The Conjured Woman: A Novelvolume 1
DescriptionIn the early 19th Century, Adelaide Lenormand, a fortune teller popular with the Paris elite, conjures a golem for Napoleon Bonaparte during a dinner party. But something goes wrong. It looks nothing like the manservant she promised. Even worse, immediately after it arrives, the golem steals the Emperor's Emerald Scarab from a chain around his neck and mysteriously disappears. Minutes later in London, Elise Dubois, an ER nurse from Tucson, is found sprawled in front of The Quiet Woman Public House. She's wearing nothing but tattered shorts, a sports bra, and one pink running shoe. Gripped in her fist is an Egyptian jewel, the scarab. Now Bonaparte's Minister of Police is breathing down Adelaide's neck while her wealthy clients are abandoning her. The women of La Société d'Isis, so wickedly encouraging when she'd first launched her plot, remain silent to her pleas for help. Adelaide has no choice but to find the golem and restore her reputation. Troubled by nightmares of a wild-eyed French woman and worried she might be losing her mind, Elise tries to blend in at the pub. But blending in is not her forte. She knows the moment the opportunity arises she'll stop at nothing to return to 21st Century Arizona, even if that means breaking the heart of the one man who understands her. The Conjured Woman is the first in The Emerald Scarab Adventure series aimed at lovers of hard-edged heroines. In a story of time travel, romance, and fortune, anything can happen.
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About the Author
With a French father and a mother from New Orleans, Anne Gross's interest in the Napoleonic era was inevitable. Former nurse and classical musician, Anne now lives in San Francisco where she's working on the continued adventures of her recalcitrant heroine.
It's kind of like Outlander but with a protagonist who spends a lot of time swilling gin and punching people.--Kyle Cassidy, author and photographer
Anne Gross' writing style is witty and charming. She never lets her characters off east, which is something I enjoy in novels. And oh, the plot twists they are so much fun. It's fiction that resembles real life in both situation and character relationship dynamics, while being filled with drama, adventure, and romance.
I recommend this book for those who enjoy adventure stories, female protagonists, time travel, fortune telling, and historical fiction. It has a good mix of whimsy and realism. The Conjured Woman is moderate to fast in pacing and certainly a page-turner. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.--Jadzia DeForest "The Cartomancer: A Quarterly Tarot, Lenormand and Oracle Journal "