Stepping into this uncertain atmosphere, Concordia sees at once what must be done. The plan is daring in scope and execution, but with the help of her four students, the great escape stands a good chance of success. Of course, even the best-laid plans can go awry...and even the most independent, strong-minded lady must occasionally accept an offer of help.
During an investigation into a woman's death, private inquiry agent Ambrose Wells finds himself on the castle grounds - and in the middle of chaos. The building is in flames. People are dead. And a woman and four girls are fleeing on horseback. A confirmed loner, Ambrose nevertheless finds himself taking Concordia and her students under his wing. His past has made him eminently suitable to protect them from the person behind the events at Aldwick Castle: a notorious London crime lord who will stop at nothing to destroy those who know his secrets.
Their lives at risk, Concordia and the girls must remain safely in hiding until Ambrose is able to unravel the dark conspiracy. But if the girls have learned anything from Miss Glade, it is the value of curiosity - a quality their teacher possesses in great abundance. She has never been one to sit back quietly and let others take care of her. As the danger circles ever closer, Ambrose and Concordia must work together to discover a way out of the darkness. In the process, they will learn a few lessons themselves - about stubbornness, courage, and love.
©2005 Amanda Quick; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I thought this was a terrific book. I really liked how the characters respected each other, and listened to each other's advice. It didn't fall into the old "You're a girl, so you're stupid. Just stay where I put you" cliche. It also didn't succumb to "the heroine who really didn't have a clue wandering off stupidly to get into trouble" cliche either. It really was a breath of fresh air.
The students were charming and resourceful, although not terribly well developed, and didn't become cloying or annoying as many children in books are portrayed.
The story is good as well as the characters. Narroration was well done. There is some mystery along with the romance.
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