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 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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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 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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Praise

"Through the Smoke swept me off my feet! ...[T]his is a true honest-to-goodness sweeping historical romance that was a joy to read. The characters were well defined and very engaging. They drew me in right away. There were some that I loved to hate (Mrs Poulson) and some that I fell in love with instantly (Rachel). The writing style also flows nicely and is elegant, certainly befitting the mid-1800s setting quite nicely."

Harlequin Junkies, Top Pick

Through the Smoke by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T21:17:06-07:00

Harlequin Junkies, Top Pick

"Through the Smoke swept me off my feet! ...[T]his is a true honest-to-goodness sweeping historical romance that was a joy to read. The characters were well defined and very engaging. They drew me in right away. There were some that I loved to hate (Mrs Poulson) and some that I fell in love with instantly (Rachel). The writing style also flows nicely and is elegant, certainly befitting the mid-1800s setting quite nicely."
"Novak has drawn us into a maze of peril that page by page draws us closer and closer to what we hope will be a happy ending. But, clearly Novak wants to keep us guessing till the very end. Once again Novak has a cast of great characters [and] a compelling storyline... as we have come to expect."

Fresh Fiction

Through the Smoke by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T21:10:41-07:00

Fresh Fiction

"Novak has drawn us into a maze of peril that page by page draws us closer and closer to what we hope will be a happy ending. But, clearly Novak wants to keep us guessing till the very end. Once again Novak has a cast of great characters [and] a compelling storyline... as we have come to expect."
"From the very first page; from the very first sentence, my interest was caught; ensnared in a not so pretty world, with oh so pretty words – and held, knowing that I needed to see this through to the very end. I was captivated by the beautiful and vivid writing. The picture she was able to paint with her writing and descriptions of this dark, dreary and cold setting in not-so jolly old England in the early 1800′s, literally chilled me to the bone. Her words were a hit to the chest that made me ache so many times throughout my reading that I couldn’t help but think: This woman is blowing my mind with this story."

Fic-Talk.com, 5 Stars

Through the Smoke by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T21:14:21-07:00

Fic-Talk.com, 5 Stars

"From the very first page; from the very first sentence, my interest was caught; ensnared in a not so pretty world, with oh so pretty words – and held, knowing that I needed to see this through to the very end. I was captivated by the beautiful and vivid writing. The picture she was able to paint with her writing and descriptions of this dark, dreary and cold setting in not-so jolly old England in the early 1800′s, literally chilled me to the bone. Her words were a hit to the chest that made me ache so many times throughout my reading that I couldn’t help but think: This woman is blowing my mind with this story."
"Novak has woven a story that will thrill the lovers of Regency romance. With rich detail and elegant plotting, she serves up a provocative, sexy novel with an outstanding mystery at its heart. Without telegraphing her moves, she manages to reveal the layers one by one. Her lively descriptions will have readers smelling the smoke of the fireplace, ducking the mine’s low ceilings and feeling the cold of the winter snow. For romance lovers, mystery lovers and Brenda Novak’s legion of fans, Through the Smoke marks an exciting new step in her writing career."

Examiner.com

Through the Smoke by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T21:12:56-07:00

Examiner.com

"Novak has woven a story that will thrill the lovers of Regency romance. With rich detail and elegant plotting, she serves up a provocative, sexy novel with an outstanding mystery at its heart. Without telegraphing her moves, she manages to reveal the layers one by one. Her lively descriptions will have readers smelling the smoke of the fireplace, ducking the mine’s low ceilings and feeling the cold of the winter snow. For romance lovers, mystery lovers and Brenda Novak’s legion of fans, Through the Smoke marks an exciting new step in her writing career."
"I love Jane Eyre so once I read the blurb of this novel, I knew I had to read it. To me, this only had shades of that classic story, but in no way was anything like it. And that is a very good thing. I may have even liked it better! It’s a romance with flawed and complex characters who are trying hard to fit in within the community they both in some way value."

Bookworm2Bookworm

Through the Smoke by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T21:15:42-07:00

Bookworm2Bookworm

"I love Jane Eyre so once I read the blurb of this novel, I knew I had to read it. To me, this only had shades of that classic story, but in no way was anything like it. And that is a very good thing. I may have even liked it better! It’s a romance with flawed and complex characters who are trying hard to fit in within the community they both in some way value."
"Novak's dark and brooding tale of love, passion, and obsession will curl your toes and warm your heart!"

Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times Bestselling Author

Through the Smoke by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T21:09:39-07:00

Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Novak's dark and brooding tale of love, passion, and obsession will curl your toes and warm your heart!"
"You know that phrase ‘It transcends the form’? That. Holy mother of God, how to do this justice? This book is gothic and creepy and unnerving and suspenseful and enraging and completely enthralling. From the very first pages it wrapped around me like a cold wind, raising goose bumps on my arms and the hair on the back of my neck. I finished it an hour ago and that chill is still gripping me. FAVORITE HISTORICAL ROMANCE EVER."

Litchick's Hit List

Through the Smoke by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T21:11:38-07:00

Litchick's Hit List

"You know that phrase ‘It transcends the form’? That. Holy mother of God, how to do this justice? This book is gothic and creepy and unnerving and suspenseful and enraging and completely enthralling. From the very first pages it wrapped around me like a cold wind, raising goose bumps on my arms and the hair on the back of my neck. I finished it an hour ago and that chill is still gripping me. FAVORITE HISTORICAL ROMANCE EVER."
"Novak delivers a pulse-pounding tale of a disgraced earl and the shopkeeper he falls for, set against the backdrop of labor organizing in 1840 England... This compelling tale delivers many surprising twists on its way to a solid conclusion."

Publishers Weekly

Through the Smoke by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T21:22:19-07:00

Publishers Weekly

"Novak delivers a pulse-pounding tale of a disgraced earl and the shopkeeper he falls for, set against the backdrop of labor organizing in 1840 England... This compelling tale delivers many surprising twists on its way to a solid conclusion."
"Novak sets out to create an unforgettable romance and succeeds with flying colors. Readers will find her story oozing with passion, captivating and next to impossible to put down...a phenomenal ending."

Romantic Times Magazine, 4 Stars

Through the Smoke by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T21:20:25-07:00

Romantic Times Magazine, 4 Stars

"Novak sets out to create an unforgettable romance and succeeds with flying colors. Readers will find her story oozing with passion, captivating and next to impossible to put down...a phenomenal ending."
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