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The Scottish Diamond: A Romantic Suspense Novella by [Fairfax, Helena]
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  • File Size: 2066 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Helena Fairfax (March 12, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 12, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01C4TZRZ2
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By Kenneth Hicks on May 5, 2016
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The Scottish Diamond is the second novel I have read by English author, Helena Fairfax, the first being A Way From Heart To Heart, and I am sure that I will be reading many others. The Scottish Diamond is a sequel to Palace Of Deception, in which the two main characters Leon and Lizzie first appeared (and which I did not read). Nonetheless, I became quickly grounded in the story and the characters because of Helena’s skillful weaving of details into the story. The plot unfolds in Edinburg, Scotland, where Leon and Lizzie are now living, trying to adjust to their life together in a climate that is not Leon’s favorite and where he is having trouble finding employment. Romance is part of the story, but suspense soon takes over as sinister faces begin to appear and reappear in the crowded streets. Twists and turns abound as the story progresses and the reader is kept in delicious suspense until the last page. You can’t help rooting for this pair.
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I read and enjoyed Helena Fairfax novella, Palace of Deception, where we meet Leon and Lizzie, so I was anxious to read the next romantic suspense novella, The Scottish Diamond. The story picks with the couple's move to the lovely city of Edinburgh. Descriptions of the city and its history were well balanced with the action of the story (and I learned enough that I would love to visit this place some day.) Deception is the operative word both in the first and second book. So many secrets and surprises keep the reader turning pages. Ms. Fairfax is an accomplished storyteller. I'd recommend this quick read who like a bit of romance with their suspense.
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The second Novella in this story about Leon and Lizzie takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, where intrigue still abounds with Montverrier folk showing up at a museum where their Scottish Diamond is on display and a Scottish nobleman who originally owned the Scottish Diamond is wanting it back. The Scottish nobleman attempts to pull a switch on the Diamond with a fake stone, Lizzie gets kidnapped in the scheme of things, and Leon and Lizzie’s love is challenged by the shenanigans between the Scots and the Montverrier folk. Altogether a very fast-paced romantic suspense novella, but there is an HEA at the end.
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The Scottish Diamond is a well-written book that is satisfying to read. The plot has interesting twists and yet finds its way to a gentle resolution. This is a novella to pick up, take to your favorite chair and escape into the world the author has created. I look forward to more from Helena Fairfax.

The Scottish Diamond neatly portrays a developing romantic relationship while it weaves its way through historical and current intrigues. While the story picks up from an earlier tale, the author so skillfully leads the reader through sufficient backstory of plot and characters that the book works on its own. It entices the reader to read the first book, Palace of Deception.

A book leaving me wanting more is not only a good read, but a promise of more to come. I would have liked additional mood setting on Edinburgh to give the reader a more in-depth sense of place and more development of the two main characters as both seem a bit thin. In other words, I would have liked to have seen the story developed into a full novel. That said, the novella works well as it is and I look back on the time it took to read it with a warm glow that goodness can find ways to triumph even in darkened circumstances.

Lizzie Smith runs and acts in a small production company in Edinburgh where she has returned under mysterious circumstances from summer employment in a small Mediterranean country. She is deeply attached to her former bodyguard, Léon Bressac and they arrive in Edinburgh to live together in her apartment as the book opens. Lizzie immediately picks up the threads of her life by working on a stage production of Macbeth with her company of actors and friends.
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Although I didn't read the first novella, Palace of Deception, the blurb told me all I really needed to know to begin reading The Scottish Diamond. The Scottish play is utilized beautifully to inspire and illustrate many of the events of the story. Fair is foul, and foul is fair . . . to be sure. It was a very quick read but enjoyable, although I felt it could easily be expanded into a full-length novel. It seemed to skim over the couple's return to Edinburgh when I thought there could be more description, more about her return to her theater group, maybe a trek through the gloomy-skied city. But I did feel that she described many of the city's landmarks and highlights quite nicely. I found several misspelled or mis-used words beginning in Chapter 8, though they weren't enough to rouse my ire (which occasionally happens with e-books). The story's tension escalated quite nicely, and I found myself a little breathless awaiting a satisfactory resolution. But as a writer myself, I did feel that the conflict could have been expanded. As a novella, the length is a third or a quarter of novel size, and I guess the author didn't feel comfortable increasing the tension; it could have seemed a bit contrived if she hadn't been very careful. All in all, I very much enjoyed the book. I'm seriously considering reading many more of her books, although romance, even romantic suspense, is not my ideal reading genre.
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