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    A good recommended read.

    This is quite a ripping adventure yarn, with a typical heroine, Aurora – low self esteem, bright and intelligent, a paleographer just trying to further her career in old manuscripts (working at the Institute in Manchester founded by her grandfather) having been asked to go to Paris to authenticate (or not) one just having come to light there. She has plenty of scars, both physical and emotional. Enter the journalist hero, Cedric – a typical bad boy, having had his own desperate childhood with an alcoholic, addict mother. Lots of villains abound but there are also plenty of happier aspects – Cedric is heavily involved in trying to help young people on the street (as he once was), and immigrants struggling to cross the sea from Libya. All in all, a pretty good read.
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    Brilliant Summer Read

    Marie Laval just gets better and better. I loved this book. Palaeographer, Aurora Black, is thrown together with Cedric by the man who has hired her to validate an important historical manuscript prior to sale at auction. It is a job that could make or break her, is she up to it or has she just been asked because of her grandfather’s reputation. Is someone trying to make sure she doesn’t uncover the truth and is Cedric just a distraction too far. Marie weaves the plot beautifully and created a story which deftly negotiates twists and turns and will have you guessing until the end. The chemistry between the two main characters is obvious. Cedric was an easy hero for me to fall in love with and I was with them every step of the way. Thank you. Marie, another great book.
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    Slow start leads to great story!

    Initially I disliked the two lead characters- the ice queen Aurora obsessed with ancient manuscripts and the seemingly playboy slash flirt Cedric. However as the story and characters unfold, both characters become amazing people. This is two stories in one - a possible love story and an exciting thriller involving crooks, dangerous Russians and monks! Thoroughly enjoyed it and definitely worth reading!
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    Highly Recommend

    I loved this book!! I read Marie Laval’s debut book, Little Pink Taxi, but I think this one might be my favorite. I love romances with a bit of mystery with a dash of art theft thrown in. I found Aurora and Cedric to be charming and dynamic together. I definitely could not put this one down. I’m eager to see what Laval writes next!!
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    Two stories for price of one

    This is a very unusual read, a romance, a crime and a new, to me, subject. The subject is historical manuscripts and yes, I had heard about them but the way they have to be authenticated was new, this book touched on this in an interesting and informative way. It is the crux of the story, around which the crime and the romance revolves. The writing is excellent and I had no idea where the story was heading. The crime was woven so well that I found it impossible to guess the outcome. The romance again was deeply entrenched in the book that again it was not obvious as to the outcome. Cedric and Aurora were so real I felt as if I knew them. The descriptions of Paris were genuine and evocative. I really loved this book and hope that the author has another on the go.
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