Friday, December 19, 2014
Review: Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn
Buy: ARE / AMZ / BN / KOBO
About the Book
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 quiet country village, pursued by the family she left in uproar. But when the dust of her broken engagement settles and Sebastian disappears under mysterious circumstances, Poppy discovers there is more 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 Poppy 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 dear.
I don't have many auto-buy authors, but with her recent historical novels Deanna Raybourn may soon be added to the list. Night of a Thousand Stars begins with a runaway bride who quickly puts a grand distance between herself and the altar...all the way to Damascus. With the intent of tracking down the man who assisted her getaway, Penelope "Poppy" March becomes embroiled in a dangerous hunt for treasure and discovers she can't tell the good guys from bad in her adventure.
Raybourn has a series of novels featuring a character Lady Julia, none of which I've read yet, but Stars alludes to the character, as well as Evie Stark in City of Jasmine - so Night is the book that links all of the author's worlds. If you've read her prior works you may appreciate the references, but it's not really necessary to have read City of Jasmine first.
I enjoyed this story - the intrigue and the settings, and another delightful Raybourn heroine.
ARC received via NetGalley
Leigh Ellwood is the author of "Love's Dominion" in the WTRAFSOG 9 box set (AMZ ~ BN ~ Kobo) and "A Different Class" in the Box of 1Night Stands, Vol. 2 (All Romance ~ Kindle ~ NOOK).