- File Size: 1131 KB
- Print Length: 274 pages
- Publisher: The Verrall Press (July 19, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 19, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07FLBY7GQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
House of Glass: A Dual Time Mystery Romance Kindle Edition
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Grace was a researcher who was manipulated by a journalist into researching the work of an architect from the 1850's. That research led her to discover the life of Alissa, her 1850 counterpart. Although their lives were quite different, both of them were strong women who were involved in relationships with very controlling men, but who also made bad decisions. It further led her to solve the mystery of two resident ghosts who haunted an old school. And it reminds us how one person interfering in another person's life, can destroy an entire family.
This is not a fairy tale love story that ends happily ever after, but it does end with a ray of hope for a happy future for two of the characters. Beautifully written.
This was totally enthralling for me, as I have a real obsession with anything World's Fair circa 19th or early 20th century! The Great Exhibition was an international exhibition that was held inside a great pavilion in London in 1851. It was first in a series of World's Fairs, organized in part by Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, monarch of England at the time.
Grace, the women serving as sleuth in the modern day, taking on the mystery of a past 150 years before her, is a well-developed character. I admire her talent and motivation and feel connected to her due to her relationship issues with Nick, and even within herself. She's had to put up a wall around herself, and I relished in watching her unfurl out of her shell.
After Nick asks her to help him work through the mystery of some missing historical pieces, she is intrigued by Lucas Royde, an architect of the past who designed the Pavilion at the Exhibition, and Alessia, of whom he has a relationship. Grace, who begins to unravel Royde's ghosts of the past, sees situations mirroring her own relationship. The pages of this book turned quickly as I watched visually in my head the intertwining and unfolding of these two relationships.
As a female reader who likes reading novels that show women of the past overcoming circumstances, and even modern day women who do, I enjoyed how the author dealt with the elements of these couples and presented to us that though sometimes times change, they also DON'T change when it comes to love and gender roles in romance and work. Fears are still real, no matter what the century and the past can't seal the future. Which is where the cage part of the title comes into the mix!
I believe the book was elegantly written, flowed nicely between the time periods and within the time periods, had excellent character development, and kept me intrigued and interested. I don't read much romance overall, but this one with its blend of history and mystery, really had me captivated for a few day's time.
I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
I'm a huge sucker for historical romance. I love that this book took place in both the past, during the Great Exhibition, and the present. Both time periods mirror each other beautifully. Grace and Nick, the modern-day couple, have a fiery relationship that is marred with complications. They are thrown together to try to solve a mystery of epic portions. Their research brings them into the path of Alessia and Royde, a couple whose story unfolds beneath their gaze.
Merryn Allingham has written a book that will not only appeal to the romance lovers, but to the mystery lovers as well. This is a well-told story that will leave you wanting more long after you read the last page. This is Allingham's first novel and it does not disappoint!
The writer creates a fascinating tapestry that I really enjoyed reading.
I read an ARC, and this is my honest and voluntary review.
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It is also described as a time travel novel which isn't true as no one travels through time the story just switches between the present and the past.
Anybody who is interested in the period around the Great Exhibition will find this book a treat – the level of detail was fascinating. I was really drawn in to the stories of the two woman and the choices that each of them made. I won't say more for fear of giving away a really interesting story.
I’ve greatly enjoyed this debut by Merryn Allingham and look forward to the next one.