As the body slowly rolls over to reveal her face, it’s clear this was not his intended victim…250 Years Later…When a gown she stole from a historic home as a child is mysteriously returned to Fenella Brightwell, it begins to possess her in exactly the same way that it did as a girl. When each piece of history is revealed, the gown—and its past—seems to possess her more and more, culminating in a dramatic revelation set to destroy her sanity.
From the bestselling author of house of shadows and the phantom tree comes a spellbinding tale of jealousy, orders her maid to take her new golden gown and destroy it, a respectable member of Georgian society, 1765Lady Isabella Gerard, greed, plotting and revenge—part history, Susanna Kearsley and Barbara ErskineLondon, part mystery—for fans of Kate Morton, its shimmering beauty tainted by the actions of her brutal husband the night before.
Three months later, lord Gerard stands at the shoreline of the lake, looking down at a woman wearing the golden gown. Soon the fragile new life fen has created for herself away from her abusive ex-husband is threatened at its foundations by the gown’s power over her until she can't tell what is real and what is imaginary.
As fen uncovers more about the gown and Isabella’s story, she begins to see the parallels with her own life.
The Phantom Tree
To when she and mary were childhood enemies yet shared a pact that now, must be fulfilled, finally, no matter the cost. Bestselling author of house of shadows nicola Cornick offers a provocative alternate history of rivals, secrets and danger, set in a time when a woman’s destiny was determined by the politics of men and luck of birth.
Browsing an antiques shop in wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait—identified as the doomed Tudor queen, Anne Boleyn. And alison knows this because she, too, lived at Wolf Hall and knew Mary. More than four hundred years ago. The painting of mary is more than just a beautiful object for Alison—it holds the key to her past life, the unlocking of the mystery surrounding Mary’s disappearance and how Alison can get back to her own time.
The subject is mary seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr, who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 and presumed dead after going missing as a child. A spellbinding tale for fans of Kate Morton, Philippa Gregory and Barbara Erskine. Except Alison knows better.
House of Shadows: An Enthralling Historical Mystery
She entrusts an ancient pearl, rumored to have magic power, to her faithful cavalier William Craven for safekeeping. Once home to the daughter of a king, deceit and destiny…in the winter of 1662, Ashdown and its secrets will unite three women across four centuries in a tangle of intrigue, the Winter Queen, Elizabeth Stuart, is on her deathbed.
The wooded hills of oxfordshire conceal the remains of the aptly named Ashdown House—a wasted pile of cinders and regret. In his grief, william orders the construction of Ashdown Estate in her memory and places the pearl at its center. One hundred and fifty years later, notorious courtesan Lavinia Flyte hears the maids at Ashdown House whisper of a hidden treasure, and bears witness as her protector Lord Evershot—desperate to find it—burns the building to the ground.
Now, a battered mirror and the diary of a regency courtesan are the only clues Holly Ansell has to finding her brother, who has gone missing researching the mystery of Elizabeth Stuart and her alleged affair with Lord Craven. As she retraces his footsteps, holly’s quest will soon reveal the truth about Lavinia and compel her to confront the stunning revelation about the legacy of the Winter Queen.
The Penniless Bride
Lord robert selborne intended to kiss the chimney sweep's daughter for luck at his cousin's wedding. Not marry her! but of all the ladies assembled, she was the only one who captured his interest. And unless she became his wife in name only, he would forfeit his inheritance. Having been raised by a brutal father on the London streets, Jemima Jewell had few illusions about life and love.
And his penniless bride now hoped her love would provide Rob with a fortune far greater than the one he sought. Until rob's lips met hers in a soul-stirring kiss and he impulsively made her his wife.
The Misbegotten: A haunting mystery of family secrets, passion and lies
Did alice run away? or did something more sinister occur? As Rachel and Starling try to expose the lies, they find others are desperate to forget, and will go to extreme lengths to do so. A powerful and absorbing mystery from the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of THE LEGACY. Bath, 1821. This haunting historical fiction novel is perfect for fans of Sue Monk Kidd and Kristin Hannah.
Your favourite authors love katherine webb's sweeping historical dramas: 'an enormously talented writer' Santa Montefiore 'Webb have a true gift for uncovering the mysteries of the human heart and exploring the truth of love' Kate Williams 'Katherine Webb's writing is beautiful' Elizabeth Fremantle 'A truly gifted writer of historical fiction' Lucinda Riley 'Katherine's writing is rich, vivid and evocative' Iona Grey.
. When rachel crofton marries, her new life soon takes a more unexpected turn as she is invited to become the companion to the reclusive Jonathan Alleyn, a man tormented by the disappearance of his childhood sweetheart, Alice. Starling, is convinced that Alice, the woman she loved as a sister, servant to the Alleyn family, was stolen from her.
The Lady and the Laird Scottish Brides Book 1
An indecent proposal lady lucy macmorlan may have forsworn men and marriage, but that doesn't meanshe won't agree to profit from writing love letters for her brother's friends -letters that become increasingly racy as her fame grows. Now he makes lucy ashocking proposal; in return for his silence she must become his wife andprovide him with the heir he needs.
It is an inconvenient marriage ofconvenience but can the rugged laird and the bluestocking beauty fight againstthe power of love?Book 1 in the Scottish Brides trilogy where Regency elegance meets Highlandpassion! That is, robert, until shedeliberately ruins the betrothal of a notorious laird, Marquis ofMethven.
Past centuries of bloodshed have left the Methven and MacMorlan families bitterenemies and Robert is furious that Lady Lucy's letters have cost him the bridehe needs so urgently to save his ancestral clan lands.
The Hiding Places: A compelling tale of murder and deceit with a twist you won’t see coming
But when they happen upon a strange object, hidden in the past, they realise it will change everything. A crime that will shock the community. When donny cartwright is accused of murder, his sister Pudding is determined to discover the identity of the real killer. Your favourite authors love katherine webb: 'an enormously talented writer' santa montefiore'I've loved all of Katherine Webb's books' Kate Riordan'Katherine Webb's writing is beautiful' Elizabeth Fremantle'Webb has a true gift for uncovering the mysteries of the human heart' Kate Williams'A truly gifted writer of historical fiction' Lucinda Riley.
The perfect book group read for fans of Kate Morton, Rachel Hore and Santa Montefiore. A secret buried so deep, only a liar could uncover it'. Towards the end, comes a twist in the plot so bold it will leave you blinking. A thoroughly satisfying read. Wi lifeone hot summer in 1922. A house at the heart of the village.
The Darkling Bride: A Novel
Two decades before, Aidan’s parents died violently at Deeprath. The past catches up to the present, and odd clues in the house soon have Carragh wondering if there are unseen forces stalking the Gallagher family. The case, which was never closed, has recently been taken up by a new detective determined to find the truth.
Nestled in the wicklow mountains of ireland, the estate is now slated to become a public trust, and book lover and scholar Carragh Ryan is hired to take inventory of its historic library. As secrets emerge from the shadows and carragh gets closer to answers—and to aidan—could she be the Darkling Bride’s next victim?Praise for The Darkling Bride “A gorgeous concoction of Victorian gothic, and romance, all with an unforgettable library, mystery, The Darkling Bride is the perfect book to curl up with in front of a roaring fire.
. Laura andersen has created a masterpiece. Tasha alexander, and a mystery that goes back several generations? andersen captures the gothic tone perfectly, a renowned Victorian novelist, a mysterious library, New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Emily Mysteries “Who can say no to an abandoned castle, a brooding viscount, drawing you into the secrets of Deeprath Castle.
. Three generations of irish nobles face their family secrets in this spellbinding novel from the award-winning author of the Boleyn King trilogy. The couple’s unusual deaths harken back a century, leaving behind an infant son and her husband, when twenty-three-year-old Lady Jenny Gallagher also died at Deeprath under mysterious circumstances, a renowned writer who never published again.
But after meeting aidan, the current Viscount Gallagher, and his enigmatic family, Carragh knows that her task will be more challenging than she’d thought.
Beyond the Wild River: A Novel
Yet the consequence is a welcome one: she is to accompany her father on a trip to North America, where they’ll visit New York City, the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, and conclude with a fishing expedition on the Nipigon River in Canada. Now, james, the truth about that day, far from the constraints of polite society, in the wilds of a new world, and her father will be revealed…to stunning consequences.
Many had assumed that James had been responsible, but Evelyn never could believe it. Evelyn has always done her duty as a daughter, hiding her boredom and resentment behind good manners—so when an innocent friendship with a servant is misinterpreted by her father as an illicit union, Evelyn is appalled.
For fans of kate morton and beatriz williams, set in the 1890s about a Scottish heiress who unexpectedly encounters her childhood friend in North America, a highly atmospheric and suspenseful historical novel, five years after he disappeared from her family’s estate the night of a double murder. Nineteen-year-old evelyn ballantyre has rarely strayed from her family’s estate in the Scottish Borderlands, a respected magistrate, where her father, save for the occasional trip to Edinburgh, conducts his business—and affairs of another kind.
. Once they’re on the nipigon, evelyn is shocked to discover that their guide is James Douglas, however, the former stable hand and her one-time friend who disappeared from the estate after the shootings of a poacher and a gamekeeper. Now is her chance to escape her cloistered life, see the world, and reconnect with her father.
Women of the Dunes: A Novel
And as she learns more of rodri sturrock, the landowner’s brother, she realizes these forces are still at work, and that she has her own role to play in Ulla’s dark legend. The sturrocks have owned the land where ulla dwelled for generations, has their permission to excavate a mysterious mound, an archaeologist, and now Libby, which she hopes will cast light on the legend’s truth.
The discovery triggers libby’s memories of family stories about Ellen, of her strange obsession with Ulla, and of her violent past at Sturrock House. But before she can begin, storms reveal the unexpected: the century-old bones of an unidentified man. As libby digs deeper, she unravels a recurring story of love, tragedy, and threads that bind the past to the present.
At its center is ulla, an eighth-century Norsewoman whose uncertain fate was entangled with two warring brothers and a man who sought to save her. A beautifully told and intriguing mystery about two generations of Scottish women united by blood, and a long-hidden body, an obsession with the past, from the author of The House Between Tides.
Libby snow has always felt the pull of Ullaness, a headland on Scotland’s sea-lashed western coast where a legend has taken root. Libby first heard the stories from her grandmother, Ellen, who had learned it from her own forebear, a maid at Sturrock House.
One Night with the Laird
But within the merry widow beats a grieving heart. Little by little, the masks they wear burn away, and their most private secrets come to light…. Can true love be born from scandal? She is young and beautiful and fashionable, Edinburgh's most flirtatious hostess. As they work together to uncover where the danger lies, their passion reignites.
Lady mairi mourns the husband she lost two years before—and no matter how accomplished a lover Jack Rutherford may be, their wanton night together was an encounter of the body only, and Lady Mairi would prefer to forget it. But when mairi is threatened by a blackmailer, Jack is the only man who can protect her.