Monday, October 9, 2017

#BookReview - A Most Extraordinary Pursuit by Juliana Gray

Title:  A Most Extraordinary Pursuit
Author:  Juliana Gray
Genre:  Historical Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Release Date:  October 4, 2016

About the Book:

Known for her original plots, deft characterization, and lyrical voice, Juliana Gray presents an extraordinary novel of an uncommon pursuit…

February, 1906. As the personal secretary of the recently departed Duke of Olympia—and a woman of scrupulous character—Miss Emmeline Rose Truelove never expected her duties to involve steaming through the Mediterranean on a private yacht, under the prodigal eye of one Lord Silverton, the most charmingly corrupt bachelor in London. But here they are, improperly bound on a quest to find the duke’s enigmatic heir, current whereabouts unknown.

An expert on anachronisms, Maximilian Haywood was last seen at an archaeological dig on the island of Crete. And from the moment Truelove and Silverton disembark, they are met with incidents of a suspicious nature: a ransacked flat, a murdered government employee, an assassination attempt. As they travel from port to port on Max’s trail, piecing together the strange events of the days before his disappearance, Truelove will discover the folly of her misconceptions—about the whims of the heart, the motives of men, and the nature of time itself…

Buy Links: Amazon 

My Review:

A most extraordinary story!  A bit different from most novels by Juliana Gray/Beatriz Williams.  Not exactly a romance, but more of a "relationship" was intermingled with the mystery and suspense.  The writing and character development were outstanding and exactly what I expected from this author.  My only complaint was that the story was a bit difficult to follow from time to time.  Perhaps that was because of the complexities involved.

From the very beginning, as the very proper Miss Truelove was visited by the apparition of her deceased father and Queen Victoria, my interest was piqued.  Then comes the search for Maximilian Haywood who will become the new Duke of Olympia, with the help of the promiscuous but captivating Lord Silverton who seems to have his eye on Miss Emmeline Truelove. Things get more and more interesting as the story goes on.  Add in the interwoven myth of Minotaur and the Labyrinth and the Athenian hero Theseus and the beautiful Ariadne.  My oh my!  Things do get interesting!

I will definitely be reading the next book in this series.  I can't wait to find out more!  Time travel??

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About the Author:

Juliana Gray is the pen name of New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams. She lives near the Connecticut shore with her long-suffering husband, two scheming cats, a beagle of dubious origins, and four largely unsupervised children.

A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a corporate and communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons. 


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