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VINE VOICEon October 16, 2013
Usually I really enjoy Andrea Kane's historical novels but the Music Box is one that I will not be keeping on keeper shelf. The characters were just a little too perfect.

Gaby is an orphan taken in by the kindest noblewoman in regency England, no kidding. Her dearest "Aunt Hermione" has quite an assortment of servants who all would never find work anywhere else except in Hermione's house. Gaby herself was the child of servants and when she was but five; she survived a terrible fire which occurred at Hermione's brother's estate.

Bryce is a renowned London barrister and he is Hermione's nephew. Seems her brother, the Duke had a little affair with a servant and Bryce is the product of their liaison. Hermione rescued him from a poor house as an infant and sent him away to live with trusted servants.

Gaby is completely without guile with barely a fault and so is Bryce. Since these are the people that Hermione loves the most, she plays matchmaker, inviting Bryce to her estate. Bryce had never visited before and for both Bryce and Gaby, they are immediately charmed by the other. Gaby is young, only eighteen and she is very sheltered; in fact she has barely left the estate.

The leads have a predictable romance with a lot of very nice thoughtful discussions that are not circular but also not that exciting either. They verbally dissect each other's motives and they are pretty accurate in their conclusions. Gaby is kind, thoughtful and incredibly sweet and Quentin is nobly minded, honest and smart. Their romance is not an especially exciting one.

There is a mystery surrounding Gaby's past and this is what adds the drama to the novel. The mystery keeps the tension going in the story, especially the latter half, much more than the romance between the leads does. Overall this garners three stars and a half stars.
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on January 15, 1998
In 1875, with the death of her odious brother, Lady Nevon finally can publicly recognize her bastard nephew, Bryce Lyndley. For twenty-three long years, she has clandestinely supported Bryce in his endeavors, hiding it from her brother who refused to recognize the lad as his off-spring. Her efforts have been rewarded with Bryce being a highly regarded barrister. However, she was never able to lavish as much affection as she wanted to on him for fear her brother would learn all and cut the child off with nothing. Now she wants to shower the thirty-one year old man with love and affection, and introduce him to her ward, Gabrielle Denning, who suffered a childhood trauma.
Bryce and Gaby are emotionally as far apart as any two beings could ever be. Bryce is pure logic, using his brain to resolve everything. Gaby is pure heart, pouring love into her endeavors. When they meet, sparks fly and love flourishes. However, before this deserving couple can find a lasting relationship, they must uncover the mystery behind the tragedy that radically changed Gaby's life thirteen years ago.
Fans of historical romantic suspense know that some of the best books of the genre come from that awesome author, Andrea Kane. Her latest, novel, THE MUSIC BOX, is her usual brilliant fiction, filled with the mark of Kane: a fast-paced, action filled intrigue, starring two wonderful, but wounded characters who touch the reader's heart. This novel is must reading for all romance fans.
Harriet Klausner
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on June 8, 2013
I love all of Andrea Kane's books and this was no exception. It had all the elements of romance and mystery which we enjoy about her books. The story line as usual is full of suspense and intrigue yet the romance is beautifully written.
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on May 15, 2015
What a charming book! It is beautifully written, and the insights the author gives the principals are awesome. Baby, the heroine, could have come across as childlike, but in Kane's expert hands she is sheltered but wise. The two brothers, the legitimate son Thane and the hero, the illegitimate one, is not the trite tale you would expect. There are wonderful secondary characters, and a few non human characters as well, along with a mystery to solve.
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on July 1, 1998
I was disappointed by this story. I found the storyline all too predictable. I just couldn't get into the characters, I never found myself feeling what they were supposed to be feeling. It was hard for me to believe that Bryce could fall in love that quickly, maybe lust, but not love. It was a book that I could put down any time. The suspense was lacking too. All-in-all, not really worth my time.
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THE MUSIC BOX is one of many novels i have read by Andrea Kane...this book leads you into a magical Wonderland Adventure. You frequently find yourself smiling at the antics of the uncommon staff and characters residing in Nevon Manor. I was and am thoroughly enthralled by this and many of Mrs. Kanes other novels. Its as if she has the ability to pull you into an unending abyss of happiness, togetherness, and love...brilliant work!
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on October 28, 2001
I've read many of Andrea Kane's novels and I do have to admit that The Music Box was a slight disappointment. It's hard to describe but you just couldn't really get into the story. Usually with her novels, you can't put the book down, but this one, you can leave it. It draws your attention in after a while, but it's not as suspenseful as her other novels. Gabrielle's guardian--Hermione was cute with her quirky staff, but things were a little too rushed and unreal. Not everything clicked. Gabrielle was a beautiful girl, but a little too predictable, which makes her character slightly flat, the same with Bryce Lyndley. The book is just okay, nothing great. Not very satisfying for someone who has read much of Andrea Kane already. To put it simply, I've definitely read better of Kane.
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on April 1, 1998
I was a little disappointed. It was predictable and unlike Ms. Kane's usually writing. I personally liked the Black Diamond series. Julian and Aurora's story was uplifitng. They had loads of fun, after they married. (near the beginning of the book) Unlike Aurora's story, they married near the end of the book and their so-called adventures were not exciting. To sum it up... it's was quite boring. You'd best read another one of Ms. Kane's books.
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on April 25, 2001
The beginning of the book was a little slow but once I got into it I couldn't put it down, some scenes were a little boring, this was not one of her best works. I read a lot of books and have read a few of hers that were much better.
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on August 1, 1998
I have read all of Ms. Kane's previous novels, and I must say that this is the first book that did not draw me into the characters, plot...etc. Myself, I loved Julian, and Aurora's story in The Black Diamond, and I'm eagerly awaiting for The Theft. Let's hope that this next upcoming book is not as predictable and boring as this one. -Di
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