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Think of England [Kindle Edition]

KJ Charles
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Lie back and think of England...

England, 1904. Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends, fingers, and future to a terrible military accident. Alone, purposeless and angry, Curtis is determined to discover if he and his comrades were the victims of fate, or of sabotage.

Curtis’s search takes him to an isolated, ultra-modern country house, where he meets and instantly clashes with fellow guest Daniel da Silva. Effete, decadent, foreign, and all-too-obviously queer, the sophisticated poet is everything the straightforward British officer fears and distrusts.

As events unfold, Curtis realizes that Daniel has his own secret intentions. And there’s something else they share—a mounting sexual tension that leaves Curtis reeling.

As the house party’s elegant facade cracks to reveal treachery, blackmail and murder, Curtis finds himself needing clever, dark-eyed Daniel as he has never needed a man before…

Warning: Contains explicit male/male encounters, ghastly historical attitudes, and some extremely stiff upper lips.



Product Details

  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (July 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IG1ODT4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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"Did anyone wonder if someone hit his head for him?"

I struggle with historical fiction, mostly due to the fact that most of it takes unforgivable liberties with history. My experience with KJ Charles' Magpie books made me confident Think of England would not harm my historian soul. My assumptions were correct. This book doesn't begin, it drops you right into Edwardian England, a time where society was struggling to emerge from Victorian manners and habits, and embrace the 20th century. The political stage had already been set for what would lead to the First World War (and all that followed after), and society was moving so quickly that men like Archie Curtis were having trouble following the flow of modernity. From word one you feel the struggle, societally and politically, that encompassed living in the early years of Edward VII's rein.

Here's the thing about Think of England... it was absolutely and utterly brilliant. First, you have Daniel and Archie (and, can I just say, there better be more!)... and really, they couldn't be more different. But yet, it works... despite both of their protests. Once Archie gets over his prejudices, and Daniel realises that sometimes it's ok to trust someone else, they determine that they can help each other. Of course, that goes FUBAR rapidly, but what good mystery doesn't have a dose of 'OMG NO!' drama? And you can't help but feel for Archie and Daniel... the reasons they're doing what they're doing are so personal it's impossible not to want their quest to end well... although, sometimes, the answers you seek aren't necessary the ones you hoped to find.

Buy this book, curl up with tea and a blankie, tell the world to go away for a few hours, and spend some time in Edwardian England.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Review by Karen, posted at ScuttlebuttReviews

This is not an unbiased review. I love KJ Charles’ writing; how she combines strong plotting, rounded characters, romance, sex with a healthy dose of humour, and playfulness.

My anticipation was so high regarding Think of England; it seemed tailor-made: the Edwardian Era is one of my favorite historical periods, any book with a Jewish MC gets my vote, and I write poetry. When I started reading ‘grown-up’ books that weren’t for school, I read my Nan’s historical romances – mainly Georgette Heyer. As a counterpoint, my Dad thrust a H Rider Haggard compendium at me, and I loved it. The sexism, racism, and total brutishness of these adventures, although out of vogue now, are great fun (yes, yes, when read with a grain of salt).

I read this book in one go, and it hit the mark perfectly.

Archie Curtis, whose Uncle is Sir Henry Curtis from King Solomon’s mines, is on a mission to determine if the ‘accident’ that cost his fingers really was accidental. Arriving for a sojourn in an isolated country house he meets and takes a dislike to Daniel da Silva, a man who is almost a caricature of the effete, foreign campyness.

Archie is a man living in a fog. Two years after his accident he exists, doing all the right things and friends with the right people. His instinctive dislike of Daniel is borne out of class, jingoism, and distinct aversion to someone so obviously homosexual.

At this juncture, it all seems quite clear who is who, but that is how KJ is so clever. While Archie and Daniel are as they appear, they are also so much more. Then, as they begin to relate to each other, we do too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner From K. J. Charles July 12, 2014
By L.S.F
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Another winner. Charles nails the Christie-esque "mystery/house party" set up, though this is an oddly dark story about some truly ugly people. I loved both leads--I want to say especially Daniel, who felt both recognizable and also really original, but I thought Archie was wonderful too. To an unusual degree, each man illuminates the other on a fundamental level. They are very different but neither is as fully realized, romantically or thematically, without the other.

You see this in Archie's very funny but also poignant attempts at confronting Daniel's "Fragmentalist" verse (which doesn't even rhyme properly!) Everything to do with Daniel's poetry was surprisingly multilayered and revealing.

"There were vivid images, but they were extraordinary ones, not poetic at all in the way Curtis vaguely felt poetry should be, with trumpets or mountains or daffodils. These poems were full of broken glass and water-which was not clean water-and scaly things that moved in the dark."

The contrast between the Wordsworthian daffodils and scaly things in (not clean!) water was priceless. The part where Archie stops the other men from mocking Daniel's verse was one of those quiet moments of true heroism that really defines Archie's character. And in truth, his attempts to make sense of modern verse like Daniel's can serve as a stand-in for the experiences of a generation of people who could no longer exist within the comforting moral certitudes of the previous century.

And then of course, there's Daniel, whose religion, class background, and sexuality mean that he saw through those illusions and empty certitudes--probably starting when he was about four years old. (It's a brilliant, potent touch that he's the son of a locksmith).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not typically my genre but really well done!
Gorgeously, perfectly done. I adored it... even if the book really isn't my genre.

K.J. Charles is changing the face of M/M, I'm telling you. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Heather K
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackmail, treason and all the usual suspects
Curtis is a man’s man in the early 20th century England, raised by his bachelor uncles and the British boarding school system, he is now a former soldier recently returned from... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Ana F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Just wow!
There are a lot of great things to say about this book and I definitely recommend it! The writing is excellent. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Just step back in time and enjoy!
There's not much I can add to all the other five star reviews for this book, which are thoughtful, eloquent, knowledgeable expressions of all the things I think about the book as... Read more
Published 24 days ago by oceanjasper
5.0 out of 5 stars I am loving this author.
I loved this book. This couple was so sexy and fun. I pray author writes more from these 2. It definitely could use a sequel since it's a bit of a tease (in the best of ways) So... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book and I hope there are more with these characters!
Published 1 month ago by Rita
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like historical, M/M
4.5 Historical M/M Stars

KJC never let me down. God, I just can't put this book down. It may have a slow start, but it burns brigther when you read further. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Suttinee
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Highly enjoyable story. Well constructed and thoroughly likeable main characters.
Published 2 months ago by Nisheke
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich with memorable characters.
KJ Charles is a real writer. Unlike many authors of the genre, she composes character-driven tales full of rich background and nuance. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Komponist
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. K.J. Charles is a must buy.
I first discovered K.J. Charles through her collaboration with Jordan L Hawk. I have since become a great fan of her writing.
Captain Archie Curtis is a soldiers, soldier. Read more
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KJ Charles is a writer and editor living in London. She has a serious reading habit, two kids, a cat, a blog, and several books coming out. Somehow.

Friend me on Facebook and Goodreads, follow me on Twitter at kj_charles, or check out kjcharleswriter.wordpress.com for blogging on reading, writing and editing.

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