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Where The Heart Leads: Number 1 in series (From the Casebook of Barnaby Adair) [Paperback]

Stephanie Laurens
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Book Description

5 Feb 2009 From the Casebook of Barnaby Adair (Book 1)

Penelope Ashford may be rich, but she also has a social conscience. As Portia Cynster's younger sister, she is forceful, wilful and blunt to a fault - and she has for years devoted her considerable energy and intelligence to caring for the forgotten orphans in London's East End. But now her charges are mysteriously disappearing and, in desperation, Penelope turns to the one man she knows might be able to help her - Barnaby Adair.

Handsome scion of a noble house, Adair has made a name for himself in certain circles where his powers of observation and deduction have seen him solve several unsavoury crimes. Despite his skills - or perhaps because of them - he makes Penelope distinctly uncomfortable, but the stakes are too high. Throwing caution to the wind, defying every rule for unmarried ladies, she appears on his doorstep late one night determined to recruit his talents. However, soon the pair are in more danger than they could have ever imagined.

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Where The Heart Leads: Number 1 in series (From the Casebook of Barnaby Adair) + The Taste Of Innocence: Number 15 in series (Bar Cynster) + Temptation And Surrender: Number 17 in series (Bar Cynster)
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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (5 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749909080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749909086
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first romance stories Stephanie Laurens read were set against the backdrop of Regency England, and these continue to exert a special attraction for her. As an escape from the dry world of professional science, Stephanie started writing Regency romances. Her hobby quickly became a career when her novels about the masterful Cynster cousins captivated readers, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years and is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller.

Learn more about Stephanie's books from her website at www.stephanielaurens.com

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"'marvelous...' - Cathy Kelly" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The first novel in From the Casebook of Barnaby Adair series. This title can also be read as a Bar Cynster novel (16 in the series).

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Upstairs/Downstairs" through Regency London 6 Feb 2008
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
This was a really enjoyable story with two major threads, a major and a minor romance and a murder/kidnapping mystery with an unusual mix of characters from different social levels in society. More time in the book is actually given to the murder/kidnapping story where various young orphan boys are kidnapped before being taken to a Foundling Home in order to be trained as Burglar's Boys. Penelope Ashford, the administrator of the Foundling Home and the daughter of a Viscount, takes upon herself to investigate the disappearance of the boys. She knows she doesn't have the skills herself, although she has plenty of courage and energy, but she knows that Barnaby Adair, third son of an Earl, is known for investigating crimes and having links with the Police. She goes to Barnaby and persuades him to help her to find the boys, and thus starts this enjoyable plot.

Barnaby assumes that he can 'handle' Penelope but she soon confounds his ideas and expectations and he ends up working alongside her, sometimes following in her wake. Their attraction to each other becomes apparent but Penelope is dead set against marriage and so Barnaby has to use all his guile and his understanding of her nature to try to change her mind. There's a secondary romance between a policeman and his informant which is also sweet and well-written and an interesting insight into life for the middle classes and working classes in Regency London.

All the characters in this story are well drawn, ranging from the main characters to the dying mother of a young boy, and Laurens' pacing is always excellent.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, just rather predictable 3 May 2008
This follows the story of Penelope, strong-willed sister of Lucien who appeared in a previous Cynster novel, and Barnaby Adair, sleuthing third son of an earl, who apparently appeared in another. Like most of Lauren's books, it's part romance, part mystery. Penelope is administrator of an orphanage, and seeks Barnaby's help when a number of youngsters are abducted. Although Barnaby and Penelope are both confirmed singletons, as they unravel the mystery they are drawn together and although Penelope fights her attraction to Barnaby, the inevitable happens.

For me the story was a bit contrived, and Laurens has already done this plotline to death. She writes quite well, and is reasonably adept at conjuring up the atmosphere of the post Regency era. However, the one piece of humour in the book did make me laugh, but for the wrong reasons, since it concerns on the heroine's inability to open mussels. Had she succeeded, it would have been a very short book, since she would have died of food poisoning - healthy mussels open when cooked!

It isn't a bad book, just rather predictable. And since none of the Cynsters make an appearance, fans of the series may be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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What a refreshing story! Good solid plot line and introduction of each character - all of whom were very real and individual - prolonged interest. Really enjoyed except for extremely long drawn out sex scenes going on for pages and pages which were a bit unnecessary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where the Heart Leads, Stephanie Laurens 12 Feb 2012
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Only recently discovered this author. After earlier years being hooked on Georgette Heyer I still love regency adventures and romances. Stephanie Laurens brings them into the 21st century and gives a new meaning to romance and bodice ripping. A really good read, which I can recommend to other readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As always 18 Mar 2014
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This was as always excellent, I usually long to know what happens with Stephanie's characters in the future, they are
so alive and real.
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4.0 out of 5 stars barnaby 11 Jan 2014
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very good. Interesting reading. Enjoyed it very much. The casebook of Barnaby is one of the best in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 5 Dec 2013
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Stephanie Laurens is an author I will always buy as I know I will love her books, whichever series they are. I'm looking forward to more of the Barnaby Adair Casebooks novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Need I Say More? 19 Sep 2013
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This is Stephanie Laurens we're talking about. No need to tell you about the story - it would spoil it. Her style and interpretations of her characters' thoughts and emotions are always the best, ensuring that I read every word, sometimes going back and reading a paragraph for a second time, whereas with other authors, I find myself skipping bits because they are not interesting enough. Always a cracking good plot; I have never disliked any of Ms Laurens' tales. Well worth more than one read!
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