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Series: Storm and Silence #1
Author and Publisher: Robert Thier
Date of Publication: March 19th, 2016
I’ll confess that I’d not heard of this author or series until the author contacted me, via my blog, and invited me to read and honestly review his book – and that’s just what I’m very happy to say I’ve done. I’m so glad he got in touch as I found this an intriguing story, set mainly in Victorian London.
Lillian (Lily) Linton is smart yet naive, outspoken yet shy, serious but funny, a person of contrasts. Orphaned, she and her sisters have been brought up by their Aunt and forever missing Uncle. Her aunt has the intention of marrying off the siblings to nobility to help raise her own standing in society but Lily strives to achieve independence in an era where this is definitely not the norm Get ready to meet Mr Linton!
The real male lead is Mr Rikkard Ambrose, he’s a strident, cold, opinionated, determined, brash, domineering, powerful and convention flaunting man, a rich business man who is used to getting things done how, when and where he wants without question. The interactions between the two leads are laugh out loud hilarious at times.
The politics, espionage, behind the scenes business dealings, mystery, intrigue and danger keep the reader enthralled from the very start. It is a romance, too, but there is a highly appropriate slow build to it and the adventurous escapades are definitely to the forefront of this brilliant novel with a Victorian era setting. The characters, good and evil, are superbly portrayed, making them easy to relate to. The mainly London based settings are emotively portrayed, helping the reader feel the ambience, be that noble or dangerous. The plot is well developed with interwoven strands helping to pull everything together, developing the readers comprehension and knowledge of events.
It isn’t a factual novel and never claims to be, so some artistic licence is taken with a few historical references, but these don’t detract in any way from the story and are totally understandable. I found the whole story an enthralling read, one that I was totally immersed in and didn’t want to leave. The ending is something of a hiatus, one that leaves me desperate to know what happens next in this riveting saga! Once again, many thanks to the author for inviting me to read and review his novel which I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys well crafted historic adventures, filled with fast paced adventures and mystery as well as a touch of romance.
Freedom – that is what Lilly Linton wants most in life. Not marriage, not a brood of squalling brats, and certainly not love, thank you very much!
But freedom is a rare commodity in 19th-century London, where girls are expected to spend their lives sitting at home, fully occupied with looking pretty. Lilly is at her wits’ end – until a chance encounter with a dark, dangerous and powerful stranger changes her life forever…
Enter the world of Mr Rikkard Ambrose, where the only rule is: Knowledge is power is time is money!
Winner of the 2015 People’s Choice Award.
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