Monday, October 20, 2014

Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn Blog Tour!


Thank you for stopping by my leg of the Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn Blog Tour! I was so excited to read this book. I hope my review piques your interest and you like the book if you read it.  Click the banner above to follow the rest of the tour!


Publication: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Source: The Publisher on behalf of this tour.



New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn returns with a Jazz Age tale of grand adventure

On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat's wife, Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing—she flees the chapel in her wedding gown. Assisted by the handsome curate who calls himself Sebastian Cantrip, she spirits away to her estranged father's quiet country village, pursued by the family she left in uproar. But when the dust of her broken engagement settles and Sebastian disappears under mysterious circumstances, Poppy discovers there is more to her hero than it seems.

With only her feisty lady's maid for company, Poppy secures employment and travels incognita—east across the seas, chasing a hunch and the whisper of clues. Danger abounds beneath the canopies of the silken city, and Poppy finds herself in the perilous sights of those who will stop at nothing to recover a fabled ancient treasure. Torn between allegiance to her kindly employer and a dashing, shadowy figure, Poppy will risk it all as she attempts to unravel a much larger plan—one that stretches to the very heart of the British government, and one that could endanger everything, and everyone, that she holds dear.


I say it almost every time, but I do not know what it is about the 1920’s that I find so appealing to read about. It just seems like a fun and interesting time period to live in. 

“I say, if you’re running away from your wedding, you’re going about it quite wrong.”

From the beginning, I could tell this was adventure I would enjoy being apart of.  A Night of a Thousand Stars takes place in 1920, where Poppy is trying to escape out of a window on her wedding day.  She is aided by Sebastian, who she believes at the time is the curate.  She feels bad for leaving the groom (Gerald) behind, but she knows that she shouldn’t marry him.  She isn’t even convinced that Gerald really loves her, more like he is just  trying to accomplish things that any upstanding English gentleman should. 

I loved Poppy. She is headstrong, smart, and brave.  She isn’t content to have a title and be one of those stuck up society ladies who spends the majority of their time gossiping with other women.  Instead she  is looking for an adventure to shake things up and make life a little more lively.  And an adventure is exactly what she gets when she goes all the way to Damascus to track down Sebastian. The clues planted throughout the story kept me guessing all the way to the end. 

I had a good amount of fun reading this book. It was a fairly quick read and I happily discovered that it was filled with not just romance and mystery, but humor and adventure as well. I seen other works by this author before, but this was the first one of hers that I have read so far. It did not disappoint. Even though I don’t believe this is a series, I am hoping that there will more adventure and fun times with Poppy and Sebastian in the future.

RATING: 4 ½ out of 5.


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About the Author
A sixth-generation native Texan, Deanna Raybourn grew up in San Antonio, where she met her college sweetheart. She married him on her graduation day and went on to teach high school English and history. During summer vacation at the age of twenty-three, she wrote her first novel. After three years as a teacher, Deanna left education to have a baby and pursue writing full-time.
Deanna Raybourn is the author of the bestselling and award-winning Lady Julia series, as well as, The Dead Travel Fast, A Spear of Summer Grass, and City of Jasmine.
For more information please visit Deanna Raybourn’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


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