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.
"Raybourn skillfully balances humor and earnest, deadly drama, creating well-drawn characters and a rich setting." —Publishers Weekly on Dark Road to Darjeeling
Absolutely loved reading this book! It starts around the middle of City of Jasmine, and yeah, it was great to see these books come together! And that we got to go to Damascus again, and visit some new, and some familiar places, was really fantastic!
The fact that Poppy is a March, well, yeah, she's a lot like her aunt Julia, and I just loved reading her adventures! And that it started with her running away from her wedding, was just a perfect and hilarious place to start!
Loved the mystery and intrigue of this book! There was the search for Sebastian, which morphed into looking for the treasure while watching their backs from the rival-and deadly-group who was also looking for it!
Just absolutely adored everything from learning more about the Lost Boys group, to looking for the gold, to Gabriel being in this book to the romance between Poppy and Sebastian to how everything turned out in the end! Just really great, and awesome to read! I kinda had a suspicion, and when it turned out to be true, it was bittersweet, because I was right, but it wasn't a very good thing!
This book was utterly fantastic, and I think I need to reread, and read the novellas, of the Julia series, because Deanna Raybourns books are just so great!
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Read: July 26th, 2016
Reason Why: Sounded good, it's a Historical Fiction 2016 Book and a SAC 2016 Book!
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Published: September 30th 2014