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About the Author
- Publication date : November 30, 2013
- File size : 2696 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Deborah Hawkins (November 30, 2013)
- Print length : 305 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00C4HP9I0
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #440,914 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Once being introduced to the caregiver of Nicholas's drug addicted ward I believed I had her, Betty, figured out but as I continued to read I started to question myself. Nicholas's ward, Lucy, was no surprise at all throughout the remainder of the book once you became familiar with her backstory.
I would have liked to have given it 5 stars but at the book was drawing to a close I began to notice frequent grammatical mistakes (words left out or the wrong words used) that required a second or third reading of the sentence.
I would definitely recommend this book.
The second story is an account of one of the main characters' friendship with Princess Diana - yes, *the* Princess Di, but in a semi-fictionalized yet fully recognizable context that brings her back to life and then revolves around her tragic death within the novel's main storyline. Adding a eponymous persona as the Princess's girlhood best friend was an intriguing touch. And the third story is a did-they-or-didn't-they 16th century romance played out in parchment and faded quill pen, that finds a way to tug on the heartstrings while making one wonder what it might have been like to dine with Shakespeare.
Ms. Hawkins blends these tales together crisply and concisely, though with plenty of attention to detail. Yet readability should not be confused with superficiality, since in this novel, little is as the reader might initially see it. That could be viewed as a twisty plot, but to me it seemed more like everyday life - we can't always believe what we think we see, whether because we're seeing it through our own imperfect senses, or because first appearances can be so deceiving. A fine storyteller is adept at weaving the strengths and frailties of human nature into a tapestry of linguistic imagination, and Ms. Hawkins is no exception.
It took a few chapters for this book to begin capturing my attention, but when that point was reached, I couldn't put it down. And when it was done, I found myself very contentedly searching YouTube for a piano recording of Ravel's "Pavane." I'm thinking the Eighteenth Duke of Burnham would have approved.
The modern story kicks off the book. Nicholas Carey, Eighteenth Duke of Burnham, is not only a the holder of an ancient title, he is a modern financier with millions of dollars and millions of employees at his beck and call. To every female on the planet, he is Prince Charming.
But the real Nicholas is empty inside because he is overwhelmed by years of unrelenting grief. His beloved wife died during her pregnancy with their stillborn child, and Princess Diana’s friendship was his only solace. When he lost Diana, Nicholas vowed to use his millions to bring her killer to justice.
Taylor Collins’ initial indifference to Nicholas is very believable. She one of the few women on earth who is not looking for Prince Charming, and since she has her own money and career, she has no need of a prince. She is also preoccupied with the loss of her fiancé to another woman. Taylor falls in love with Nicholas only after reading his ancestor’s diary and after coming to see that Prince Charming is a myth Nicholas has encouraged to hide his true identity from everyone except his friend, Diana.
The medieval story is the diary of the first duke, Thomas Carey, who loved a great heiress, Elizabeth Howell, not for her wealth, but for her grace and beauty and loving heart. However, Thomas’s love is complicated by the fact he has a wife living and by Henry VIII’s determination to make Elizabeth his mistress. The author cleverly uses Thomas to mirror Nicholas to demonstrate that both men possess the unusual ability to love unconditionally and to risk their lives for the ones they love. And both men are accused of murder because both of their wives died under circumstances that suggested each man had something to gain from their deaths.
The author has a particular gift for creating vivid scene descriptions that make the reader feel as if he or she is actually at Burnham Abbey. The house itself is a symbol of the continuity of the Carey family and becomes an important character in the novel. The book is a fascinating and compelling story that is difficult to put down, The plot leaves the reader guessing right up until the last page, and the resolution of the mystery of Diana’s death is believable and quite clever. Mystery and romance are masterfully woven together in this highly entertaining, well-written romantic mystery.
Top reviews from other countries
Describe 2 different settings or locations. The library (this was my favourite) - All dark mahogany wood with shelves from the floor to the ceiling. Two large mahogany desks with white sofas on each side. It was a beautiful warm room. The Abbey was a beautiful castle with long stair cases & huge rooms. The castle was very old with lots of secrets.
Were you able to connect with the main character and why? Yes, I liked Taylor a lot and she was able to keep the story interesting. However, there were parts when I felt she was far too naive and that there wasn't anything new to discover about her.
Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.