Keeping with my obsession with all things historic, today I present a Victorian Era romance by Lillian Marek. The second in her Victorian Adventures series was a cleverly plotted and located adventure, using the adventurer-mad Victorian attitude and moving away from rigidly contrived society events. In addition to my review, there is an excerpt, a fun fact about the time and you can enter to win one of 5 (five) print copies of Lady Elinor’s Wicked Adventures: Victorian Adventures # 1 by Lillian Marek.
Lady Emily’s Exotic Journey
Let’s get out of the drawing rooms and the overly stressful season and dash off to Mesopotamia on an assignment to discover if a railroad is a viable option for travelers along the Tigris River. The Penworths (Lord & Lady and their daughters Emily and Julia) are a close-knit bunch, the girls are well-educated and everyone enjoys an adventure. So the idea of them all traveling with Lord Penworth for his assignment isn’t too strange, and sets us up for a story layered with interactions and relationships, full of detail, imagery and interest.
While heading out on their journey, first stop Constantinople. Funnily enough, despite the change in location, Emily is non-plussed: the city feels much like London, not the adventure she had hoped for. Not your average missish giggling girl, Emily wants adventure and intrigue, and isn’t afraid to prove she is up to the task. Constantinople does bring one interesting development however, in the form of Lucien Chambertin, a French adventurer who asks to join their party for the dangerous horseback crossing of the mountains as the party heads to Assyria. He finds Emily and Julia delightful: curious and intelligent, different from others of their ilk that he has met. He shares nuggets of information with the girls throughout the story, some scandalous others not, to great effect. Of course, he and Emily grow closer throughout the story: dangerous threats from within and outside their traveling party, a flirtation for Julia with Oliphant that is heavy on stolen glances and sweet interactions and plenty of description that bring the scenery to light, this story provided depth in unexpected places, a welcome addition.
The relationship between Lucien and Emily develops well, pacing is appropriate to the time despite the rather unconventional aspects. Emily is, above all, a pragmatic and sensible girl, and she is willing to brave danger, bad weather, and inhospitable conditions and don native garb to not stand out, so Lucien’s secrets aren’t that horrible, nor a deal breaker. A clever story with a touch of mystery, plenty of history and a nice bit of romance: I’m going to grab the first in the series to read when I have a chance.
Title: Lady Emily's Exotic Journey
Author: Lillian Marek
Series: Victorian Adventures #2
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 4 August 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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From sensible, sheltered girl...
Safe in the embrace of her loving family, Lady Emily Tremaine longs to feel more intensely alive. Surely the magic and mystery of Assyria and the fabled ruins of Nineveh will bring about the transformation she seeks.
To the woman his heart desires...
Scarred by his past and estranged from his noble grandfather, French adventurer Lucien Chambertin desires neither a home nor the chains of emotional attachment. He seeks only to explore the far reaches of the world. But he did not know the world contained the likes of Lady Emily - whose curiosity and sense of wonder match his own.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Did you know?
The Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid sent a personal donation of either £1,000 or as much as £10,000 (the actual amount is uncertain) to succor the Irish during the Famine. Queen Victoria gave £5.
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