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Where the Heart Leads (Cynster Series)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

The latest Cynster tale is an excellent historical romantic mystery

Lady Penelope Ashford may come from the affluent influential Cynster brood, but she is no quiet debutante. Instead she works extremely hard trying to bring a better life to young street urchins of the London slums with her Foundling House charity. When four of her orp...
Lady Penelope Ashford may come from the affluent influential Cynster brood, but she is no quiet debutante. Instead she works extremely hard trying to bring a better life to young street urchins of the London slums with her Foundling House charity. When four of her orphaned children disappear, Penelope believes they were abducted for a nefarious reason and wants them rescued. She knows who is best suited to investigate so in her take charge manner Penelope commands deduction agent Barnaby Adair to locate and save her children.----------- Barnaby is fascinated by the pushy but caring Penelope. However, he becomes a bit disturbed when she insists on accompanying him as he makes his inquiries as he feels it is not safe for her while she insists she will keep him safe by having his back. With help from his pal Inspector Basil Stokes of Scotland Yard, the duo seeks a burglary school for the young in East End slums even as the two sleuths begin to fall in love.------------- The latest Cynster tale is an excellent historical romantic mystery starring the usual feisty female and in this case a refreshing sleuth. The fast-paced story line focuses on the lead couple especially their joint investigation into the missing orphans. Filled with twists and red herrings, fans of the series (obviously) and those who enjoy the sub-genre will appreciate this tale of the heart from ┬┐the Casebook of Barnaby Adair┬┐.------------- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Did NOT Like at All

Love all her other books, but did not like this one. Did not like Penelope, did not like Barney. Not believable circumstances, not believable characters. They never interact with their families who are supposedly so important to them. Penelope runs a orphan/foundling...
Love all her other books, but did not like this one. Did not like Penelope, did not like Barney. Not believable circumstances, not believable characters. They never interact with their families who are supposedly so important to them. Penelope runs a orphan/foundling home with no problems from anyone else in the ton??? She runs around with no one bothering her even though all the other females in her life/family have to accomodate their outside interess with family and ton obligations. She's curious about desire/sex but doesn't want anyone to control so of course she'll just hop into bed with Barney!! And if I hear one more time about how handsome and beautiful they are that no one takes them seriously, I'll scream

posted by Anonymous on April 22, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

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    Good Romantic Mystery

    This not really a Cynster novel although it does reference the Cynsters. The story gives greater insight of the Barnaby Adair character. Barnaby is an interesting character and his love interest Penelope is a little quirky and is ideally suited for Barnaby. The book also give much more information about Inspector Stokes who was mentioned in previous books. The book sets up the opportunity for future books featuring Barnaby Adair and Inspector Stokes. Can't wait to see what Stephanie Laurens will do with these characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

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    Where The Heart Leads was a good title for the book. As they follow the story line they definately do follow a beginning romance mixed within the plot of the book.

    I loved this book. It kept me hooked and reading every free moment that I had. I was sorry to see the ending chapters appear. This was the 16th book that I read of the Cynster novels written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    A PLEASING POTPOURRI OF ROMANCE AND MYSTERY

    Do you enjoy Regency romances, vicariously visiting another time and place ? Do you like a narrative laced with descriptions of a heroine whose senses alternately swoon or quake and nerves clench at the slightest touch of a tall, handsome ? If so, you'll find much to relish in the latest by Australian novelist Stephanie Laurens. This author has also crafted a mystery to accompany the increasing palpitations of Penelope Ashford and Barnaby Adair's roguish come-hither behavior. While the mystery is an intriguing one involving some of the most dastardly villains since Fagin in Oliver Twist, it certainly takes second place to the love stories Ms. Laurens has woven. It is late one evening when we first meet Barnaby, who is known for uncovering the shenanigans of his fellow aristocrats. While his latest feat has been praised by many, including the Prime Minister, he's not reveling in his victory, but feels rather at a loss. We take it a bit bored - that is until the doorbell rings at this unlikely hour and Penelope is ushered into his parlor. Penelope is a rather unusual heroine - beautiful, of course, but wearing gold rimmed glasses. Barnaby remembers what he'd heard of her - that 'she was something of a firebrand, one who paid scant attention to social restraints if said restraints stood in her way.' Precisely so as she's cast propriety aside to come to his home unescorted at an untimely hour. She is seeking his help. Penelope is the director of a foundling home, an institution that takes in orphans primarily from the East End. Once there the youngsters are well cared for and trained to be maids, footmen, etc. The problem is that in the past month alone four of the boys who should have gone to the home have been taken by someone unknown before Penelope or others could pick them up. Naturally, she fears for their safety and wants the kidnappers stopped before more boys are taken. Barnaby agrees to help her and enlists the assistance of his good friend, Inspector Basil Stokes. When it becomes obvious that they must somehow penetrate the East End in an effort to learn more, Stokes calls upon Griselda Martin, a former East Ender who now runs a millinery shop. No surprise - romance blossoms between this pair also. Thus, Laurens presents two very different couples united by one baffling pursuit, while at the same time each explores the intricacies of his or her emotions. Just what this author's fans will stand in line for. - Gail Cooke

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Wonderful as always.

    It's a pleasure to read a new Cynster novel.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Decent romance

    I wasn't totally taken in by this book, but the story was good for a quick, light read. I'd like to read more by this author to see what her other books are like.

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