Set in early nineteenth-century England, this vivid and romantic historical novel goes from the most elegant ballrooms of London to the city&s most tawdry slums, as a spirited young woman helps unravel a plot by Napoleon to bleed England of all its gold.Through good fortune, Charlotte Raven escaped the poverty of the London slums and is now an educated, wealthy Society lady. But she lives between two worlds, unable to completely turn her back on her old lifespecifically Luke, her childhood protector and now a ruthless London crime lord.????? When Lord Edward Durnham is asked to investigate the alarming movement of gold out of England, his search leads him to London, and his recent acquaintance with Charlotte affords him access to a dark world he barely knew existed. As they delve deeper into the underbelly of London, danger lurks at every turn, and Charlotte must navigate between her two worlds to save England.???? And soon she faces a defining choice: to continue in the familiar limbo she&s lived in for years, or to take a painful and risky leap toward a happiness she never thought possible.
Diener (Keeper of the King's Secrets) delivers a rousing read in this stand-alone novel with a hasty final act. Charlotte Raven went from childhood chimney sweep to London high society when good fortune smiled on her at a young age. She now straddles two worlds, enjoying a life of affluence, yet forever tied to her humble roots and Luke Bracken, the man who lifted her from destitution. When Charlotte is inadvertently caught up in a national conspiracy involving Napoleon, she must make use of this dual status on the streets of London. During a growing recession, gold guineas begin mysteriously disappearing by the ton. When Lord Durnham comes to London to investigate, Charlotte's personal connections and class-bridging status place her in the center of the unfolding drama. Diener entwines mystery and romance within this 19th-century historical thriller. The story moves at a pace that will keep readers intrigued and rooting for Charlotte, but too many subplots-including the love triangle at the novel's core-are left untidy by the end. The story begs for a sequel. Agent: Marlene Stringer, the Stringer Literary Agency. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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November 27, 2012
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