Through the Smoke

Through the Smoke

Brenda Novak / Nov 20, 2019

Through the Smoke A shocking betrayal Riches Power An ancient heritage of pride The Earl of Druridge wanted only for an heir So when he learned that his wife was carrying another man s child he was filled with a thirs

  • Title: Through the Smoke
  • Author: Brenda Novak
  • ISBN: 9781477808764
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Paperback
  • A shocking betrayal Riches Power An ancient heritage of pride The Earl of Druridge wanted only for an heir So when he learned that his wife was carrying another man s child, he was filled with a thirst for vengeance.But he wasn t the one who caused Katherine s death Or was he To his horror, he remembers nothing of that dreadful night, when their last confrontation enA shocking betrayal Riches Power An ancient heritage of pride The Earl of Druridge wanted only for an heir So when he learned that his wife was carrying another man s child, he was filled with a thirst for vengeance.But he wasn t the one who caused Katherine s death Or was he To his horror, he remembers nothing of that dreadful night, when their last confrontation ended in scorching flame and cold blood.A forbidden love Rachel McTavish, the beautiful daughter of a coal miner, knows something about the fire that took Lady Katherine s life In secret, the strong willed girl strikes a bargain with the desperate earl he must send his physician to help her dying mother or he may go to the devil and the scaffold He agrees, but she is still unsure that her revelation will be enough to save him when so many wish him dead.Passionately drawn to the nobleman, despite all the doubt and mystery that shrouds him, Rachel wonders if he can really be a murderer Or if he is the only man who will ever own her heart

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      • Brenda Novak

        It was a shocking experience that jump started Brenda Novak s bestselling author career I caught my day care provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep while I was away, Brenda says It was then that I decided that I needed to do something from home However, writing was the last profession she expected to undertake In fact, Brenda swears she didn t have a creative bone in her body In school, math and science were her best subjects, and when it came time to pick a major in college, she chose business Abandoning her academic scholarship to Brigham Young University at the age of 20 in order to get married and start a family, Brenda dabbled in commercial real estate, then became a loan officer When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book, Brenda admits I learned how to write by reading what others have written The best advice for any would be author read, read, read Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history Many of her novels have won or placed in contests such as the National Reader s Choice, the Bookseller s Best, the Write Touch, the Award of Excellence and the Beacon Award for Published Authors Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children three girls and two boys She juggles her writing career with her children s softball and soccer games, field trips, carpool runs and homework sessions.When she s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fundraiser for diabetes research an on line auction held at her website May 1st May 31st Her youngest son, Thad, has diabetes, and Brenda is determined to help him and others like him She also enjoys traveling, watching sporting events and biking she rides an amazing 20 miles every day Brenda s Facebook page facebook pages Author


    1. You know that phrase ‘It transcends the form’? That. Holy mother of God, how to do this justice?This book was nothing like what I’ve come to expect from the genre. There were no flighty females, no intricate descriptions of gorgeous gowns or extravagant house parties, I wasn’t subjected to a lengthy list of the ton and the details of all their various exploits, and nor was I treated to the constant witty banter between the female lead and the hero. Novak managed to avoid every single ove [...]

    2. Actual rating: 4.5Jericho fucking Barrons, man.That was literally what popped into my mind within the first few chapters of this book. And thank god for Jericho fucking Barrons, (and this is the most reluctant admittance I will ever make) because thanks to him, I came to appreciate Truman a lot more than I otherwise would have, and I hung onto this book despite my initial reservations as to his character. (And Rachel's character, at that.)This is Pride & Prejudice meets North & South, th [...]

    3. From the author's notes at the front, she planned this as a gothic-like tribute to Jane Eyre, although my reading experience didn't pick up on any gothic undertones - just a romance with flawed, not so perfect characters and a murder mystery. A mystery that was pretty easy to guess from the get-go.So there's Truman Stanhope, Earl of Druridge, whose wife was murdered two years prior in a terrible fire. Truman was pulled out of the fire in the nick of time by his cousin, but remembers nothing of w [...]

    4. 4.5 Fantastic Stars!!!True confession time, my absolute guilty pleasures are books or movies from books by Jane Austin and Charlotte Bronte. I’m a sucker for them and probably have seen most movie or made for T.V. adaptions multiple times. Through the Smoke has the feel of one of those novels if they included sex and possibly a murder. Bonus right!I was hooked from the prologue, right away you learn that the wife of the Earl of Druridge has cheated and become pregnant, he would like to kill he [...]

    5. DNF. Too boring for me and though I love historical romance/fiction, this one missed the mark.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~BR with Christine The Dark Romance Junkie!!!

    6. Before I start this review I need you to understand something, while reading this book a few things happened to me:I walked on the street with my nose stuck to my phone (where I read the book), I lost sleep, I got on the right bus but missed the right station to get down on and had to walk all the way back, I was late for class, I missed some classes and I hardly listened in the ones I was in. In short, I was so immersed by the book I forgot about the people around me and the things I needed to [...]

    7. No rating, DNF at 25% or soThis was supposed to be a suspenseful read, a sort of old-fashioned Gothic romance, but after having struggled for almost 100 pages hoping to find a spark of interest and become engaged in the story, I decided to give up. I understand the careful building of the setting, I understand a certain vagueness both in delineating the characters and the plot in order to achieve a higher level of mysteriousness but I also understand the difference between mysterious and "not go [...]

    8. Trying to link this to Jane Eyre was very pretentious and made me dislike the book that much more. Maybe I am hypercritical. I have to admit this is a really unusual historical romance. And some people might like it exactly because of its imperfect characters, the uncommon romance and the historically realistic description of the mining conditions during the industrial revolution era. It just wasn’t for me. The premise of the supposed mystery:Two years after his first wife, pregnant with the c [...]

    9. There were elements to the book that I really liked, but for the most part the characters annoyed me. Rachel, dubbed strong and smart and resilient, also loved to play the martyr, while Truman was blind to so many things. It was very frustrating. However, even with that being said, I devoured every word. What can I say? I am a sucker for this type of book, and it suited by mood perfectly.

    10. "Through the Smoke" is the very first book by Brenda Novak I've ever read and I am quite certain this will not be my last read from her. This wonderful story struck me well in so many ways for its dark tone, Gothic texture, romantic relationship between the two leads, and overarching mystery/suspenseful elements peppered through the narrative. The story revolves around a bookseller named Rachel McTavish who is confronted by the local Earl of Druridge (Truman) over the events of a fire that kille [...]

    11. England, 1838. A fire at Blackmoor Hall kills the pregnant wife of Lord Druridge, but he remembers nothing of the fiery night save his murderous rage at the knowledge that the baby is not his. Did he murder his wife? To avoid the hangman's noose, the Earl must provide proof of his innocence, and he believes that Rachel McTavish, the poor daughter of the local bookseller can help him discover the truth. So the plot sounded interesting enough, and I was intrigued by reviews that claimed Through th [...]

    12. 3.5 stars Katherine,the beautiful and vicious wife of Truman (the Earl of Druridge) died in a fire. The Earl was rescued but he doesn't recall any of the events that lead to the fire.It was well known that the child Katherine's was carrying wasn't his.Who set that room on fire to kill her? All the servants were are church, only Truman was there. Was he capable of murder?Here enter Rachel, the daughter of former worker on the Earl's coal mine that was accused of setting up the fire. But the Earl [...]

    13. Uploaded with ImageShackSometimes, I feel like I expect too much out of books. Like this one, it had everything I could have possibly liked but the execution of the story as a whole wasn't really to my liking. I was expecting a Gothic romantic storyline but somewhere along the way all I got was a whole lot of fretting and hand wringing from absolutely every character.I liked Rachel but she fretted a lot most of the time. Truman was okay but he failed to turn my oven on. I could just not connect [...]

    14. This was no fun to read. A downer all the way. Bad luck. Stupid actions.There is also a problem with the AUDIOBOOK. The narrator Justine Eyre did not use a microphone screen. You can hear her breaths TO THE STORY:No one is doing anything that gives me hope or anticipation. I wanted it to be over. The whole thing was a struggle to read and then you have a tiny bit of happiness at the end.Rachel does not do interesting things or smart things. Several times she goes out alone at night and bad thing [...]

    15. A solid book!The historical period is very interesting - the beginning of industrial capitalism, in this instance the Wlesh coal mining.It was interesting to read about the appealing work conditions and more so when I read that women and children were emplyed too. Obviously, I knew it and I've study it, but to find it in a romance novel is very unusual for me!The heroine, Rachel, has inherited a bookstory from her mother, while her father and brother were miners. One of her brothers died in a mi [...]

    16. The set upTruman Stanhope, the earl of Druridge, has lived under a cloud of suspicion for two years. His unfaithful wife, Katherine, died in a fire at their manor home and many believe at his hand. Truman has no memory of what happened, only that he was on his way to confront her after learning she was pregnant with someone else's child. He believes Rachel McTavish and her family know who set the fire and he'll use any means to force her cooperation. The issuesRachel's father recently died and h [...]

    17. I LOVED this one, provided by netgalley. Just like I did the other two historical romances by this author (Honor Bound and Of Noble Birth, there is a freshness that clearly comes from the contemporary/thriller romances that this author has written, which just bring the plot and the development come alive for me. Add that to the wonderful, wonderful setting and the rich characters (not just the hero and heroine, but a whole ensemble cast with parts to play), and you get a really quite intense loo [...]

    18. I received an ARC of this book for an honest review. It was fast paced. me interested from the beginning all the way to the last page. It was fantastic. The Earl of Drurdige is furious after finding out Lady Katherine his wife has betrayed him and his pregnant with another man's child.He was saved by his cousin Wythe.ere are accusations that he is so blame for the fireHe goes into town and speak with Rachel McTavishHe asks her some questions maybe she knows somethinge tells him she knows nothing [...]

    19. Brenda Novak’s Through the Smoke is the first historical romance novel I’ve read in awhile now. After a string of misses, I have refused to touch this genre with a ten-foot long pole, but this book wormed its way onto my radar and stubbornly kept re-appearing. Eventually, I couldn’t resist. After all, with dozens of readers labeling this just as gothic as Jane Eyre and just as romantic as Pride & Prejudice, how could I resist?Needless to say, Through the Smoke delivered – enormously [...]

    20. What a refreshing Historical Romance, Through The Smoke was. I was expecting the same old characters and outlines but this was different in a good way.The Characters:Rachael is not your traditional minors daughter. Like her mother she's smart, beautiful and caring for others. She spends her time at the family bookstore and also helping others to read. Rachel's mother is sick and the Earl comes to town wanting to know if Rachel's father had anything to do with his wife's murder by fire. Truman is [...]

    21. Ohhh this is going to be good I can tell!Oh my word! I don’t think I have enough words to say how much I LOVE THIS BOOK! This book was absolutely, positively ah-mazin! The heat level was low, but the story more than made up for it. This book is now number 1 in my top 5 historical romance favorites. There was never a dull moment in this book. I was hooked from the first page. This book is suspenseful and a little darker then other HR’s Ive read. By dark, I mean there is murder, betrayal, hate [...]

    22. DNF at 23%Okay currently there's a vast number of things bad to one's health.Drinking, smoking, too much sugar, too much fat ridiculous plots and characters! o_OIn a time in which there are rumours of authors planning to sue reviewers for negative reviews (freedom of speech, anyone? And, can I just say mental institutions!), what about the readers/reviewers health? Oh, yesWhat is good for the goose is good for the ganderOf course we would be entering the most silly dystopia ever created, but "he [...]

    23. It pains me to place this in the DNF pile, but I'm a believer of life being too short to waste time reading a book you're not enjoying (unless it's required for school, of course). And rather than on my kindle, I kept finding myself surfing GR or playing with the new kitty over the past weekend.So yes at some point I stopped buying into the chemistry between Rachel and Truman. Well written/easy read, but I think their situation was too far out of my realm of understanding too archaic for me to r [...]

    24. Brenda Novak's Through the Smoke is a book I stayed up late into the night to finish. It adds so many elements together to create one truly gripping reading experience: a foreboding, eery atmosphere, a toe curling romance full of tension, heartache, and hard-won love, and a suspenseful plot that feels nothing short of a ticking time bomb. It is both a throwback to those Gothic classics such as North and South, Jane Eyre, and even Beauty and the Beast, but it is also a wonderful addition to today [...]

    25. Two years ago, Truman Stanhope, the Earl of Druridge, lost his faithless wife in a fire. Now he stands accused by his in-laws of murdering her. In his search to find the real killer, he crosses paths with Rachel, the orphaned daughter of a poor miner. Even though they sit on either side of a giant social chasm, and even though Rachel’s father may have had something to do with the fire that killed his late wife, Stanhope cannot stop from being infatuated with Rachel. They team up, reluctantly a [...]

    26. Set in Creswell, England in the 1840’s, this historical mystery/romance novel takes you into the lives of the rich Earl of Druridge, and a struggling-to-survive commoner, Rachel McTavish. Their lives are not meant to intercept each other given their social class, but they do when the Earl (Lord Truman Stanhope) tries to solve the mystery of his wife Katherine’s death. He believes that Rachel holds the key to the person that caused the fire that killed Katherine. Though Rachel claims to the E [...]

    27. I have been reading and enjoying Brenda Novak’s Whiskey Creek Contemporary Romance series. Historical romances are not what she usually writes and I wanted to see if I liked Through the Smoke as much as I liked her other books.She did take a slightly different slant for the romance. While the hero is a nobleman and an Earl the rest of the characters are not part of the nobility. Truman Stanhope, the Earl of Druridge, is a tortured character. He cannot remember what he did on the night his wife [...]

    28. I read an advanced ebook copy from the author to read and review.Rachel McTavish is the daughter of a coal miner who died from a lung disease caused by working in the coal mine owned by Truman Stanhope, Earl of Druridge. Her brother, Tommy, was killed in the mine during a cave in. Truman approached Rachel because he thinks that she has information about who started a fire in his home that killed his pregnant, unfaithful wife, Katherine. Rumor has it that Rachel's father started the fire. Katheri [...]

    29. Loved! I cannot praise this book enough. I just can’t. From the very beginning as I read the author’s note and saw that she was a huge fan of Jane Eyre (major points) and that Historical Romances are her first love, and she was so glad that she got the opportunity to get back to it, I was sold.“He’d kill her. Just as soon as he could get his hands around her delicate neck, he’s stop the black heart that beat beneath all that misleading beauty and put an end to his own misery.”Full re [...]

    30. The author sent me an advanced reader's copy- uncorrected proof of the book to read for my honest review of the book. This book is different from the Whiskey Creek series which I love. This book is a historical romance. So far I am enjoying it.I don't normally like historical romances I usually find them boring and hard to get thru. This book about Rachel and the Earl of Druridge is amazing. Never a dull moment. It keeps you guessing at what will happen next. I had a hard time putting it down be [...]

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