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The Craigsmuir Affair by [Black, Jen]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1717 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Orchard Hill Books (20 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00XXOB7FC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #535,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I very much enjoyed reading this Victorian romantic mystery. The settings are well drawn and the characters are likeable- at least most of them are, those being the ones you're meant to like! High handed and autocratic Adam Grey might be but he comes across as the man you really would want to sit beside at a formal dinner table. Even though attending to the rituals is a bit of a trial for him he does it with affable manners. However, that doesn’t mean he’s averse to breaking the occasional society rule or two as he gets to know the attractive, if a little naïve 18 year old Daisy Charleton. Most of the wealthy house guests have a 'trade' background rather than inherited title and I liked the lack of snobbery over this at a time when Victorian high society was still riddled with condescension.

The Victorian house parties aren’t tedious when both Adam and Daisy attend them. Solving the mystery of the stolen artworks is fairly simple if the reader picks up the well inserted clues. Recommended for those who enjoy Victorian Romance.
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In the late 19th century, an ingenuous young woman Daisy meets up with single-minded mine owner, Adam. The last thing either of them want is a romantic interlude, Daisy because she has her heart set on going to art school, Adam, because he was so badly hurt in a youthful love affair that he is afraid to trust his heart again. Then, at a house party, they find themselves involved in the theft of valuable paintings, a mystery they are determined to resolve. Through a series of difficult and occasionally humourous adventures, the pair eventually solve the mystery and find their way through to a happy ending.

I thought this book painted what must be a fairly accurate picture of what life in the genteel atmosphere of house parties pre-WWI. I found the characters of Daisy and Adam to be excellently drawn and Daisy, in particular, came alive for me. I loved her spirit of independence!
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This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review:
' Ms Black delivers an superbly executed romance firmly rooted in an excellently depicted historical setting.'
Helen Hollick
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jen Black's writing improves with every book. While the ... 6 Mar. 2016
By Sarah Lingle - Published on Amazon.com
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Jen Black's writing improves with every book. While the quality of the writing in her previous books was somewhat even (but never unreadable), the writing in this one is much steadier. The book was enjoyable to read. My only complaint was probably due to the fact that I read the Kindle version. In most books, changes of scene or passages of time are indicated by a larger gap between paragraphs, but in this book there was frequently no indication that the scene had changed or time had passed. I found it a bit confusing at times to be reading about two characters in one place, only to have the next paragraph without warning involve another character in another place or time. But as I said, I suspect this happened during the conversion to Kindle format.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming love story inside a page-turning mystery. 4 Aug. 2015
By Calamity - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed The Craigsmuir Affair.

This lovely story, set in 1893, absorbs us in the art world and the colourful world of the British élite in the late Victorian era. Eighteen year old Daisy is a strong, lovable young woman. A clever artist, her talent brings her to the best houses where she is commissioned to adorn walls in their rooms. She faces a promising future in art, until she falls, literally, into the arms of the devastatingly attractive Adam who is nine years older and described as a womanizer. Adam is drawn to Daisy but hesitates in his advances because of a previous heartbreaking betrayal. Because of cultural values, it soon becomes clear to Daisy she must decide which is more important, her passion for her art or her passion for Adam.

As well as the love story, we are entertained with the page-turning mystery of a stolen painting, with its danger and suspense. This had me guessing until the end.

I love how Ms Black builds the tension between Daisy and Adam. She throws them together as they try to solve the mystery and surrounds them with colourful characters, some encouraging their relationship and others devious, determined to keep them apart.

The Craigsmuir Affair is a book I looked forward to returning to at the end of the day, and eventually dropped everything to finish it. I’m sure when I re read it I’ll slip straight back into the Victorian world Ms Black has so skilfully created and feel as if I’ve come home again. Beautifully written of a bygone era with fully rounded characters you’ll love and some you’ll love to hate.

Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse into late Victorian past 18 Sept. 2015
By Lanky Lady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
In the late 19th century, an ingenuous young woman Daisy meets up with single-minded mine owner, Adam. The last thing either of them want is a romantic interlude, Daisy because she has her heart set on going to art school, Adam, because he was so badly hurt in a youthful love affair that he is afraid to trust his heart again. Then, at a house party, they find themselves involved in the theft of valuable paintings, a mystery they are determined to resolve. Through a series of difficult and occasionally humourous adventures, the pair eventually solve the mystery and find their way through to a happy ending.

I thought this book painted what must be a fairly accurate picture of what life in the genteel atmosphere of house parties pre-WWI. I found the characters of Daisy and Adam to be excellently drawn and Daisy, in particular, came alive for me. I loved her spirit of independence!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars who has scrabbled his way upward after being desperately poor as a result of the failed family business 23 Nov. 2015
By Viviane Crystal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Daisy is an 18 year-old woman who lives in the aristocratic world of Victorian England. She dreams of entering art school and developing her already adept skills, but this is a dream clearly frowned upon by almost everyone in her society. It’s one thing to dabble in painting and drawing, quite another for a woman to have a career outside of being a wife, mother, teacher or governess. Her dream is challenged by the appearance of Adam Grey, a successful mine owner, who has scrabbled his way upward after being desperately poor as a result of the failed family business. Initially, he seems like a cold, calculating, even brash young man but he is almost immediately smitten by this out-spoken yet sensitive woman, Daisy.
Into the mix a series of art and money thefts occurs. The thief is not evident because so many members of the upper class are always visiting each other for days on end. When Daisy is invited to paint an entire wall at the home of one of these aristocrats, danger explodes. An accident in a newfangled elevator, a fall, and more are added to the intense stress. Adam has taken on the job of detective, as he has nothing to do at the moment, to discover the thief and then the attacker of Daisy.
Adam and Daisy, however, are definitely attracted to each other and yet their meetings socially and privately crackle with misunderstanding and snapping conversations. Daisy, however, in spite of being cast in a manner far from her real personality, holds firm to her dream for the future and her dignity when insulted by many. Her strength is challenged further when a powerful man, Maitland, accosts Daisy several times with clear intentions of sexually possessing her while in his disgustingly perpetually alcoholic state.
This reviewer posted a review of Jen Black’s first novel many years ago and is happy to say that the writing style and plot complexity have significantly grown in this latest novel. Readers will relish the evolving love affair and the mystery radiating through every page of this pleasing Victorian novel. Very nicely crafted, Jen Black!
4.0 out of 5 stars Super romance 21 Jan. 2017
By Helen Hollick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review:
' Ms Black delivers an superbly executed romance firmly rooted in an excellently depicted historical setting.'
Helen Hollick
founder #DDRevs
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