Wednesday, April 10, 2013

And Then She Fell by Stephanie Laurens

Author: Stephanie Laurens
Publisher: Avon
Date of Publication: March 2013

The only thing more troublesome than a Cynster a Cynster lady who believes love is not her destiny. Famously known in London society as "The Matchbreaker," Henrietta Cynster's uncanny skill lies in preventing ill-fated nuptials - not in falling victim to Cupid's spell.

But then she disrupts one match too many and feels honor-bound to assist dashing James Glossup in finding a suitable bride for a marriage of convenience.

And Then She Fell is the latest in Cynster family series by Ms. Laurens.  It's only the fourth book that I have read in this series.  I read the three that proceed this one. At first, I was a bit thrown off because apparently, not all of the books follow each other on a linear timeline.  Once I figured that out, I was able to settle into the story.  There are definitely references to previous happenings, but they didn't take away from my enjoyment of James and Henrietta's love story.  If anything, it only made me want to go back to the beginning of the series.

I really enjoyed this romance. It was fun watching Henrietta and James fall for each other. Their love story was effortless.  It's refreshing to read about two people who aren't afraid to admit they are perfect for each other.  While there is no Love angst, there is a bit of a mystery.  Someone is trying to kill Henrietta.  In order for their life to begin, she and James must figure out who it is.  The villain wasn't easy to figure out.

The Cynster family is quite large and most of them make an appearance in this book. Mary, the last single of this generation of Cynsters, finds her hero in the next book, The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh coming out in July 2013.  I look forward to reading it.  While I'm waiting  I think I'll go back to the beginning and start with Devil's Bride (Avon, 1998).

 About the author:

Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When
she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Laurens and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

Once in London, Laurens and her husband both began work as research scientists in Kent. They lived in an area surrounded by history. Their own cottage was built in the 16th century, while next door were the protected ruins of an early Roman villa, and nearby was a 14th century castle.

After four years in England, Laurens and her husband returned to Australia, where she continued to work in cancer research, eventually heading her own research laboratory. One evening Laurens realized that she did not have any more of her favorite romance novels to read. After years of thinking about writing her own novel, during nights and weekends for the next several months she began crafting her own story. That manuscript, Tangled Reins, was the first of her books to be published. After achieving a level of success with her novels, Laurens "retired" from scientific research and became a full-time novelist. Her novels are primarily historical romances set in the Regency time period.

Laurens and her husband live in Melbourne with their two daughters.

1 comment:

trish said...

I'll take a mystery over love angst, especially if the love story is as great as you say it is. :) So glad you liked this one.

Thanks for being on the tour!