Following a humiliating fourth season in London, Lady Elizabeth Fraser is on her way back to her ancestral country estate when her train careens off the rails and bursts into flames. Though she is injured, she manages to drag herself and her unconscious mother out of the wreckage, and amid the chaos that ensues, a brilliant young railway surgeon saves her mother's life. Elizabeth feels an immediate connection with Paul Wilcox - though society would never deem a medical man eligible for the daughter of an earl.
After Paul reveals that the train wreck was no accident, and the inspector who tried to prevent it dies under mysterious circumstances, Elizabeth undertakes a dangerous investigation of her own that leads back to her family's buried secrets. Not only are her dowry and her reputation at stake; Paul's very life hangs in the balance when he is arrested for manslaughter. Now Elizabeth must risk everything for the man who has found a place in her heart. As the trial draws near, and Parliament prepares for a vote that will change the course of the nation, she uncovers a conspiracy that has been years in the making. But time is running out to see justice done.
©2016 Karen Odden (P)2017 Tantor
The train line plot was nicely done. Though the main character is smart she's pretty predictable. The doctor and journalist were much more interesting and seemed to rob the scene every time.
The narrator has a beautiful voice, her male and female characters were believable. However, the cadence and intonation she uses for the main character make her sound as she is about to weep all the time, which was kind of annoying.
Couldn't get over the narration
Bizarre English accents and pronunciations, weird phrasing and slow pedantic pace put me off. Just couldn't stand it anymore!
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