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Brenda Novak , Justine Eyre
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Book Description

15 Oct 2013
A shocking betrayal…

Riches. Power. An ancient heritage of pride. The Earl of Druridge wanted only for an heir. So when he learned that his wife was carrying another man’s child, he was filled with a thirst for vengeance.

But he wasn’t the one who caused Katherine’s death. Or was he? To his horror, he remembers nothing of that dreadful night, when their last shocking confrontation ended in scorching flame and cold blood.

A forbidden love…

Rachel McTavish, the beautiful daughter of a coal miner, knows something about the fire that took Lady Katherine’s life. In secret, the strong-willed girl strikes a bargain with the desperate earl: he must send his physician to help her dying mother or he may go to the scaffold—and the devil. The earl agrees, but Rachel is still unsure that her revelation will be enough to save him when so many wish him dead.

Passionately drawn to the nobleman, despite all the doubt and mystery that shrouds him, Rachel wonders if he can really be a murderer. Or if he is the only man who will ever own her heart…

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (15 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480538310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480538313
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,512,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brenda Novak Bio

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak's career as a bestselling author--she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home.

"When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book," Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times, USA Today and Borders/Waldenbooks bestseller lists and won many awards, including two Rita nominations, the Book Buyer's Best, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Award.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are proud parents of five children--three girls and two boys. When she's not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research--an online auction held on her Web site ( every May. Brenda has raised over $1 million to date.

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About the Author

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Brenda Novak has penned over 40 novels. A two-time RITA Award nominee, she's won The National Reader's Choice, The Bookseller's Best, The Bookbuyer's Best and many other awards. She runs an annual on-line auction for diabetes research every May at To date, she’s raised over $1 million. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 24 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Before I start this review I need you to understand something, while reading this book a few things happened to me:
I walked on the street with my nose stuck to me phone (where I read the book), I lost sleep, I got on the right bus but missed the right station to get down on and held to walk all the way back, I was late for class, I missed some classes and I hardly listened in the ones I was in.

In short, I was so immersed by the book I forgot about the people around me and the things I needed to do, my full attention was on the book (thus all those mistakes I made).

It has been a long time since I was this caught up in the book- up until now I was sure it was my great discipline and self-control, I was fooling myself to think so.

Brenda Novak says in the introduction how she wrote this book inspired by the gothic feeling of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Only time will tell if she accomplished her goal. But your humble servant here thinks she did but she also managed to create something entirely her own!

This historical romance is written so very beautifully, and sometimes it had maintained a gothic feeling, but even when it didn't it was still chilling heart wrenching or heartwarming and completely terrifying, especially the last few chapters that had me so nervous and afraid!

I have to give you a fair warning- unlike Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights or any historical romance that was written at that time, this book, influenced by these day and age, had sex in it. At first I found it somewhat weird, since I thought that if the author aimed at a certain style she would not write such thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Through the smoke 25 Jan 2014
By Yvonne
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved the read was such nice love story, with suspense of what would happen to Rachel in the mine great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Through the smoke 13 Dec 2013
By neal
Format:Kindle Edition
An excellent read I loved every chapter. I feel that I want to read many more books written by Brenda. I. Give it 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read 8 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this book an easy but enjoyable read. There was nothing too surprising in the plot or the characters but nonetheless the story did engage me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fresh book in HR and totally worth it 3 Dec 2013
By Rashika
Format:Kindle Edition
It took me a long time to decide on a rating for this book. I wanted to give it a 5 and a 4 and a 3, which made choosing the closest `half' star a whole lot harder.

My friends who read this book absolutely loved it and while I had a great time reading it, it just didn't enchant me. I think that was one of the reasons I ended up giving it a 3.5, I expected so much from this book and while I got it, the book didn't captivate me.

The strongest points of this book for me were the characters and the romance. Novak did a wonderful job developing both.

Lord Druridge lost his wife in a fire. He wasn't particularly heartbroken about that because there was no lost love between them, she had lived to make his life hell even going as far as to go get pregnant with someone else's child and calling it his. Because of this the majority of people believe that he was the one who started the fire that killed his wife. Even though he doesn't remember what happened that night, he is pretty sure that that isn't true but if he doesn't prove it, he will be punished for a crime he didn't commit.

I loved how the author didn't try to pretty up his character. He owned a mining company and he didn't really go out of his way to be nice to them. In fact for the most part they barely registered on his radar, because yes he was above them in status so he didn't really have to care about them. That doesn't mean he is dense and perceives himself to be the center of the universe. He just realizes that he is from a completely different world from them. He was raised to value honor and duty and he remains true to that for most part of the book. He isn't a perfect character and he isn't meant to be. He is human, he feels pain, anger and betrayal just like everyone else but he is also strong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Through the Smoke 29 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
it is not the kind of book that I usually read but I really enjoyed it and it has me hooked on Brenda Novak now.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A slight historical romance 24 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
And one perforce written without the English background and awareness of changes in the language since the period.
I found the heroine's behaviour unconvincing. Try Georgette Heyer's work
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Historical Romance 7 Mar 2014
By Jane
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Historical romance with a mystery twist telling the love story between a bookseller's daughter and an earl set in a coal mine village.

The story was very gripping and well written, I enjoyed reading it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Just a nice comfy book, old and new mixing and sets the scene well :) Really enjoyed this easy flowing book.
Published 4 months ago by Natalie C
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable easy read
I enjoy books from this era, it had romance and mystery. Well written and had you wondering "who dun it" till the end. thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 4 months ago by Hilary Finlayson
2.0 out of 5 stars Through the Smoke
Oh dear, oh dear! I only managed the first few chapters of this novel, which reminded me of the penny dreadful magazines my Granny used to read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by isobel
5.0 out of 5 stars Through the Smoke by Brenda Novak
This is my first book I have read by this author, it was a real eye opener, it kept me spell bound from start to finish. I will certainly be buying more of this author.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs JA Guild Joan Guild
5.0 out of 5 stars Through the smoke
Kept my interest right through the book. A different type of read to my usual but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 4 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Sceptical
As a classic fan I was a bit sceptical when reading Brenda Novak was inspired by Jane Eyre however this book was captivating. I couldn't put it down. Would highly recommend it.
Published 4 months ago by Debbie Oumezaouche
3.0 out of 5 stars Through the Smoke
A good attempt at the classic gothic story.There were to many suspects for me to keep up with though.It was like anyone and everyone could have started the fire. Read more
Published 4 months ago by a watson
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read .
A sad sorry with a very happy ending Very easy to read.Would recommend this book to my family and friends.
Published 5 months ago by ROSALEEN RAMSEY
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Good book... Great story and characters which got my attention till the very end. Will def read more the Author.
Published 5 months ago by Tarisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This book kept me enthralled for hours from beginning to end even though it was easy guessing who did it.
Published 5 months ago by sandy
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