Friday, August 29, 2014

Review of the de Valery Code by Darcy Burke

I really enjoyed this book.  There was romance, mystery, suspense, treasure and a very well paced story.

Margery the heroine is living in genteel poverty with her two aunts.  As the book opens she and her aunts are going through the trunks in the attic hoping to find something of value to sell.  They come across a book that her aunts say their father read to them when they are little.

The book is ancient and Margery thinks it could save them.  Her aunts agree to sell it and recommend writing to a scholar that their father corresponded with.  They send him a letter, but decide to leave before they get a reply.  Margery thinks she is meeting an old scholar but that's not what she gets.

Rhys Bowen is a man in his prime.  He is a scholar taught by his father.  When Margery shows him the book he cannot believe waht he is seeing.  The book holds a code to a magic treasure.

Instead of selling the book they decide to work together to find the treasure.  What follows is two strong willed individuals who disagree about almost everything.  As they travel together following the clues they get to know each other.

Darcy writes with great emotion, she shows their strengths, vulnerabliites and how they eventually come to fall in love.

This story was interesting, exciting and a sweet romance.  I can;t wait for the next book in the series.

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  1. Thanks for the great review!

  2. "Two strong willed individuals who disagree about almost everything." This situation is a great foundation for a Regency romp of a story. :-) And the mystery about the code makes it even better. Thanks for the post.

  3. Thank you so much for the awesome review!!