IN THE SHADOW OF CROFT TOWERS
Croft Towers holds more than its share of secrets...and Sybil is determined to uncover them all.
When Sybil Delafield's coach to Croft Towers was robbed by highway men, she should have realized that her new position as companion to old Mrs. Chalecroft would be no ordinary job. Upon Sybil's arrival, Mrs. Chalecroft sneaks into her room in the dark of night, imploring her to relay messages to town that are to stay hidden from the rest of the family. Who exactly is Sybil working for and what do the messages contain?
When fellow passengers of the robbed coach are later murdered, Sybil's hunt for the truth takes on a new urgency. The only person she can rely on is Mr. Sinclair, Mrs. Chalecroft's godson, but under all his charms he, too, leads a double life. Sybil must decide if he is the one honest voice she can trust, or if he is simply using her for his own advances.
With murderers, smugglers, and spies on the loose, nothing -- and no one -- in Regency England is what they claim. Can Sybil even trust what she knows about herself?
Eeeeppp...Regency...Gothic...Mystery....Danger....Romance....I....I....I...can't find the words. In the Shadow of Croft Towers is speechless redefined! Truly indescribably good.
I was riveted from the very first sentence -- "I often wonder what my life would have been like if I had never learned the truth." Wilson creates the moody ambiance of a classic Gothic novel to sweet perfection. From highwaymen to an ancestral home shrouded in mystery and everyone who lives there harbors secrets. And I mean everyone! Some of them deadly. And the way the author weaves it all together is absolutely sublime.
So beautifully written that it begs to be read out loud and savored. All told from Sybil's first person point of view. I get delicious shivers of delight just thinking about it. She's the newly arrived lady's companion that takes everyone by surprise. Caught between upstairs and downstairs -- not quite a servant but definitely not one of the family either. But she feels inexplicably drawn to her elderly charge whose failing health has the family gathered round. They maintain the old woman is losing her mind, but Sybil can't help but feel there is a method to Mrs. Chalecroft's madness and she is soon thrust into the midst of desperate intrigue and danger.
And then we have Mr. Sinclair. Brush off your fainting couches, order in an extra stock of smelling salts and prepare to be...swoonified! Oh dear, I think I'm going speechless again. He's so...so...very Regency-gentleman-cloaked-in-mystery-masked-by-sardonic-wit-with-a-touch-of-heated-glances. Thud, that's me bouncing off my fainting couch again. I need to get that spring fixed. My swooning is turning into more of a jack-in-the-boxing which isn't at all the effect I'm after. Just know that Mr. Sinclair will turn your mind to mush and put curls in your toes and encourage irregular heartbeats in an all too regular manner. I can't even...
An atmospheric delight of intrigue and romance!
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