- Series: Cynster Novels
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (February 5, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061243396
- ISBN-13: 978-0061243394
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 118 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Where the Heart Leads: From the Casebook of Barnaby Adair (Cynster Novels) Hardcover – February 5, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
The latest installment to Laurens's Cynster series (The Truth About Love; The Taste of Innocence) takes readers back to the 19th-century London of private investigator Barnaby Adair for a satisfying blend of mystery and romance. When attractive society belle Penelope Ashford enlists Barnaby's help in finding four kidnapped orphan boys, Barnaby is as intrigued by Penelope as he is by the case; her reputation as something of a firebrand and her dedication to her work at Foundling House far outstrip her desire to conform to society's wishes—a worldview not unlike Barnaby's. Penelope insists on accompanying Barnaby through every step of his investigation, and with some input from an old friend at Scotland Yard, the pair begins navigating the slums of London's East End in search of a burglary school. As the orphans' fate begins to slide into focus, so, too, does Barnaby and Penelope's attraction for one another. That attraction, palpable from their first meeting, slowly builds to a gratifying crescendo without overpowering the story, which, though light on plot twists, clips along at a fast pace with enough charm to delight both fans and new readers. (Feb.)
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About the Author
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science, a hobby that quickly became a career. Her novels set in Regency England have captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors.
Top customer reviews
I really liked this book. Barnaby and Penelope are unique characters. Their initial interactions are funny -- especially because they keep surprising one another. While the two are not marriage minded in the beginning, their reluctance is more about compatibility and fear of having to change their lives than it is emotional questions about love (unlike other Cynster books). These two are more concerned about whether or not their lives will mesh. As they investigate together and fall in love, it becomes clear that they are already building a life together. Something about these two characters practical approach is very refreshing. Appropriately, the mystery drives the story. This is not a romantic suspense, however. The story is definitely a romance and the building of the relationship between them the focus of the story.
While there is much discussion of characters from the Cynster series, this book is apart from those stories and can be enjoyed by a reader who hasn't read any previous books.
I'd rate this book a 4.5.
Most recent customer reviews
Anxiously awaiting next novel in the series!