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Heart of Gold [Kindle Edition]

Christine Pope
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The proper Miss Lavinia Greene believes nothing will upset her carefully ordered existence…although she rather wishes it would. But when she receives a letter from her uncle, the eccentric inventor Malcolm Greene, she finds herself drawn into mayhem and murder as foreign agents attempt to seize his latest invention.

Whether in the wilds of Romania or the elegant ballrooms of a London just slightly different from our own, Lavinia must find her way through a shifting web of loyalties and deceit, where nothing is quite as it seems and danger…and love…hides where she least expects it.


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"...a splendid, exciting gaslight romantic adventure, with just a hint of steampunk...gloomy castles, daring escapes, and more excitement than you'd find in a penny dreadful. I found it almost impossible to put down."--Joanne Renaud, joannerenaud.com

About the Author

A native of Southern California, Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family’s Smith-Corona typewriter back in the sixth grade. Her short fiction has appeared in Astonishing Adventures, Luna Station Quarterly, and the journal of dark fiction, Dark Valentine. Her paranormal novella, Playing With Fire, was released on August 5, 2010, followed by Sympathy for the Devil in December 2010. Releases for 2011 included Breath of Life, a science fiction reinterpretation of the classic Beauty and the Beast story, and Bad Vibrations, a paranormal romance romp featuring a psychic, a ufologist, and alien conspiracies. Not one to be pigeonholed into a single sub-genre of romance, Christine Pope writes as the mood takes her, and her work encompasses paranormal romance, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and historical romance. She blames this on being easily distracted by bright, shiny objects, which could also account for the size of her shoe collection. After spending many years in the magazine publishing industry, she now works as a freelance editor and graphic designer in addition to writing fiction. She lives with her husband and an explosively fluffy Pomeranian mix in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California, and in fact just returned to the town where she was born, thus disproving the theory that you can’t go home again.

Product Details

  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615599818
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dark Valentine Press (February 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00754O88E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,838 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read February 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book and I loved the steampunk theme. There were twists and turns in this that actually surprised me, which definitely made it that much better. Lavinia, the protagonist, was a complex character, and you could tell the author put work into making her human, because there were definitely times when I didn't really like the choices the character made.

I've read almost all of this writer's books, and I love that she can cross the different sub-genres in romance with ease. This is one of her best stories thus far, and I'm sure I'll be reading it again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold-Plated Romantic Adventure February 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The story begins as adventures often do, with a letter from an eccentric relative. Before you can say "steampunk," the Honorable Lavinia Greene-Greene has embarked on an airship journey to Romania where her Uncle Malcolm lives in a castle-slash-laboratory where he invents wonderful things in collaboration with his enigmatic (but intriguing) assistant Joshua Jones.

Joshua isn't the only intriguing man in Lavinia's orbit. On the way to Romania she met the charming Richard Fortescue, an aristocrat with an old fortune and an even older title. (Richard's pursuit is a bit of a relief to Lavinia, who is wary of impoverished suitors and weary of her cousin's advances. (What's a wealthy young woman to do?)

Heart of Gold is a steampunk romance that does not stint on romance but keeps it sensual rather than clinical and appropriate for a lady of Lavinia's station in the time in which she lives. (Never fear, though, Pope gives good kiss.) The action is absorbing, with exciting chases in state-of-the-art steamship conveyances. Throw in some sinister Russians, a murderous plot, half a dozen secrets and a costume ball (the costume Lavinia wears is to die for) and the whole thing adds up to a delicious read.

This is a change of pace for novelist Christine Pope, whose previous contemporary romances include No Return and Bad Vibrations. This book could easily kick-start a series of stories set in her alternative Victorian universe. That would be good news for readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read. February 26, 2012
Format:Paperback
There were plenty of things I did love about this book- the twist concerning Joshua Jones made a pleasant enough change from the normal hero, and Miss Greene herself was exceptionally enjoyable.

The book was colourful, well-composed and a quick and easy read. I did feel that it was a bit too obvious in places, however, falling into the 'bad guy' stereotype. As long as you don't mind your story to be a bit obvious in its conclusion, I would recommend picking this up and reading it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read September 6, 2013
By qwill_5
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Interesting I suppose. Not sure I like Miss Greene. There was just something presumptuous about her. Very vague on the whole Joshua thing as well. Have to read between the lines I suppose.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cool idea... April 9, 2012
By Sara
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Heart of Gold is a hybrid between Victorian romance and steampunk adventure, which did not live up to its potential. While this book is beautifully written and the beginning is very strong, the action soon peters off after the first quarter of the book and it never regains its momentum.

Lavinia, after receiving a mysterious missive from her uncle, travels to Romania where she is reunited with her Uncle Malcolm and meets his assistant, Joshua Jones. The beginning of the book moves quickly, and Lavinia is soon on the run, accompanied by Joshua. Although I enjoyed the beginning of the book, I was completely out of touch with the main character. Lavinia seemed very indifferent to the tragedies she experienced at Karolyi Castle, and after her initial tears, she spends more times fantasizing about Joshua than dealing with her loss.

After her adventure in Romania, Lavinia parts way with Joshua and makes her way back to London. The social scene is buzzing and Lavinia is the toast of the Ton as she's courted by Richard Fortescue, Earl of Langdon. Explicit detail is paid to Lavinia's social calendar and the book began to lose momentum while I began to lose interest. After reading about Lavinia's daring escape, her taste in gowns for a horse race is rather tame. The author takes the time to build a relationship between Lavinia and Richard which is lacking in Lavinia's earlier interactions with Joshua. After the long section dedicated to the "Season", the action finally begins to build up again.

Unfortunately, I was very disappointed by the ending of the book. It seemed to be over-done and the weakest part of the novel. While I'm glad that more authors are writing books with a Steampunk theme, this book wasn't for me, even though I love romance. It focuses more on Victorian niceties than the adventure, and spends too much time in London ballrooms than Romanian perils.
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More About the Author

A native of Southern California, Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family's Smith-Corona typewriter back in the sixth grade. Her short fiction has appeared in Astonishing Adventures, Luna Station Quarterly, and the journal of dark fiction, Dark Valentine. Two of her short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Christine Pope writes as the mood takes her, and her work encompasses paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, and historical romance. She blames this on being easily distracted by bright, shiny objects, which could also account for the size of her shoe collection. After spending many years in the magazine publishing industry, she now works as a freelance editor and graphic designer in addition to writing fiction. She fell in love with Sedona, Arizona, while researching the Sedona Trilogy and now makes her home there, surrounded by the red rocks. No alien sightings, though...not yet, anyway!

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