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Dangerous Decisions [Paperback]

Margaret Kaine
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Book Description

7 Dec 2013
Have you ever ignored a sense of unease?

Helena Standish knows that a good marriage would enhance her father's social status but she's wise enough not to accept any handsome fool. The wealthy and enigmatic Oliver Faraday is considered an ideal match, so why does Helena have faint misgivings?

Nicholas Carstairs has little patience with frivolous pleasure-seekers or an upper class that closes ranks against outsiders. Why then is he entranced by the lovely 'girl in the window' - a debutante who would appear to be both of those things?

A champagne celebration at Broadway Manor marks the start of a happy future for Helena, but no one can predict the perilous consequences of her decision or the appalling danger it will bring.



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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (7 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178189034X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781890349
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born and educated in the Potteries in Staffordshire, Margaret Kaine now lives in Leicester. Her short stories have been published widely in women's magazines in the UK, and also in Australia, Norway, South Africa and Ireland. Ring of Clay, her debut novel, won both the RNA's New Writer's Award in 2002 and the Society of Authors' Sagittarius Prize in 2003. She has written several romantic sagas about life in the Potteries between the 50's and 70's,and translations include German and French. All are published as ebooks, paperbacks and hardbacks, also Large Print and Audio - cassette and CD. 

A new romantic suspense novel, DANGEROUS DECISIONS, is set in the Edwardian era against a more cosmopolitan background. 'Downton with a twist'. Published by Choc Lit, and with a gorgeous cover it is available both as a paperback and ebook.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I read a huge part of this book in one sitting because I simply couldn’t stop reading! Dangerous Decisions had me hooked from the first page. This is a beautifully written period story that transports the reader back in time to be totally immersed in the sights and sounds of the era. It explores the lives of a whole raft of vibrant, colourful Edwardian characters from the wealthy landowners down to the poverty stricken lower classes. Margaret Kaine paints a complete, what must have been meticulously researched, canvas of Edwardian living. Downton Abbey eat your heart out!

The reader can immediately identify with Helena, the lead lady of the book and share her concerns about her choice of husband, but also sympathise with her as her sense of duty prevails. Through the thoughts and opinions of her characters Margaret Kaine weaves in to the story all the important social and political issues of the day. She gives us an insight into just how difficult life could be as an Edwardian woman, whether she was privileged and wealthy lady like Helena or existing on her wits as a ‘lady of the night’ like Cora.

It is a gripping tale full of intrigue, prejudice and romance which takes the form of two very different men, one who the reader very early on falls in love with and one whose despicable actions invoke only contempt.

Towards the end of the book I began to wonder how all the strands of the story were going to come together or if they ever would. I had to keep reading, it wasn’t an option, it was a necessity.

Turning the pages reveals the eclectic mix of characters from all walks of life and class, all expertly bought to life. I felt their anxiety, their doubts and their pain, I laughed with them and cried with them. Yes, this is a book for Downton Abbey fans, but it is so much more than that. This is quite simply a masterpiece and a must for anyone who enjoys a gripping, enthralling and perfectly balanced historical read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
I love the cover of Dangerous Decisions, it is so beautiful and the description had me very interested from the moment I read it. I was soon swept up in the story and the character's lives.

I really liked Helena, and I warmed to her straight away. I liked that she is very intelligent and a strong woman, but at the same time I felt for her where she was aware of her father and the effect that a marriage will have on him. Like Helena I was wary of Oliver, he seemed like an ideal match for her but there was just something about him that put me on edge. Although I had misgivings about Oliver, I was absolutely fascinated by his character and trying to figure him out, and I was gripped to the story wanting to read on to find out what would happen with Helena and Oliver.

Nicholas...Oh Nicholas I really loved you! I actually felt the same sense of longing as Helena did for Nicholas, and it made my heart ache for them!

I thoroughly enjoyed the historical aspect of the novel. Margaret really focused on the attention to detail in this and she brought the scenes to life with her descriptions of the settings. Margaret's writing was so powerful that I could feel the difference between the upstairs and downstairs. I really enjoyed that both the upstairs and downstairs were included, it gave the book more layers and the contrast between their lives was interesting to read.

I was HOOKED to this story, I couldn't put it down...with a title like Dangerous Decisions I was expecting a bit of conflict but the tension quickly rose and nearer the end I was racing through the pages desperate to know how it would end. Margaret has cleverly weaved lots of different threads into such an intriguing and compelling story. I loved Dangerous Decisions and I'm very excited for Margaret's future releases!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Story-Teller 25 Nov 2013
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Soon after starting Dangerous Decisions,I realised I was in the hands of a master story-teller, and could relax and enjoy the tale.
I trusted all historical details,totally believed in the characters and liked the clever way their stories were drawn together - upstairs,downstairs and in a lady-of-the-night's chamber. Loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 22 Nov 2013
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I think sometimes it must be difficult to create a heroine such as Helena. She's clearly loving and intelligent, but also dutiful, which allows her (all too convincingly) to agree to marry Oliver and so feel she's doing the right thing. However, she is also anything but a weakling, fortunately for this story. I really got swept along by the telling of it, and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good tale with an excellent historical background and a satisfactory ending. More, please!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're missing Downton Abbey . . . 19 Nov 2013
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I downloaded Dangerous Decisions just at the right moment. The last episode of Downton Abbey had played and I wanted to read something in a similar vein. This novel ticked all the right boxes. The manner in which the author described the difference between the lives of the characters upstairs/downstairs and the sad lives of the women who inhabit the demi monde was spot on. I felt an immediate rapport for the innocent Helena and, as her marriage approached, wanted to shout: DON'T DO IT. But, do it she did - and the consequences of that 'dangerous decision' reverberate throughout this well-written novel, making us turn the pages to know what happens next. I won't give the plot away, I'll just say that I was rooting for Cora (the tart with the heart of gold, detested the unfeeling Oliver Faraday and loved Doctor Carstairs. I switched off my kindle with a feeling of satisfaction, glad that Helen got the happy ending she deserved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended read
As usual Margaret Kaine has delivered another well written book that flows with ease making it a book difficult to put down. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Mrs. Sally P. Stackhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars I was completely hooked
Wow. I'm not sure what I was expecting with this book, but the actual experience way exceeded my expectations. I was completely hooked from the start. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rhoda Baxter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another good Margaret Kaine book. I have read them all.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs M J Clews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As always with Margaret's books it was a most enjoyable read
Published 1 month ago by Charles Fletcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good easy romantic thriller
Published 1 month ago by BEBBINGTON
5.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVOURITE!
When I picked up Margaret Kaine's first book Ring of Clay, I was quite surprised at how quickly I finished it... the words just flowed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan Crow
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Decisions
Excellent book. Wonderful storyline. Din not want the book to finish but going it hard to put down. T.P. Nottinghamshire
Published 2 months ago by Theresa Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pages Turn on Their Own
Superb cover by Choclit and the book does not disappoint. This is historical romantic fiction with a psychological edge. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mfrom5
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE HAPPY ENDING
A thoroughly enjoyable read. I thought it was a first-class example of its genre (romantic novels) and keeps one interested the whole way through. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars No dangerous decision involved in the purchase of this book !
This is the first of book of Margaret Kaine's I've read and based on this experience it certainly won't be the last. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Karen Critchley
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