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About the Author

V.R. Christensen attended Brigham Young University, Idaho, where she earned a degree in Interior Design, while, at the same time studying English Literature, Art History and Sociology. When she is not writing, she is designing impractical clothing, redecorating her historical homes, or making impossible demands of her husband of seventeen years. She travels a great deal and considers herself a citizen of the world. Currently, V.R. makes her home in Appalachian Virginia, where she lives with her husband, three children, seven cats and a dog named Jasper. V.R. is a member of Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative, Past Times Books, Authors Anon and Literary Underground, all of which are aimed at ensuring that the publishing revolution now upon us produces some of the finest work available to the reading public–and makes it available.

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  • File Size: 1147 KB
  • Print Length: 474 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Captive Press Publishing (January 20, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BWCUKDW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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V.R. Christensen is a lifelong student of English literature, culture and history, and she draws upon a wide range of knowledge and experience to construct her work. Focusing on the age old struggles that have challenged the human spirit, her intensely emotional stories draw a parallel between our day and those of an age passed, illustrating that, while many things have changed, still others remain remarkably the same.

V.R. is the author of Of Moths & Butterflies, and its bestselling companion Cry of the Peacock. To find out more about these and other upcoming works, visit her at: vrchristensen.com.

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97 of 98 people found the following review helpful By RAL West on March 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Twists and turns abound in this beautifully told, complex story that takes place in the later years of the nineteenth century. The Crawfords of Holdaway Hall make an offer to a young lady, Abbie, an offer that is more than simple courtesy and care: they have something in mind, something that concerns her. This is the secret of "Cry of the Peacock." What is Ruskin's motive when he asks for Abbie's hand in marriage? A marriage, which, if it takes place, would be well beneath his station? Why does Abbie's Aunt Newhaven despise the Crawfords so much? Into this strange tableau of Ruskin asking for the overseer's daughter's hand comes the two younger Crawford brothers, David and James. Their father has not confided in them: neither understands why their brother is trying to win the heart of this common lowborn woman and they don't believe love has won him over.

Both set out to discover the truth, and both are inclined to think Abbie a gold digger. For her own part, Abbie doesn't understand Ruskin's motives either, but the pressure put upon her to accept his offer is tremendous, from everyone except her aunt. Her instincts warn her that something isn't right and she hardly knows Ruskin, but cold hard commonsense fails her when it comes to another young man.

From page one, "Cry of the Peacock" is a mystery, a journey of discovery, a peeling of the onion down to its core of truth. I found it deeply compelling, a character-driven story with a flavor reminiscent of "Pride and Prejudice." Having read the author's debut novel, "Of Moths and Butterflies," I was looking forward to a new set of well-drawn protagonists and first-rate dialogue, and I wasn't disappointed. Christensen's selfish, sometimes cruel men, especially, are so well done that one wants to throttle them. Lighthearted scenes are juxtaposed with dark drama, and carry the reader through to a satisfying end. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Christine on August 26, 2013
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Cry of the Peacock is an engrossing tale of redemption, sacrifice, honour, and betrayal. Set in the late 1800's, it is the story of Arabella Gray, a young woman of humble means who finds herself thrust into a life of privilege as the recipient of the Crawford family's benevolence. But not all is as it seems and Abbie soon finds herself having to consider compromising what she values most for a life she never imagined.

This is the first book I have read from this author and it certainly will not be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style and the subtle manner in which she developed her characters and plot. I found myself unable to put the book down and read it in just a couple of days. I plan to read it again soon but next time I will take my time with it.

It really was refreshing to read an Austen type novel that did not feel forced or rushed. The story was original and the ending, a perfect conclusion to this beautifully written love story. I highly recommend it.

I received a free download of Cry of the Peacock from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Joyce J. Ruskuski on October 27, 2013
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I have to say I always review with the words you can't buck the majority of the readers, but this one just made me want to scream. I was unable after six days of off and on trying to wade through it. I made it through 56 % and the story line was so incredibly bored that I just couldn't go on.

I really wanted to like this story but it was SO SLOW and plodding the theme of Arabella being so grateful for every little crumb thrown her way but unscrupulous people who had only their own interests at heart made me want to scream. It kept repeating this theme over and over. Everyone was so concerned with their image and the perceptions of the ton and yet no one seemed concerned with what they were doing to Arabella by cheating her out of her inheritance and her choices in the matter of her life.

I finally just gave it up as a bad project and archived the story. I have to say that I must have been reading something that the 5 star readers weren't or my expectations were higher, because this one just about bored me to death.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sherrey Meyer on August 25, 2013
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V.R. Christensen wastes not time nor words in engaging her reader with Cry of the Peacock. The action is palpable from the first paragraph of the prologue and never diminishes.

The theme in Cry of the Peacock focuses on Christensen's main character, Arabella Gray, preferably according to Miss Gray, Abbie. Abbie's father has died and left her without a cent. Mr. Gray had for years been the overseer of the rather large estate belonging to the Crawfords.

The Crawfords extend a mysterious invitation to Abbie to come and live with them. Intriguing and promising as it may be, Abbie is uncertain why the Crawfords should care enough to bestow such a large gift upon her. The invitation is equally mysterious and somewhat disturbing to the Crawfords' two younger sons. And so the story and the mystery begin.

Christensen has a knack for creating interesting characters, such as the oldest Crawford son, Ruskin. Ruskin's abilities to woo and romance are lacking in the extreme. Today Ruskin would likely be accused of harassment and perhaps rough treatment of a woman. Then there is the sweet Katherine, engaged hopefully soon to Ruskin's younger brother, David. But who loves whom?

With just the right amount of tension, magnificent scene building and a cast with dialogue to bring her story to life, Christensen reaches the climax of the story. What will Abbie's answer be to the Crawfords' invitation to her? Just what impact will Abbie's decision to do to the Crawford family. Will David Crawford assume the role selected for him in Lord Barnwell's cabinet and confirm his intention to marry Katherine Barnwell? The reader's mind is replete with questions, and the author answers each of them in a meticulously tidy ending.
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