Night at the Opera

Night at the Opera

by Stacy Henrie

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NIGHT AT THE OPERA - Book 1 (1908)

When American heiress Gwen Barton aids an injured gentleman in an opera box in London, she shares a kiss with the stranger that changes her life. More determined than ever to be herself, in spite of the limp she's sustained since childhood, she will marry for love and not a title. She also resolves to learn the identity of the man she helped--and kissed. Surely he can't be the irritating Avery Winfield, though. But as circumstances continue to throw Gwen and Avery together, she begins to wonder if there is more to this man than she first thought.

While most of London only knows him as the nephew of a duke, Avery Winfield is actually working for the Secret Service Bureau to ferret out German spies from among the ton. It's a profession that gives him purpose and a reason to remain a bachelor. But the more he interacts with Gwen Barton, an heiress from America, the more he begins to question his plans and neglected faith. Then he learns Gwen is the young lady from the opera box who helped him. Now his most important mission may have nothing to do with saving Britain from danger and everything to do with risking his heart for the woman he met that night at the opera.

Night at the Opera
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Product Details

BN ID: 2940161597118
Publisher: Mirror Press, LLC
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Series: An American Heiress , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 188,806
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

A USA TODAY bestselling author, Stacy Henrie graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in public relations. Not long after, she switched from writing press releases and newsletters to writing inspirational historical romances. Born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family, she enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids. Her books include HOPE AT DAWN, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. You can learn more about Stacy and her books by visiting her website,

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Night at the Opera 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
Stacy Henrie’s book covers have attracted me for some time, so her name is familiar, but this is the first book I have had the chance to read by her. I have to say I’m very impressed! The story was fast paced, I absolutely loved these characters, and the historical details and setting were perfect for the tale. I was instantly sympathetic to Gwen, not because of her disability, but because she allowed it to shape her into a kinder human being. Her love toward others was inspiring and a good reminder that life is more about how we react to our challenges than about which specific difficulties we face. Avery is a hero fit for Gwen, more for his character than his profession. I loved how he supported and encouraged her, even when he thought he only wanted to be her friend. His own particular struggles were realistic and I appreciated how it took him some time to understand what they were and then attempt to overcome them. The plot was very interesting, and while I had heard about American heiresses seeking titles and acceptance in England, this is the first novel I have read about it. It has intrigued me, and I’m happy to learn there are more books to come in this series. This is a clean and thoroughly enjoyable romance. I highly recommend it for those who love excitement, intrigue, and great storytelling without scenes or language—books that can be shared with teen daughters without caveat or reservation. I will be looking for more from this author and checking out her backlist soon! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Night at the Opera is a pretty good read. I enjoyed Gwen's story. Especially, when she was in the scenes with Avery. Those two were so sweet and fun together. The plot has them involved in a little adventure, mystery and suspense. Which kept me intrigued and wanted to keep reading. Night at the Opera is a wonderful inspiring story of hope, forgiveness and faith, that many readers would relate to. I am giving it four and a half stats. I would love to read more stories like this by Stacy Henrie in the near future. Night at the Opera is a great read and I recommend it. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
DMGP More than 1 year ago
Gwen Barton is beautiful, wealthy, and walks with a limp. Deciding that trying to cover up her limp during her 2 seasons in New York were partly to blame for her failure to make a match, she decides that she will be herself while in London for the season. Therefore, when she encounters an injured man at the Opera, she doesn't shy away from helping him. But, who is he? Avery Winfield is handsome, soon to be titled, and determined not to marry. He's convinced that his spy work would put a wife and children in too much danger. But, after an American helped him at the Opera, he's determined to find her. And, once he finds her, can he stick with his plan or will she get past his defenses? There is much to like about this book. I love Gwen and find her to be a perfect balance of strength, intelligence, and vulnerability. I also love Avery in spite of his misplaced determination to protect others from the dangers of his job. The development of their relationship is well timed and realistic. Beyond the romance is a nicely paced suspense story where the bad guy isn't clearly discerned until near the end. I also appreciated Gwen's efforts to understand her mother and likewise, Avery's efforts to understand his uncle. Themes include - spying, family relationships, matters of faith, and caring for orphans. Romance - PG / kisses Language - Clean Violence - PG - a couple of scenes where a characters life was in danger. My rating - 5 stars.
Austen-Heyer-fan More than 1 year ago
Night at the Opera by Stacy Henrie- (3 1/2 stars) Stacy Henrie is a new author for me and I loved how she blended romance with journeys of faith. I also loved that the romance was clean. The H and h are believable, complex characters trying to find their way in life; trying to find meaning by serving, each in his/her own way. The romantic angst wasn’t contrived and felt real, although I had some issues with Avery sharing info with and recruiting Gwen-that was a bit hard for me to swallow. On the whole the feelings they expressed felt real and uncontrived. Only one misspelled word-other than that, very well edited. I’ll definitely be reading more by Ms. Henrie! *poor, **ok, ***good, ****very good, *****something special
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
NIGHT AT THE OPERA is an inspiring story of the struggles of life, choosing to not hide who you are, and the faith that carries one through. Inspirational romance readers will fall in love with the characters and a story that tugs on the heart. Definitely a story worth the read! I really loved these characters! Gwen has lived with an injury from her childhood that permanently left her with a limp and pain. It's something that is not completely accepted by the New York society she is a member of. It's also something that has given her great compassion for others, particularly children, with similar injuries. She has traditional parents who want to see her taken care of through marriage, but don't necessarily see love as a necessity of that marriage. They also support her to an extent, but want her to try to hide her injury and be more demure in society instead of being herself. She loves her parents, so she's a bit conflicted by their wishes, her own, and her struggle with trusting in God. Avery is someone who hides himself on purpose as an agent of the crown. He also was injured as a child, but not physically. He has walled off his heart. His uncle wishes for him to also make a match, but not for status or to be physically cared for. On the contrary, his uncle wishes him to have love and companionship. The contrasts between him and Gwen, but in different ways, made for an interesting comparison. They are very well-drawn characters with good hearts and so easy to like. The plot is intriguing with quite a few things going on. Gwen is trying to aid an orphanage back home and also find if anything can be done for her prior injury. She's also trying to find love, but is reserved to not marrying. Avery is seeking a German spy while also trying to be the heir his family needs. Gwen's faith is fairly strong, while Avery has closed his heart to God. They really aren't looking to fall in love, or at least don't believe it will happen, and then they meet one night at the opera... it's the catalyst that nudges their hearts open just a little and allows for the possibility of more. I loved their interactions and the chemistry between them. I also enjoyed the inspirational parts as well. There were a few things that felt a little too unrealistic or too perfectly tied off, but otherwise the story flowed well. In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a sweet, inspiring, and entertaining read. I loved the romance, the suspense elements, and the way these characters' hearts were opened to each other and to God. Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author's publicist, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A childhood carriage accident left Gwen with a limp that every bachelor in New York seems to consider renders her ineligible as a wife, despite her fortune. Even the man who asked her to marry him deserted her when a better prospect came along. So her mother decides to take her to London for the season, in the hopes of finding a titled husband there. Gwen herself would rather be helping out at the orphanage she loves, and which she plans to spend her fortune on, when she is old enough. Better that than a loveless marriage! But when, entering a supposedly deserted opera box to escape an unwanted suitor, she comes across an injured man, whom she rouses with a kiss, the prospect of love no longer seems quite so far-fetched. However, they have no opportunity to exchange names, and neither could see the other well enough in the dim light for later identification. Why was the man injured? And who was he anyway? Meanwhile, she also spends time with Avery, to whom she is increasingly attracted, once the initial bad impression is overcome - but he makes it clear that he is not in a position to marry. When the answers come to light, will her mystery man be willing to take a chance on love, or is she doomed to disappointment? Clean romance with a touch of mystery and suspense, this generally well-written story was an enjoyable read that kept me interested, despite some parts being somewhat unbelievable and others quite predictable. In the interests of avoiding spoilers, I won't give examples, but will just say that overall it was good. I'll be looking out for more by the author, and would recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, but the opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
mara1108 More than 1 year ago
Gwen Barton is an American heiress living in New York City who was severely injured as a child, and as a result has a limp. She's realistic about her prospects for marriage, accepting that she probably won't get married, so instead plans to continue to help her cousin and his wife with their orphanage. Her mother has the family go to London for a Season so Gwen can wed a titled man. Gwen doesn't want to go in the least as it will be her third and she thinks it's a waste of money. The only bright spot is her best friend Syble will also be there. Avery Winfield is a spy working for the Secret Service Bureau. He's also the heir to the title of the Duke of Moorleigh, which he doesn't want. He has no plans to marry as he believes his profession as a spy would put anyone he loved in danger. These two strangers unexpectedly meet at the opera when Gwen slips into an unoccupied box trying to avoid her mother introducing her to more titled gentlemen. It just happens to be the box where Avery had been attacked. Gwen helps bind Avery's knife wound, and thinking the unknown man had passed out, she kisses him. Avery tells Gwen that she can't tell anyone she was in that box or that she helped him. Both Gwen and Avery want to find the person from the night at the opera but they have no idea who the other is. All Avery knows is the woman is an American. They end up crossing each others path at various events during the season, and Avery ends up having Gwen help him find the traitor who's passing information to the Germans. I loved everything about this book--the beautiful cover, the plot, the two main characters, and especially how it ends. Gwen is such a kind, compassionate person who truly empathizes with children who are less fortunate or have health issues. She planned to donate a good portion of her inheritance to her cousin to help run his orphanage. I loved when she decided to throw her mother's rules for hiding her limp out the window. Good for her!! They were stupid and if she was going to find a husband he should accept her as she is! I also liked her friendship with Syble, and that Gwen read romance novels. How scandalous. Avery is a good man who put didn't want to become like his father after his wife died, so he kept his heart safe and used his job as an excuse not to fall in love. That is until he realizes he's more himself with Gwen than anyone save a few trusted others. I loved the conversations he had with Gwen, and when he made an appointment for her to see the specialist in London about her foot my heart melted. This is one of the few books I've read that take place in this era and was surprised to find out that it wasn't that uncommon for heiresses to travel to England to marry someone with a title for superior social status. This is my first book by Stacy Henrie. It's also the first in a new series, and I look forward to reading the others. This is a clean romance with some kisses and a few mild perilous situations. Nothing graphic.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters in this book and the way the author brought them to life in a memorable setting. Gwen has her struggles and vulnerabilities, but her strong spirit and compassion for the less fortunate have given her purpose and the fortitude to allow her true self be known. I loved the way Avery doesn't pity her, and their banter is fun as they progress from thorns in each other's sides, to friends, to more. The spying activities that Avery pulls Gwen into bring an element of suspense, but I didn't get a sense of urgency or cunning from Avery. It was almost as if he expected the German spy to give himself up when confronted. I did like that there is a big focus on Gwen and her relationships, her feelings, and her inner journey. I appreciated that she didn't give up hope, and was determined to be helpful to the orphanages, especially ones that took in and provided for those with injuries and illnesses. I found it to be a lovely and compelling story! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
I have loved every book that Ms. Henrie has ever written, but seeing that NIGHT AT THE OPERA was about spying, I was especially eager to read it, and it’s even better than I hoped! Ms. Henrie is my go-to author for comfort reading, in the sense that I can relax because I know I need not check anything: the author is always historically accurate, or as in this case that she acknowledges where she took some liberties. Gwen and Avery don’t share the same views on faith, and it is the cause of a slight disagreement between Gwen and Avery, and from his point of view, it’s easy to understand his reasoning. I love how Gwen turned her “shortcoming” – her limp – into a strength and made her more resilient, in a very believable way. She knows what she wants, she will do what needs to be done to achieve it, but she never behaves recklessly or stubbornly; she evaluates what must be done and when, which makes her very much alike Avery. Gwen’s constant and subtle battles with her mother also show her fortitude; Mrs. Barton can be a bit aggravating at times! Avery is a spy, and I love how this part of the story was handled: it was always present, but not overwhelming and very realistic. NIGHT AT THE OPERA is masterfully balanced: the spy story is essential to the romance, while the growing romance bleeds into the spying, and so seamlessly, it’s a pleasure to read every page. NIGHT AT THE OPERA is just so smooth, so lovely, and still riveting: there is a traitor amidst the ton: who is he, how will he be uncovered; how will Avery and Gwen reconcile their differences and find their happily ever after. Stacy Henrie continues to enchant and delight me with every book she writes!