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Crystal Gardens (A Ladies of Lantern Street Novel) [Paperback]

Amanda Quick
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24 April 2012

Welcome to the sensational new Ladies of Lantern Streetseries by Amanda Quick, where the lives of the Victorian gentry are filled with secrets - and secret powers . . .

Novelist and professional companion Evangeline Ames has rented a cottage in the outskirts of Little Dixby, far from the London streets where she was recently attacked. Fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal Gardens, she instinctively goes to the gardens for safety when her life is threatened again where she meets Lucas Sebastian - who has never been one to ignore a lady in danger, even if she is trespassing on his property.

Immediately sensing each other's psychic talents, as well as their mutual desire, Lucas and Evangeline find themselves with an even more pressing concern. Whoever tried to have her killed will try again. But who would want her dead? With Evangeline's skill for detection, and Lucas's sense of the criminal mind, they soon discover that they share a common enemy. And as the dangerous energy emanating from Crystal Gardens grows stronger, they realise that to survive they must unearth what has been buried for too long.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (24 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074995647X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749956479
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 442,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jayne Ann Krentz is the critically-acclaimed creator of the Arcane Society world. She also writes as Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle. Jayne has written more than forty New York Times bestsellers under various pseudonyms and more than twenty-five million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

The historical novels she writes as Amanda Quick all feature her customary irresistible mix of passion and mystery, and also have a strong psychic/paranormal twist.

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Paranormal fun Publishers Weekly Hearts will flutter. Spines will tingle Peoples Magazine

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From the author of the Arcane Society series comes a brand new series of Victorian novels with a paranormal twist

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully imagined 2 July 2012
By carly
Crystal Gardens is a truly exceptional start to what I expect will be a fantastic new series! I was intrigued from the first chapter and the storyline only went from strength to strength. I have never read anything like Crystal Gardens before, set in Victorian London with supernatural elements really did set it apart as a novel and made it an unforgettable read! Amanda Quick writes beautifully and anyone who has the pleasure of reading this will be entranced rather quickly. You will also quickly fall in love with the quirky characters that are full of adventure and mystery.

Evangeline Ames is a professional companion and novelist who has a special supernatural talent. She was recently attacked preforming her working duties, so she takes a break to a secluded little cottage on the outskirts of Little Dixby. Little does Evangeline know that it won't be the peaceful break she intended. Someone is really out to get her and sends some knife wielding maniac to bump her off in the dead of the night. She narrowly escapes to the dangerous Crystal Gardens that lie on the outskirts of the cottage's property.

Evangeline runs right into the arms of the dark, mysterious Lucas Sebastian! They immediately sense each others psychic abilities and are instantly intrigued and drawn to each other. Lucas, never the one to ignore a damsel in distress steps in to defend Evangeline from her attacker, who has a mysterious accident while in the gardens. Lucas decides to put his skills to good work and find out who is out to get Miss Ames. They soon find out that they share a common enemy.

I loved the ending of Crystal Gardens, everything tied up beautifully and I was thrilled for everyone involved.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Annoying characters - how could that happen? 9 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was quite surprised at first to see there was no comment posted on the British Amazon yet, but it makes sense. Most reader post a review, when they are really happy or particularly disappointed with a book. No one enjoys saying something negative about a favorite author, and my guess is, that a number of fans might be disappointed by this offering.
I usually enjoy Jayne Ann Krentz historic novels, written as Amanda Quick. The plot-line always seems to belong a bit to the Gothic Horror genre, especially when the paranormal is involved. It is usually the dose of humor and common sense that the author injects in her characters, that give those books a certain sparkle and make them a really enjoyable and fun read... and sadly that's exactly what is missing here.
One of the main comments I read in other reviews is true, the story seems recycled from her other books. From the mysterious garden, the half-siblings and mistrusting step-mama, the revenge plot against the heroine to the paranormal talents, we've read it before in some form or other. But here Jayne Ann Krentz is one of the authors that I happily forgive recycled plot-lines, because what I really enjoy is her writing style and the characters she creates: Scenes that suck you in and even in the darkest moments a sentence/thought/comment by the protagonists, that can make you laugh out loud. Strong heroines, even though they are naive damsels in distress, living at times when women's rights were more of an afterthought. Strong, brooding and dark heroes, that sometimes I wanted to smack on the head for being too arrogant, but that would come through for the heroine in the end.
Now in "Crystal Gardens" we are being told about the heroine's profession and hardships, suggesting her inner strength.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this 3 Jun 2012
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the lead female character Evie and in fact all of the women in this book were well written and strong independant women. They were a pleasant change from the women often characterised in historical romance. The main character Eve is an investigator who is being chased by a murderer. Lucas our dashing hero is a man whose powers draw him to investigate murders. This is the perfect combination and romance grows as the investigation gets underway. This book is fast paced and very enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is not as good as some of her earlier books - just felt a bit flat. However, she has a phenomenal output and is nearly always riveting so now and again will fall short of her usual high standard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good read 14 Mar 2013
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I enjoy JAK's books and this new series is a goos as arcane and I am looking for the next ones in this series
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit strange 4 Jun 2014
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I found this book a bit strange - the paranormal aspects I expected and quite enjoyed but the actual Crystal Gardens - very strange ! May be it was just me being a bit thick but there was something that was just a bit too far fetched for my liking.Having said that I am now reading the next book in the series.
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