Missionary daughter Rebecca Ravenshaw returns to England, a grown woman bereft after her parents’ death in a violent uprising in India. She is met with suspicion when she arrives at Headbourne to claim her family estate, however, since another young woman had already assumed ownership months earlier, claiming to be the true heir. This imposter died soon afterward, and a distant male relative had been summoned to take over the inheritance. This man, Captain Luke Whitfield is handsome and charming, certainly, but is he trustworthy? Does he play the affable host while planning yet another heiress’s demise, or will he prove worthy of Rebecca’s trust—and affection? As the plot thickens and strange incidents occur, Rebecca draws on her well-grounded Christian faith to combat her growing fear. Intriguing secondary characters and lush scenery contribute to the often sinister, even creepy, moments readers will come to anticipate. Infusing her story with mystery, tension, and emotion, Byrd (To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn) strikes a fine balance between the darkness of a Gothic mystery and the sweetness of a captivating love story. Byrd—and Brontë—fans will enjoy this first of the new Daughters of Hampshire series. Agency: Browne and Miller Literary Agency. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 12/22/2014 Release date: 03/10/2015 Genre: Fiction
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