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Every Whispered Word (Bantam Books Historical Romance)

Every Whispered Word (Bantam Books Historical Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Karyn Monk
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KARYN MONK is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of passionate and witty historical romance novels, most notably her recent "orphan series" that began with THE PRISONER. Now her readers can look forward to EVERY WHISPERED WORD, the fourth book in this charming series featuring Genevieve MacPhail and her band of wayward, street savvy young men and women who turn Victorian England into their playground for romantic adventure.

Filled with charm and humor, EVERY WHISPERED WORD, is Karyn Monk's passionate new romance of a proud English noblewoman and an unconventional young, once orphaned, inventor, and a love that defies all odds.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 490 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553584421
  • Publisher: Bantam (1 Mar 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read...romantic and sexy! 24 Jan 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First of all...the main female character is called Camelia, not Genevieve! Camelia is a sexy, strong female character, you understand and feel her passion in both her personal and professional life.

Camelia and Simon are a very sexy characters and the animals are just so believable and funny!

I look forward to reading more Karyn Monk novels!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulously entertaining Victorian 18 Mar 2005
By C. Penn - Published on
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In 1885, Lady Camelia Marshall returns to London following her father's death to secure investments that will allow her to continue her father's work. An archeologist in South Africa, Camelia believes that she is poised the brink of a major discovery. Others, however, doubt the value of her quest, and encourage her to give up her career to return to a more ordinary existence. Instead, Camelia seeks out an inventor whom she has thoroughly researched, believing he can create a steam engine capable of ridding her archeological site of water so she might continue her dig.

Inventor Simon Kent has little use for London society. His family periodically patents his inventions, but he is much more interested in discovering new things and allowing others to elaborate on the possibilities that might better society. Hard at work on a washing machine, he does not notice his interloper until she has been drenched with water. While he might be flattered by her interest in his work, Simon does not become willing to aid Camelia's quest until a mysterious fire guts his home. Then accompanied by a variety of guests, including Camelia's pet snake, bird and monkey, Simon embarks upon a life altering journey to South Africa.

Author Karyn Monk presents a light and amusing read in EVERY WHISPERED WORD. Days after finishing the novel, I could not help recalling especially vividly realized and humorous tidbits, which would once again have me giggling. Camelia's intelligence, determination, and career choice nicely compliment Simon's own unorthodox lifestyle. Startling original, marvelously humorous, and wonderfully told, EVERY WHISPERED WORD is a must read. EVERY WHISPERED WORD comes very highly recommended.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful addition to the series. 1 Mar 2005
By Detra Fitch - Published on
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Lady Camelia "Tisha" Marshall is an archaeologist, like her father before her. She continues her father's work at their dig site, Pumulani ("Poo Moo Lanee"), in South Africa. She searches for the legendary Tomb of Kings. She is accompanied by Zareb, her African best friend who has guided and watched over her since she arrived in Africa at the tender age of ten. Lately, many "accidents" have rocked her site. The workers begin to believe the site is cursed. The rainy months have flooded the site and no one will sell or lease Tisha a steam pump to get rid of it, due to a monopoly by the De Beers Company who wishes to purchase Tisha's land from her. Her only hope is to travel to London, locate the brilliant inventor Simon Kent, and persuade him to part with the new type of pump he has invented. Of course, Zareb goes with her. So does Rupert (a two and a half foot long tiger snake), Harriet (a neurotic Grey Lourie bird), and Oscar (a mischievous, undisciplined monkey).

Simon Kent did not hear the banging on his front door and would not have answered it even if he had. When inventing, Simon loses himself in his work. But when he turned around there she was, uninvited in his laboratory talking about a business proposition. Simon has too many inventions going on to consider stopping to help, no matter how beautiful and intelligent the odd lady is. He could not see how digging up old bones could possibly help the world. But someone out there does. Someone that will go to dangerous lengths to stop her, as well as anyone associated with her. Needless to say, Simon is soon traveling with Tisha and her strange companions to South Africa.

***** Simon is one of the charming band of street urchins that was first introduced in "The Prisoner". That novel was followed by "The Wedding Escape" and "My Favorite Thief". Author Karyn Monk has endeared herself to thousands, if not millions, of readers by telling the love story of some of the now grown street urchins. Simon's tale is just as riveting as the others too! I found that I was unable to pull myself away for long. Tisha's animal friends often stole the show with their delightful antics and obvious intelligence. I did not want the story to end. I am counting the days until this author's next release. *****

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great potenrial, poor execution 8 April 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I really loved the potential of the story line. But the execution was very poor, unfortunately. It could have been a significantly stronger story with just a few adjustments. Mostly to the love scenes. The hero and heroine just fall into bed... of course she's a virgin. But... I did manage to re-write it in my head... and I liked the book much better once I'd done this.

The book was funny, the characters likeable and fairly well fleshed out. Before the first love scene I was so HAPPY at how good the book was... I went and bought the first book in the series, The Prisoner. I read that too... and all I can say is I agree that she's capable of much better execution.... Overall I'd give it about a three or manybe three and a half stars for the humor.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A good premise poorly written 17 Jun 2006
By Gemma - Published on
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From the back cover:

In a conspiracy of hearts the survival of love depends on every whispered word...

When Lady Camelia Marshall barges uninvited into Simon Kent's London laboratory with a business proposition, she finds the famous inventor not at all as she had imagined. Far from the elderly scholar she expected, Kent is handsomely disheveled, suprisingly brawny, and decidedly uninterested in helping her pursue the archaeological work of her late father that could make known to the world the stirring secrets of an ancient culture and the mysterious cave paintings of the lost Tomb of Kinds.

Though intrigued by the strikingly unconventional beauty of Lady Camelia, Kent cannot fathom leaving behind his inventions and research to scrabble in the African dirt. But while he may not grasp the magnitude of Camelia's proposition at once, someone else does--someone willing to go to dangerous lengths to stop Camelia...and anyone associated with her. Suddenly, seduced by the sun-kissed hair and bronze skin of this gifted and indomitable woman, Kent finds himself drawn into a risky adventure that will lead him to an astonishing paradise he could never have imagined.

And my review:

I didn't expect to love this book, but I did expect to like it, as I'd enjoyed Karyn Monk's ONCE A WARRIOR, and never once had to force myself to finish it. Unfortunately, that was not the case with EVERY WHISPERED WORD.

On the plus side, this book is written with Monk's trademark humor and attention to historical detail. Her characters are well-rounded "real" people. I especially liked the idea of two misfits (the mad inventor and the female archeologist) falling in love.

It should be noted that while this book is part of a series, it also works as a stand-alone. I wasn't left feeling lost, even though I hadn't read any of the other books in the series. I won't get into a plot synopsis here, as I think many of the other reviews on this page do that quite nicely. But I will give you the reasons why this book got only two stars from me.

I already mentioned the humor, which is always a plus in a romance. The problem here was that a lot of it was out of place. For example, there was a scene where the heroine, Camelia, gets attacked by a couple of ruffians intent on stealing her money and giving her a warning to stop her excavation work. The author goes off onto this completely unrelated tangent where the attackers are discussing about how one will know if the other's being sarcastic or not.

(Paraphrased) "Well, I'll let you know when I'm about to say something sarcastic so that you won't pay any attention to it," the first one says.

"If I'm not supposed to pay attention to it, then why bother saying it at all?" the second one replies.

"Okay fine, I just won't be sarcastic at all" the first one shoots back.

Funny? Yes. Appropriate to the scene? No! The heroine is being restrained with her arms behind her back and a hand over her mouth. She's fighting for her life and the two men are taking the time to discuss their communications problems. It just didn't fit.

The author also liked to do pages and pages of dialogue, often with no prose in between the phrases. After awhile, it was really annoying. I constantly found myself having to go back and count the lines of dialogue so I'd know who was speaking (odd lines: hero, even lines; heroine). This was distracting and made it a lot harder to lose myself in the story, which is ultimately what I want from a book.

Fans of Monk's will no doubt want to buy EVERY WHISPERED WORD anyway. If you're a newcomer to this author's work, I suggest you borrow this book from the library, or try ONCE A WARRIOR, which was an enjoyable read, even if it's not a keeper.
3.0 out of 5 stars A light read but something's missing 26 July 2006
By Neilisa - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lady Camelia Marshall is a desperate archaeologist. She in charge of a dig site in South Africa that's flooded, plagued with setbacks, plus she's running low on money. Camelia decides that Simon Kent, a renowned inventor, is just the man to help her out of her predicament. However, she fails to convince Simon to do what she wants, which is to build for her a steam-powered pump.

Camelia and Simon part ways, with Simon's detailed drawing of a steam-powered pump in Camelia's reticule, which she discreetly "borrowed" from his lab. But then two thugs, who have been hired to terrorize and warn her away from Africa, attack Camelia in an alleyway. Simon comes to her rescue. After making sure Camelia is safely ensconced in her carriage, he returns to find his house on fire. Camelia had unwittingly set her and Simon on a dangerous path to finish her father's archaeological work and to unravel the identities of those who are trying to prevent that from happening.

This was an easy read and had a nice-flowing plot to it, even a little suspenseful. However, something was missing that would've made the story complete. The writing was okay but perhaps didn't adequately do justice to the characters. Our hero and heroine, Camelia and Simon, had only a few moments alone within the entire story but by the end, we're supposed to believe that they're desperately in love with each other. I think further convincing was definitely in order. If the author had spent more time developing the relationship between Camelia and Simon, and their feelings for each other, their love for each other would've been believable.
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