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Having grown up on the mean streets of nineteenth-century London, Caroline St. James is used to fighting to survive.

So when her beloved mother - abandoned and ignored by her wealthy family - suddenly dies, the scrappy twenty-two-year-old devises a plan to right this terrible wrong. With nothing to lose, she sails to New York to find the man who turned a cold shoulder to her mother's suffering: Caroline's grandfather. To settle the family score, Caroline infiltrates her grandfather's privileged world, hoping to sabotage his business from the inside. But as she sets her plot in motion, she meets Jackson Montgomery, a virtuous man who is struggling to recover from a family scandal of his own. As their friendship grows, and Caroline begins to piece together the motives that led her family to turn its back, she is forced to make a decision: Should she risk everything in the name of justice? Or can she look toward the future and let love and forgiveness guide her instead?

©2016 Renee Ryan (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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heart strings pulling

A love story with a mystery as well. The story also ask the question about goid verses evil.

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Captivating

Wasn't expecting this book to be this Great. Hard to put down & beautifully narrated!!!I definitely recommended it!!!!!

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Saddened

I am supremely disappointed with this book. It kept turning off during the reading and I had to continually keep turning it back on. Very annoying.

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So Predictable

The premise of this story is interesting, but the story itself was very predictable. I'm not usually skilled with predicting outcomes in novels, but this one was very easy to predict every step of the way. I prefer more challenging novels.

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Believe 6 Impossible Things Before Breakfast

If the heroine had a pet unicorn this book wouldn't be less unrealistic or unbelievable. This book should be read before breakfast because there are many more than 6 impossible things to believe in this book. Here are a few of them.
1-A beautiful girl grows up in Whitechurch land of poverty, prostitutes and thugs, with no father or brothers to protect her but is never molested in anyway.
2-She is somehow able to win enormous sums of money from somewhere and store it in her hovel with no one finding out or stealing it from her.
3-She is able to transport the enormous pile of cash all the way to America again without being robbed or molested.
4-She has enough money to buy an entire upper class wardrobe and move into the Waldorf-Astoria.
5-They actually sell her an upper class wardrobe and let her move into the Waldorf-Astoria as a shabbily dressed woman unaccompanied and without even a maid.
6-Raised by an American woman surrounded by lower class Londoners she yet learns perfect upper class British accent.
7-(Spoiler) The aunt is somehow able to intercept over 30 letters without anyone else in the house including any staff seeing them. And she is able to Frank them and return them again without help or exposure. Upper class women don't frank their own letters nor interact with the mail carrier.
8-She walks from the Waldorf-Astoria to the lower East side dressed in all her Upper class finery without getting blisters or being robbed or molested.

And so much more.

Not only is this book poorly researched, unrealistic and unbelievable but it is also overly dramatic and preachy.

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Great book to listen to

I enjoyed listening to this book. Karen Peakes did a great job of having a different voice for every character. I also enjoyed the whole story. The characters were well written. The story kept me on my toes. I wasn't sure what the outcome would be when she met her family. I was not disappointed. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series A Touch of Scarlet.

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Refreshingly...a twist of a love story!

Most love stories, romance novels are predictable. I suppose you can almost predict what happens in this story but I enjoyed the fact that it did have a twist of difference to it.

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Journeys end by Renee Ryan.

I was very pleased with this book. Will read more of this author's books. Thank you.

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Good, but missed it's potential

The author definitely has talent and so does the narrator, but I kept getting distracted by the areas where in my opinion they missed the mark. The story was at times a good, interesting novel and others, a fluffy school girl fairy tale. Several interesting characters were introduced but left undeveloped. Also, the ending was too short and abrupt and I was left dissatisfied.

The narrator was also inconsistent. She had difficulty switching between accents and sometimes they sounded fake and earned a few eye rolls. There were other times when I thought she did a nice job.

Overall, the story was good enough to keep me listening, wanting to hear how it would play out and so with my curiosity peaked, I stayed with it until I finished it.

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Hated it!

Hated it! Babbled on and on describing everything and I mean every thought, what they wore blah blah blah!!!