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Strangely Beautiful

Strangely Beautiful

Strangely Beautiful (Volume 1)

Leanna Renee Hieber

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Originally published as two books, Strangely Beautiful unites Leanna Renee Hieber's critically acclaimed novels in a single revised volume, restoring the author's original vision for the work.

Miss Persephone Parker—known as Percy—is different, with her lustrous, snow-white hair, pearlescent pale skin, and uncanny ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Seeking to continue her education, Percy has come to Queen Victoria's London, to the Athens Academy. What she will learn there will change her life forever.

Athens Academy is the citadel of The Guard, an ancient order that battles the forces of evil. The Victorian Guard, led by professor Alexi Rychman, is incomplete. They cannot defeat Jack the Ripper— who is more than the serial killer he appears to be—or the greater monster his appearance heralds.

Percy's lifelong habit of concealment combined with Alexi's fevered search for the Guard's missing seventh nearly prove disastrous as ancient Greek myths begin playing out in modern, gaslit, Victorian London. Percy and her new friends and allies must overcome their preconceptions about each other and their own histories before they can set the world to rights.


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CHAPTER ONE

London, England, 1888



A young woman, the likes of which London had never seen, alighted from a carriage near Bloomsbury and gazed at the grand faÇade before her. Breathless at the sight of the...

Praise for Strangely Beautiful

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker is indeed strange in its happenings and mood and beautiful in its romance and language. Hieber has created a secretive, gothic, paranormal world as well as a character who will resonate with anyone who has found the beauty in being different.” —Booklist

“Tender, poignant, exquisitely written.” —New York Times bestselling author C. L. Wilson on The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker

“A strangely beautiful tale indeed! An ethereal, lyrical story that combines myth, spiritualism and the gothic in lush prose and sweeping passion.” —USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Smith

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Leanna Renee Hieber

LEANNA RENEE HIEBER's first novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, won two Prism Awards from RWA's Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter: Best Fantasy Romance and Best First Novel and is in development as a Broadway musical, with Hieber writing the script. Her YA novel, Darker Still, was a Scholastic Highly Recommended Title, an INDIE NEXT selection, and a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award.

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