The mystery surrounding Celia's home in Savannah threatens her family reputation . . . and her very life.
Celia Browning is counting the days until her childhood sweetheart Sutton Mackay returns to Savannah after two years in Jamaica looking after his family's shipping interests. She's certain he will propose marriage, thus joining two of the city's most prominent families. But just as Sutton returns, an unsavory newspaper reporter arrives in town, determined to revive interest in the secret tragedies that occurred in the Browning mansion on Madison Square when Celia was a child.
A series of mysterious notes arrives at the house, followed by an anonymous gift--a bracelet imbued with a sinister message. Is it merely a coincidence, or is someone out to harm her?
As war clouds gather over Savannah and her beloved father's health worsens, Celia determines to uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago.
Inspired by actual events in one of Savannah's most prominent 19th-century families, "The Bracelet "combines romance, rich historical detail, and breathtaking suspense as one young woman embarks upon a dangerous quest to free herself from her family's tragic past.
A fascinating setting and captivating time period blend together to create an unusual mystery. I found the pre-war Southern politics intriguing (though unpalatable). I have definitely read more books with the North's perspective so the historical details of this Southern time period really added to the reading experience.
The story is told exclusively from Celia's point of view which is definitely a switch from the more common hero/heroine viewpoints I'm used to reading. I found I missed that masculine POV, though, and as a result, Sutton felt more like a secondary character to me. I'll admit that is partly our fearless heroine's fault. She's so intent on protecting her family's name and solving the mystery herself she gives Sutton little opportunity to rise up to the hero challenge. And she confides in all the wrong people which set my heart into palpitations a number of times. Such an infuriating minx.
I really enjoyed the mix of history and mystery. Historical details really shone through in the suspense plot and brought an added dimension to my armchair sleuthing.
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