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Crystal Gardens Audiobook

Crystal Gardens: A Ladies of Lantern Street Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Novelist and professional companion Evangeline Ames has rented a cottage in the outskirts of Little Dixby, far from the London streets where she was recently attacked. Fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal Gardens, she finds some pleasurable diversion in sneaking past the wall to explore the grounds. And when her life is threatened again, she instinctively goes to the gardens for safety.

Lucas Sebastian has never been one to ignore a lady in danger, even if she is trespassing on his property. Quickly disposing of her would-be assassin, he insists they keep the matter private. There is plenty of whispering about him already, with rumors of treasure buried under his garden, and occult botanical experiments performed by his uncle - who died of mysterious causes.

Immediately sensing each other’s psychic talents, as well as their mutual desire, Lucas and Evangeline find themselves with an even more pressing concern. Whoever tried to have her killed will try again. But who would want her dead?

With Evangeline’s skill for detection, and Lucas’s sense of the criminal mind, they soon discover that they share a common enemy. And as the dangerous energy emanating from Crystal Gardens grows stronger, they realize that to survive they must unearth what has been buried for too long.

©2012 Jayne Ann Krentz (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Menon Florida, US 23/06/2015
    Menon Florida, US 23/06/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Enchanting Paranormal Mystery!!"

    I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book, some how I felt skeptical. Really do know why!! And I must say it was unfounded. I very much enjoyed the book but didn't care much for the narrator. I would have enjoyed it more had the book had a different narrator. Somehow I found that Justine Eyre had difficulty with the male voices. They came out scratchy, like a bone stuck in ones throat!

    Now for the story line. This books is very similar to other Amanda Quick titles about the Paranormal like the Arcane Society series. We read about people with psychical powers and how some accept them readily like Evangeline Ames and how some are still coming to terms with it, cause ones family members don't care much for their powers or are scared of their powers cause they are not familiar with them like Lucas Sebastian.

    The story line is about Evangeline who comes to Little Dixby to relax and get inspiration for her series book which gets published in the local papers one chapter at a time. Then we have Lucas who recently inherited Crystal Gardens from his Late Uncle. Lucas suspects that his late uncle was murdered and someone's trying to murder Evangeline. They put their powers together and thwart the murder, find the murderer, render justice and discover Treasure!!!
    A Lovely Story in all....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Stanford Bridge, United Kingdom 27/12/2012
    Jeanette Stanford Bridge, United Kingdom 27/12/2012 Member Since 2017
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    "Amanda Quick at her best"

    I enjoyed this book. It is back to traditional Amanda Quick. I have read a lot of this author's books and much prefer the historical settings.

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  • susie4susie
    Denver, CO United States
    07/11/16
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    "Over the top"

    A stereotypical, to the point of sounding satirical, romance story. I was brought to the point of laughing numerous times at the absurdity of the plot and dialog. The breathy, dramatic narration enhanced the feeling of it almost being a satire. I could envision it being played on SNL.

    I love a charming romance in the style of Georgette Heyer and Carola Dunn. This is NOT one of those.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • THERESA SWAYZE
    KANSAS CITY KS AREA
    26/04/17
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    "Another great book "

    I greatly enjoy Amanda Quicks writing. This was no exception. The characters are well developed, the plot is entertaining and has a lot of twists and turns. if you love a romance with a mystery written in the story you are going to enjoy this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carol Mello
    San Jose,CA USA
    16/02/17
    "Paranormal romantic suspense in Victorian England"

    A very nice reading by a voice actress. I like and love all of Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle, and Amanda Quick novels. I did not discover her until she had been writing awhile. Now she is a "must buy" for me since I love rereading (or relistening to) all her books. I like that her heroes and heroines are imperfect people (not Prince Charmings and great beauties) because we humans are all imperfect. I like the fact that they are not young adults. I like the fact that her heroines are generally strong women, not weeping pots or clinging vines. I like the witty dialog between characters. I also enjoy the minor characters she adds to her novels. I like her emphasis on loyalty between characters and growing honesty between them as their relationships develop. Her novels always have happy endings. When I am reading or listening for escapism enjoyment, I always require a happy ending. I have a STEM background so I enjoy the sometimes scientific bent of her novels. Even her paranormal novels have a scientific bent. The creepy crystal gardens in this story are an interesting element, a sort of botanical character in the novel. They remind me of the creepy garden in her futuristic paranormal novel titled Zinnia, another favorite ( in print and kindle only--No audio version, alas).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adrianna
    Roseville, CA
    24/11/16
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    "Nice getting back in"

    It has been a while since I read some of Quick's newer romances, and I was very happy with this one. The performance was good, and I plan to continue this trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    16/11/16
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    "Entertaining Story, Grating Narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I didn't like the beginning of the book. The author didn't do enough character development to make their behavior plausible. But the book got more interesting as the mystery plot line developed. I probably won't buy another book in the series, though, because the narrator was pretty bad.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's voice was distracting. Her British accent was so, so bad, and she uses too much vocal fry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • romance addict
    10/11/16
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    "Great story and narrator "

    I like Amanda Quick novels and this is another winner! I saw some reviews that were not favorable to the narrator but I thought the narration was excellent. Definitely recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    North Quincy, Massachusetts
    05/11/16
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    "good narration of bad story"

    story was corny but may be a matter of taste. narrator was best part of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kristin crawford
    01/11/16
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    "meh, don't wate a credit"
    What disappointed you about Crystal Gardens?

    It was flat, predictable and with not much substance.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voices were a bit much and just out there.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    I took advantage of the sale and am sorry I got two of this series....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sinnamon
    austin tx
    31/10/16
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    "Excellent"

    Justine Eyre does an exceptional job! Too many times the performance of the narrator can ruin a book, but she (Justine Eyre) brings this story to life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TaraDCarey
    28/10/16
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    "loved this one"

    I enjoyed the story and especially the performance. it was very entertaining. I'm happy with it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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