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As Lucy Muchelney watches her ex-lover’s sham of a wedding, she wishes herself anywhere else. It isn’t until she finds a letter from the countess of Moth, looking for someone to translate a groundbreaking French astronomy text, that she knows where to go. Showing up at the countess’ London home, she hoped to find a challenge, not a woman who takes her breath away.

Catherine St Day looks forward to a quiet widowhood once her late husband’s scientific legacy is fulfilled. She expected to hand off the translation and wash her hands of the project - instead, she is intrigued by the young woman who turns up at her door, begging to be allowed to do the work, and she agrees to let Lucy stay. But as Catherine finds herself longing for Lucy, everything she believes about herself and her life is tested.

While Lucy spends her days interpreting the complicated French text, she spends her nights falling in love with the alluring Catherine. But sabotage and old wounds threaten to sever the threads that bind them. Can Lucy and Catherine find the strength to stay together, or are they doomed to be star-crossed lovers? 

©2019 Olivia Waite (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Great F/F Romance

This book is lovely. The characters are interesting. The science is cool. Embroidery galore! It really is a treasure and I highly suggest it.

The narrator is absolutely fantastic. Morag differentiated the two main characters well and the other characters were well done. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this person speak!

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Excellent

As far as historical romances go, this is now in my top 5. Do you like good romance writing, a satisfying plot, women's achievements being celebrated and a juicy slow burn romance? Then what are you waiting for - use that credit! Fyi I found to my relief that one doesn't need to know much about or love astronomy to love this book. One may even learn something.
The narration only enhances an already extraordinary lesbian romance novel. Highly recommended.

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An accidental book

I came to this book accidentally and I loved it. Loved the story line and the characters.
Narration was very good

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Pleasantly surprised!

Loved it! Well written, wonderfully narrated and a satisfying "twist" at the end. Not a typical period piece!

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Love love this book!!!

This is fantastic fun read. Hits all the right spots. Strong & tender characters. Love is love. This is one of my new favorite books.

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So good I was nearly crying

It is such a wonderful feeling to hear a love story that is tender, encouraging, supportive, consensual, and smart! History, science, art, and love. What's not to like?

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Be still my rapidly beating heart

This was a beautiful story of love and raw ambition in the face of adversity that prevailed as it always will! I love reading stories that bring light to the amazing work and triumphs of women, who, since the beginning have always been considered the weaker, meeker sex. This was empowering to read and I thoroughly enjoyed the love and bond that grew between Catherine and Lucy. Their love and support of one another despite what others -to include themselves- believed was an unstoppable force that continued to build momentum over the course of the story. I'm so glad to have stumbled upon this jewel in search of my next read. Great work Olivia Waite!

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Wanted to start it all over again

I loved reading this book in print. Listening is even better. Perfect characters. I didn’t want it to end. And now I’m considering starting it again.

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AMAZING

I absolutely loved this read. It was the perfect mix of charming old fashioned english life, with empowering women making strives and lots of steamy lesbian romance to add on top. One of my absolute favorites.

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  • 12-09-20

It was ok

I like the romance. Its interesting to have a astrology and artsy couple.
Some quotes are give lovely images eg we will always be in each others orbit even if we are apart.

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  • 09-07-20

The voices are funny, but entertaining

The story I'd give 5 stars: poetic, lovely, and hopeful!
The audio narrating work : it sounds like trolling at times. She makes a 35-40 year old women sounds like a 70 year old with some terminal illness. But it is entertaining that way too, although it can be distracting at times. I had to stop myself several times with a grin across my face thinking "Oh my god the French accent does not sound like that !", " Does the character have a lisp or something?" But I thoroughly enjoyed the humor of it. Definitively much better than monotonous singular voice and kept me thoroughly entertained.