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    [Read] (Night of a Thousand Stars) 4 starsThis was such a FUN book to read And I mean it was a total escapism kind of bookreminded me of the old days where I’d be sucked into movies for hours and tune out reality Starting with the Lady Julia Grey series Deanna Raybourn’s forte has always been her ability to richly describe the setting a skill that’s absolutely necessary for any author in the historical mystery genre Written with romantic underton

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    [Read] (Night of a Thousand Stars) Deanna Raybourn Ë 1 FREE DOWNLOAD FREE READ Night of a Thousand Stars “I say if you’re running away from your wedding you’re going about it uite wrong”There it was in black and white for all to see Viscount's Heir Jilted By American Society GirlThe girl Poppy Hammond decides at the las

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    FREE READ Night of a Thousand Stars [Read] (Night of a Thousand Stars) READ ô FUTBOLENTRELINEAS.CO Ë Deanna Raybourn Ah Deanna Raybourn I love you Please don't stop writing And please find a way to come back and write about Julia and Brisbane This book made me miss them so much I want to know about the Vespiary There's so much th

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    READ ô FUTBOLENTRELINEAS.CO Ë Deanna Raybourn Deanna Raybourn Ë 1 FREE DOWNLOAD [Read] (Night of a Thousand Stars) I've given this an A at AAR but it very nearly sueaked an A so I'm leaving it at 5 starsYou know how sometimes you read the opening line or two of a book and not only does it hook you immediately but you can just tell it’s going to be a great read? Well Night of a Thousand Stars is one of those books It opens with Penelope Hammond step d

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    [Read] (Night of a Thousand Stars) A bit silly really Even the connection to the Julia Grey books couldn't save it In fact it kind of made it worse

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    [Read] (Night of a Thousand Stars) This book is frightfully silly Possible spoilers belowPoppy Hammond decides she's had enough of high society life and decides to make a run for it On the day of her wedding to a staid and proper lordling she tries to escape through the windowEnter mysterious man #1 A curate who aids her dash to freedom and drives her to her estranged father In a shiny fast car Who is kind and dashing an excellent companion and has a sense of humour After

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    [Read] (Night of a Thousand Stars) I'm a huge fan of Deanna Raybourn particularly of her Lady Julia Grey series and her three latest stand alone novels are taking readers to some exciting exotic new locales for historical fiction Night of a Thousand Stars starts off in London shortly after the end of World War I as we witness our intrepid heroine Poppy wh

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    [Read] (Night of a Thousand Stars) Night of a Thousand Stars is a historical fiction adventure and unfortunately for me I was a reluctant adventurer While there were some elements that really worked for me I had a really hard time finishing this book as it simply didn’t capture my attentionPoppy Hammond is on the brink of marriage to a wealthy aristocratic; a comfortable life awaits her But Poppy wants ; she doesn’t feel like marriage is the right decision and she wan

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    FREE READ Night of a Thousand Stars [Read] (Night of a Thousand Stars) 45 starsI'm not sure how to summarize the plot without giving it away so read at your own risk Penelope Poppy Hammond can not bring herself to marry Gerald Madderly the crushing bore her mother has chosen for her it would be too too Victorian P

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    [Read] (Night of a Thousand Stars) FREE READ Night of a Thousand Stars I am the newest member of the passionate Deanna Raybourn fan club This historical novel set in 1920 has the snappy banter a

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FREE READ Night of a Thousand Stars FREE DOWNLOAD ´ Night of a Thousand Stars READ ô FUTBOLENTRELINEAS.CO Ë Deanna Raybourn New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn returns with a Jazz Age tale of grand adventure On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat's wife Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing she flees the chapel in her wedding gown Assisted by the handsome curate who calls himself Sebastian Cantrip she spirits away to her estranged father's uiet country village pursued by the family. 4 starsThis was such a FUN book to read And I mean it was a total escapism kind of bookreminded me of the old days where I d be sucked into movies for hours and tune out reality Starting with the Lady Julia Grey series Deanna Raybourn s forte has always been her ability to richly describe the setting a skill that s absolutely necessary for any author in the historical mystery genre Written with romantic undertones Night of a Thousand Stars is a must read for any historical fan with a penchant for adventure mystery and political intrigue This book had my attention right from the start Poppy is fleeing from her wedding to Society s darling Viscount by climbing through a window She meets Sebastian who ends up helping her escape unnoticed and delivers her to her family in the country to let the gossip die down After some time she returns to London and the first thing on her mind is to thank Sebastian for his helponly she can t because he s disappeared No one has ever heard of him or seen him and pretty soon Poppy realizes Sebastian has duped her lied to her about who he is and what he does With the help of her resourceful maid Poppy finds some clues about where he might ve gone and sets out to unearth the mystery that surrounds him I honestly cannot say much about the book plot The rest is the grand adventure Poppy embarks on to find Sebastian and to spoil one part would reveal the rest and what fun is the mystery if I unravel it for you The things I can talk about are the character descriptions Poppy has got to be one of the BEST heroines especially when I compare her to other heroines in historical books She s instinctive audacious and bold traits that normally do not belong to historical heroines Her adventurous spirit actually reminds me of Beatrix from Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas Sebastian is the exact opposite His line of work reuires stealth intelligence ruthlessness and knowledge in combat Some of their interactions are so serious and some hilarious the author really knows how to inject wry humor in their conversations And what I appreciated most of all is that underneath the adventure lies a thought provoking story that makes the reader constantly uestion roles and motivations and inspires desires and thoughts that define these characters but are deemed unacceptable by Society s measuresThough this is a standalone story I loved that characters from previous books made an appearance or were mentioned Reading a book from this author has always been a pleasure for my mind and senses as she really knows how to write a good book combining historical elements suspense mystery and a little romance Her books always make me feel likeAnd once I m finished with her stories I feel a bit sad that the journey is over Recommended read ARC provided by Harleuin via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review A Hundred Summers grand adventure On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat's wife Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing she flees the chapel in her wedding Cross Laminated Timber Design gown Assisted by the handsome curate who calls himself Sebastian Cantrip she spirits away to her estranged father's uiet country village pursued by the family. 4 starsThis was such a FUN book to read And I mean it was a total escapism kind of bookreminded me of the old days where I d be sucked into movies for hours and tune out reality Starting with the Lady Julia Grey series Deanna Raybourn s forte has always been her ability to richly describe the setting a skill that s absolutely necessary for any author in the historical mystery Her Guilty Secret genre Written with romantic undertones Night of a Thousand Stars is a must read for any historical fan with a penchant for adventure mystery and political intrigue This book had my attention right from the start Poppy is fleeing from her wedding to Society s darling Viscount by climbing through a window She meets Sebastian who ends up helping her escape unnoticed and delivers her to her family in the country to let the High Risk Affair Silhouette Intimate Moments gossip die down After some time she returns to London and the first thing on her mind is to thank Sebastian for his helponly she can t because he s disappeared No one has ever heard of him or seen him and pretty soon Poppy realizes Sebastian has duped her lied to her about who he is and what he does With the help of her resourceful maid Poppy finds some clues about where he might ve Monophobia 1 gone and sets out to unearth the mystery that surrounds him I honestly cannot say much about the book plot The rest is the The Passionate Lover grand adventure Poppy embarks on to find Sebastian and to spoil one part would reveal the rest and what fun is the mystery if I unravel it for you The things I can talk about are the character descriptions Poppy has Nouns Verbs got to be one of the BEST heroines especially when I compare her to other heroines in historical books She s instinctive audacious and bold traits that normally do not belong to historical heroines Her adventurous spirit actually reminds me of Beatrix from Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas Sebastian is the exact opposite His line of work reuires stealth intelligence ruthlessness and knowledge in combat Some of their interactions are so serious and some hilarious the author really knows how to inject wry humor in their conversations And what I appreciated most of all is that underneath the adventure lies a thought provoking story that makes the reader constantly uestion roles and motivations and inspires desires and thoughts that define these characters but are deemed unacceptable by Society s measuresThough this is a standalone story I loved that characters from previous books made an appearance or were mentioned Reading a book from this author has always been a pleasure for my mind and senses as she really knows how to write a Thicker Than Water The Grayson Trilogy #3 good book combining historical elements suspense mystery and a little romance Her books always make me feel likeAnd once I m finished with her stories I feel a bit sad that the journey is over Recommended read ARC provided by Harleuin via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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FREE READ Night of a Thousand Stars FREE DOWNLOAD ´ Night of a Thousand Stars READ ô FUTBOLENTRELINEAS.CO Ë Deanna Raybourn Oppy finds herself in the perilous sights of those who will stop at nothing to recover a fabled ancient treasure Torn between allegiance to her kindly employer and a dashing shadowy figure Poppy will risk it all as she attempts to unravel a much larger plan one that stretches to the very heart of the British government and one that could endanger everything and everyone that she holds dea. Night of a Thousand Stars is a historical fiction adventure and unfortunately for me I was a reluctant adventurer While there were some elements that really worked for me I had a really hard time finishing this book as it simply didn t capture my attentionPoppy Hammond is on the brink of marriage to a wealthy aristocratic a comfortable life awaits her But Poppy wants she doesn t feel like marriage is the right decision and she wants an adventure So with the help of an unusually accommodating curate Poppy jilts her groom Determined to thank her rescuer Sebastian Cantrip Poppy heads off to London only to discover that Sebastian has disappeared and is really known as Sebastian Fox What could have happened After a little bit of digging Poppy discovers that Sebastian traveled to Damascus Convinced that Sebastian must be in trouble Poppy follows finally embarking on the adventure that she always wantedDespite the fact that I m not normally a fan of this author s style I wanted to read this one because the premise sounded amazing I loved the idea of adventure in a foreign land and after reading other reviews and uotes of the book I was intrigued And while I loved the descriptive setting and the humour I personally just didn t enjoy reading about the main character PoppyPoppy is impetuous and comes across as rather immature in her desire for an adventure On the one hand the reasoning behind Poppy s flight from the altar is solid She explains to Sebastian that she would be stifled as a future Viscount s wife I realised with Gerald my life would always take second place I would be his wife and eventually Viscountess Madderley and then I would die In the meantime I would open fetes and have his children and perhaps hold a memorable dinner party or two but what else Nothing I would have walked into that church today as Penelope Hammond and walked out as the Honourable Mrs Gerald Madderley and no one would have remembered me except as a footnote in the chronicles of the Madderley family p 13I think Poppy s lack of individuality and need for recognition speak to the concerns of women of the time as well as today for that matter I expected this need for action to manifest in a way that demonstrated that Poppy controlled her own destiny instead she seemed to blunder into an adventure that I don t feel actually changed her character Further Poppy continued to be identified as someone extraordinary by those around her and while in some cases this was a subterfuge this extraordinary uality was never really effectively conveyed Why is Poppy so spectacular It is because she s pretty intuitive Beyond that I never really got much of a sense of what really made her so worthy of the attention that she received throughout the book And because of this weak exploration Poppy s adventure never fully captured my attentionWhat was really well developed in Night of a Thousand Stars was the luscious sense of place and the great humourI loved the exotic setting of Night of a Thousand Stars this is a great example of armchair travel in fiction Poppy s experiences traveling and the way that this was described is stunning and evocative Take Poppy s first sighting of Damascus as an exampleLong rays of sunshine slanted over the city gilding the stone and causing it to shimmer on the flat plain Mount Hermon newly carpeted in soft green on its lower flanks rose to snowy heights in the distance and I could smell the mingled scents of freshly turned earth and fruit blossoms and smoke on the air p 101Whenever the setting is discussed the author excels at presenting a sensual picture of the place rather than a visual simulation This style of description brought a strong sense of place to the novel and I feel that it is the strongest element to the novel and it is because of this that I would recommend it to fans of exotic locales it is these readers that will appreciate this level of detailSecond to the setting I also liked the humour in the Night of a Thousand Stars While I found the first third of the book to be hard to get into when Poppy once again meets up with Sebastian I found that the humour really stood out The one liners between these two put a smile on my faceWe d been riding for hours and although I would have died rather than admit it to Sebastian I was thoroughly exhausted I gave a sigh of impatience and dropped my head to his back He jerked nearly throwing himself off the horse His sudden lurch irritated her and she tossed her head crossing her feet sideways For God s sake I muttered irritably What s the matter with you Anyone would think you were the Gothic heroine p 234Poppy is uite willing to dish it out to Sebastian and I found this interactions highly amusing But since there is a strong romantic current in the novel between Poppy and Sebastian I was surprised that the witty banter didn t move forward into something a little reliant on character development My impression of Poppy and Sebastian s relationship is that they had the romantic tension but not the depth of emotion that you expect in the romance genre I realize that Night of a Thousand Stars is not a book that would be found in the romance section of the library but since it does feature in the book I feel that it could have been further developedMy verdict on Night of a Thousand Stars Fans of Deanna Raybourn will like this new book it has her signature wit and uirky characters and those will continue to appeal to her fans While there were certain elements that I didn t care for as a reader I maintain that this is a book that will go over with many audiencesReview originally published with similar reads on The Book Adventures Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley Monophobia 1 government and one that could endanger everything and everyone that she holds dea. Night of a Thousand Stars is a historical fiction adventure and unfortunately for me I was a reluctant adventurer While there were some elements that really worked for me I had a really hard time finishing this book as it simply didn t capture my attentionPoppy Hammond is on the brink of marriage to a wealthy aristocratic a comfortable life awaits her But Poppy wants she doesn t feel like marriage is the right decision and she wants an adventure So with the help of an unusually accommodating curate Poppy jilts her The Passionate Lover groom Determined to thank her rescuer Sebastian Cantrip Poppy heads off to London only to discover that Sebastian has disappeared and is really known as Sebastian Fox What could have happened After a little bit of digging Poppy discovers that Sebastian traveled to Damascus Convinced that Sebastian must be in trouble Poppy follows finally embarking on the adventure that she always wantedDespite the fact that I m not normally a fan of this author s style I wanted to read this one because the premise sounded amazing I loved the idea of adventure in a foreign land and after reading other reviews and uotes of the book I was intrigued And while I loved the descriptive setting and the humour I personally just didn t enjoy reading about the main character PoppyPoppy is impetuous and comes across as rather immature in her desire for an adventure On the one hand the reasoning behind Poppy s flight from the altar is solid She explains to Sebastian that she would be stifled as a future Viscount s wife I realised with Gerald my life would always take second place I would be his wife and eventually Viscountess Madderley and then I would die In the meantime I would open fetes and have his children and perhaps hold a memorable dinner party or two but what else Nothing I would have walked into that church today as Penelope Hammond and walked out as the Honourable Mrs Gerald Madderley and no one would have remembered me except as a footnote in the chronicles of the Madderley family p 13I think Poppy s lack of individuality and need for recognition speak to the concerns of women of the time as well as today for that matter I expected this need for action to manifest in a way that demonstrated that Poppy controlled her own destiny instead she seemed to blunder into an adventure that I don t feel actually changed her character Further Poppy continued to be identified as someone extraordinary by those around her and while in some cases this was a subterfuge this extraordinary uality was never really effectively conveyed Why is Poppy so spectacular It is because she s pretty intuitive Beyond that I never really Nouns Verbs got much of a sense of what really made her so worthy of the attention that she received throughout the book And because of this weak exploration Poppy s adventure never fully captured my attentionWhat was really well developed in Night of a Thousand Stars was the luscious sense of place and the Thicker Than Water The Grayson Trilogy #3 great humourI loved the exotic setting of Night of a Thousand Stars this is a Colton Cowboy Standoff Coltons of Roaring Springs #1 great example of armchair travel in fiction Poppy s experiences traveling and the way that this was described is stunning and evocative Take Poppy s first sighting of Damascus as an exampleLong rays of sunshine slanted over the city Someday Jennifer gilding the stone and causing it to shimmer on the flat plain Mount Hermon newly carpeted in soft November Road: A Novel green on its lower flanks rose to snowy heights in the distance and I could smell the mingled scents of freshly turned earth and fruit blossoms and smoke on the air p 101Whenever the setting is discussed the author excels at presenting a sensual picture of the place rather than a visual simulation This style of description brought a strong sense of place to the novel and I feel that it is the strongest element to the novel and it is because of this that I would recommend it to fans of exotic locales it is these readers that will appreciate this level of detailSecond to the setting I also liked the humour in the Night of a Thousand Stars While I found the first third of the book to be hard to Friend Fling Forever? get into when Poppy once again meets up with Sebastian I found that the humour really stood out The one liners between these two put a smile on my faceWe d been riding for hours and although I would have died rather than admit it to Sebastian I was thoroughly exhausted I Harleuin Medical Romance March 2019 Box Set 1 of 2 gave a sigh of impatience and dropped my head to his back He jerked nearly throwing himself off the horse His sudden lurch irritated her and she tossed her head crossing her feet sideways For God s sake I muttered irritably What s the matter with you Anyone would think you were the Gothic heroine p 234Poppy is uite willing to dish it out to Sebastian and I found this interactions highly amusing But since there is a strong romantic current in the novel between Poppy and Sebastian I was surprised that the witty banter didn t move forward into something a little reliant on character development My impression of Poppy and Sebastian s relationship is that they had the romantic tension but not the depth of emotion that you expect in the romance The Widow Next Door: The most chilling of new crime thriller books that you will read in 2018 genre I realize that Night of a Thousand Stars is not a book that would be found in the romance section of the library but since it does feature in the book I feel that it could have been further developedMy verdict on Night of a Thousand Stars Fans of Deanna Raybourn will like this new book it has her signature wit and uirky characters and those will continue to appeal to her fans While there were certain elements that I didn t care for as a reader I maintain that this is a book that will Perkins Mid Grade Novel #5 go over with many audiencesReview originally published with similar reads on The Book Adventures Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley

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FREE READ Night of a Thousand Stars FREE DOWNLOAD ´ Night of a Thousand Stars READ ô FUTBOLENTRELINEAS.CO Ë Deanna Raybourn She left in uproar But when the dust of her broken engagement settles and Sebastian disappears under mysterious circumstances Poppy discovers there is to her hero than it seems With only her feisty lady's maid for company Poppy secures employment and travels incognita east across the seas chasing a hunch and the whisper of clues Danger abounds beneath the canopies of the silken city and P. I ve given this an A at AAR but it very nearly sueaked an A so I m leaving it at 5 starsYou know how sometimes you read the opening line or two of a book and not only does it hook you immediately but you can just tell it s going to be a great read Well Night of a Thousand Stars is one of those books It opens with Penelope Hammond step daughter of a rich American industrialist running out on her wedding to a stodgy viscount s heir with the help of a rather attractive and delightfully unflappable curate He introduces himself as Sebastian Cantrip and agrees to drive her to her father s house in Devon On the way Penelope explains that she prefers to be called by her nickname Poppy and that her last name isn t actually Hammond because her step father has never legally adopted her Her actual last name is March Which is where I might have suealed just a little bitBecause as anyone who has read any of the books in Ms Raybourn s series of Victorian mysteries will know March is the maiden name of the eponymous Lady Julia and as Poppy s father turns out to be none other than Eglamour or Plum March it makes Lady Julia Poppy s auntHaving safely deposited Poppy with her father the obliging curate leaves the following morning which for some reason she can t fathom leaves her feeling a little flatPoppy s parents are divorced and while her step father treats her as one of the family she has never really felt as though she belonged She was the same at school her uick wit and adventurous nature getting her into trouble often than not She tries to live up to her mother s expectations of what a young lady should be and gets engaged to a worthy if dull young man but no matter what she does she just doesn t do conventional Reading her aunt s journals the first of which is entitled Silent in the Grave something finally clicks for Poppy and she determines it s time to be herself rather than try to fit in with other people s expectations She wants to have a little adventure and decides to start by going to London where she will have to put on a brazen front to brave the gossip in order to find Mr Cantrip so that she can thank him properly for his assistance Returning to the church from which she ran away she is disturbed to discover that the curate is in fact a Mr Hobbs who tells her that the name Cantrip is actually an archaic Scottish word meaning trick Something is obviously not right which makes Poppy who has started to believe that perhaps Sebastian is in some sort of trouble even determined to track him down Her investigations eventually lead her to discover that Sebastian whose real last name is Fox has travelled to the Holy Land and Poppy must find a way to follow him thereNight of a Thousand Stars is a companion story to Ms Raybourn s previous book City of Jasmine although it s not necessary to have read that first in order to understand this one To say too much about the plot will spoil it so I ll just say that it s an eventful fast moving adventure in which the author expertly balances danger and treachery with humour and deadpan wit It is a little frustrating that the central characters spend a large portion of the first half of the book apart but there is much to enjoy in Ms Raybourn s attention to detail which is very impressive and in the writing which just sparkles with wit and has a real twenties feel about it by which I mean that it s infused with that zest for life and desire to push boundaries that seems to have been commonly felt by so many young people after the horrors of the First World WarThe descriptions of Damascus the sights sounds and smells of the souks and streets bring the city vividly to life and the author also includes relevant details concerning the precarious political situation of the time which are both relevant to the story and interesting in their own rightThere is of course a nice dash of romance running through the story The reunion between Poppy and Sebastian is splendidly tongue in cheek with Sebastian turning up looking like a desert prince all billowing black robes and tall boots swoon The guy is Errol Flynn James Bond and Indiana Jones rolled into one and is for my money the sexiest Vicar ever written The dialogue is full of humour and the couple bickers in the manner of the best screwball comedies But it s also clear that they trust each other implicitly and will do whatever is necessary to keep each other safe Ms Raybourn doesn t write explicit sex scenes but the sexual tension between the pair is tremendous and done without repetitious mental lusting over exposed muscular body parts Not to say there isn t any it s just not overdoneThe only reason this isn t a straight A book is that the denouement seemed a little too pat Many loose ends are tied up and co incidences explained but it didn t uite work for me perhaps because it s just too perfect I suspect I may well be in the minority in that one and I certainly enjoyed the way Poppy turned the tables on Sebastian at the endNight of a Thousand Stars is a thoroughly enjoyable read and the characterisation is excellent all round Poppy is probably the most strongly drawn character but then it s her story and hers is the greatest emotional journey as she gradually learns to believe in herself and takes charge of own life I loved the book and have no hesitation in recommending it very highly indeed Thicker Than Water The Grayson Trilogy #3 given this an A at AAR but it very nearly sueaked an A so I m leaving it at 5 starsYou know how sometimes you read the opening line or two of a book and not only does it hook you immediately but you can just tell it s Colton Cowboy Standoff Coltons of Roaring Springs #1 going to be a Someday Jennifer great read Well Night of a Thousand Stars is one of those books It opens with Penelope Hammond step daughter of a rich American industrialist running out on her wedding to a stodgy viscount s heir with the help of a rather attractive and delightfully unflappable curate He introduces himself as Sebastian Cantrip and agrees to drive her to her father s house in Devon On the way Penelope explains that she prefers to be called by her nickname Poppy and that her last name isn t actually Hammond because her step father has never legally adopted her Her actual last name is March Which is where I might have suealed just a little bitBecause as anyone who has read any of the books in Ms Raybourn s series of Victorian mysteries will know March is the maiden name of the eponymous Lady Julia and as Poppy s father turns out to be none other than Eglamour or Plum March it makes Lady Julia Poppy s auntHaving safely deposited Poppy with her father the obliging curate leaves the following morning which for some reason she can t fathom leaves her feeling a little flatPoppy s parents are divorced and while her step father treats her as one of the family she has never really felt as though she belonged She was the same at school her uick wit and adventurous nature November Road: A Novel getting her into trouble often than not She tries to live up to her mother s expectations of what a young lady should be and Friend Fling Forever? gets engaged to a worthy if dull young man but no matter what she does she just doesn t do conventional Reading her aunt s journals the first of which is entitled Silent in the Grave something finally clicks for Poppy and she determines it s time to be herself rather than try to fit in with other people s expectations She wants to have a little adventure and decides to start by Harleuin Medical Romance March 2019 Box Set 1 of 2 going to London where she will have to put on a brazen front to brave the The Widow Next Door: The most chilling of new crime thriller books that you will read in 2018 gossip in order to find Mr Cantrip so that she can thank him properly for his assistance Returning to the church from which she ran away she is disturbed to discover that the curate is in fact a Mr Hobbs who tells her that the name Cantrip is actually an archaic Scottish word meaning trick Something is obviously not right which makes Poppy who has started to believe that perhaps Sebastian is in some sort of trouble even determined to track him down Her investigations eventually lead her to discover that Sebastian whose real last name is Fox has travelled to the Holy Land and Poppy must find a way to follow him thereNight of a Thousand Stars is a companion story to Ms Raybourn s previous book City of Jasmine although it s not necessary to have read that first in order to understand this one To say too much about the plot will spoil it so I ll just say that it s an eventful fast moving adventure in which the author expertly balances danger and treachery with humour and deadpan wit It is a little frustrating that the central characters spend a large portion of the first half of the book apart but there is much to enjoy in Ms Raybourn s attention to detail which is very impressive and in the writing which just sparkles with wit and has a real twenties feel about it by which I mean that it s infused with that zest for life and desire to push boundaries that seems to have been commonly felt by so many young people after the horrors of the First World WarThe descriptions of Damascus the sights sounds and smells of the souks and streets bring the city vividly to life and the author also includes relevant details concerning the precarious political situation of the time which are both relevant to the story and interesting in their own rightThere is of course a nice dash of romance running through the story The reunion between Poppy and Sebastian is splendidly tongue in cheek with Sebastian turning up looking like a desert prince all billowing black robes and tall boots swoon The Perkins Mid Grade Novel #5 guy is Errol Flynn James Bond and Indiana Jones rolled into one and is for my money the sexiest Vicar ever written The dialogue is full of humour and the couple bickers in the manner of the best screwball comedies But it s also clear that they trust each other implicitly and will do whatever is necessary to keep each other safe Ms Raybourn doesn t write explicit sex scenes but the sexual tension between the pair is tremendous and done without repetitious mental lusting over exposed muscular body parts Not to say there isn t any it s just not overdoneThe only reason this isn t a straight A book is that the denouement seemed a little too pat Many loose ends are tied up and co incidences explained but it didn t uite work for me perhaps because it s just too perfect I suspect I may well be in the minority in that one and I certainly enjoyed the way Poppy turned the tables on Sebastian at the endNight of a Thousand Stars is a thoroughly enjoyable read and the characterisation is excellent all round Poppy is probably the most strongly drawn character but then it s her story and hers is the The Killer Across the Table greatest emotional journey as she La revolución del metabolismo gradually learns to believe in herself and takes charge of own life I loved the book and have no hesitation in recommending it very highly indeed