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A Pendant for Trouble

(Lady Diviner #0.5)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A mysterious pendant, a distracting earl, an unfolding scandal...

Miss Elinor Avely can’t resist the call of a large jewel mysteriously concealed at a ducal garden party. After all, if the Earl of Beresford isn’t attending, what else is Elinor to do with herself? Her talent for divining jewels can be an intriguing distraction for once, instead of a carefully guarded family
Published January 2021 by Parkerville Press (first published November 1st 2020)
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A Pendant for Trouble is the prequel novella to the debut series, Lady Diviner by Rosalie Oaks which is a historical mystery series with a paranomal twist set in Regency England.

Historical mysteries are my go to genre and I love books with the paranormal, two things which don't coexist very often. Elinor is a jewel diviner, meaning that she can sense jewels when she is near them. A cool ability and I'm intrigued, but that was the only paranormal aspect in this novella.  So far the paranormal ele
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gives a good introduction to the characters in this series. Miss Elinor Avery is able to find jewels, she has a connection to them and they seem to call to her. This often gets her into trouble. Elinor is given to over think things. She is attracted to the Earl of Beresford, but has made mistakes with him. Her brother, Perry, seems to be a little impetuous but she has a good friend in Lady Margaret. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I received a copy and have ...more
What a fun read this was! Miss Elinor Avely stumbles upon an unattended gemstone at a garden party where everyone is keeping secrets and nobody seems to be pairing up with the right person. Magic and scandal ensues...

This is a short novella to introduce the main series (forthcoming), and I enjoyed it. Rosalie's writing style is polished and fluent, the Regency setting was beautifully detailed and authentic, and the imbroglio of the plot was full of twists and turns. I know that the Georgette Hey
Jacquelyn Benson
This delightful little morsel introduces a new cozy supernatural mystery series by author Rosalie Oaks. The novella is a complete story in itself, and a very satisfying one at that. It's packed with twisty scandal, stolen gems and a dashing earl who may or may not be trusted. The fantasy elements add a nice bit of magic to Oaks's Regency world.

If you're thinking of diving in to her Lady Diviner series (and you should!), this is absolutely the place to start.
What a fun intro to a series! It's a refreshingly well-paced novella: doesn't feel overly rushed or pointlessly meandering. Now I'm excited to read the rest of the series and learn of this tiny, spinster vampire. ...more
If you like Regency romance with very modern sensibilities coupled with mysteries with a magical realism bent, you will undoubtedly love this fluffy little taster that sets the scene for The Lady Diviner series. I wouldn't say it's 100% my thing, but it's well written if a bit sugary for my taste.

The short story follows Elinor as she attends a garden party with those of a high social standing. A chance discovery in the gardens leads to a twisted web of social scandals coming to light... as well
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book and absolutely recommend it.
A pendant for trouble is the beginning of a wonderful series and a complete story in itself.
Rosalie Oaks draws wonderful and realistic characters whom you want to follow and really see where the story is going.

Miss Elinor Avely lives in the regency era and can sense jewels, so she can feel where they are even if they are hidden well. She is very curious and loves to solve mysterious situations. And all this gets her into all sorts of troubl
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carried away and with her inquisitive mind eager for mysteries, Miss Elinor Avely found herself in a difficult situation. Family dramas turned out to be more complicated than she thought, the Ton had no mercy and her chance to win Baresford’s favor seems to have been lost, entirely. As a prequel to The Lady Jewel Diviner, I found this story interesting, intriguing and amusing. I liked the characters, the suspense, the mystery around Elinor’s gift and I’m waiting for what will happen with the fai ...more
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this little book and I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Rosalie Oaks draws her characters with a fine pen. Her wit is subtle and fun, and she manages to give her characters a depth and warmth that made me fall in love with them. I would gladly read it again, and would recommend it to anyone who would enjoy a delightful afternoon in a lovely garden. No scones, but the jam is sweet and addictive.
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this little introduction to the lady diviner series. I was reading on my lunch break at work and didn't realize I was so close to finishing. When I swiped the page on my phone and saw the words, "The End" I was so disappointed and let out a loud, "Nooo!" in front of all my colleagues.
The author manages to write in a way that is both beautiful and witty at the same time.
I'm very keen to read the next book in the series and find out what happens to the main characters.
Linda Downs
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've only just got round to reading this book, but I really enjoyed it.
The main characters were interesting and a little different to the norm, and a nice change for them to be shown as human, with failings.
I'm looking forward to seeing where this story leads in the future.
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely charming andhowElinor. An talk herself into assumptions and trouble. Loved it.
Stephanie Curran
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A magical prequel introducing a lovable protagonist and an intriguing cast of characters...I’m so looking forward to Book 1.
Kate Merson
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a fun read
Very frothy Regency romance story with a slight paranormal element. Not my style, but fun for those who like it.
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great introduction to the series; I highly recommend reading this story to fully appreciate the predicament of our heroine in book 1.
Robin Smith
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A touch of the supernatural, but different than the norm. Interesting characters, I wish the book had been longer to get more backstory. I am interested in seeing where the next story leads.
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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.

While writing, Rosalie consumes vast quantities of tea and c

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