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The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber

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The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (Strangely Beautiful, #1)The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There were so many different styles in this book; I kept expecting them to crash and burn. I’ve seen it called gothic, paranormal, romance, mystery, and a ghost story. The wonderful thing is they jelled.

This book pleased me on so many levels. Six children were chosen to be “possessed” by spirits and become The Guard, a group responsible for policing the spirit activity of Victorian London. They’re also given a prophecy concerning a seventh member to come, their goddess come again and the woman their leader will love.

Then they grow up and protect the city and settle into their lives. Some pair off. Some live with unrequited love. Some are still waiting for the prophesied woman. Nineteen years later she arrives. Both of her.

Most of The Guard believes Lucy Linden is their seventh, but Professor Alexi Rychmann can’t deny the love he has for Miss Percy Parker, nineteen year old student at the academy where he teaches.

The relationship that grows between Alexi and Percy is fascinating. I enjoyed watching them deal with the difficulties of their situation: professor-student, an age difference but not one that is insurmountable or taboo in any way, ghostly forces trying to harm them both, and the identity of the mysterious seventh. And, because this is a romance set in Victorian times, there is a lot of wonderfully written sexual tension.

Things end well, but not before everyone is harmed in some way. This was a very satisfying read. If Leanna Renee Hieber writes more in this world I’ll be right there.

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Written by tldegray

October 7, 2010 at 9:00 am

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  1. this sounds RIGHT up my alley – I will definitely be checking it out!

    dana

    October 7, 2010 at 6:34 pm

  2. There’s a sequel out, if you find you like it.

    tldegray

    October 7, 2010 at 8:09 pm


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