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A romantic, suspenseful, genre-bending debut set in Edwardian London.

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome - or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting. Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin - and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere - hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand. But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the facade of every suitor - even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood. With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?

©2014 Jessica Leake (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Soft, Gentle Story -

I was afraid this book would be too "formula-ic" in the romance category as I usually like more action in my listens... but this was a fun summer find. Like a cool breeze the story is entertaining and had enough supernatural to keep my interest going throughout.

I was home sick and listened to the entire book. Give it a try - you won't be disappointed.

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painfull

The thing is the story and performance are pretty good but it's very difficult to listen to the main character talk . She is one moment strong and the next week and is being manipulated . When she desides to leave the ballroom and actually go out to the garden to AVOID an unsavory charactor...it's like I just cant' listen anymore. She's such a twit.

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Stunning!

This story was absolutely amazing! I highly recommend to any “historical” romantic drama lovers or whatever it is that we are lol. The author did a fantastic job keeping the storyline engaging ans added just enough twists and turns to not be able to guess what happens next, I sure hope there’s a sequel coming!

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Lovely story

This was so good. The narrator was wonderful, her voice was so soft.

This fantasy had less magic than I usually read, bit still just enough. I loved the characters, and hated the antagonists. Blackburn, definitely. And especially Eliza. Ugh.

I'd say the writing was done wonderfully.

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Good love story, love Nicola Barber

The story gets really good after a very slow beginning. The love story was inspiring.

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Great narrator - poor story

Writer doesn't know much about places in England - if she did she would know Oxford university has no central campus because it is composed of 39 separate colleges and is not within sight when departing from the train station - unless you count the Saiid business centre which a modern build. Also describing Indian people as exotic or only as servants just makes me cringe. Really problematic and racist.

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  • Zahra Sedgwick
  • 02-12-22

Loved it!

I’m so pleasantly surprised by this book! Romance, magic, and regency-era London all in a great package!

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  • Vivian
  • 01-04-22

Great chapter turner

First time listening to Jessica leake book, it’s a beautiful narrated story, quite unpredictable flow for a historical novel, lots of surprises and the narrator made characters plausible.

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  • Lisa Jane
  • 11-14-21

Loved it!

Jane Austen feel mixed with a touch of magic, brilliant narration, and a great story in my opinion.

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  • Brenda
  • 10-09-21

enjoyable listen

The story is a fantasy mixed with Jane Austen's historical period marrage market of women being ruined by scandals and need to marry. Strange but interesting to mix the two together. I love fantasy but it doesn't hurt to be reminded of how lucky women are today in there freedom of choices.

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  • 07-11-19

Wonderful

I wa hooked from the first few lines! I heard about this author through her other books and am so glad I did. A cross between Jane Austen and fantasy worlds.. I wish the second book in the series was available on audible too, although this book can also be listened to be as a stand-alone.