Second Sight (Arcane Society Series #1)

Second Sight (Arcane Society Series #1)

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by Amanda Quick
     
 

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In financial straits and on a sure path to spinsterhood, Venetia Milton thought her stay at the remote, ramshackle Arcane House, far from society’s prying eyes, would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engineer her own ravishment. She was there to photograph the relics and artifacts collected by a highly secretive organization, founded two centuries

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In financial straits and on a sure path to spinsterhood, Venetia Milton thought her stay at the remote, ramshackle Arcane House, far from society’s prying eyes, would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engineer her own ravishment. She was there to photograph the relics and artifacts collected by a highly secretive organization, founded two centuries earlier by an eccentric alchemist. And the alchemist’s descendant - her employer, Mr. Gabriel Jones - had the eyes of a sorcerer . . .

After a night to remember, Venetia is prepared to cherish the memories of her romantic encounter and move on, but she is shattered when, shortly after their night together, she reads of Jones’s death in the papers. As a private tribute to her one-time lover, she adopts the name “Mrs. Jones” and the guise of a respectable widow, and embarks on a new career as a fashionable photographer in London, where her unique ability to “see” beyond her subjects and capture that quality in her photography makes her photographs highly prized.

But her romantic whim causes unexpected trouble. For one thing, Mr. Jones is about to stride, living and breathing, back into her life. And the bonds that tie them together include more than just the memory of passion; Venetia’s special “double vision” has caught the attention of someone Mr. Jones is tracking - someone who will go to any lengths, even murder, to possess an ancient, extraordinary secret that has been lost for centuries. Someone who believes that as the “wife” of Mr. Jones, Venetia is the key.

Now, as she introduces Gabriel about town as her miraculously back-from-the-dead “husband,” Venetia must join him in a perilous quest to track down a dangerous opponent who manages to stay one step ahead. As they explore the darker, wilder underbelly of the modern, scientific Victorian world, they must see through society’s illusions - or this time, Gabriel Jones may not be coming from the dead, and neither may Mrs. Jones.

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Jayne Ann Krentz, writing as Amanda Quick, spins an exciting historical romantic thriller set late in the reign of Queen Victoria. It stars Venetia, a young spinster, down on her luck but nonetheless determined to engineer her own future as a photographer -- and her own ravishment. She decides on Gideon Jones, who supervises the treasures of Arcane House, a secretive organization. The interlude goes well -- so well, she is distressed to learn, that he has died. Venetia establishes a photographic practice in London as a widow under the name of Mrs. Jones; then her "husband" turns up, looking remarkably well.

Quick is clearly having a great time here, as she balances the awkwardness of Gideon's resurfacing against the new romance of a supposedly married couple and the watchful eyes of the Polite World -- and a plot to kill anyone remotely connected to the mysteries of Arcane House. Ginger Curwen
Publishers Weekly
Writing as Amanda Quick (Lie by Moonlight, etc.), Jayne Ann Krentz offers another spirited Victorian romance, light on Victorian, heavy on romance. Photographer Venetia Milton supports her brother, sister and maiden aunt while keeping secrets: her late father's bigamy, her paranormal gift for seeing people's auras ("like looking at a negative image of the world") and her more-than-willing ravishment by client Gabriel Jones. Heir to a generations-old clandestine association of alchemists, scientists and dabblers in psychic phenomena, Gabriel has a few secrets of his own. After his servants report his death to authorities to confound his enemies, grieving Venetia begins posing as his widow, with Gabriel soon showing up on her doorstep very much alive. Miffed, she consigns him to the attic, but their chemistry quickly reignites; while tracking down one murderous, blackmailing thief after another, they steal opportunities for fervent encounters in the garden, in the carriage, in the society's mansion and at home. But the evildoers still want Gabriel's family secrets-and now they want Venetia as well. Women masquerade as men and criminals masquerade as aristocrats in a society so full of disguise that not even second sight provides much protection. But with Quick's stylish dialogue, compelling secondary characters and near-operatic denouement, fans won't need or want it. (May 9) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Venetia Milton is an extraordinary photographer because she has some extraordinary senses. But unmarried women cannot go into business in society, so Venetia concocts both a marriage and a widowhood to Gabriel Jones, her one-time lover. Rumors of his demise are greatly exaggerated, however, which brings a whole new set of complications to Venetia's life. Anne Flosnik skillfully narrates this historical romance; her voice is deep enough to make Gabriel clearly male, with all the strength and fortitude that implies, but light enough that Venetia is definitely a young woman, capable but bound by societal strictures. Flosnik's range of British accents complements the characters nicely, from housekeepers and tradesmen to members of the upper class. She handles the earnestness of children with sweet innocence, and the villains, if not obvious, are certainly not sympathetic. A typical Quick novel that is only enhanced by Flosnik's reading.-Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Salt Lake City Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Quick (Lie by Moonlight, 2005, etc.) takes us to the waning days of Queen Victoria's reign, adding some clever feminist touches and a dollop of premarital sex. The theft of a notebook from the newly discovered, 200-year-old laboratory of Sylvester the Alchemist lies at the heart of this nimble historical romance. After the theft, Gabriel Jones, a member of the Arcane Society founded by Sylvester, transports his other relics to the society's isolated headquarters for safekeeping. Comely photographer Venetia Milton is invited to Arcane House to record the top-secret objects, and handsome Gabriel seems the perfect partner for her private plan to rid herself of her virginity without jeopardizing her social standing in Bath. A spirited virgin in her late 20s (and she's psychic too!), Venetia has no hopes of marrying, charged as she is with supporting her siblings after the death of their parents. She has no problem seducing Gabriel, but he fully intends to marry her, in order to tame an atavistic brutality he's afraid he harbors. Some menacing thugs lurking in the bushes outside Arcane House temporarily separate this unlikely pair; whoever stole the notebook is also a killer, and in order to elude him, Gabriel goes underground, faking his own death. He hadn't counted on Venetia taking advantage of this death to claim status as his widow and becoming a hit in London as a portrait photographer. Things turn sticky when Gabriel re-materializes, and the couple has to make awkward appearances together as man and wife. As part of this cozy ruse, Gabriel is installed in the attic of the Milton residence, thereby ensuring the acquaintances of Venetia's 16-year-old sister Amelia, winning younger brotherEdward and well-intentioned Aunt Beatrice. Polished, proficient romantic suspense.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515142808
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/27/2007
Series:
Arcane Society Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
197,016
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 7.14(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author-under various pen names-of more than forty New York Times bestsellers. There are more than 25 million copies of her books in print.

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Second Sight 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Kiko1021 More than 1 year ago
I really, really enjoyed this book more than I expected to. Amanda Quick (a.k.a. Jayne Ann Krentz) does not disappoint the reader with this novel set in late Victorian England. The novel has interesting characters, a complex plot, and fascinating details. I especially love Venetia Milton; she is very strong, brave, and compelling. The paranormal aspects are particularly intriguing, and the romance aspect is well done. This book will leave you feeling that the time was well spent, and you'll definitely want to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot, characters are great. The story line gave insight to research being done. I believe you will not go wrong with this series.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
My Synopsis: Second Sight (Arcane Society Series - Book 1) by Amanda Quick (a.k.a. Jayne Ann Krentz) Venetia Milton is called to Arcane House to photograph artifacts that the secret society has gathered in it's two century history. Her employer, Gabriel Jones is more than Venetia could ask for and she begins a plan to seduce him. Venetia believed that one night of passion would satisfy her, but when she hears of Gabriel's death she is shocked. She takes on his name, calling herself Mrs. Jones as she prepares to support her family with a photography business in London. When Gabriel shows up very much alive, Venetia must use her "second sight" to help him find a killer who would go to any length to possess one of the ancient artifacts. Will Venetia and Gabriel find love? Who is the mysterious killer? What secret does Gabriel hold that could change everything? My Thoughts: I liked the idea of the Arcane Society series upon first hearing about it. Jayne Ann Krentz, using the pen name Amanda Quick writes the Historical Fiction titles in the series and uses her own name for the Contemporary romance titles in the series. Very interesting way to go about doing a Series. This was a good book. I had no idea that it had some paranormal elements until I began reading it and that was a very nice surprise. I liked the idea that Venetia could read a person's 'aura' and learn things about them. Gabriel's psychical abilities were harder to define, but very interesting as well. Jayne Ann Krentz is a great writer and her attention to detail was very apparent in this book. Her descriptions of the scenes were fantastic. I could just imagine, Arcane house, and Venetia's photography studio with ease. The secondary characters like Edward, Beatrice, and Amelia add interest to the story and insight into the characters. I'm very intrigued by this series after reading the first one. We'll have to see how the historical and the contemporary mix.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed and love reading her books.... fast paste and enjoyable ending with a bliss that I just love. I think this is the one of the 10th book that I read and I just can't stop. FYI...you r correct....Jayne Ann Krentz is Amanda Quick I also recommend JULIE GARWOOD (The Wedding and Ransom) Also so love her boooook mmmmmmmuuuuuch.
AnakinFanatic More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the series about people with paranormal gifts. Unlike the nowadays series by Jayne Ann Krentz, these stories are placed in Victorian England. This first book explains the founder's formula and the Arcane House before the creation of the famous Jones and Jones. It tells of a romantic story where two people are coming into the terms with thier phenomonal gifts and the fight against the people who will become Nightshade in the nowadays books. I read this after I finished the books set in present time and love the way it shows how Jones and Jones comes to be. This is a must-read for any Krentz/Quick fan.
Blueberrytart More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Not only does it have witty dialogue that moves along very quickly (you'll not want to put it down), but it has an unexpectedly sweet romance topped off by an intriguing mystery that includes a bit of the paranormal. You really do get caught up in the feeling of being caught up in the foggy nights and creepy events taking place. This may be the best Amanda Quick novel I have ever read and I've read a few.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im tryin so hard to read this book. Is it just me? Im so use to NR books & i get drawn right in. Not with this story. Ill finish it but so far its slow go for me. Sorry rh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book of the Arcane Society series - loved it! It kept my interest from beginning to end. It's not only a good story, but also gives you a good background for the series. Definitely recommend, as long as you can keep an open mind when it comes to the characters psyic abilities.
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Chynadol More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Amanda Quick since I was in high school. I love her books because of the perfect mix of mistery and romance. These books are an easy quick read with quirky ordinary heroines and not so ordinary heros.
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Quick read
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I enjoyed the intrigue and suspense of this novel.
twinb52 More than 1 year ago
Great! I love Amanda Quick.
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