Imagine my shock and distress then, when Mr. Hardesty accused me of being party to a plot of murder, blackmail, and general villainy! I knew nothing of such occurrences, and proclaimed my innocence. Unfortunately, Mr. Hardesty left unconvinced, and I had an uneasy feeling over what his search would uncover. You see, Gentle Listener, though I live a most uneventful life now, my past contained a Great Scandal that would be ruinous if resurrected. To protect my secrets from Mr. Hardesty's investigation, I concluded that I would need to conduct an inquiry of my own, and if that meant sharing my findings with Mr. Hardesty, so be it. And my course of action had nothing whatsoever to do with the illicit, passionate feelings that he aroused in me - feelings that propriety would definitely frown upon...
Yours most sincerely,
©2005 Amanda Quick; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Born to read
this is a good book, typical Amanda Quick
I love her no matter what name she writes under!
It was an ok book and listen but did not drag me into the story. Could kind of guess some of the twists...ok in general but just something was missing.
I loved this story. Caroline Fordyce lived with her two Aunts and wrote sensation novels for the Flying Intelligencer to support them all. She has changed her name to cover horrors from her former life and a great scandal, she does not move in tonish society. Mr. Adam Hardesty does move in society but also has secrets from a former life that he does not want anyone to know. Unbeknownst to Adam the woman across the hall kept a diary where she documented everything that went on in the building, this included information about his family and their former life. If this information became known it would do untold harm and hurt the members his family so he is trying to find it. The last information that he has is that Mrs. Fordyce had attended a seyance in a mediums home where the diary supposedly was and where the medium was killed. Adam comes knocking at Caroline's door to see if she is the blackmailer who is trying to hurt his family. She tells him she is innocent but he is not quite sure. Caroline is very taken with Adam and not in a good way and she thinks he has such a malevolent presence that he would be perfect to be the character for the villain in her new sensation novel.
Caroline tries to investigate on her own and she is thrown together with Mr. Hardesty but the blackmailer and killer try to set them up for murder and slander. How this all gets worked out is interesting and the secrets from both families past is heartrending, moving and very interesting.
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