Monday, October 13, 2014

Historical Fiction Virtual Tours Book Review: Night Of A Thousand Stars

02_Night of a Thousand Stars

Author: Deanna Raybourn
Title:  Night Of A Thousand Stars
Publication Date: October 1, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
Book Blurb: 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.

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Review:  Deanna Raybourn is one of my favorite authors and this book doesn't disappoint. Most know her for her Lady Julia mystery series, but she's written several other stand alone novels as well, Night Of A Thousand Stars is one of those.

This book instantly grabbed me and pulled me in. Like the Lady Julia series, this is also a mystery, but one on a more political level. It is set in the 20s and though your first thought may be that it is Downton Abbey-ish, that wouldn't be right.

Sure it starts out with a runaway bride which might start you thinking that there's an element of soap opera to the book, that would far off from what Ms Raybourn has created. This is one of those books that you really become part of while your reading. Everything is so visual.

Poppy is such a great character. She's strong, but not like Lady Julia, she's more feminine. She has a lot of moxie! Oh and you can keep up with the comparisons with Lady Julia though, because she's her niece. Let me tell you, when I learned that, I let out a very loud squee. She's Plum's daughter.

I'm hoping this means that this is going to be the start or perhaps a continuation of the Lady Julia books in this new part of the March clan.

But more about the book. She's on the quest to find Sebastain Cantrip, who helped her run from her wedding, and with a little help from her maid, they make their way to Damascus. There's a lot of intrigue and a few mishaps before she finds him, and then she learns that things aren't quite what they seem, and her adventure gets more and more exciting and dangerous.

If you've read anything by Deanna Raybourn, you'll know you won't be able to unearth what the intrigue is all about, until the very end. She's truly a master of historical mystery.

Another winner by Deanna Raybourn!

Rating: 5 flowers

03_Deanna RaybournAbout the Author

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.

Night of a Thousand Stars Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 29
Review & Giveaway at Bookish

Tuesday, September 30
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, October 1
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Spotlight at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Thursday, October 2
Review at Ramblings From This Chick

Friday, October 3
Review at Book Babe

Monday, October 6
Review at Unabridged Chick
Spotlight & Giveaway at Reading Lark

Tuesday, October 7
Review at Candace's Book Blog
Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

Wednesday, October 8
Review at Good Books and Good Wine

Thursday, October 9
Excerpt at A Book Geek
Guest Post & Giveaway at Good Books and Good Wine

Friday, October 10
Review at History From a Woman's Perspective

Monday, October 13
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Tuesday, October 14
Review at Reading the Past
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Wednesday, October 15
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Thursday, October 16
Review at A Bookish Affair

Friday, October 17
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Monday, October 20
Review at The Life & Times of a Book Addict
Excerpt at Historical Fiction Connection

Tuesday, October 21
Review & Giveaway at Bookshelf Fantasies
Spotlight & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing

Wednesday, October 22
Review, Excerpt & Giveaway at Just One More Chapter

Thursday, October 23
Review at Musings of a Bookish Kitty

Friday, October 24
Review at Curling Up By the Fire

Monday, October 27
Review & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Tuesday, October 28
Review at To Read or Not to Read

Wednesday, October 29
Review & Giveaway at Bibliophilia, Please

Thursday, October 30
Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry

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