Review: Night of a Thousand Stars

Title: Night of a Thousand Stars
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Mira Books
Published: January 1, 2014
Ebook, ARC
ISBN13: 9781322008646
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Summary:
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 more to her hero than there 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.

My Thoughts: 
Deanna Raybourn is best known for her Lady Julia series. I confess I have not read these, but they are in my tbr pile. I have read one of her other novels, The Dead Travel Fast. It's been some time since I've read it, but I remember liking Raybourn's writing style. So, of course, I jumped at the chance to read Night of A Thousand Stars. And believe me when I say I was not disappointed.

I immediately fell in love with the main character, Poppy Hammond. She's utterly charming and enchanting. She defies tradition at every turn. And that's the kind of heroine I can get behind. After leaving her fiance at the alter, Poppy runs to the one person who she hopes she can count on--her father. She enlists the help of curate to make her escape.  Once safe and sound at her father's house, she can't forget the kindness of the curate. When she pops by his church unexpectedly, she learns that the curate might be in danger. What's a girl to do? Go gallivanting across seas and deserts to save him of course!  

This book entails everything I love mystery, history, and romance! I quickly found myself engrossed in Poppy's world, and I didn't want to leave. I love the characters--both good and bad--in this book. Poppy and her maid make quite a team like Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. I will definitely be moving the Lady Julia books closer to the top of my tbr pile. 

My rating:

About the author: 
A sixth-generation native Texan, Deanna Raybourn grew up in San Antonio, where she met her college sweetheart. She married him on her graduation day and went on to teach high school English and history. During summer vacation at the age of twenty-three, she wrote her first novel. After three years as a teacher, Deanna left education to have a baby and pursue writing full-time.
Deanna Raybourn is the author of the bestselling and award-winning Lady Julia series, as well as, The Dead Travel Fast, A Spear of Summer Grass, and City of Jasmine.
For more information please visit Deanna Raybourn’s website and blog. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Night of a Thousand Stars Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 29
Review & Giveaway at Bookish
Tuesday, September 30
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, October 1
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Spotlight at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Thursday, October 2
Review at Ramblings From This Chick
Friday, October 3
Review at Book Babe
Monday, October 6
Review at Unabridged Chick
Spotlight & Giveaway at Reading Lark
Tuesday, October 7
Review at Candace’s Book Blog
Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, October 8
Review at Good Books and Good Wine
Thursday, October 9
Excerpt at A Book Geek
Guest Post & Giveaway at Good Books and Good Wine
Friday, October 10
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Monday, October 13
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, October 14
Review at Reading the Past
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Wednesday, October 15
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Thursday, October 16
Review at A Bookish Affair
Friday, October 17
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Monday, October 20
Review at The Life & Times of a Book Addict
Excerpt at Historical Fiction Connection
Tuesday, October 21
Review & Giveaway at Bookshelf Fantasies
Spotlight & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing
Wednesday, October 22
Review, Excerpt & Giveaway at Just One More Chapter
Thursday, October 23
Review at Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Friday, October 24
Review at Curling Up By the Fire
Monday, October 27
Review & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Tuesday, October 28
Review at To Read or Not to Read
Wednesday, October 29
Review & Giveaway at Bibliophilia, Please
Thursday, October 30
Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry