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A Year of Light and Shadows: A romantic suspense anthology (Contains the novellas Palace of Deception and The Scottish Diamond) Kindle Edition
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A Year Of Light and Shadows is a three book anthology, the stories all connecting and following on.
Book 1: Palace Of Deception. Set in the fictional southern Europe principality of Montverrier, this is the tale of Scottish actress Elizabeth Smith, who has been offered a summer job impersonating a missing Princess. She must take the place of Princess Charlotte at a royal investiture ceremony. For five weeks Elizabeth is housebound at the castle learning her character role. Full time bodyguard Léon, rarely leaves her side and they become good friends.
Book 2: The Scottish Diamond. Elizabeth and Léon return to her home town of Edinburgh, Elizabeth to her drama school where they rehearse for Macbeth and tries to find a job. An exhibition at the castle of the famous "Scottish Diamond" offers Léon work, until once again they find themselves embroiled in the plans of the Royal family of Montverrier.
Part 3 is a short story. A Question by Torchlight. Hogmonay celebrations in Scotland and Elizabeth fears she will lose Léon. Can the Italian ever settle in dreary Scotland?
This is a captivating and well written set of stories and is a quick read at just 179 pages in total.
The first one was my favorite! I would really give that one 5 stars (and the others 3.5 - 4 stars). Palace of Deception almost reminded me of The Princess diaries a little. Only instead of learning how to and preparing to act and look like the real princess - in this story Lizzie is an actress and is standing in for the real princess and will have to learn how to be her so no one knows she is a fake. It was all very exciting, original and kind of sweet and romantic. Very well done!
The middle story - The Scottish Diamond - started out good, then got a little slow for me, but then picked back up and I ended up loving it. It got very exciting, a lot of action.
And the last story - A Question by Torchlight - was very short but was also very sweet! :-)
Great character development, again, especially in the first story. I really loved Lizzie!
And they almost had a fairy tale quality to them. Which was nice, who doesn't love a great fairy tale!?
Definitely worth picking up and giving a try!
I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from the author, Helena Fairfax - Thank you!
I really liked this set of stories. They were very well written with characters that are memorable. The idea behind the stories was unique. I loved that Montverrier was a continued theme. It made the three stories truly connected. The three stories are quick reads that would be great for anyone looking to get roped into a stories but not have the time for large book. The mystery and bit of romance really connects the reader to the characters. If you are looking for a good set of characters with an engrossing story but don’t have the time to commit to a series or long book, this book is the one for you. You won’t regret picking this up.
***Received this book in exchange for an unbiased review***
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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