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The Silver Coin (Sonnet Books) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Sonnet Books
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067103409X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671034092
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Kane's latest Regency is a sequel to her last romantic suspense novel, The Gold Coin. Reserved but passionate noblewoman Breanna Colby hopes she can finally get on with her life now that her unscrupulous father is permanently behind bars. Instead, she receives a taunting missive from a shadowy assassin who makes not only Breanna, but also her best friend and cousin, Anastasia, his target. As the threats mount, the cousins enlist the help of aristocratic private detective Royce Chadwick, who pits his wits against the killer's; in the process of solving several related mysteries he falls in love with Breanna. The assassin's prolonged toying with his victims feels too contrived to generate much tension, but Kane's writing is strong and well paced. Breanna and her intimates are appealingly staunch and spirited. Regency devotees may miss the period charm typical of the genre, however; though the story is set in 1817, its actions, attitudes and speech patterns are distinctly contemporary. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Dear Readers,

I've been a "cerebral" type all of my life. I have a non-stop, questioning, analytical mind. I love doing crossword puzzles. To this day, I snatch the Sunday New York Times magazine section every week before the rest of my family can get to it. I then labor over that puzzle until I've exhausted myself (or finished the whole thing). In school, I read Agatha Christie books one after the other, and tried feverishly to outsmart Hercule Poirot.

On the other hand, I'm a die-hard sentimentalist. I cry at old movies and believe in striving for happily-ever-after. Relationships and family mean the world to me, not only in films and novels, but in real life, as well. The bonds we form with each other are often what sustain us in our most difficult moments, and what enhance our most jubilant celebrations.

To sum it up, I'm an interesting combination of idealist and pragmatist. And that works perfectly with what I write. The idealist in me loves writing romance, and the pragmatist in me loves writing suspense. I feel very fortunate that I'm able to combine the two, and give you books that keep you at the edge of your seat, but at the same time, make you care.

To keep up with me and my novels (past, present and future), visit my website at: www.andreakane.com.

You can email me at WriteToMe@andreakane.com.

Customer Reviews

This is one you cant put down.
glenda jernigan
I now wish to read every Andrea Kane novel, she is up there with my favorite Julie Garwood.
barbara estes
I loved the characters, the descriptive writing and the wonderful adventures!
The Ardent Reader

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Abbys on December 14, 2000
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Let me start by saying that this book is better than the prequel, The Gold Coin, in terms of the plot & the mystery line. Compare to the first book, this one encourages you to read on. The thrill & suspense of finding out who the real assassin is, is the bright side of this book. The way the assassin delivers his threat & the way A.K. described the detailed thoughts of the sicko assassin made this book spine chilling. I actually got goose bumps from time to time. I think she should be a mystery writer more than a romance (base on this Coin series, that is). I somewhat enjoyed this book bec. of this mystery plot. However, the romance is as much disappointing as the prequel. The love story of Breanna & Royce was just as unimpressive, unconvincing & dull as Anastasia's & Damen's. Their relationship wasn't developed enough - the declaration of their love was too simple, quick & unexciting - NO challenge whatsoever. Like the Gold Coin, this book also shows too many contradictory conversations, actions & gestures given the time of the 18th century. I did not like the idea of Breanna, who was supposedly a prim & proper lady, became the seducer in their relationship. Base on this Coin series, the two ladies where the aggressive one when it came to showing & demanding sexual desires... OR perhaps I am just old fashion & prefers the heroine as naive & innocent when it comes to this area.
The reason why I rate this book only a 3 stars is because despite my enjoyment to the mystery plot, this book was under Regency/Historical Romance gender. The romance as I have said above was simply not impressive & the historical time plot wasn't researched on & used properly. Too many inconsistencies & contradictions....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on April 20, 2002
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If you have read any other Andrea Kane books you may be disappointed. Although is is a good story there is just something that seeems to be lacking. I am not sure what that something is but it seems to lack some of the magic that is Andrea Kane. I am a huge fan and I buy her books simply due to the name on the cover and this will not change.
This is Brenna's story and is the conclusion to the coin series. The first being The Gold Coin. Although it is not a five star story it is still worth the time to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JenKoko on April 30, 2014
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I had this in my TBR pile for several years and finally got around to it this past rainy weekend. It allowed me to pass the hours, but will prove forgettable in a week, I'm sure. This novel works as a passable contemporary mystery (the cat-n-mouse game with the villain vs. the heroine intrigues you until the end), but it fails spectacularly as a historical or a romance. Do not buy it as a Kindle re-release! At best it is worth a $1 read. You're better off borrowing it from the Library or getting it for 25 cents in a Yard Sale. Unless you want to use it as an example of how a lack of historical research ruins a time period novel.

Spoilers beware....

Royce Chadwick is asked to helped hunt the "noble assassin" who is terrorizing Lady Breanna and her cousin Lady Sheldrake. Up till then he's had a career on Bow Street finding people. We're told his methods are unconventional and risky which means he wants Breanna and her cousin to stay at their country home and go about their business (which includes having armed guards about the place, workmen building a second manor house for Lady Sheldrake, and having a lavish country house party just 3 days after Christmas). Meanwhile he traces the notes and gifts the killer has sent wile also working on another case to find the illegitimate daughter of an elderly viscount. Somehow along the way, and after only spending two full days with our intrepid heroine, he falls madly in love with Lady Breanna and she with him. There's no real romantic tension or buildup in the story. They meet, draw a few initial conceptions about each other, part for a week, then meet again at a party and end up kissing in the garden. Two days later she's confessing her love and they're consummating their romance.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1999
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I just the read the last of the "Coin Series" book. Andrea Kane once again doesn't disappoint me. After I read the romance between Anastasia and Damen, I was wondering if Breanna was going to find that same love. Royce was that hero she needed. When Breanna and her family is threaten Royce Chadwick came to the rescue not just once but twice especially to rescue Breanna from ever feeling that she would never love like her cousin. Many complained of the way Breanna's name was written but I think since Ms. Kane wrote it she is entitled to write it the way she felt wanted to be written. Also the complained about the women of that century didn't speak their mines well I'm pleased that both Anastasia and Breanna did. Many of us rather still see women hanging to their husbands in other novels then seeing women with independence. I love the way Ms. Kane writes and I agree with her that her heroines should not just have men who loves them but also independece. If you haven't read this book then go buy it or get it from your local library you wont be disappointed.
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