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    Romance with dark undercurrents

    This is a well written, multidimensional novel set in the Victorian era on the cusp of a new century. There was more than one mystery to be solved at Falconbridge Hall. When Vanessa finds herself destitute after the death of her parents, she takes on the post of governess to Blythe, Lord Falconbridge’s daughter. Julian is a man living under the cloud of his wife’s death, leaving him with his emotions safely locked up and no intention of ever allowing himself to become emotionally involved again. From the very first meeting Vanessa intrigues him and he eventually realises that she is the answer to more than one of his problems.There is an undercurrent of darkness at Falconbridge Hall and although Julian knows that he has done everything he can to secure his daughter’s future before leaving on an expedition to the Amazon, his intuition tells him that all is not well. I enjoyed the developing romance between Vanessa and Julian, as well as the part played by Blythe. The secondary plots added to the intrigue and had me guessing most of the way through the book. I found references to the implementation of technology interesting and went diving into Wikipedia to get more background and history to the references. Julian’s trip to the Amazon piqued my curiosity and I wondered whether exploration of the area is any easier today, despite improved modes of transport. Fortunately, there are now laws governing the capture of rare species of butterflies, however the early descriptions and research did go a long way towards building the wealth of knowledge we have today. I received this book for free from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily post this review. This is my honest review.
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