Mini Review | A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

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Mini Review | A Curious Beginning by Deanna RaybournA Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
Series: Veronica Speedwell Mystery #1
Published by Penguin/NAL
Release date : September 1st, 2015
Genres: Adult, Historical, Mystery, Suspense
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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London, 1887. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England now gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. Promising to reveal in time what he knows of the plot against her, the baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker—a reclusive natural historian as intriguing as he is bad-tempered. But before the baron can deliver on his tantalizing vow to reveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Take:

Historical books are slowly becoming my THING. Granted, I love it when there is a romance too, but the lack of one in A Curious Beginning made this one all the more better!

Veronica made this book for me. She is smart, strong-willed, independent, witty and unconventional for her time. I loved her from the very first page I read! She is a lepidopterist; and I loved hearing about her adventurers abroad. Joining up with the dark, brooding Stoker after the death of the mysterious German Baron, we tag along to solve not only one, but two mysterious and I enjoyed every minute of it!

I loved the relationship development between her and Stoker. Again, there isn’t much in the romance department but I anticipate something happening in future installments. Their banter, long conversations and ideas that bounce off one another were just delightful. The work so well together and make quite the team! As mentioned before, Veronica is not your conventional lady and I loved how much she pushed Stoker and eventually, opened up.

The mysteries too, were fun to figure out. I wasn’t sure for the longest time the direction of the story — simply because I felt there were many detours that threw me off course and the plot. Granted, some of those detours were necessary and become apparent later on.

Overall – I quite enjoyed A Curious Beginning. I love the characters, the setting and the brilliantly descriptive writing. I am looking forward to continued adventures with these two!



Tonya is a 30 y/o mom, wife, avid reader, coffee junkie, junk food addicted workaholic and blogger.

5 responses to “Mini Review | A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

  1. Red Iza

    I’ve already heard good things about this novel in general and Veronica in particular – I can’t wait to read it, great review 🙂

  2. Braine

    I loved this one too! Veronica is such an engaging heroine and Stoker is my kind of nerdy, beta, swoony hero. Loved his makeover!

  3. Lola

    I’ve slowly getting into the historical genre a bit, I tried to read a few books in the genre this year and am still trying to figure out what I like and don’t. This one sounds good and like their friendschip is a nice set-up for a slow building romance, love those! the addition of the mysteries sounds fun too. Great review!

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