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In All Innocence by C.A Asbrey

14 January 2020
In All Innocence Book Cover In All Innocence
The Innocent Mystery Series part 4
C.A Asbrey
Prairie Rose Publications
October 3, 2019
Kindle Unlimited

Nat and Abigail have decided that Canada is their best bet for a clean start with their new baby. It’s the place where American and Scottish accents go relatively unnoticed, and newcomers can get lost in a crowd. The problem is that Canada doesn’t have a transcontinental train, so they have to sneak back into the USA to get to the West coast.

They catch a night train heading over the mountains, and are delighted to find it’s one of the new Palace cars, designed to allow people to sleep, and get the remote areas behind weary travelers. The train is packed full of English butlers heading west to join a new employment agency. They hope to make a fortune providing the New World nouveau riche with the Old World class, which they are desperate to buy for their children.

When the train is stuck in a rock fall, they find that a woman has been attacked in the night, and her moonstone stolen. Our heroes decide it’s best to solve the mystery rather than face too many questions.

They unravel a mystery which has evil tentacles reaching across oceans. Will they be caught up in them too?

I am so fortunate to be a reviewer who has been following a series almost as long as it has been in existence. Today I am doing a much requested and needed review for those following, of C.A Asbury’s, “In All Innocents” which is the 4th book in “The Innocent Mystery Series”

To start with, C.A Asbury had no idea I was going to read or review this, it’s something I picked up on my own and I read to give an honest review. This was on Kindle Unlimited, and I highly recommend if you have KU that you pick the series up. If you would like to read my previous reviews, please do. C.A Asbury writes some amazing stories so, I’m sure you can tell why I picked this up.

Now onto the first impressions. The thing that had me utterly delighted was that the consistency in the previous stories has remained in this one. The hook for this book was just as wonderful as the previous ones, and I was so happy to get a glimpse into the life of Abi, Nate, and Jake. I was so happy to see the newest member of the Innocent’s gang, and she’s a wonderful character. She brings a lot of life into the story in subtle ways.

On to the critiquing portion of my reviews, and I am going with a “Whole Story” critique. It’s not a major problem, but it is there. The story is not written like a normal 3 or 5 act story. Instead, this is the main story that has two separate stories at the end. The two separate stories intertwine together and feel like an episodic adventure. That’s not the critique, I am just explaining so that I can give the point I need to make. My issue is that neither of the two separate stories has a true ending. I think the reason for this is to tie into a fifth story, but I wasn’t particularly enjoying how the abrupt endings to both plot points came.

Now, with that out of the way, let me go into what I truly enjoyed about “In All Innocents”. First under the “Story Structure, Foundation and Presentation” portion of my reviews, I am pleased with how the story is plotted and structured. Aside from my critique about the missing end caps, the fun part of the main adventure/mystery was a full story and it leads to the other parts. I also was so very pleased with how well it was edited. I don’t think I’ve ever had any issue with anything C.A Asbury writes. I don’t have eye bending issues, or problems with punctuation either, and the margins are beautiful. The experience of reading an “Innocent” novel, is just as worth wild as the amazing story in it. That in and of itself is a huge compliment.

Lastly, my favorite thing about “In All Innocents” is the factual realism that is in the story. C.A Asbury writes stories that feel as though they were pulled from the pages of long-forgotten newspapers or dime novels of the Victorian era. Nothing about her writing comes across inappropriate, and she always finds a way to tie a modern idea to something that happened in the past. I love a story that does not preach but is a thoughtful exploration into the past so that I can reflect on the present.

And so with all of that in mind, I am pleased to score “In All Innocents” with a score of 95/100 which is a five-star review on Amazon and Goodreads. This is a great story for anyone who already has read the series, but it also is perfect if you love historical fiction, romance, or stories with a strong female protagonist in a series.

Peter Donnelly

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley

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