On his death bed, Lord Pembroke took great care to try to ensure the future of his beautiful, unconventional niece, Lady Jane Her debutante ball would feature the most eligible bachelors of London society But when the night of the dance arrives, things do not go as planned.To escape the superficial drama of the party, Jane seeks refuge in the garden of Rosewood Hall, where she discovers a gravely injured girl With her last breath, the child beseeches Jane to find another girl, Mary, and to save her from the same fate she has suffered Lady Jane vows to fulfill this final wish, a promise that will entangle her in a dangerous intrigue and take her from the safety of home to the hard streets of London With the faded inscription in a tattered novel as her only physical clue, Jane sets out to investigate the regions orphanages and infiltrate Londons most elegant homes Can she save young Mary from a swiftly approaching doom...
|Title||:||The Girl at Rosewood Hall (A Lady Jane Mystery Book 1) (English Edition)|
|Publisher||:||Crossing 1 September 2015|
|Number of Pages||:||186 Pages|
|File Size||:||993 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Girl at Rosewood Hall (A Lady Jane Mystery Book 1) (English Edition) Reviews
I don't know how I came across this book, but it was on KU for both ebook and audio, so I decided to give it a go. I'm glad I did! What a veritable gem. Very well researched from what I can tell, and everything just fit: the historical context and conditions, the language, the characters and places.An absolutely great story, wonderfully narrated by Sue Pitkin. This book has it all, really. It's both an historical novel and a mystery novel, the characters are believable.I had read a lot about poor- or workhouses, and orphanages in that era, not just through Charles Dickens, but generally. It is a topic that makes one shiver, and this novel is taking the horror of those times even farther (see wikipedia afteryou've read the book: [...])I have to say that I'm impressed with the love for detail you can find in this story -- but don't get me wrong, it's not detail as in a minute description of a dress or some-such. Just many small things the observant reader will notice, like the taste of apple pips.And now I'll go and read the sequel. I do hope to discover more books by this author!
von Anfang an fesselnd, mitfühlend, Anregung um die Welt zu verbessern- konnte mich identifizieren.Ein Anstoß zum Nachdenken, grad in der heutigen Zeit!
Whereas the description of things and places is quite nicely done, the devolpment of the main characters is rather lacking. The heroine describes herself as free spirit and female Victorian rebel unwilling to let men descide her fate. In the end she does't really act the part but quarrels annoyingly often and in a childish stubborn way with her very understanding husband. Excitement? Not so much. Romance? Even less. Fans of the "Her royal spyness" series or novels by Lisa Kleypas might be rather disappointed by Bells Rosewood girl.
The plot and the setting are both interesting and the story gets off to an unusual, interesting, start. From there on things go a bit downhill. It is a pity.Lady Jane and her husband spend most of the book being gratuitously and incomprehensibly angry at one another; whatever the reasons why the author insists on depicting her characters behave like thwarted adolescents in one another's company, ultimately it is annoying.The story itself, which I for one find interesting albeit depressing, is stretched out beyond repair; as a result, a number of threads are left dangling (what happened to the disappearing master?) and the end comes abruptly; how did our beloved captain recoup those promissory notes? How did the cavalry come in a the very brink of time to save the lady in distress? How did the couple pas from the adolescent phase into one another's arms? etc. We placed through a few hundred pages for this, so some detail on the loose ends would have been welcome: it's not as if there was no room left.But, the above could have been palatable, if only with some effort, had the dialogue been even remotely reminiscent of the setting! Ms Bell's sets her story in late 19the century England. Her characters sound like they walked out of a 21st century American cop show! "What? No!", "open up!", "is that a fact" (sneeringly), et alia abound, and one can just see the man pulling out his badge as he gets ready to storm the castle!Presumably, Ms Bell has an interest in independant 19th century ladies and, more so, in the poor state of orphanages in 19th century England -- and has probably researched the latter to some extent. In the interests of matching characters to the historical setting she chooses, may I dare suggest she also research the way people spoke at that chosen time. Surely she knows how.
I have fallen more and more in love with mysteries about the mid to later 1800's and this is one of the best as far as I'm concerned! The author has developed the characters, both good and bad, to a degree that you feel quite comfortable with Lady Jane and all the other good characters but you really wouldn't like to meet up with any of the less savory ones! The story flows so well that I just could not stand to turn my kindle off when I had no alternative and couldn't wait to pick it up again - even if I had a mere five minutes to read! Lady Jane's search for Mary brings to light how orphanages and workhouses were in the 1800's in England. Poverty was much worse than anyone can imagine and the death rate of children in those horrible places cannot possibly be known! Still, this is not a dark story but one of hope and triumph. Therefore I can't wait for the second book with Lady Jane and her husband, Captain Westcott (available in late October, I understand).
An interesting take on a Victorian mystery series. I like the heroine (though she does the usual cringe-worthy stuff to get herself into a mess.) But the basic plot of orphanages, and the treatment of pretty much everyone except the elite, was good and should make for more interesting stories.
I liked this book...once I got into the rhythm of the author. This is a slow paced story. It could be frustrating at times and I didn't enjoy reading of the plight of the poor. But overall it was a good read.
It was entertaining from start to finish . The characters were interesting and entertaining and well written. I really enjoyed this book.