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  • Enjoyable Mystery

    1897 Vaughan Springthorpe has sent most of her life helping her solicitor father in his work as his assistant. On his death she has applied for and been accepted to work as a legal assistant by Sir Peter Spencer owner of Morton Abbey. But strange things are happening, noisies, and crying from a long dead child. Is someone trying to frighten her away. She even becomes suspicious of the nearest ‘perfect’ village . An entertaining and well-written Victorian Gothic mystery with its interesting and varied characters

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  • So satisfying

    Is the home haunted or just creepy? Is it’s occupant mad or misunderstood? And why does the local village have no female children? And there is so much more going on in the beautifully gothic story from Clarissa Harwood. She doesn’t shy away from difficult subject matter and she doesn’t apologize for making her readers uncomfortable. And that’s what make this book sooooo satisfying. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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  • Twists and turns keeps the readers interest

    Vaughn Springthorpe is no shrinking violet and she is determined to take the position offered as assistant to the heir of Morton Abbey. Morton Abbey is situated in a remote area of the moors, but there is no carriage or transportation awaiting at her destination. No one seemed eager to assist her into the carriage when one did arrive or encourage her to the property. Ms. Harwood spins a very descriptive yarn about the plight of a young lady at the turn of the 19th century into the 20th. Shabby and showing disrepair, the abbey seems the last place a young invalid should seek employment and the well-developed characters working in the Manor are less than welcoming. They were expecting a young male solicitor, not an unlicensed young lady! Vaughn is very well qualified, however, being the product of on-the-job training by her father. Her employer, Sir Peter Spencer, is the eldest son and has gone through the family’s money and is looking to sell the property. His younger brother has a number of frailties and is sequestered in a part of the structure. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the characters as the story developed. The story moves quickly and held my interest throughout the book. Recommended! 5 stars - CE Williams

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  • Outstanding!!

    This Gothic was so good and written so well. Vaughn is so brave and the challenges the author gave her were a bit and wonderful. I was completely with the character every step she took it was a super journey that I took with her. There was the unexpected and unpredictable twist that made this book a first-rate read. Loved the book and highly recommend it. I received this book for free from Booksiren and voluntarily chose to review it.

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  • Gothic Atmosphere, Beautifully Written!

    Set in 1890s Yorkshire, this splendid book contains the perfect amount of darkness and drips with Gothic atmosphere. You can't throw a brick without hitting it. Yet it's not scary in a horror/supernatural sort of way. Female solicitors in this era are extremely rare. Not only is Vaughan Springthorpe intelligent, she is spirited and also has foibles...don't we all? She has a disability which you read about very early on so this isn't spoiling it. I like the inclusion of realistic touches. Lord Peter Spencer becomes her client and when she moves into Morton Abbey temporarily, she discovers more than a job. Much more. The house, though very dead, seems to have a personality of its own from eerie crying at night to an intrusion to pervasive melancholy to secrets galore. Vaughan desires nothing more than to get her work done and get out. Nicholas Spencer, the younger brother, is an invalid with shifty moods and a passion for the house. His character is extremely interesting. And then there is the young and handsome gardener, Joe Dixon. He is kind and gentle and adores working with plants. Vaughan finds herself pulled in, yet repulsed. Fascinating dynamic. The plots and subplots keep coming yet not over the top whatsoever. Romance is also in the air. We also see wrestling and reckoning with pasts, the present and future. So much to love here. My favourite aspects are the beautifully described atmosphere and characters. I adore books about old houses, especially those with a touch of the gothic. The writing is gorgeous and in ways I felt like I was right there in the thick of things. Do not hesitate to read this book. Get lost in it. My sincere thank you to Victory Editing NetGalley Co-op for the privilege of reading this highly-enjoyable book!

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