High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance
Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay
Elinor Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by.
Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.
A chance encounter changes their plans, plunging Elinor and Lord Ryde into adventure and not a little peril until, finally, they are forced to confront the mystery of what happened on That Night, all those years ago.
Are they both so entangled in the riddles of the past that they are about to miss this one last opportunity for future happiness?
Accent Press have 11 books in the Top 100 of the Amazon Romance Chart this month; that’s over 10% of the overall chart. There’s 3 in the top 10 and we’ve even bagged the number 1 slot with Christina Jones’ Tickled Pink! We’re not ones to blow our own trumpet, but we think that’s not bad for a small independent publisher!
As the Contemporary Women’s Fiction editor at Accent Press, I have to say that I feel privileged to have worked on so many incredible titles. Thank you so, so much to all the authors who’ve made this possible, and here’s to our continued success!
Cat Camacho x
#1 Tickled Pink by Christina Jones
#4 The Darkness Within Him by Alice Raine
#7 The Nothing Girl by Jodi Taylor
#17 Out of the Darkness by Alice Raine
#19 A Perfect Home by Kate Glanville
#25 Nothing to Lose by Christina Jones
#60 Heartstones by Kate Glanville
#75 One Glass is Never Enough by Jane Wenham-Jones
#85 The Truth Club by Grace Wynne-Jones
#90 Ready or Not by Grace Wynne Jones]
#91 Prime Time by Jane Wenham-Jones
Accent Titles Tickled Pink, The Darkness Within Him, and The Nothing Girl in the Top 10 on Amazon’s romance chart
“History is just one damned thing after another” – Arnold Toynbee
Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary’s, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don’t do ‘time-travel’ – they ‘investigate major historical events in contemporary time’. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power – especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet.
Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History. Their aim is to observe and document – to try and find the answers to many of History’s unanswered questions…and not to die in the process.
But one wrong move and History will fight back – to the death. And, as they soon discover – it’s not just History they’re fighting.
Follow the catastrophe curve from eleventh-century London to World War I, and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria. For wherever Historians go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake …
This book is a great read, and for me it became a real page turner. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started it but after following the protagonist and her colleagues through training and early jumps, I found I was really enjoying the read. Taylor is clearly a talented writer and was able to keep me interested all the way through, which is why I’ve given a 5* rating. The concept of historians using time travel to investigate the past in real time was definitely a new idea. It was something I could relate to as I hold an MA in history and would love to go back to many events of the past to see what it looked like. I was definitely jealous of Taylor’s choice of location for the ‘Big One’. It was beautifully developed and described, and I felt like I was there. This theme followed through in the subsequent plot twists. There are some good characters but all the major development is focused on Maxwell. I would recommend this as a good adventurous read that is a bit different and has great pace. It doesn’t even matter if you’re not into history because the jokes are still funny and the story still exciting. Unfortunately I had a couple of gripes, not enough to lose a star but they did irk me. Firstly, the title of the book is awful, I thought it was going to be about ‘The Damned’, i.e. the undead, it’s definitely not about that and that was very confusing.Secondly, Taylor says that Maxwell is a historian, but speaking from experience, that team sound MUCH more like archaeologists, so by the end of the book I was thinking about them as archaeologists and it worked much better for me. Trust me, there is a difference…Lastly, I felt Maxwell as a character just needed a little more smoothing out, she’s been through some serious trauma but still comes out with some major sarcasm and confidence. Perhaps in the next book the cracks will start to show. I’ll definitely be interested in seeing what happens next at St Mary’s, I’ve got an idea of what is shaping up for their future but I’m sure Taylor’s story will be exciting and fun and I can’t wait to find out.