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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 26 March 2010
Magic, mystery and mediums - it's Lord Greyson Sheffield's job to investigate and unmask them all. The great Alphonse Brown is no different. But when Alphonse flees - and soon after dies - his young widow is left penniless, ruined and alone. Francesca Brown may have been married to a charlatan, but her own cursed gift is real, and she'll do anything to hide it. So when an old family friend begs for her help with his own unusual daughter, Fanny changes her name, moves to Scotland and vanishes from society.

But six years on, Fanny's charge is in danger, and the man Amelie's guardian sends to investigate is none other than Lord Grayson himself. And though Fanny has done everything to put her past behind her, lies and deceptions are all Gray can see - as well as an attraction that neither can deny.

A Victorian romance with a paranormal twist, both Grey and Fanny are reserved, acerbic and sceptical, made that way by the twists and disappointments life has dealt them. Yet both are hiding soft-hearts and passionate natures beneath their mistrust. Fanny's gift with animals is as interesting as it is useless, and it's nice how the magic is more of a hindrance than a convenient escape from any troubles.

Balancing the adult and very rational interactions of Grey and Fanny, is the innocent but ardent adoration between Amelie and Hayden - in a Georgette Heyer feel to the naïve, and occasionally annoying dramatics. They also provide a nice source of discussion, tension and argument for Fanny and Grey, which keeps things interesting.

I'll admit that amongst all the historical details and beautifully crafted period feel the confusingly inaccurate titles were a disappointment, but the story itself was enough to push that aside. If you don't mind a hint of magic with your historicals (and it is only a hint), then forgive the mistakes, settle down and enjoy this tale of gifts, obsessions and the rewards of trusting enough to believe in love.
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