Genre: period paranormal romance
Length: 320 pages
Setting: 19th century England, mostly Kew
Interest: I’m at the end of the year and trying to finish out my Alphabet Challenge – this got me a “Q” author.
Summary: Evangeline Ames has left London for a quiet cottage in Kew to recover from being attacked and to work on her novel. She chose Kew because of the Crystal Gardens, which contain paranormal energies. She becomes involved with the new owner of the property, Lucas Sebastian, when she tries to escape her attacker (who followed her from London) one night. Lucas, who has paranormal abilities to match those of Evangeline, is trying to determine how his uncle died, why the energy of the Crystal Gardens has become unstable, and where the Roman treasure, rumored to be on his property, can be found. Evangeline helps him with all of these questions.
Final thoughts: Much more my type of romance than the previous book. I loved all the elements of this book – the strong female protagonist, the slowly developing romance enhanced by paranormal powers, and the historical setting. I’ll definitely be reading this author again. There are sex scenes, but they are much less crass than those in Vendetta: Lucky’s Revenge. I’m also a sucker for the paranormal in my romance or period fiction. As a bonus, she even has another in the Ladies of Lantern Street series – The Mystery Woman.
Title comes from: It describes the setting of the book
Reading challenges fulfilled: 85/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and a Q in my Author Alphabet Challenge
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