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The hunter becomes the hunted when an amateur sleuth and her lost love search for a missing child.
Over two years ago, Miss Rani Pemberton, a half-Indian heiress, confessed her love to the handsome and illustrious Mr. Frederick Barrington. In response, he left England, and now she’s destined to marry the man her father has chosen for her. Yet, what does that matter? Love in marriage is not always possible. She must accept.
Or must she?
Avoiding her fate, Rani, along with her family, attends a hot air balloon ascension in London’s Hyde Park. The balloon crashes, and amid the frenzy, Rani’s eight-year-old nephew disappears. Mr. Barrington, newly returned, volunteers to help her look for her nephew, but how can she fully trust him when he so readily walked away from her love? She can't. Not until after they search through London's underworld, battle murderers, and learn it doesn't matter where they find her nephew, but with whom. And whether or not they will survive.
A clean & wholesome romantic mystery.
In Pursuit of the Nightingale: A Historical Regency Mystery by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen is a novel that doesn't follow the same Regency formula that you often see. The main character Rani Pemberton is half-Indian and an heiress. She is in love with one man that years earlier, left England without a goodbye, Mr. Frederick Barrington. When he returns to England, Rani's world is turned upside down.
The mystery in this novel kept me guessing and guessing. I loved that Rani and Frederick teamed up as sleuths to search for Rani's missing nephew Thomas. The reveal of who was behind "the mystery" totally floored me. I never would have figured it out on my own. That's how shocked I was.
Another aspect that was well-written was the matter of racial prejudice. It was wonderful to see how Rani faced the upper-class snobs with courage and confidence in how she looked and behaved. I also loved how she fully embraced her heritage and honored her late mother.
This novel was a great read that keeps you guessing about the couple finding love again and whether or not young Thomas will be found. With great characters, a fantastic mystery, and with perfect romantic moments, In Pursuit of the Nightingale will make a great gift for any reader.
Meet Author Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
Award-winning author, Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen, lives between the beautiful Rocky Mountains and the Great Salt Lake where she regularly sees eagles, hawks, owls, and ducks. Lots of ducks. She is the author of romantic suspense, non-fiction, and speculative works, as well as numerous magazine articles and stories for children and adults. She enjoys teaching about writing in conference and classroom settings, and she loves to hear from her readers. To learn more about Ronda, subscribe to her newsletter, contact her, or visit her website at rondahinrichsen.com.