Night of a Thousand Stars

Night of a Thousand Stars New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn returns with a Jazz Age tale of grand adventure On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat s wife Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing she

  • Title: Night of a Thousand Stars
  • Author: Deanna Raybourn
  • ISBN: 9780778317753
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback
  • New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn returns with a Jazz Age tale of grand adventure On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat s wife, Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing she flees the chapel in her wedding gown Assisted by the handsome curate who calls himself Sebastian Cantrip, she spirits away to her estranged father s quiet country village, pNew York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn returns with a Jazz Age tale of grand adventure On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat s wife, Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing she flees the chapel in her wedding gown Assisted by the handsome curate who calls himself Sebastian Cantrip, she spirits away to her estranged father s quiet country village, pursued by the family she left in uproar But when the dust of her broken engagement settles and Sebastian disappears under mysterious circumstances, Poppy discovers there is to her hero than it seems With only her feisty lady s maid for company, Poppy secures employment and travels incognita east across the seas, chasing a hunch and the whisper of clues Danger abounds beneath the canopies of the silken city, and Poppy finds herself in the perilous sights of those who will stop at nothing to recover a fabled ancient treasure Torn between allegiance to her kindly employer and a dashing, shadowy figure, Poppy will risk it all as she attempts to unravel a much larger plan one that stretches to the very heart of the British government, and one that could endanger everything, and everyone, that she holds dear.

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    • Deanna Raybourn

      A sixth generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in English and history and an emphasis on Shakespearean studies She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and daughter.



    318 thoughts on “Night of a Thousand Stars

    • 4 stars!!This was such a FUN book to read!! And I mean it was a total escapism kind of bookminded me of the old days where I’d be sucked into movies for hours and tune out reality. Starting with the Lady Julia Grey series Deanna Raybourn’s forte has always been her ability to richly describe the setting, a skill that’s absolutely necessary for any author in the historical mystery genre. Written with romantic undertones, Night of a Thousand Stars is a must-read for any historical fan with a [...]


    • “I say, if you’re running away from your wedding, you’re going about it quite wrong.”"There it was, in black and white for all to see. Viscount's Heir Jilted By American Society Girl."The girl: Poppy Hammond decides at the last minute not to marry into a stodgy, boring life with some blue-blooded aristocrat and seeks refuge at her father's house (long story, she was raised in America by her mother and step-father, hasn't seen her real father in years). The guy: As Poppy plans her escape, [...]


    • Ah, Deanna Raybourn, I love you. Please don't stop writing. And please find a way to come back and write more about Julia and Brisbane. This book made me miss them so much! I want to know more about the Vespiary! There's so much more there, I know it.Night of a Thousand Stars was yet another enjoyable, light, romantic historical adventure. I enjoyed seeing how Poppy ties in with Julia, and how the mad March legacy continues. But it also made me homesick for the old friends. I still don't want to [...]


    • I've given this an A- at AAR - but it very nearly squeaked an A, so I'm leaving it at 5 stars.You know how sometimes you read the opening line or two of a book, and not only does it hook you immediately, but you can just tell it’s going to be a great read? Well, Night of a Thousand Stars is one of those books. It opens with Penelope Hammond, step-daughter of a rich American industrialist running out on her wedding to a stodgy viscount’s heir with the help of a rather attractive and delightfu [...]


    • A bit silly, really. Even the connection to the Julia Grey books couldn't save it. In fact, it kind of made it worse.


    • I'm a huge fan of Deanna Raybourn, particularly of her Lady Julia Grey series, and her three latest stand-alone novels are taking readers to some exciting, exotic new locales for historical fiction. Night of a Thousand Stars starts off in London, shortly after the end of World War I, as we witness our intrepid heroine, Poppy, who, much to my delight, is the niece of my beloved Julia, climbing out of a window to flee a marriage she does not want just moments before it is to take place. She is aid [...]


    • This book is frightfully silly.Possible spoilers belowPoppy Hammond decides she's had enough of high society life and decides to make a run for it. On the day of her wedding to a staid and proper lordling, she tries to escape through the window.Enter mysterious man #1: A curate who aids her dash to freedom and drives her to her estranged father. In a shiny fast car. Who is kind and dashing, an excellent companion and has a sense of humour. After depositing her with her father, he promptly disapp [...]


    • 4.5 starsI'm not sure how to summarize the plot without giving it away so read at your own risk! Penelope "Poppy" Hammond can not bring herself to marry Gerald Madderly, the crushing bore her mother has chosen for her, it would be too too Victorian. Poppy hoped they could be compatible but it is not meant to be, so she leaves the church by way of the window assisted by the affable curate, Sebastian Cantrip. Along the way to her estranged father's cottage in Devon, she makes a full confession. Po [...]


    • I am the newest member of the passionate Deanna Raybourn fan club. This historical novel, set in 1920, has the snappy banter and flirtatious manner of 1930s screwball rom coms with the bouncy, breezy intrigues of Lauren Willig. Add a dash of Indiana Jones, and you have this delightful novel.I was sucked in from the first page, and completely taken with our impetuous heroine, exotic locale, and yummy romance.  The story opens with Poppy March Hammond attempting to crawl out a church window in he [...]


    • Shortly after the first paragraph, this book veered into ridiculousness, but I still found it immensely entertaining. I think the author herself called it part "screwball-comedy," which is not a description I would normally find appealing, but worked well with these quirky characters and their humorous exchanges.If I had a criticism, I would say this was too similar to her previous book City of Jasmine. So much so that I kept getting the characters confused! And, it lended a feeling of "been the [...]


    • 3.5 starsThis was fun, full of adventure, espionage and funny dialogues and lots of interesting characters.Poppy is such a fun herione, strong in a away but still there is a femininity about her and a little bit of rashness.She goes to thank a man who helped her escape her marriage only to discover that he is not who she thinks he is and also that he disappeared!On impulse she follows clues to find him thinking he is in danger and ends up following his trail to Damascus with her lady's maid.Then [...]


    • AUDIO VERSION:I've given this a C- for narration and an A- for content at AudioGals. I'm sticking at 3 stars, although honestly, it's not an audio I would recommend.I read and loved this book last year, so I was delighted to see that it had recently been made available in audio and eagerly snapped it up, even though the narrator is not someone I have listened to before. Night of a Thousand Stars is one of Deanna Raybourn’s set of three loosely connected novels set in the 1920s, and in fact lin [...]


    • Adorable! Just what I needed to get me out of a reading slump. Grabbed me from the first page and delighted me until the the very end. (I loved all the little surprise appearances from her other books.) Deanna Raybourn fans are going to gobble this one up.4.5 stars


    • Night of a Thousand Stars is a historical fiction adventure, and unfortunately for me, I was a reluctant adventurer. While there were some elements that really worked for me, I had a really hard time finishing this book as it simply didn’t capture my attention.Poppy Hammond is on the brink of marriage to a wealthy aristocratic; a comfortable life awaits her. But, Poppy wants more; she doesn’t feel like marriage is the right decision and she wants an adventure. So with the help of an unusuall [...]


    • I am a fan of this author's. While I really miss Lady Julia Grey. I have enjoyed this new path that the author has taken with her last couple of books in the histrocial fiction genre, A Spear of Summer Grass and City of Jasmine. So I was looking forward to read her newwest book, Night of a Thousand Stars. Despite the mention and some reference to Lady Julia Grey, I had a really really hard time wantint to stick with this book. The beginning was fine. Nothing too interesting about the characters [...]


    • I love each book that Deanna Raybourn has written and, once again, she has outdone herself with "Night Of A Thousand Stars". Another great story with Poppy as our funny and gutsy heroine determined to find her hero and have an adventure. After abandoning her fiance at the altar she secretly flees (with the help of a friendly curate) to visit her father whom she hasn't seen in years, then leaves for the Holy Land in search of the man who helped her escape believing he is in trouble. With referenc [...]



    • 4.5 starsSee this review and others like it at Badass Book Reviews!Deanna Raybourn has solidified herself as my favorite historical fiction author and Night of a Thousand Stars is a perfect example of why. It had colorful characters, mystery and intrigue, an exotic setting, and just the right touch of wit to pull everything together. It was more of a romp than the Lady Julia Grey novels, but I loved the little Easter egg of the characters in both books being connected.Night of a Thousand Stars w [...]


    • I've read the majority of Deanna Raybourn's novels and I loved the first four books in the Lady Julia series. But was disappointed by the last one, it had a lighter quality than the others and the headstrong clever protagonist somehow became flakey and wimpy. It left me wondering if the series had seen the end of the line (for me, at least).I was please to find 'A Spear of Summer Grass', published last year, more in keeping with the author's earlier work and I hoped 'Night of a Thousand Stars' w [...]


    • Raybourn will forever be my go to author for a fabulous historic read with just the right amount of detail, mystery, paranormal elements and of course, a swoon worthy romance to make every single craving of mine complete.She has an amazing ability to be able to paint a picture so vivid you feel as if you are watching the very scenes unfold in your mind. You see, feel, smell and experience it all for yourself right along with the characters, it truly feels as if you are there right along with the [...]


    • Love. Strong heroine, noble hero, intrigue and adventure. What's not to love?Kinda wish I hadn't gobbled it up so fast, but I couldn't help myself.


    • Deanna Raybourn non si smentisce e scrive un nuovo capolavoro. Dopo Africa mon amour che mi era piaciuto da matti, l'autrice supera se stessa dando vita ad un libro ancora più bello ed appassionante. Damasco, l'oriente, i ruggenti anni '20, spionaggio, un tesoro misterioso, tanta avventura e una buona dose d'amore ecco ciò che caratterizza questo meraviglioso romanzo.La protagonista è Poppy, ereditiera londinese che scappa via, il giorno delle sue nozze, lasciando il futuro marito sull'altare [...]


    • Just before walking down the isle, Penelope Hammond has second thoughts about marrying her titled British aristocratic fiance. She escapes out of a window with the aid of a cleric who then transports her to her father's home in Devon. This is when we find out that her father is none other than Eglamore March, better known as Plum, brother of Lady Julia Grey. Penelope, who was taken to America at a young age when her mother divorced her father, has had no contact with her father other than some l [...]


    • Deanna Raybourn has been one of my favorite authors since the first sentence of her first book, Silent in the Grave:" To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it must be noted, was still twitching upon the floor". I am more sorry than I can say that the Lady Julia series of Victorian era mysteries is coming to an end with a final e-novella due in November.Thankfully, I will be able to reread them as many times as I like and the Brisbanes a [...]


    • Poppy Hammond cannot go through with her wedding. She knows there's something more she should be doing with her life other than being the good little wife and having a bunch of children. So her logical solution is to run away. Luckily she's helped in her escape by the charming curate Sebastian Cantrip. He whisks her away to family in the country where she can let the gossip pages die down a little before reentring London society. Upon returning to London, Poppy's first order of business is to th [...]


    • Deanna Raybourn excels at creating strong, sassy heroines with a flair for adventure, who aren't afraid to break from the confines of society's expectations and seize life (and love) whenever they get the chance.Poppy Hammond certainly fits the bill. After her dramatic exit as a runaway bride, Poppy is restless and yearning, knowing only that she needs more in her life. The nice man who helped her flee the wedding is someone she'd like to at least thank for his efforts, leading to an impulsive e [...]


    • Deanna Raybourn is one of my favorite authors and this book doesn't disappoint. Most know her for her Lady Julia mystery series, but she's written several other stand alone novels as well, Night Of A Thousand Stars is one of those.This book instantly grabbed me and pulled me in. Like the Lady Julia series, this is also a mystery, but one on a more political level. It is set in the 20s and though your first thought may be that it is Downton Abbey-ish, that wouldn't be right.Sure it starts out wit [...]


    • 4.5 starsDeanna Raybourn has been an author long on my radar. I hear wonderful things about her Lady Jane series from a number of people.So when the opportunity to review her latest standalone book, I was eager to try her books out!I am exceptionally impressed with Raybourn’s writing style. The dialogue was charming, funny, quirky, and breezy. I truly enjoyed reading the dialogue between the characters and the overall narrative continued that light theme.Poppy was hilarious. I’ve read a coup [...]


    • I've never read anything by Deanna Raybourn before, realizing her Lady Julia Grey was a series I shied away from them, seriously I really don't need to start another series. I jumped at the chance to be part of this book tour, especially since this is a stand alone and I really wanted to check this author out.Be sure to read my previous post, which is an excerpt from this book. Poppy Hammond is a character, she is spunky, snarky at times and there is never a dull moment when she is around. I won [...]


    • I was terribly disappointed by Raybourn's latest outing! There was much to commend this book: Raybourn's trademark quirky characters and snappy dialogue; a hero who, for a change, did not derive is romantic appeal by bellowing and bullying the heroine (at least not more than 25% of the time); and a nice tie-in to Raybourn's previous Julia Grey series. However, this book never really sparkled for me-- Raybourn didn't evoke her setting as gloriously as she usually does, and the 'resolution' to the [...]


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