Publication Date: October 1, 2014
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn returns with a Jazz Age tale of grand adventure...
On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat's wife, Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing—she flees the chapel in her wedding gown. Assisted by the handsome curate who calls himself Sebastian Cantrip, she spirits away to her estranged father's quiet country village, pursued by the family she left in uproar. But when the dust of her broken engagement settles and Sebastian disappears under mysterious circumstances, Poppy discovers there is more to her hero than it seems.
With only her feisty lady's maid for company, Poppy secures employment and travels incognita—east across the seas, chasing a hunch and the whisper of clues. Danger abounds beneath the canopies of the silken city, and Poppy finds herself in the perilous sights of those who will stop at nothing to recover a fabled ancient treasure. Torn between allegiance to her kindly employer and a dashing, shadowy figure, Poppy will risk it all as she attempts to unravel a much larger plan—one that stretches to the very heart of the British government, and one that could endanger everything, and everyone, that she holds dear.
Picture it: it's the height of the 1920's era where everything is just beginning, there is so much history to see and be seen. Imagine growing up then. Imagine the adventures you could have. This book brought the 1920's era to life for me. Being that it is my favorite historical time period, I was quickly sucked into the pages of this beautifully written story.
It’s the 1920′s, an era when anything can and does happen. Poppy Hammond is set to walk down the aisle, when at the last minute she can’t do it. She can’t marry for money. On the run in her wedding gown, Poppy, with the help of handsome curate Sebastian Cantrip, heads for her father’s country estate. Sebastian disappears into thin air, and Poppy is left to deal with her angry relatives. To escape the heat, she secures a job overseas and with just her maid for company, sets sail for the Orient. There, she will find cut throats who will stop at nothing to possess and ancient and priceless treasure, including toppling governments and disposing of young ladies who know too much.
Poppy becomes desperate to find and thank Sebastian for his services, but alas it is just not to be.
But when she goes looking for Mr. Cantrip she finds that he's disappeared. Not only that, but it seems Sebastian Cantrip may not be the hero she had assumed him to be. Somehow believing Sebastian may be in danger, Poppy decides to take it upon herself to start a search for him. Her resourcefulness eventually leads her to Damscus where the mystery plot thickens and Poppy begins to wonder just what she's gotten herself into.
What soon follows is a great adventure involving a retired colonel, his handsome valet, a sinister contessa, her creepy son, spies and a search for ancient treasure in the great Syrian Desert.
Poppy is such a fun heroine. She is tough, funny, witty and strong enough to stand on her own two feet. She isn't the typical woman from the 1920's era but to me, that just made this book that much more fun.
The author's descriptions and little details bring the pages of this book alive for the reader. The plot is on point but the scenery plays a big role in the adventure as well. Deanna does such a great job at describing the time period, the scene and the characters.
Any reader can get caught up in this book and I think you should!
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A sixth-generation native Texan, Deanna Raybourn grew up in San Antonio, where she met her college sweetheart. She married him on her graduation day and went on to teach high school English and history. During summer vacation at the age of twenty-three, she wrote her first novel. After three years as a teacher, Deanna left education to have a baby and pursue writing full-time.
Deanna Raybourn is the author of the bestselling and award-winning Lady Julia series, as well as, The Dead Travel Fast, A Spear of Summer Grass, and City of Jasmine.
For more information please visit Deanna Raybourn's website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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