Wednesday, November 28

The Emperor's Conspiracy Review and Giveaway


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The Emperor’s Conspiracy
by Michelle Diener





Publication Date: November 27, 2012 | Gallery Books | 336p 

Synopsis:  (From Good Reads)

From nineteenth-century London’s elegant ballrooms to its darkest slums, a spirited young woman and a nobleman investigating for the Crown unmask a plot by Napoleon to bleed England of its gold.

Chance led to Charlotte Raven’s transformation from chimney sweep to wealthy, educated noblewoman, but she still walks a delicate tightrope between two worlds, unable to turn her back on the ruthless crime lord who was once her childhood protector.

When Lord Edward Durnham is tapped to solve the mystery of England’s rapidly disappearing gold, his search leads him to the stews of London, and Charlotte becomes his intriguing guide to the city’s dark, forbidding underworld. But as her involvement brings Charlotte to the attention of men who have no qualms about who they hurt, and as Edward forges a grudging alliance with the dangerous ghosts of Charlotte’s former life, she faces a choice: to continue living in limbo, or to close the door on the past and risk her heart and her happiness on an unpredictable future.

What Did I Think?  

I really thought that I was going to be reading a Historical Romance which is something that I had a lot of preconceived notions about. This is historical Romance but it is so much more than that. I was so surprised to find mystery involved as well. The plot is well thought out and executed.

I love that we get insight into both the proper way of life and into the underworld of history as well. I think this is my favorite thing about the novel, Charlotte's journey to balance between the two world's. It was interesting to see her loyalty to the people that helped her survive when she was younger and her desire to be proper and to have a better life. I do think that her desire for a better life was even rooted in her loyalty to her original friends, she knew she could enhance their lives that way as well. Charlotte herself is also a fabulous main character, I felt she was true to the time period but not a stereotype wilting flower either.

I hope that we get more about these characters, especially Luke. I felt that the ending was a bit abrupt but that might be just because I was enjoying it so much I was not ready for it to be over! I am so excited to have found a new author to read. I plan to search out more of her books because I really enjoyed this one.

BOTTOM LINE: Loved it.

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Source: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours sent me a copy for review.


  1. I love historical fiction books. I like how they make history come alive and you can learn something while reading. Thank you for the giveaway.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

  2. I really enjoy reading historical fiction. Right now I'm enjoying Ella March Chase's books about the Tudor period but I'm also fascinated by medieval Europe historical fiction. Even though they're fictionized versions of true history I still think that I can learn about a certain time period without having to read a dry textbook.

    lafra86 at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Yes and I love Historical Fiction. Madame Tussaud Michelle Moran is one of my all time favorite books. historical fiction is just an awesome genre. I will read any historical fiction I can get.

  4. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. I have a history degree as well. To me HF is total escapism into another time and place.


  5. I love reading historical fiction. I love reading about history. Please enter me in contest.

  6. I haven't read full blown historical fiction before, but I would love to give it a shot. :)

  7. I mainly read historical fiction. This sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the giveaway.

    nanze55 at hotmail dot com

  8. I prefer historical romance, but I usually enjoy historical fiction too. This looks really good.

  9. I like reading historical fiction of all kinds. Jean Plaidy, William Dalrymple are two favourites of mine.

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    1. Hi Mystica,

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  10. I love historical fiction. I learn so much and enjoy while I am learning.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  11. Looking forward to reading Michelle Diener's latest novel--so nice to find a smart historical romance.

  12. Yep, I love historical fiction because the outfit descriptions are gorgeous, the settings are novel yet still realistic, and I even have a chance to learn something about the place/time depicted.

  13. This story has fascinated me since I first read about it. Thank you for the chance in the giveaway.

    1. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. I can't seem to soak up enough history and the authors make sure the history is there, which I love.

  14. I LOVE historical is my all time favorite genre! I love the idea of going back and learning about history while also being able to "get into the heads" of the characters, which is something you cannot really do with historical nonfiction. Thanks for the chance to win the book, it sounds great!


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