After a childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she’d put her past behind her until a fellow resident at her boardinghouse is unjustly accused of theft. In the middle of breaking into a safe that holds the proof to prove her friend’s innocence, Gabriella is interrupted by Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend–until he abandoned her. After being taken under the wing of a professor who introduced him into society and named him as heir, Nicholas is living far removed from his childhood life of crime. As a favor to a friend, Nicholas agreed to help clear the name of an innocent woman, never imagining he’d be reunited with the girl he thought lost to him forever.
As Gabriella and Nicholas are thrown together into one intrigue after another, their childhood affection grows into more, but their newfound feelings are tested when truths about their past are revealed and danger follows their every step.
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Loved! Loved this book! I found this book to be just the escape I needed. Nicholas and Gabriella’s relationship was so fun to watch as well. Some of the situations they got into were hilarious. I could picture them clearly. Gabriella is full of determination and spunk. She grew up on the streets but didn’t let that keep her from becoming the person she was and improving her situation. I like how the story comes full circle and Gabriella discovers the true facts of her past.
Each of the ladies from the boarding bouse added their unique personality to the story. I liked them all and wish they were real. The mystery of the Knickerbocker bandit added to the story. It wasn’t just a romance. I listened this book as an audiobook. I found that the narrator did an great job bringing this story to life. Every once in awhile it was a little difficult to determine who was speaking but overall it was good. I have read other books by Jen Turano and knew they were fun and clean and just a wonderful story. So I had no hesitation listening to part of this story with my boys in the car. I didn’t expect them to be interested but they were. So much that my older son asked me if we could keep listening to mom’s book the next day. He was worried I had listened to it without them. Both of my boys said it was interesting to them. A little intense but good. One thing they liked was the dogs in the story.
I found this story to be the perfect escape to another time and place. I’m looking forward to reading more books by her.
I recommend this book to my family and friends.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. I purchased the audio book for my own library. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
About the Author
Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO.