But despite Venetia's intent to seduce Mr. Jones and move on, she is shattered upon her return home to read in the press of his violent demise. Using the sizable fee Mr. Jones paid her, Venetia establishes a new life, opening a gallery in London. Of course, posing as a respectable widow makes it easier to do business, so-in a private tribute to her lost, only lover-she assumes the identity of "Mrs. Jones."
Her romantic whim, however, will cause unexpected trouble. For one thing, Mr. Jones is about to stride, living and breathing, back into Venetia's life. And the two share more than a passionate memory-indeed, they are bonded by a highly unusual sort of vision, one that goes far beyond Venetia's abilities as a photographer. They also share a terrible threat-for someone has stolen a centuries-old notebook from Arcane House that contains a formula believed to enhance psychic powers of the kind Gabriel and Venetia possess. And the thief wants to know more-even if he must kill the keeper of the Arcane Society's treasures, or the photographer who catalogued them, to obtain such knowledge.
|Publisher:||Berkley Pub Group|
|Publish Date:||Mar 2007|
|Number of Pages:||338|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.35|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.5 x 7.0 x 1.0|
Romance writer Jayne Ann Krentz uses the pseudonym Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces. She has written numerous books under this name including Surrender, Scandal, Seduction, Affair, With This Ring, Burning Lamp, and Quicksilver. Krentz was born in 1948 and earned her B.A in History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and later she obtained a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University. Her title The Mystery Woman made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013.
Venetia Milton is an extraordinary photographer because she has some extraordinary senses. But unmarried women cannot go into business in society, so Venetia concocts both a marriage and a widowhood to Gabriel Jones, her one-time lover. Rumors of his demise are greatly exaggerated, however, which brings a whole new set of complications to Venetia's life. Anne Flosnik skillfully narrates this historical romance; her voice is deep enough to make Gabriel clearly male, with all the strength and fortitude that implies, but light enough that Venetia is definitely a young woman, capable but bound by societal strictures.
Flosnik's range of British accents complements the characters nicely, from housekeepers and tradesmen to members of the upper class. She handles the earnestness of children with sweet innocence, and the villains, if not obvious, are certainly not sympathetic. A typical Quick novel that is only enhanced by Flosnik's reading.
-Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Salt Lake City
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