Blog Tour: Devlin Diary by Christi Philips

From the acclaimed author of The Rossetti Letter comes a dazzling novel of intrigue, passion, and royal secrets that shifts tantalizingly between Restoration-era London and present-day Cambridge.

London, 1672. The past twelve years have brought momentous changes: the restoration of the monarchy, a devastating plague and fire. Yet the city remains a teeming, thriving metropolis, energized by the lusty decadence of Charles II's court and burgeoning scientific inquiry. Although women enjoy greater freedom, they are not allowed to practice medicine, a restriction that physician Hannah Devlin evades by treating patients that most other doctors shun: the city's poor.
But Hannah has a special knowledge that Secretary of State Lord Arlington desperately needs. At the king's Machiavellian court, Hannah attracts the attention of two men, charming courtier Ralph Montagu and anatomist Dr. Edward Strathern, as well as the attention of the powerful College of Physicians, which views her work as criminal. When two influential courtiers are found brutally murdered, their bodies inscribed with arcane symbols, Hannah is drawn into a dangerous investigation by Dr. Strathern, who believes the murders conceal a far-reaching conspiracy that may include Hannah's late father and the king himself.
Cambridge, 2008. Teaching history at Trinity College is Claire Donovan's dream come true -- until one of her colleagues is found dead on the banks of the River Cam. The only key to the professor's unsolved murder is a seventeenthcentury diary kept by his last research subject, Hannah Devlin, physician to the king's mistress. With help from the eclectic collections of Cambridge's renowned libraries, Claire and historian Andrew Kent follow the clues Devlin left behind, uncovering secrets of London's dark past and Cambridge's equally murky present, and discovering that events of three hundred years ago may still have consequences today....
A suspenseful and richly satisfying tale brimming with sharply observed historical detail, The Devlin Diary brings past and present to vivid life. With wit and grace, Christi Phillips holds readers spellbound with an extraordinary novel of secrets, obsession, and the haunting power of the past.
-- Pocket Books
I absolutely LOVED this book! I wanted to post the synopsis written by Pocket Books because I wanted our followers to truly understand all the different elements of the book and different story lines and I felt if I wrote it I wouldn't do it justice. I've been trying to figure out what to write but the only thing that keeps running through my head is "What a GREAT book! What a GREAT book!" You don't need to read the first one (The Rossetti Letter) to understand whats going on, but I sure wish I would have only because this book was soooooo good! I love how the author goes back and forth between London 1672 and present day Cambridge without any confusion. When there are two different stories in one book, like this one, I usually lean more towards one story than the other, but I completely loved both story lines. This book is definitely a page turner. I highly recommend this book!
♥ Vanessa
We have 5 Copies available of Devlin Diary by Christi Philips
Contest ends on July 6, 2009

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  1. This really was a great book! ♥ed it!

    ♥ Nely

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  5. The reviews are so positive that I really want to read this!

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  8. I would love to win this book! Count me in.
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    Thank you!

  9. I'd love to enter!

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  10. I think this sounds like a great book. Please count me in!


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  11. This sounds like an interesting book; please enter me, too! I'm also following.

    Thank you!

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  12. I really, really want to read this one. Thanks for sharing~

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  13. I'm all about London, past and present, so I'd love to win this one!

    I'm a follower, and I'm also following on Twitter (angloaddict).

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  14. I would love to read this book. I studied in Cambridge a few years ago, so I would love to read about "home."

  15. I love this giveaway. Please add my name.

  16. pls enter me in this contest.

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  18. I sure could use a good page turner - I haven't read one of those lately.

    Please count me in - Thanks!
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  19. I follow

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  20. This looks really good!

    I'm a follower.

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  21. hi, my first time here - nice that you two do this together, keeps your interest and takes the pressure off compared to blogging solo

    I've heard great buzz about this book.
    Off to become a follower...
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  22. A few friends have recommended this author, so I just got her first book; love to get this one, too. Just became a follower.
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  23. Count me in on this one


  24. I'm also a follower


  25. i just found your blog...i have so wanted to win this book after reading my first review/giveaway on this book...i lost. so now i am trying again. i am on a fixed income so cannot buy all the books i want. so here i am trying again to read a book that interests me.

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  26. i follow (see little white dog) as follower

  27. spvaughan follows you in twitter

  28. what is a blog tour and how does one participate in it?

  29. This book sounds like a FANTASTIC read, please count me in!
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    Thanks for hosting the giveaway=)

  30. I follow=)

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  31. I would love to be entered for this book.

  32. I am also a follower

  33. Thanks for the chance - count me in!

  34. I would like to enter


  35. I'm a new follower too


  36. I signed up to follow your blog.

    This sounds like a must read book!

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