The River Knows

Mass Market Paperback | March 25, 2008

byAmanda Quick

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From New York Times bestselling author of Amanda Quick comes a delightful romp filled with breathtaking suspense, dazzling wit, and steamy Victorian passion…
 
The first kiss occurred in a dimly-lit hallway on the upper floor of Elwin Hastings’s grand house. Louisa Bryce never saw it coming. Of course, handsome, wealthy Anthony Stalbridge couldn’t possibly have had romantic intentions. The kiss was merely meant to distract the armed guard about to catch the two unlikely sleuths. After all, the only thing these two interlopers have in common is a passionate interest in uncovering the dastardly secrets of Mr. Hastings—a prominent member of Society whom they suspect of murder.  
 
Brought together by their desire for the truth, Anthony and Louisa finally discover the incriminating evidence they’re looking for. But bringing Hastings to justice will be more perilous than they anticipate, especially since their thrilling attraction to danger—and, it turns out, to each other—might very well get in the way…

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From New York Times bestselling author of Amanda Quick comes a delightful romp filled with breathtaking suspense, dazzling wit, and steamy Victorian passion…   The first kiss occurred in a dimly-lit hallway on the upper floor of Elwin Hastings’s grand house. Louisa Bryce never saw it coming. Of course, handsome, wealthy Anthony Stalbri...

Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author—under various pen names—of more than forty New York Times bestsellers. There are more than 25 million copies of her books in print.

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 1.12 inPublished:March 25, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0515144363

ISBN - 13:9780515144369

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun, light, quick-witted read! Only a year or so ago, Louisa Bryce, a very intelligent woman, faked a suicide to run from the supposed murder of a very prominent, but very evil, man. Hired by Emma Ashton as a companion, someone to write her memoires, Louisa and Emma quickly become fast friends, where Louisa confesses all. In order to help, Emma is playing off Louisa as a distant cousin from the country who is now widowed. “Unimportant, unfashionable and excessively dull”, Louisa manages to squeeze around the Polite World, uncovering deep secrets of the weathly Society ton. She is, after all, a journalist for the Flying Intelligencer, a notorious rag; pen name: I. M. Phantom. No one knows her background, and she intends to keep it that way. Convinced that Elwin Hastings is up to no good, let alone a possible murderer, she sets off to investigate and find the truth. During a ball, she slips unoticed up the stairs to search his rooms. Leaving his bedroom, she is caught by Anthony Stalbridge, saving her from almost being caught by one of Hastings’s personal hired guards. Seems that Anthony is convinced that Hastings murdered his fiancee, Fiona Risby. He’s looking for proof - regardless if Hastings pays for his crimes, he still wants the proof. With a quick-witted discussion, the two become unlikely partners, both after the same goal. And that’s when the fun begins. Evidence is found in the way of business papers and one of Fiona’s very expensive necklace (the one she was wearing the night she disappeared from a party); now Anthony and Louisa are sure there is more afoot and continue to dig. Louisa would like nothing more than to expose him to the Society he so desperately wants to belong to. Anthony wants him to confess to murdering Fiona. Will they get what they covet most? Oh, you most certainly bet they do - almost more than they bargain for. Yes, you find out early on the who and what, but it’s how the plot came about and to a close that keeps your attention. The more they dig, the more facts come to light, the more questions answered and more arise, that have you focussing on the story, and the main characters. Louisa is a strong and intelligent woman, regardless of her naivete. She fights for what she believes is right, even if she’s putting herself unknowingly in harm’s way. Anthony is the only person in his family with a head for finances; seems his father, mother and sister are the eccentric artists of the family. Strong-willed and relentless, he had spotted Louisa right off and became intrigued by the unknown woman; he could see the intelligence in her eyes, no matter how dull she made herself seem in the form of dress and conversation. And the more time they spend together, the more they fall in love with each other. But Louisa believes that it can be nothing more than an illicit affair, especially knowing that, if anyone discovered her past, she’d be hanged for murder. Quick-witted conversations, discussions and the hot passion they feel for each other will have you believing they are made for each other - two halves of a whole. I liked how Quick touched base on what it was like for woman in that day in age, where women were really considered the weaker sex, where they were valued for their looks, bloodline and money, not for their mind. I like how, not once but twice, Louisa rises above, first after her father dies, then after her faked suicide. It was nice to see Anthony falling in love with her, first and foremost, for her intelligence and integrity. Perfect match. Great climax to the story, even if you did see it coming. Couldn’t have asked for better!
Date published: 2008-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Solid Read! Once again Quick creates a great story, a strong willed female lead and a man who I wish I could take home at the end of the day. The story moved along well and while the mystery wasn't to deep I found myself wishing I didn't have to put the book down. Can't wait for the next!!!
Date published: 2008-05-03

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“Well-plotted, adventurous and suspenseful, The River Knows takes the reader downstream with lots of surprising twists and undercurrents.”—The Seattle Times   “An alluring combination of foggy nights and steamy afternoons.”—Publishers Weekly   “The incomparable Quick has once again penned a superbly tantalizing romantic suspense, replete with smart and snappy dialogue, witty humor, and fast-paced action.”—Booklist “Quick does it again with a naughty-and-nice romp.”—Kirkus Reviews   “Another compelling story with captivating characters, an intriguing plot, an engaging romance, and even a dash of wit.”—The State (Columbia, SC)   “A daring hero searching for answers, an intrepid journalist heroine with dangerous secrets of her own, and a complex plot involving some of the darker realities of late Victorian society combine with Quick’s wicked wit, inviting sensuality, and stellar sense of timing. Another winner for a top writer in the field.”—Library Journal