The Crystal Cage

The Crystal Cage Captivated or captured Appearances don t always reveal the truth Grace Latimer knows this better than most Illusions of commitment and comfort have her trapped until bohemian adventurer Nick Heysham c

  • Title: The Crystal Cage
  • Author: Merryn Allingham
  • ISBN: 9781460338360
  • Page: 217
  • Format: ebook
  • Captivated or captured Appearances don t always reveal the truth Grace Latimer knows this better than most Illusions of commitment and comfort have her trapped until bohemian adventurer Nick Heysham charms his way into her world Commissioned to recover a Great Exhibition architect s missing designs, he persuades her to assist in his research The mystery of the CrystalCaptivated or captured Appearances don t always reveal the truth Grace Latimer knows this better than most Illusions of commitment and comfort have her trapped until bohemian adventurer Nick Heysham charms his way into her world Commissioned to recover a Great Exhibition architect s missing designs, he persuades her to assist in his research The mystery of the Crystal Palace seduces Grace, and once she discovers clues about a forbidden Victorian love affair, she s lured into the deep secrets of the past secrets that resemble her own.As Grace and Nick dig into the elusive architect s illicit, long untold story, the ghosts of guilt and forbidden passion slip free And history is bound to repeat itself, unless Grace finds the courage to break free and find a new definition of love

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    About "Merryn Allingham"

    1. Merryn Allingham

      My father was a soldier and most of my childhood was spent moving from place to place, school to school, including several years living in Egypt and Germany I loved some of the schools I attended, but hated others, so it wasn t too surprising that I left half way through the sixth form with A Levels unfinished.I became a secretary, as many girls did at the time, only to realise that the role of handmaiden wasn t for me Escape beckoned when I landed a job with an airline I was determined to see as much of the world as possible, and working as cabin crew I met a good many interesting people and enjoyed some great experiences riding in the foothills of the Andes, walking by the shores of Lake Victoria, flying pilgrims from Kandahar to Mecca to mention just a few.I still love to travel and visit new places, especially those with an interesting history, but the arrival of marriage and children meant a settled existence on the south coast of England, where I ve lived ever since It also gave me the opportunity to go back to school and eventually gain a PhD from the University of Sussex For many years I taught university literature and loved every minute of it What could be better than spending my life reading and talking about books Well, perhaps writing them.I ve always had a desire to write but there never seemed time to do than dabble with the occasional short story And my day job ensured that I never lost the critical voice in my head telling me that I really shouldn t bother But gradually the voice started growing fainter and at the same time the idea that I might actually write a whole book began to take hold My cats two stunning cream and lilac shorthairs gave their approval, since it meant my spending a good deal time at home with them The 19th century is my special period of literature and I grew up reading Georgette Heyer, so when I finally found the courage to try writing for myself, the books had to be Regency romances Over the last four years, writing as Isabelle Goddard, I ve published six novels set in the Regency period.Since then, I ve moved on a few years to Victorian England, and I ve changed genre too The Crystal Cage is my first novel under the name of Merryn Allingham The book is a mystery romantic suspense and tells the story of a long lost tragedy, and the way echoes from the past can powerfully influence the life of a modern day heroine The next few Allingham books will see yet another move timewise I ve been writing a suspense trilogy set in India and wartime London during the 1930s and 1940s, and hope soon to have news of publication.Whatever period, whatever genre, creating new worlds and sharing them with readers gives me huge pleasure and I can t think of a better job.

    404 thoughts on “The Crystal Cage”

    1. 2.5 out of 5 starsThis is a book that came up on an Instafreebie deal, set in the present day and 1851, the story follows the quest to track down missing designs from an architect who worked at the Great Exhibition in London in the process, unlocking secrets and a love affair shattered. I loved the Historical element of the story set in 1851, however I didn’t enjoy reading the present day perspective as much. Grace the main character I found to be quite unenjoyable at times since she preferred [...]


    2. Allingham runs two parallel love stories with the past reaching an arm to the present. Two women hundreds of years apart with eerily comparable stories given their individual eras.The Great Exhibition is presented in extreme detail along with Victorian England en toto. Very well researched, allowing the reader to become part of the setting as well as narrative. The details paid to Grace and her quest once again appreciated, adding plausibility to the character and her sleuth skills.Allingham inc [...]



    3. I absolutely loved this book! I love historical romances in which either the characters time travel, or the book time travels. The Crystal Cage juxtaposes between modern and the Victorian Era. The author does this very well, leaving me grappling to go forth between the times to discover the mysteries presented. As historical fiction is my favorite genre, I also enjoyed the historical details that she weaved throughout the story in the past and how much research she put into mid-1800s Victorian L [...]


    4. "The Crystal Cage" is a historical fiction with a heavy mystery element to it. The story takes place both in the present and also during the Great Exhibition during the mid to late 1800s. In this book, Grace is a researcher who is called upon by Nick, a modern day adventurer, to help him solve a mystery about what may have happened to some famous (and missing) architectural designs. At first, Grace is not sure that she really wants to help but she goes along with it anyway and ends up discoverin [...]


    5. I will admit that The Crystal Cage took a bit to garner my full attention, but once it did I was hooked. The build up of the story and the development of the characters, at first, seemed to move a little slow for me. However, about a quarter of the way through, it really started to take off.I'm a huge sucker for historical romance. I love that this book took place in both the past, during the Great Exhibition, and the present. Both time periods mirror each other beautifully. Grace and Nick, the [...]


    6. 5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing and skilfully drawn story. 2 Sep 2014 By Mary Jane Hallowell Format:Kindle Edition|Verified PurchaseThe Crystal Cage explores the lives of two women who face the same dilemmas, even though they live 150 years apart: Grace in today's society, and Alessia in Victorian times. How Grace and Alessia cope with these issues and the eventual conclusion is told in a tale which is poignant but without sentimentality, and an intriguing and skilfully drawn plot. The result? [...]


    7. Liked the historical story about the Great Exhibition. The love story that from that era is well written. But the present day characters somehow didn't gel for me, and I was disappointed.But Merryn's new book Daisy's War is a winner!



    8. Probably more a 3.5, but feeling generous! It was an enjoyable read, I don't usually choose historical romance, but liked the mix of story lines. I did wonder if the author was hinting at something not then developed in the modern story line with the changes in Nick, something more sinister, but if there is ever a sequel maybe that would come out.


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