it comes out.

In the novel we follow Elinor, a disgraced London socialite banished to the dark countryside of Devon, where she entangles herself in a deadly mystery due to her power to divine jewels. She is joined in her hunt for jewels and cream scones by the i
A.M. Valli
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t usually read period cosy mysteries as I find historic gender roles difficult to stomach (I mostly read for escapism).

However, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, reading it in two sittings (and nearly missing my train stop). Elinor has a wonderful gift she is both trying to keep hidden and master, and which leads her and her brother into some gnarly situations. There were enough clues for me to guess the ending, but enough red herrings that I could have easily been wrong. Overall it was a ve
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This wonderful story about a young lady who has the ability to sense jewels takes you to England at the time of the Napolean Wars. Elinor has fled London with her family after an unpleasant jewel theft incident damaged her reputation. She did not expect that she would meet a little vampiri out in the country and that the search for missing jewels would endanger her brother and her.
The thought that crossed my mind the most while reading was the comparison to 'pride and prejudice'. Not in terms of
Bryce And
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
This fun new story to the Regency Fantasy realm fell between a 3 to 4 star for me, leaning more towards 4 stars. The characters were fun and mostly light-hearted even with the impending suspense and mystery. Elinor was likable, though her pride gets her into trouble (and on my nerves a bit) and she needs a bit of humbling, so does the male hero for that matter. The author truly lead us on a fun chase with an unexpected twist for me towards the end. Though the ending felt aburpt there is more to ...more
Candy Briggs
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is quite a charming story. There is a vampiri known as Miss Aldreda Zooth. She sleeps during the day and plays by nite. She does drink blood and she is a mini bat or a miniature woman. Then there is Jaq Delquon and he is such a joy to look at. He has long black hair, a strong jaw, high cutting cheekbones, full lips, and his eyes are like liquid pools of black. He is a Selkie and beautiful. Miss Elinor Avely is a Jewel Diviner. She senses all kinds of jewels. Then there is Lord Beresford, wh ...more
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t wait to read this book, as I really loved the prequel A pendant for trouble.
And again I absolutely loved this book too and totally recommend it!
The Lady Jewel Diviner is a wonderful book that once I started reading it would not let me put it down anymore. There were so many amazing twists and turns that I just didn’t want to stop reading and I can not wait to read the next book of the series.

Rosalie Oaks totally got me hooked with her beautiful combination of a wonderful regency engl
MaryAnn Christman
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book for free, and am leaving this review voluntarily.

I was not quite sure what to expect, but what a fun, lighthearted story. Elinor is a Jewel Diviner - she can find jewels just by focusing. After being accused of theft after finding a missing gem, she retreats to the countryside with her mother and brother to wait out the gossip in London. Elinor makes the acquaintance of a tiny spinster vampiri named Miss Zooth, who literally drops in her window one night, and they
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Elinor Avely is an unusual and feisty woman for Regency times, or any times. She has a talent that she tries to keep hidden. She senses jewellery, in fact she divines it. But it does get her into trouble, so she and her family have left the London season, to stay in a cottage down in Devon. But trouble still follows her. She is befriended by Miss Zooth, a small vampiri who is also interested in finding jewellery but for an ulterior motive of her own. Add to that the dashing, gruff Lord Beresford ...more
Laura Wilson
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of The Lady Jewel Diviner and absolutely loved it. The novel was my first taste of Regency fiction and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved the magical elements and the fresh perspective on vampires and selkies. The mystery caused a great deal of suspense and at certain points, I found myself suspicious of everyone!

The characters are all well-rounded and complex, including the secondary ones. The main character, Elinor, is both feisty and very proper and
Carol P
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lady Diviner by Rosalie Oaks is a fascinating tale about a young woman, Miss Elinor Avely, who has recently discovered her special talent, divining jewels. Being a woman of action, Miss Elinor finds herself in some rather challenging and dangerous situations, and learns that other people who become aware of her discernment talent generally desire to use her to line their own pockets. The storyline is complicated and at times challenging to follow, especially in the beginning. However, once I ...more
Frances Law
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautifully written story set in Regency England. The story about a lady, Miss Elinor Avely, who could find jewels by extending her senses out was a novel idea and it has some very humorous moments particularly with the lady vampiri, Miss Aldreda Zooth. I must say that I was somewhat amazed at how easily the lady vampiri was accepted by those who saw her. Of course you can’t have a Regency story without some romance so we have a very convenient Earl on hand. Then there are the French e ...more
Korinne Tande
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Right from the start I got caught up in the storyline as well as the setting. The language from the time period made me wish I was in England at that time. I love words like fraught, dastardly, and voluminous. The book is funny and has several characters who add to the delightfully witty charm of the mystery. The main character is aided by magical creatures in her quest to find stolen jewels while at the same time she hopes to clear her name from an unfortunate event that took ...more
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed reading this book. 'The Lady Jewel Diviner' is a phenomenal debut of a fresh voice. It is well written, the characters are thoughtfully developed and the author clearly knows what she is doing. The story unfolds logically but with unexpected twists and turns and brimming with unusual ideas that made reading this story a joy. I have no idea whether the historical setting is accurate but it made sense to me, so no criticism there. I shall look forward to the next in the series. ...more
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a delicious romp through Devon with Miss Avelie and her companions, the often-naked and always divine Miss Zooth, the scrumptious Jaq and the dour but delightful Earl of Beresford. The twists and turns of Elinor’s deleterious adventure mirrors the twists and turns of the Earl’s fortunes as he courts or doesn’t court her.
This witty, engaging, romantic mystery has enough magic to satisfy fantasy readers, and enough tea served with lashings of Devon cream and yummy Beresford jam to keep the r
Linda Downs
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the prequel to this book and enjoyed it immensely, so was happy to receive a copy of this book for review. This is my personal opinion.

Well, I certainly didn't expect the new direction the story moved into.
Normally this would not have been a genre I would read, but I continued and have to say that it works really well.
There is a continuation of the relationship between Elinor and the Earl, and new characters who will obviously be around for a while.
Rosalie Oaks manages to write a very bel
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
In all honesty as I started this book I didn’t think I was going to like it but the further I got into it I really started to enjoy it and got very engrossed. I started connecting with Miss Zooth and Miss Avely . When I first was introduced to Miss Zooth and she being the size of a sprite or fairy had me very skeptical but she actually grew on me and I’ve developed a warm spot for her.

I look forward to the 2nd book and would like to see more of the handsome selkie;).

I received this ARC from Boo
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Rosalie Oaks writes magic, mystery, and comedy 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.

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