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An unforgettable kiss. A kaleidoscope of senses. A night she'll always remember. From USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie, comes NIGHT AT THE OPERA, An American Heiress novel. NIGHT AT THE OPERA --1908-- When American heiress Gwen Barton aids an injured gentleman in an opera box in London, she shares a kiss with the stranger that changes her life. More determined than ev An unforgettable kiss. A kaleidoscope of senses. A night she'll always remember. From USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie, comes NIGHT AT THE OPERA, An American Heiress novel. NIGHT AT THE OPERA --1908-- When American heiress Gwen Barton aids an injured gentleman in an opera box in London, she shares a kiss with the stranger that changes her life. More determined than ever to be herself, in spite of the limp she’s sustained since childhood, she will marry for love and not a title. She also resolves to learn the identity of the man she helped—and kissed. Surely he can’t be the irritating Avery Winfield, though. But as circumstances continue to throw Gwen and Avery together, she begins to wonder if there is more to this man than she first thought. While most of London only knows him as the nephew of a duke, Avery Winfield is actually working for the Secret Service Bureau to ferret out German spies from among the ton. It’s a profession that gives him purpose and a reason to remain a bachelor. But the more he interacts with Gwen Barton, an heiress from America, the more he begins to question his plans and neglected faith. Then he learns Gwen is the young lady from the opera box who helped him. Now his most important mission may have nothing to do with saving Britain from danger and everything to do with risking his heart for the woman he met that night at the opera. AMERICAN HEIRESS SERIES: Night at the Opera Beneath an Italian Sky (April 2019) Among Sand and Sunrise (October 2019) Other books by Stacy Henrie: LOVE INSPIRED HISTORICAL A Cowboy of Convenience The Rancher’s Temporary Engagement The Outlaw’s Secret The Renegade’s Redemption Lady Outlaw The Express Rider’s Lady OF LOVE AND WAR: Hope at Dawn Hope Rising A Hope Remembered A Christmas Hope


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An unforgettable kiss. A kaleidoscope of senses. A night she'll always remember. From USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie, comes NIGHT AT THE OPERA, An American Heiress novel. NIGHT AT THE OPERA --1908-- When American heiress Gwen Barton aids an injured gentleman in an opera box in London, she shares a kiss with the stranger that changes her life. More determined than ev An unforgettable kiss. A kaleidoscope of senses. A night she'll always remember. From USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie, comes NIGHT AT THE OPERA, An American Heiress novel. NIGHT AT THE OPERA --1908-- When American heiress Gwen Barton aids an injured gentleman in an opera box in London, she shares a kiss with the stranger that changes her life. More determined than ever to be herself, in spite of the limp she’s sustained since childhood, she will marry for love and not a title. She also resolves to learn the identity of the man she helped—and kissed. Surely he can’t be the irritating Avery Winfield, though. But as circumstances continue to throw Gwen and Avery together, she begins to wonder if there is more to this man than she first thought. While most of London only knows him as the nephew of a duke, Avery Winfield is actually working for the Secret Service Bureau to ferret out German spies from among the ton. It’s a profession that gives him purpose and a reason to remain a bachelor. But the more he interacts with Gwen Barton, an heiress from America, the more he begins to question his plans and neglected faith. Then he learns Gwen is the young lady from the opera box who helped him. Now his most important mission may have nothing to do with saving Britain from danger and everything to do with risking his heart for the woman he met that night at the opera. AMERICAN HEIRESS SERIES: Night at the Opera Beneath an Italian Sky (April 2019) Among Sand and Sunrise (October 2019) Other books by Stacy Henrie: LOVE INSPIRED HISTORICAL A Cowboy of Convenience The Rancher’s Temporary Engagement The Outlaw’s Secret The Renegade’s Redemption Lady Outlaw The Express Rider’s Lady OF LOVE AND WAR: Hope at Dawn Hope Rising A Hope Remembered A Christmas Hope

30 review for Night at the Opera

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    Anyone looking for a great Edwardian Era novel, stop searching, and grab this one. Very well written with plenty of suspense, mystery, societal functions, London excursions, secret service, unknown identities and plenty of romance that is clean and swoony! Gwen is a character that I enjoy reading about. She has her flaws but she is sweet, kind, willing to help, and definitely not afraid of doing what's right even if it means going against her mother. I will say that I enjoyed her relationship wit Anyone looking for a great Edwardian Era novel, stop searching, and grab this one. Very well written with plenty of suspense, mystery, societal functions, London excursions, secret service, unknown identities and plenty of romance that is clean and swoony! Gwen is a character that I enjoy reading about. She has her flaws but she is sweet, kind, willing to help, and definitely not afraid of doing what's right even if it means going against her mother. I will say that I enjoyed her relationship with her mother. There were moments of frustration but I loved reading further into the book and seeing Gwen have her eyes open about her mom and their relationship. She learned to trust and love more. With Gwen's flaws she has been passed over many times by would be suitors, so when a trip with her mother, best friend and best friend's mother to London from NYC starts becoming a lot more interesting than she first anticipated, Gwen finds herself surrounded by would be suitors. She must learn to trust her heart and use her skills of observation to discern all the intrigue and espionage occurring around her. Avery and Gwen were such a great combination. Two characters who both think they know their hearts and have desires to work and serve others. Suitors and love have no time in their pursuits. When their paths keep crossing and unexpected events occur these two will have to trust each other. Plus there's a delicious secret buried beneath it all. Can I just say, I loved knowing this secret and watching these two take turns having their Point of View alternating throughout the chapters, and the little clues leading them closer to the answer of this delicious secret. Hmmmmm...it was fabulous! And I was pretty certain I knew who the bad guy was...and then I wasn't, and then I was. I kept vacillating between a couple of the more shady characters until the big reveal. And, I was right! Woo hoo! If you enjoy suspense, spies and sweet romance, this is definitely one I would recommend. Content: Clean. Some kissing but nothing further. Some scenes with attacks but nothing graphic. I received a copy from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    I just finished reading Night at the Opera. This historical romance is a great combination of romance and mystery. Gwen Barton, an American heiress travels to England to "find" a rich aristocrat with a title. (At least that's what her mother wants for her.) Gwen feels marriage didn't come her way in America because of her disability, a leg injury from her childhood that has left her with a noticeable limp. While there in London, she helps a gravely injured man in a private booth at the opera. He I just finished reading Night at the Opera. This historical romance is a great combination of romance and mystery. Gwen Barton, an American heiress travels to England to "find" a rich aristocrat with a title. (At least that's what her mother wants for her.) Gwen feels marriage didn't come her way in America because of her disability, a leg injury from her childhood that has left her with a noticeable limp. While there in London, she helps a gravely injured man in a private booth at the opera. Her heart is stolen by this mystery man and it's her goal to find out who he is after the powerful kiss they shared. This mystery man happens to be Avery Winfield, a British spy and nephew of a duke. He's avoided marrying and staying single, but things all change once he meets Gwen. The two main characters are both so likable. In many novels you don't like one or the other, but I loved both Gwen and Avery. They had wonderful qualities, but both had reasons not to believe in themselves which kept them apart for awhile. Gwen is so kind, loving, and brave. Avery is stalwart, brave, and kind. They are very much alike and of course their fears and pride get in their way. This book is mainly a romance with a mystery about who the German spy is that Avery is hunting. The book takes place in the early 1900's, right before World War 1. I felt enough was done when it came to the spying aspect. I feel like this story was more a romance than a spy novel, so I was satisfied with the balance between the two aspects. I especially loved Gwen and her noble work at her cousin's orphanage. If you like a historical romance with intrigue, angst, and a slow burn romance, you will love reading, Night at the Opera.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie W

    I haven't read a lot of books set in this time period and I loved the setting, the intrigue, and of course, the romance. This story all began with a night at the opera, which was a dangerously unexpectedly delightful surprise, and what happens after that completely captured my attention. Gwen is an imperfect America heiress who is now in London, trying to have a season there and I loved watching her exert her independence from her mother and allow her spunk to shine through, especially in her in I haven't read a lot of books set in this time period and I loved the setting, the intrigue, and of course, the romance. This story all began with a night at the opera, which was a dangerously unexpectedly delightful surprise, and what happens after that completely captured my attention. Gwen is an imperfect America heiress who is now in London, trying to have a season there and I loved watching her exert her independence from her mother and allow her spunk to shine through, especially in her interactions in society. I love the friendship that she has with Syble. She has passions that are pure and selfless, which endeared her to me even more. Avery is in a dangerous occupation and I really enjoyed his character, and especially his banter with Gwen. I found myself continuously anticipating their next meetings and smiled through it all. I loved how the reader was treated to both points-of-view and really got to know the characters, especially as they waded through this mystery and the perils surrounding it. I love this author's writing style and her voice is very engaging, which really brings the characters and story to life. I noticed there are two more books in this American Heiress series coming up in the future and I'm definitely looking forward to them. Content: mild romance (kissing); mild violence *I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I loved the characters in this book and the way the author brought them to life in a memorable setting. Gwen has her struggles and vulnerabilities, but her strong spirit and compassion for the less fortunate have given her purpose and the fortitude to allow her true self be known. I loved the way Avery doesn't pity her, and their banter is fun as they progress from thorns in each other's sides, to friends, to more. The spying activities that Avery pulls Gwen into bring an element of suspense, bu I loved the characters in this book and the way the author brought them to life in a memorable setting. Gwen has her struggles and vulnerabilities, but her strong spirit and compassion for the less fortunate have given her purpose and the fortitude to allow her true self be known. I loved the way Avery doesn't pity her, and their banter is fun as they progress from thorns in each other's sides, to friends, to more. The spying activities that Avery pulls Gwen into bring an element of suspense, but I didn't get a sense of urgency or cunning from Avery. It was almost as if he expected the German spy to give himself up when confronted. I did like that there is a big focus on Gwen and her relationships, her feelings, and her inner journey. I appreciated that she didn't give up hope, and was determined to be helpful to the orphanages, especially ones that took in and provided for those with injuries and illnesses. I found it to be a lovely and compelling story! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    Gwen Barton is an American heiress living in New York City who was severely injured as a child, and as a result has a limp. She's realistic about her prospects for marriage, accepting that she probably won't get married, so instead plans to continue to help her cousin and his wife with their orphanage. Her mother has the family go to London for a Season so Gwen can wed a titled man. Gwen doesn't want to go in the least as it will be her third and she thinks it's a waste of money. The only bright Gwen Barton is an American heiress living in New York City who was severely injured as a child, and as a result has a limp. She's realistic about her prospects for marriage, accepting that she probably won't get married, so instead plans to continue to help her cousin and his wife with their orphanage. Her mother has the family go to London for a Season so Gwen can wed a titled man. Gwen doesn't want to go in the least as it will be her third and she thinks it's a waste of money. The only bright spot is her best friend Syble will also be there. Avery Winfield is a spy working for the Secret Service Bureau. He's also the heir to the title of the Duke of Moorleigh, which he doesn't want. He has no plans to marry as he believes his profession as a spy would put anyone he loved in danger. These two strangers unexpectedly meet at the opera when Gwen slips into an unoccupied box trying to avoid her mother introducing her to more titled gentlemen. It just happens to be the box where Avery had been attacked. Gwen helps bind Avery's knife wound, and thinking the unknown man had passed out, she kisses him. Avery tells Gwen that she can't tell anyone she was in that box or that she helped him. Both Gwen and Avery want to find the person from the night at the opera but they have no idea who the other is. All Avery knows is the woman is an American. They end up crossing each others path at various events during the season, and Avery ends up having Gwen help him find the traitor who's passing information to the Germans. I loved everything about this book--the beautiful cover, the plot, the two main characters, and especially how it ends. Gwen is such a kind, compassionate person who truly empathizes with children who are less fortunate or have health issues. She planned to donate a good portion of her inheritance to her cousin to help run his orphanage. I loved when she decided to throw her mother's rules for hiding her limp out the window. Good for her!! They were stupid and if she was going to find a husband he should accept her as she is! I also liked her friendship with Syble, and that Gwen read romance novels. How scandalous. Avery is a good man who put didn't want to become like his father after his wife died, so he kept his heart safe and used his job as an excuse not to fall in love. That is until he realizes he's more himself with Gwen than anyone save a few trusted others. I loved the conversations he had with Gwen, and when he made an appointment for her to see the specialist in London about her foot my heart melted. This is one of the few books I've read that take place in this era and was surprised to find out that it wasn't that uncommon for heiresses to travel to England to marry someone with a title for superior social status. This is my first book by Stacy Henrie. It's also the first in a new series, and I look forward to reading the others. This is a clean romance with some kisses and a few mild perilous situations. Nothing graphic. I received a complimentary copy but all thoughts expressed in this review are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Night at the Opera is the first book I have read of Henrie's. I liked this book, it was right up my alley but I don't know if I would like her writing with a book I was less interested in. The Good- The book has a great backdrop. London right before WW1. Many American woman came to England to marry up and many English nobles needed the money. The Hero is a Spy, who is also a Lord and the Heroine a courageous Christian heiress who has been rejected because of her limp in America. They meet and sp Night at the Opera is the first book I have read of Henrie's. I liked this book, it was right up my alley but I don't know if I would like her writing with a book I was less interested in. The Good- The book has a great backdrop. London right before WW1. Many American woman came to England to marry up and many English nobles needed the money. The Hero is a Spy, who is also a Lord and the Heroine a courageous Christian heiress who has been rejected because of her limp in America. They meet and sparks fly:} These two characters were well written and fairly real. The Christian element was not over done or shoved down your throat. The Bad- The ending was not well done. Lets just say no one, not even Sherlock Holmes could have figured out what the Hero figures out. The Bad guy was really stupid to do what he did. He basically gave himself away at the end to all of England..... Ya so I liked everything about the book but the end was a hot mess.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Night at the Opera was amazing. The story was entertaining and the characters intrigued me right away. The way the main characters met was memorable and that is all I'm going to say about that. ;) I loved how this book combined historical romance with suspense. I found it interesting how the hero was working for the Secret Service Bureau to find spies. There was definitely a lot of danger in the story because of that. All in all, I loved Night at the Opera and recommend it. I cannot wait to read Night at the Opera was amazing. The story was entertaining and the characters intrigued me right away. The way the main characters met was memorable and that is all I'm going to say about that. ;) I loved how this book combined historical romance with suspense. I found it interesting how the hero was working for the Secret Service Bureau to find spies. There was definitely a lot of danger in the story because of that. All in all, I loved Night at the Opera and recommend it. I cannot wait to read Henrie's next book, as she is one of my favorite authors...yet to be disappointed in a story of hers. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

    Night at the Opera is an absolute delight. There is mystery, spies, POV changes, intriguing characters and of course romance. Gwen is a wonderful character full of heart and determination. Avery is a smart, carrying spy who is trying to figure out who hurt him, all while deciding his future and faith. I loved how Avery and Gwen didn't get along at first and I enjoyed their heart felt discussions, especially on faith in God and the trips to the doctor for Gwen. These were beautifully written. 5 o Night at the Opera is an absolute delight. There is mystery, spies, POV changes, intriguing characters and of course romance. Gwen is a wonderful character full of heart and determination. Avery is a smart, carrying spy who is trying to figure out who hurt him, all while deciding his future and faith. I loved how Avery and Gwen didn't get along at first and I enjoyed their heart felt discussions, especially on faith in God and the trips to the doctor for Gwen. These were beautifully written. 5 out of 5 stars. A wonderful book from a talented author.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    What a delightful read! This book is the perfect blend of suspense and romance all set in the early 1900's. I loved the characters! Gwen and Avery were wonderful, in-depth characters. It is well written. It is clean and wholesome and simply, delightful!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was a really sweet and inspirational historical romance. I liked that Gwen was trying so hard to be herself, and understood Avery's fears. I really liked how they came together without the unnecessary miscommunication trope. While it wasn't particularly unique a tale, it was the kind of sweet comforting read that you read to lift your day.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    I have loved every book that Ms. Henrie has ever written, but seeing that NIGHT AT THE OPERA was about spying, I was especially eager to read it, and it’s even better than I hoped! Ms. Henrie is my go-to author for comfort reading, in the sense that I can relax because I know I need not check anything: the author is always historically accurate, or as in this case that she acknowledges where she took some liberties. Gwen and Avery don’t share the same views on faith, and it is the cause of a sli I have loved every book that Ms. Henrie has ever written, but seeing that NIGHT AT THE OPERA was about spying, I was especially eager to read it, and it’s even better than I hoped! Ms. Henrie is my go-to author for comfort reading, in the sense that I can relax because I know I need not check anything: the author is always historically accurate, or as in this case that she acknowledges where she took some liberties. Gwen and Avery don’t share the same views on faith, and it is the cause of a slight disagreement between Gwen and Avery, and from his point of view, it’s easy to understand his reasoning. I love how Gwen turned her “shortcoming” – her limp – into a strength and made her more resilient, in a very believable way. She knows what she wants, she will do what needs to be done to achieve it, but she never behaves recklessly or stubbornly; she evaluates what must be done and when, which makes her very much alike Avery. Gwen’s constant and subtle battles with her mother also show her fortitude; Mrs. Barton can be a bit aggravating at times! Avery is a spy, and I love how this part of the story was handled: it was always present, but not overwhelming and very realistic. NIGHT AT THE OPERA is masterfully balanced: the spy story is essential to the romance, while the growing romance bleeds into the spying, and so seamlessly, it’s a pleasure to read every page. NIGHT AT THE OPERA is just so smooth, so lovely, and still riveting: there is a traitor amidst the ton: who is he, how will he be uncovered; how will Avery and Gwen reconcile their differences and find their happily ever after. Stacy Henrie continues to enchant and delight me with every book she writes! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    From page one, readers will be captivated by Stacy Henrie’s Night at the Opera. This delightful story has everything a historical fiction reader loves. Set in Edwardian England, this novel is filled with sweet romance with a bit of intrigue and mystery to add an exciting and excellent twist to the story. Henrie is an excellent storyteller, causing readers to fall into her stories from the first page. The believable characters come to life through different point of view changes, strong emotions, From page one, readers will be captivated by Stacy Henrie’s Night at the Opera. This delightful story has everything a historical fiction reader loves. Set in Edwardian England, this novel is filled with sweet romance with a bit of intrigue and mystery to add an exciting and excellent twist to the story. Henrie is an excellent storyteller, causing readers to fall into her stories from the first page. The believable characters come to life through different point of view changes, strong emotions, and struggles, as they learn to lean on and trust in God. This is a novel that readers that enjoy Edwardian romance with a touch of mystery will thoroughly enjoy! Readers of Henrie’s westerns and WWI novels will also enjoy this change of scenery in Edwardian England! Series: An American Heiress Genre: historical, romance, mystery, Edwardian Publisher: Mirror Press Publication date: October 16, 2018 Number of pages: 276 Other books in the series: 2-Beneath an Italian Sky (April 2019) 3-Among Sand and Sunrise (October 2019) A review copy of this book was provided by Mirror Press. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    First I have to say that I really love this cover. It feels so classy to me and is a great representation of what lies inside. This book has the most excellent first meet between Gwen and Avery! They can't even see each other clearly and they have no idea who they are meeting, but yum, is it good. It set the tone for the whole book with the intrigue and mystery and I really loved it. The characters felt solid in my mind, believable and so easy to like. I was drawn to them from the very beginning. First I have to say that I really love this cover. It feels so classy to me and is a great representation of what lies inside. This book has the most excellent first meet between Gwen and Avery! They can't even see each other clearly and they have no idea who they are meeting, but yum, is it good. It set the tone for the whole book with the intrigue and mystery and I really loved it. The characters felt solid in my mind, believable and so easy to like. I was drawn to them from the very beginning. As their interactions increased in frequency, the build up of emotions and mystery also increased. It all felt very gentle but the arc was definitely there and I couldn't help but feel it. I really loved the ending too. It left me with all sorts of fuzzy, good feelings Content: mild peril, kissing - I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

    There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this book: the historical setting (early 1900s are my favorite), the mystery (not too much, just enough to keep things interesting) and the main characters, of course. Avery and Gwen meet under unusual circumstances that seal them to one another, however unknowingly in the beginning. By the time they discover each other's identity, they keep their secret to protect the other. The development of their relationship was a joy to read and I can't wait for t There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this book: the historical setting (early 1900s are my favorite), the mystery (not too much, just enough to keep things interesting) and the main characters, of course. Avery and Gwen meet under unusual circumstances that seal them to one another, however unknowingly in the beginning. By the time they discover each other's identity, they keep their secret to protect the other. The development of their relationship was a joy to read and I can't wait for the next installment.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    NIGHT AT THE OPERA is an inspiring story of the struggles of life, choosing to not hide who you are, and the faith that carries one through. Inspirational romance readers will fall in love with the characters and a story that tugs on the heart. Definitely a story worth the read! I really loved these characters! Gwen has lived with an injury from her childhood that permanently left her with a limp and pain. It's something that is not completely accepted by the New York society she is a member of. NIGHT AT THE OPERA is an inspiring story of the struggles of life, choosing to not hide who you are, and the faith that carries one through. Inspirational romance readers will fall in love with the characters and a story that tugs on the heart. Definitely a story worth the read! I really loved these characters! Gwen has lived with an injury from her childhood that permanently left her with a limp and pain. It's something that is not completely accepted by the New York society she is a member of. It's also something that has given her great compassion for others, particularly children, with similar injuries. She has traditional parents who want to see her taken care of through marriage, but don't necessarily see love as a necessity of that marriage. They also support her to an extent, but want her to try to hide her injury and be more demure in society instead of being herself. She loves her parents, so she's a bit conflicted by their wishes, her own, and her struggle with trusting in God. Avery is someone who hides himself on purpose as an agent of the crown. He also was injured as a child, but not physically. He has walled off his heart. His uncle wishes for him to also make a match, but not for status or to be physically cared for. On the contrary, his uncle wishes him to have love and companionship. The contrasts between him and Gwen, but in different ways, made for an interesting comparison. They are very well-drawn characters with good hearts and so easy to like. The plot is intriguing with quite a few things going on. Gwen is trying to aid an orphanage back home and also find if anything can be done for her prior injury. She's also trying to find love, but is reserved to not marrying. Avery is seeking a German spy while also trying to be the heir his family needs. Gwen's faith is fairly strong, while Avery has closed his heart to God. They really aren't looking to fall in love, or at least don't believe it will happen, and then they meet one night at the opera... it's the catalyst that nudges their hearts open just a little and allows for the possibility of more. I loved their interactions and the chemistry between them. I also enjoyed the inspirational parts as well. There were a few things that felt a little too unrealistic or too perfectly tied off, but otherwise the story flowed well. In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a sweet, inspiring, and entertaining read. I loved the romance, the suspense elements, and the way these characters' hearts were opened to each other and to God. Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author's publicist, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Laverdure

    Another great story by talented author Stacy Henrie! 5 stars I am an avid reader and easily able to read a book in two days. ‘Night at the Opera’ is a little gem to discover. In fact, it's a real page turner! I’m also pleased to recommend you Stacy Henrie’s first book starring American heiress Gwen Barton and secret agent Avery Windfield, or should I say the future duke of Moorleigh. These two charming but complex characters will embark on a journey of love and discovery! It’s truly a great intro Another great story by talented author Stacy Henrie! 5 stars I am an avid reader and easily able to read a book in two days. ‘Night at the Opera’ is a little gem to discover. In fact, it's a real page turner! I’m also pleased to recommend you Stacy Henrie’s first book starring American heiress Gwen Barton and secret agent Avery Windfield, or should I say the future duke of Moorleigh. These two charming but complex characters will embark on a journey of love and discovery! It’s truly a great introduction to her new series ‘An American Heiress’. I can't wait to read the next story. From the 1870's, through the end of Edwardian era, many American heiresses, traveled from America to England in search of husbands. They welcomed them with open arms because they were rich. Some of these women only wanted superior social status or a title, but a few found love and passion. This is the case for Gwen and Avery! Gwen had a mission to take care of orphans, and she found that she was very happy with that. However her mother Cornelia insists that she enters another season to find a husband. Avery, an agent for the London Secret Service Bureau has no intention of marrying, he's afraid to put his future wife in danger because of his work. But destiny has other plans for these two. One night, a man is injured in a dark opera box and a mysterious lady will come to his rescue. This scene is so cute...to keep him alert and not become unconscious, she gives him a kiss on the lips! Will her kiss do it's magic? Days go by, and they still don't know each other. Then the mystery starts! Since Avery is a very busy man for the Bureau, he has a mission to take care. Or will Gwen become his first priority? Intriguing journey of two beautiful and passionate people who will risk their heart to be happy forever. *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jade Green

    Standing ovation for Night at the Opera! Bravo for Stacy Henrie! This book was really well done. I really liked and related to the main characters, and the story was well told. I thought it might be helpful to share the definitions I use for my ratings. To start with, a 3 is a really good rating. It means the story fully met my expectations for an enjoyable romance read and that I’ll happily read it again. A rating above a 3 is beyond my expectations, and a 5 means it affected me on a deeper leve Standing ovation for Night at the Opera! Bravo for Stacy Henrie! This book was really well done. I really liked and related to the main characters, and the story was well told. I thought it might be helpful to share the definitions I use for my ratings. To start with, a 3 is a really good rating. It means the story fully met my expectations for an enjoyable romance read and that I’ll happily read it again. A rating above a 3 is beyond my expectations, and a 5 means it affected me on a deeper level. I rarely give anthologies a rating of 5 because they’re usually too short to get that reaction from me. A rating below a 3 means I will avoid reading it again. If it’s a 1, I will absolutely never read it again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Five stars! This is one of those clean romantic fiction stories that stands out from the rest. The main characters are extremely likeable and there is smile-inducing chemistry between them. The historical setting was interesting as are the supporting characters. Though I enjoy this genre it can often be overly cheesy. Night at the Opera, by contrast, is sweet and at times profound as the heroine is passionate about helping orphans. I will definitely be reading more of Stacy Henrie!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    A delightful read! I loved the uniqueness of the storyline and the fact that it kept you guessing. It was a great blend of romance, danger, and intrigue. This was my first book by this author, but I definitely plan to read more.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    This was my first book by this author and I enjoyed the balance between romance and spywork.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Night at the Opera (2018) by Stacy Henrie is the first novel in her American Heiress series. This book was recently released on October 16, 2018 by Mirror Press, and can be purchased wherever books are sold. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 276 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very lively six-year old, this book took me two days to read. I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher via Kathy at I Am a Reader. In no way has this influence Night at the Opera (2018) by Stacy Henrie is the first novel in her American Heiress series. This book was recently released on October 16, 2018 by Mirror Press, and can be purchased wherever books are sold. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 276 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very lively six-year old, this book took me two days to read. I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher via Kathy at I Am a Reader. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give Night at the Opera 5 STARS. This novel is a Historical Christian Romance. Do yourself a favor and go online to Amazon or run to your local bookstore to pick up a copy of Night at the Opera by Stacie Henrie. I absolutely LOVED this book. I will admit that I had never heard of Stacie Henrie before so I wasn’t sure what I was going to get with this book. But the premise really grabbed my attention, so I went with it. Boy, am I glad I did. I enjoyed every page of this highly engaging story! Gwen, the heroine of this novel, is an exceptional character. She is slightly introverted and completely endearing. Gwen would prefer a night in her library reading the latest romance released rather than attend the latest society ball. This is a sentiment I can relate to greatly! Gwen is slightly damaged from an accident she suffered when she was a little girl, but refuses to let it get her down. Sure, sometimes the chronic pain from this injury is frustrating and wearisome, but Gwen never allows it to change her positive outlook. I find this quality most inspirational. A negative attitude does nothing but make a person miserable, and Gwen totally gets that. My most favorite character attribute though is Gwen’s strong faith in God. She is NEVER afraid to share her faith no matter what others may say or think. She boldly professes her faith in God as her source of strength even when she worries on the inside that maybe her confessions will alienate herself from others. I genuinely love this about Gwen’s character. It’s a great reminder that no matter who or what comes my way, I must always stand strong in my faith in God and His Truth. Avery is a wonderful hero. He’s a bit Mr. Rochester meets Mr. Darcy. I immediately fell for his character! Not only is he handsome, intelligent, and refined, but he is also rather cool. He is a spy for what will eventually become Britain’s MI-5 and MI-6. So there is this aura of mystery and danger to Avery that makes his character even more swoon-worthy! Like all good heroes, Avery is a bit damaged by events in his past. His mother died when he was a boy, and his father did not take it well. This leads to a very acerbic relationship between Avery and his father that never finds resolution. It is unfortunate, but such ugly earthly relationships can cause us to question the love and faithfulness of our Heavenly Father, which is exactly the path Avery has taken at the start of this book. I feel that Avery’s questions, worries, and fears in regards to God are all very realistic feelings that I have related to in my own past, which makes Avery and even more relatable character. When Avery does come to better conclusions about God, with Gwen’s help of course, I could not help but cheer for him! One reason why I love Christian fiction so much is because it tries to answer the tough questions in a way people will understand and accept. Avery’s tough question in this story is: why does God allow pain if He loves us? Gwen thinks about her own pain and explains to Avery that sometimes pain is the best way to grow into the person God wants him/her to be. This confounds Avery until Gwen states that until she experienced her own pain, she wasn’t really conscious of the pain of others. It took her getting hurt to realize that others get hurt too and need help. This realization allowed Gwen to follow a path towards helping injured and sick children that she probably would never have followed if she had never been hurt. I found this to be a stellar answer to this rather difficult question. God doesn’t want His kids to be in pain. That is not God’s will for us. But, God will use our pain to shape us into the men and women He hopes we will become. Pain, in a sense, is a refining tool used by God. It is not a punishment. What a fabulous take away! Truly, I am sad to be done with this book. I will miss my time with Gwen and Avery very much. If you are looking for a highly engaging, captivating, and well-written Historical Romance then I highly recommend Night at the Opera. It is a definite must-read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mummy Cat Claire

    New York City, July 1907. Gwen Barton is an American heiress who volunteers her time at the local orphanage. She has a strong sense of taking care of the children who are less fortunate. Although Gwen is "unmarried at the age of twenty-one, Gwen would inherit a large sum from her fortune" next year. But her mother gets wind that an acquaintance of theirs has gone off to England to participate in the annual "season" and married a titled man. Gwen's mother wishes the same for her daughter. London, New York City, July 1907. Gwen Barton is an American heiress who volunteers her time at the local orphanage. She has a strong sense of taking care of the children who are less fortunate. Although Gwen is "unmarried at the age of twenty-one, Gwen would inherit a large sum from her fortune" next year. But her mother gets wind that an acquaintance of theirs has gone off to England to participate in the annual "season" and married a titled man. Gwen's mother wishes the same for her daughter. London, May 1908. Avery Winfield has been given the opportunity, from a friend, to attend the nights opera. Avery works for his government and is seeking out a spy for the Germans. He hopes that his night at the opera will yield a suspect. Instead, he finds himself shot and a lady, he doesn't know, helps treat his wounds and kisses him in the darkness. Avery is next to inherit the title and duties of the Duke of Moorleigh from his uncle. He isn't interested in this type of lifestyle and plans to never marry, given his profession. Gwen is out seeking a husband in the seasons ballrooms and parties by her mother's will. She worries about her appearance and catching the eye of a man who interests her. Gwen was injured as a young girl and that injury created a limp. She hopes that a doctor in London can repair her leg. As Gwen seeks to identify the man she kissed in the opera house, Avery seeks to find the mysterious woman. This was a new era for me. There seem to be less books that take place around the turn of the century, which is unfortunate. The author didn't take a lot of time describing the setting so the time period wasn't as obvious. But there are differences in social proprieties and other nuances thrown in. I liked Gwen. I think she is a good strong character. Avery was quick witted and the two characters butt heads at first, then strike a friendship. I like how the book was about more than just people looking to marry. There were several other plot lines that were enjoyable to read about but also didn't take over the story. The author includes that Gwen is a religious person by reading her scriptures and praying. Avery is said to be agnostic. I don't consider this to be a christian romance because God and religion were only mentioned. God and scripture are not quoted and there is no detail about beliefs others than general knowledge of God. Overall, I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading clean romances from the past. If you prefer regency romances don't be afraid to read this book. Don't let the time period steer you away. It was actually quite refreshing and I really liked the story. Content: clean I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I loved this historical romance! The characters are amazing. I loved the plot. And the romance and danger are so great as well. Gwen is a great young woman. I loved the way she was always working so hard to care for the orphans. Her cousin runs an orphanage and Gwen wants to do everything she can to help. But that’s a little hard, because Gwen was injured as a child. She has a limp that makes it hard to do everything she wants to do. I loved the way Gwen ends up in England. Her parents want her t I loved this historical romance! The characters are amazing. I loved the plot. And the romance and danger are so great as well. Gwen is a great young woman. I loved the way she was always working so hard to care for the orphans. Her cousin runs an orphanage and Gwen wants to do everything she can to help. But that’s a little hard, because Gwen was injured as a child. She has a limp that makes it hard to do everything she wants to do. I loved the way Gwen ends up in England. Her parents want her to marry, but everyone in New York knows about her limp and her failed engagement. So Gwen’s mom takes her to England for the season. Then there’s Avery. He lives in England. And he works as a spy. I loved the way that Gwen and Avery meet! They both happen to have gone to the opera the same night. Avery has been hurt by a thug and Gwen finds him in an otherwise empty opera box, badly injured. She bandages him and they share one amazing kiss. But neither knows who the other was. I loved how neither of them recognized that the other was the one who they kissed until very late in the plot. That made the plot so fun, especially since they spend so much time together and become such great friends. They may even be in love with each other. I loved the fast pace of the plot in this one. It’s full of danger, adventure, and romance. It’s one you definitely want to read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    What a beautiful cover! It would definitely catch my attention at a bookstore or library. Night at the Opera is clean, Christian historical fiction and an enjoyable, quick read. I hadn’t heard about American heiresses traveling to England to find husbands for a title and higher social status. Such a crazy idea, especially given that that wasn’t very long ago. I really liked that Gwen didn’t care about a title or higher social status. She was trying to be a good daughter, but stayed true to hersel What a beautiful cover! It would definitely catch my attention at a bookstore or library. Night at the Opera is clean, Christian historical fiction and an enjoyable, quick read. I hadn’t heard about American heiresses traveling to England to find husbands for a title and higher social status. Such a crazy idea, especially given that that wasn’t very long ago. I really liked that Gwen didn’t care about a title or higher social status. She was trying to be a good daughter, but stayed true to herself instead of going along with a relationship that didn’t have real feelings or meaning. Her disability probably played a big role in her attitude-a good example that our trials can make us stronger. I liked Avery as well. He also wasn’t caught up in the social desires, which made him more likable. He had a strong loyalty to country and was willing to risk his life for it. It was good to see him grow throughout the novel. The mystery of the identities at the opera was an entertaining way for our main characters to meet, and the discovery kept things interesting. *I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather (The Book Squirm)

    This story had potential except it never delivers. This is the story of Gwen, an American heiress who is left with a limp after a childhood accident. We aren’t allowed to forget about this limp for even a brief minute, although we are asked to see beyond it to the character’s worth. Her mother takes Gwen to visit family in England for the season in an effort to secure a marriage. This is where the story takes place and where we should have been delighting in the proper romance and intrigue as ou This story had potential except it never delivers. This is the story of Gwen, an American heiress who is left with a limp after a childhood accident. We aren’t allowed to forget about this limp for even a brief minute, although we are asked to see beyond it to the character’s worth. Her mother takes Gwen to visit family in England for the season in an effort to secure a marriage. This is where the story takes place and where we should have been delighting in the proper romance and intrigue as our next main character is a spy. 2 ⭐️ because I finished it and could see the potential. Unfortunately, there was a lot of redundancy and not enough spy craft.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Night at the Opera is a pretty good read. I enjoyed Gwen's story. Especially, when she was in the scenes with Avery. Those two were so sweet and fun together. The plot has them involved in a little adventure, mystery and suspense. Which kept me intrigued and wanted to keep reading. Night at the Opera is a wonderful inspiring story of hope, forgiveness and faith, that many readers would relate to. I am giving it four and a half stats. I would love to read more stories like this by Stacy Henrie in Night at the Opera is a pretty good read. I enjoyed Gwen's story. Especially, when she was in the scenes with Avery. Those two were so sweet and fun together. The plot has them involved in a little adventure, mystery and suspense. Which kept me intrigued and wanted to keep reading. Night at the Opera is a wonderful inspiring story of hope, forgiveness and faith, that many readers would relate to. I am giving it four and a half stats. I would love to read more stories like this by Stacy Henrie in the near future. Night at the Opera is a great read and I recommend it. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Newberry Killgallon

    Wow what a wonderful read. Night at the Opera was so enjoyable. I loved Gwen Barton and Avery Winfield. She saves his life in an opera Box. But the light was so dim that they couldn't see each others face. I enjoyed seeing how the story unfolds. I loved how they brought out the best in each other. The author did a wonderful job in bringing the characters to life.

  28. 4 out of 5

    M R

    Liked the beginning. Gwen is a strong, independent woman who has overcome many obstacles. The middle started to drag a bit though. The usual I love him but he's too damaged lament. The ending was quick and heartfelt.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Gardner

    This was such a beautifully written story. I little intrigue, growth, and love. Gwen and Avery really saved each other and it was wonderful to see their friendship grow into love. 

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Fabulous mystery romance of the past I could not stop reading this book (except to sleep). Fabulous writing and characters. Intriguing clues that set me off to wrong conclusions. All should read this.

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