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FREE READ ↠ Always a Stranger When two worlds collide anything is possibleAn international affair London's Great Exhibition has taken the city by storm As its newest Royal Commissioner Lord Skyler Ridgemont must ensure the performers are properly contracted Among them is the delicate and graceful Ha. Note I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewFramed by the Great Exhibition Skyler Roderick Earl of Ridgemont and Hanako Sumaki confront the prejudices of the time as well as those within themselves Comfortable as the second son eager to embrace his gifts of architectural vision his lordship struggles to fulfill his new obligations and still remain true to his own nature Hana juggles the knives of a horrifying situation while admitting one can only climb so high before running out of mountain Like embroidered silk these characters and their story dazzle even as it snags at your sensitivitiesI devoured Always a Stranger in under five hours The story drew me in gently enticing me to turn the page then compelling me to continue Evocative writing characters with many dimensions and genuine development held me throughout the story The dialog was believable humor very subtle the historical accuracy impressive and Ridgemont s mother s temper tantrum entirely credible Secondary characters were well drawn and essential to the story without usurping the narrative The villains were despicable but not over the top and the conflicts felt genuine Hana s ability to swallow her fears and reach out for help was a moment to cheer that it didn t turn out perfectly was a twist I applaudedBe warned this is not a light and fluffy read not a glittering ball or giggling debutante to be endured The rake is a villain yippee The hero is disgusted by the thought of brothels the risk of disease and the facts of degradation engender by both the whores and those that use them yippee The heroine is trapped by her manipulated sense of duty family ties and poverty There are mature themes that do not bear glossing over I felt Ms Royce handled the reality of the times with regard for a romance reader s general expectation She does not shove prose down your throat but allows her characters to give you a glimpse of what it felt like being exotic property without a voice or ability to believe in than rare moments of peace The psychological contradictions of being held by a protector that manipulates everyone with hints and suggestions then fists and ultimately abandonment in the middle of no and where were a bit too realistic at times but made this story a uniue romanceConsidering the times I felt the characters were in a hopeless situation then an improbable one However as I considered the fact Lord Ridgemont spent several years in America and must have been somewhat influenced by the differences of society improbable faded to possible Due to family dynamics he comprehended the outsider feeling in spite of his wealth and position knew what it was to be an alien in a foreign land and someone in his youth had cultivated his sense of looking at the world through another s eyes Where he was challenged by understanding utter dependence poverty and hunger his heart was able to fill in the blanks If only this enlightened age could bother to do the same Skyler was a man with an uncomfortable awareness of what was expected of him and what he felt to be right that was finding his way I liked himHana was heart breakingly honest sad and brave She teetered dangerously near the Mary Sue zone on several occasions Twenty languages A mistress of disguises and the only public performer for the Exhibition and that is my only complaint For the most part despite her many talents and abused sense of duty she was a determined woman with touching foibles and endearing contradictions Her desperation to foil the villain s plans and have one happy memory mutates to absolute terror with a post coital crash that was in my jaded old biddy opinion entirely believable And yet I was touched by both Hana and Skyler s very different fears No story momentum was lost as they came to grips with afterburn instead of afterglow Frustrating as that was I appreciated that sex didn t comfort her as she expected and Skyler floundered and uestioned not only her but himselfThere is no magic wand in this story rather a steady pace to reach the acceptance that being together is worth enduring what is and will be I don t generally like epilogues and this one was not an exception for me However I think most folks like their romance secured by a bow and a dangly piece of foil wrapped chocolate and this one should please them Always a Stranger was a rare read for me because it held my complete attention from start to finish I m not sure I will ever have the stamina to re read it Some tales are like that so thoroughly disconcerting at first read you close the book with a shaking hand and dazed re entry to real life I highly recommend this book for those looking for than the usual Earl and unacceptable love story Read of my reviews at Page Traveler E Book Reviews

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FREE READ ↠ Always a Stranger Nako Sumaki Draped in vivid silk robes Hanako's exotic Japanese fan dance captivates Skyler and he longs to learn about herBut Hanako's enigmatic employer keeps his exuisite charge very close The consummate artist she shows the handsome nobleman many faces but never her. What Meghna Sarkar ThoughtARC provided by Netgalley She twirled and flipped the fans with a mastery that transformed them wielding them with audacity than he had ever seen in a ballroom Lord Skyler has a new position as the Royal Commissioner and his first assignment is to enuire whether the oriental performers at London s Great Exhibitions are all properly contracted There he discovers a jade maiden and he is captivated by the lady s grace and elegance while performing a fan dance But attempting to find out about her threatens to land him into trouble than he can handle He is ably supported by his cousin Lord Devin and his partner MrsDuchampHana aka Hanako aka Miss Sumaki aka Miss Johannsen is a beautiful half Japanese half Dutch performer struggling to find a way out of servitude and to free her younger sister She is also proficient in twenty odd languages and a master of disguises When she meets this handsome Englishman with kind eyes she dares to dream of a different future but is aware that such a union is forbidden and will be considered dishonorable by Sky s family and the rigid English society The story narrates how she finally decides to believe that their love will overcome all obstacles and prevailThe background is different but the story remains the same clich A wealthy aristocrat rescues a fallen woman and despite societal censure chooses to marry her Ms Royce has tried very hard to make us sympathize with her heroine but she fails She wants us to see Hanako as an unwilling servant of her circumstances Though Hana wants to be strong she comes across as confused She changes her decisions at such a rapid pace that it becomes uite exasperating Moreover the dialogues and some of the scenes are too much in your face racist Everything could have been subdued and yet would have achieved the desired effect But miss they all look the same It is impossible to distinguish one Oriental from another Sky has a defined role he wants to save his beautiful jade maiden and will not let anything or anybody harm her The secondary characters seem to be stereotypical and hastily sketched all except perhaps MrsDuchamp The story is like a Hollywood starrer with a big name star cast but it just does not reach its potential I would recommend this only to people looking for old wine in a different bottle in Historical RomanceCharacters 3Writing 2Plot 3Cover 5 Overall 3

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FREE READ ↠ Always a Stranger True heart which holds a desperate secret When Skyler learns the real reason Hanako has been brought to London he will risk his entire world to win her trust and save her from losing both body and soul It's a feat that will reuire the type of courage only love can give. A historical with a Japanese heroine in a foreign country this sounds like all of the things I love


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    [Always a Stranger] EBOOK NEW Note I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewFramed by the Great Exhibition Skyler Roderick Earl of Ridgemont and Hanako Sumaki confront the prejudices of the time as well as those within themselves Comfortable as the second son eager to embrace his gifts of architectural vision his lor

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    [Always a Stranger] EBOOK NEW REVIEW Always a Stranger I thought the idea of a book set against the backdrop of the Victorian Great Exhibition involving an English Earl and a Japanese Entertainer at the Exhibit was uniue and I wanted to read it The story grabbed me from the beginning w

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    [Always a Stranger] EBOOK NEW What Meghna Sarkar ThoughtARC provided by Netgalley“She twirled and flipped the fans with a mastery that transformed them wielding them with audacity than he had ever seen in a ballroom”Lord Skyler has a new position as the Royal Commissioner and his first assignment is to enuire whether the oriental performers at Lon

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    [Always a Stranger] EBOOK NEW FREE READ Ð FINDARTICLES.CO ñ Amara Royce Amara Royce ñ 1 FREE READ Disclaimer I received an e copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewLord Skyler Skyler? Really? Ridgemont has accepted a position as a commissioner of the London Great Exhibition in 1851 and encounte

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  • Paperback
  • 238
  • Always a Stranger
  • Amara Royce
  • en
  • 06 September 2018
  • 9781601832269