by Amanda L. V. Shalaby


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Upon the unexpected death of her parents, Rhianna Braden finds the enigmatic Lord Guilford Kingsley on her doorstep. He escorts her to Kingsley Manor, where family secrets and scandals begin to unfold.

Her uncommon beauty captures the attention of the dashing Lord Thayne Brighton of Ravensleigh, but Rhianna is certain, despite their mutual attraction, that he would never choose her over his wealthy intended. Meanwhile, Lady Lydia Kingsley suspects her husband’s attention to Rhianna has led to an affair between them. Events turn deadly when the truth of their relationship is discovered.

Eventually, Rhianna is forced to make a life-altering decision—while discovering that some secrets are not meant to be kept.

Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440551536
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Series: Kingsley Manor Series , #1
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Amanda L.V. Shalaby’s passion for all things Jane Austen was inspired by her mother and grandmother. She now writes her own English historical romances, and is the author of Rhianna and Audra. When Amanda is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Matthew, her Shih Tzu dogs, Bella and Huntley, and her Persian cat, Sebastian.

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Rhianna 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MsJenCorkill More than 1 year ago
I am stickler for historical novels set in certain time periods to have heroines who fit into the world. Too many authors take a setting a put a girl with modern sensibilities into the era and force society to bend around her. So when I received this book for free through a contest on the author's webpage, Ms. Shalaby made my day when we are introduced to Rhianna, a clergyman's daughter who 1.Knows and accepts her place in society 2.Acts like a girl of the era. THANK YOU! She isn't outwardly stubborn or rebellious nor does she rant about and bemoan her circumstances. All those thoughts are kept inside her head, where they should be! In fact, she is at peace with them. Even when she meets the oh, so handsome hero of the story, Rhianna keeps her distance emotionally for as long possible. Any girl of her class would, from birth, know her chances with a man of his station were slim to none- despite him having other ideas. While the hero is run of the mill mary-jane, all readers will instantly fall in love with him. (I know I did). Classic style romance novel. Also, the writing is very reminiscent of the Austen period. The sentences flow like poetry. The author paints such lovely descriptions I am never left without a perfect mental image of every contour she draws my eye towards. Dresses, ballrooms and drawing rooms are all given that level of description to bring the scene to life. Thank you for keeping the romance clean and sweet. Rhianna is a story I will keep for my daughter to read when she's older. It is a story I will pawn off on my friends to enjoy. Definitely a fan and will closely follow this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love Jane Austen you’ll adore Amanda Shalaby’s Rhianna! Shalaby’s remarkable story of a young woman surrounded by secrets has classic written all over it. Instantly the reader is transported back to an era when a look or the briefest touch could convey a world. The dialog was sheer poetry, beautifully written. I found myself tearing up more than once as I read some of the passages. The prose simply captured my imagination. The main character Rhianna Braden was as brave as she was beautiful. Thayne Brighton was the perfect combination of mystery and devotion. Not one to give spoilers, Rhianna is the kind of irresistible historical romance that is a rarity that will be a permanent part of my library to marvel over again and again. I look forward to reading more from this author. A dazzling 5- star feast, Amanda Shalaby’s Rhianna simply takes your breath away. Ms. Shalaby gave me an advanced reader copy of this work for an honest review. Stephanie Freeman
Books_With_BenefitsAO More than 1 year ago
Amanda L.V. Shalaby’s debut novel is surprising. Perhaps so different from other historical romances that it might not be too far to say that Shalaby is on her way to creating a new sub-category. For Rhianna is not merely an historical novel. It is a novel that is history. To read Rhianna is to read new seventeenth and eighteenth century fiction. It’s as though some historian has unearthed a never before discovered collection of novels by Samuel Richardson or Susanna Rowson. The expectation with most historicals is that the setting, costumes, and most of the social rules appropriate to the period will be followed, but we all expect that the history within will be more than a little bit tweaked. Heroines are not your average from the period. They are eccentric in a way that most women true to the time were not. These heroines think mostly as we do–especially about romance. They frolic in gardens with little concern for their reputations. They have a nearly modern sense of love, and like a woman living today, take for granted that sexual attraction, equality, and lifelong companionship are what makes up a good marriage. They suffer as governesses and tip headlong into any mystery or excitement they encounter. Rhianna on the other hand—like a true, written-in-history heroine—does not know what kind of love she has for the man who first proposes to her. She is quickly turned from thoughts of marriage and romance by excitement over a trip to an English manor from her early memories and by the offer of a governess position. She is grateful for her role as teacher and companion and she shies away from the mystery and romance that would entangle her. Very rare stuff. So what are the Benefits of reading Rhianna? Dialogue that is true to the period: Shalaby’s dialogue is full of all that lovely fluff that makes Austen so beloved by SAT test makers. Dotted with indeeds and certainlys, the conversation between characters hits various pitches. Narration that is true to the period: Classic fiction was not as obsessed with the old Show-Don’t-Tell paradigm. What might be related in scene and dialogue now was then entrusted to the narrator. Most contemporary romance has only a minimum of narration, preferring instead to move back and forth in the POVs of the main characters. This book, however, has all the trappings of classic fiction. Descriptions of scenery and how that scenery evokes meditation. Haunting dreams and memories that layer the present day. A heroine who is so sleepy she isn’t aware of speaking. There’s even a moment where the heroine sees an image of her younger self superimposed over her current face in a looking glass. A plot that is true to the period. Former Crimson Romance editor Jennifer Lawler advised writers to cut their entire first chapter. One writer I recently met at RWA insisted that she regularly deleted the first three! The sage advice to begin as near to the end as possible is a general rule in fiction. In romance fiction, that typically means beginning when—or just before—the hero and heroine meet. This is not how classic fiction works. Most classic novels are better described as bildungsroman—or coming of age stories. So, classic novels are concerned with the life story of one protagonist—not just her marriage. Rhianna begins with her birth, skips ahead a few years to when things begin to boil with the arrival of a man from her past, but we don’t meet a major contender for her hand until a full fourth of the book has gone by. There is mystery and suspense aplenty, too, but again it builds as a classic novel would. The heroine—even when she’s at the center of the mystery—is not the center of the action. She hears no whispered words. She is in little immediate danger. If you’re in the mood for Austen, you’ll likely love this book. But a note of caution to those who love Austen’s period, but not the pace of her prose. Disclaimer: An ARC copy was provided.
WiLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book.The writing just pulled me in, making it impossible to put down for long.  There is mystery, intrigue, suspense, romance, and a bit of witty humor, wrapped in a lovely English historical package. This is one of those books that I had to race through to find out what would happen, only to be disappointed when it was over. Luckily, Audra's story is set to release in April.
ViviJF More than 1 year ago
Rhianna is a wonderful book! As you read on you are drawn into the story and I found myself reading far into the night, I just couldn't put it down needing to see what Twist and turns this historical novel would take. Amanda Shalaby has an excellent command if the english language with her descriptive language drawing you and more into this novel. I loved it, a great read. Thank you Ms. Shalaby, I do pray there are more books to follow..., 
Becky_Lower More than 1 year ago
You know the kind of book where you're hooked from the beginning and want to race through it because the plot line is so compelling? But then, you find yourself going back over what you just read and savoring every paragraph because it is so beautifully written? This is one of those books. Rhianna is Amanda L. V. Shalaby's debut novel, and it is a wonderful read. The book is a tale of a lovely young woman who has a suitor in France with whom she's grown up, and more than one suitor in England, where she's now living and working as a governess. Shalaby weaves in lust, passion, lost loves, and true love, and does so in a lyrical style that is a delight to read. Buy this book! It's that good.
SKWALLBOOKS More than 1 year ago
I don't read too many historicals so this was a treat for me. Amanda Shalaby has a wonderful, almost poetic, way with words. This was a very enjoyable read and I can't wait to see what she puts out next.
KristinaKK More than 1 year ago
Rhianna was such a fun read I actually tried to stop reading toward the end to make the book last longer. That, of course, didn't work and I finished it way too quickly! On the plus side, now I can go back through and read the whole thing again, which I plan to do later this summer. "Upon the unexpected death of her parents, the enigmatic Lord Guilford Kingsley arrives on Rhianna's doorstep and offers to personally escort a mourning her to England from France." Amanda Shalaby has a way with the historical setting that is amazing - can't wait to read more of her work.