About the Book:
Book: In the Shadow of Croft Towers
Author: Abigail Wilson
Genre: Historical fiction, romantic suspense
Release Date: January 15, 2019
From debut author Abigail Wilson comes a mysterious Regency tale of secrets and spies, love and treachery.
Orphaned Sybil Delafield jumps at the opportunity for a position at the mysterious Croft Towers. She believes she was hired to act as companion to a dying woman, but a highway robbery and a hostile welcome from the Chalcroft family cause her to wonder if she was actually hired to help someone spy for France.
An unsolved murder adds intrigue to this already secretive family, and Sybil recognizes Mrs. Chalcroft’s handsome grandson as one of the infamous highwaymen who robbed her. Sybil must determine if this man’s charming smile and earnest eyes speak the truth or if he is simply using her like others in the house. Everyone seems to have something to hide, and Sybil must decide who to trust while also coming to terms with the truth about her own past.
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Wow! Ms. Wilson’s debut novel is an edge of your seat historical mystery romance. Just when you think you’ve figured it out—it’s a twist on a twist on a twist. I was very impressed with the writing style of this new author and will be looking for more of her books in the future. In the Shadow of Croft Towers will keep you guessing right up to the very end.
Sybil is an orphan who receives a mysterious letter and gift from a stranger, then an invitation to be the companion for an elderly woman at Croft Towers, the very place mentioned in the letter. Upon her arrival, she learns that more is planned for her than merely companionship. It seems everyone in the house is carrying a secret and to make matters worse, the British are on the hunt for a French spy—at Croft Towers. Has she unknowingly found herself wrapped up with spies and traitors? Following such clues as an oddly familiar painting, a strange grate in the garden, and the name of a woman the old woman calls Sybil during one of her hysterics, maybe Sybil can uncover the mystery of Croft Towers and finally find the truth of her heritage.
I did feel that Sybil was naïve and way too trusting and I was a little annoyed at the old lady for sending her on these deliveries in town knowing what she knew. It doesn’t seem very decent on her part to send a single girl out into the dark night alone. Sybil was raised in a protected environment, in a boarding school, so maybe that’s why she was so unfamiliar with the ways of the world. She was also very stubborn, personally I get annoyed when a woman goes all feminist and won’t let a man help them or is ungrateful when they do. Sybil finds herself in trouble repeatedly and the only man she distrusts has to keep coming to her aid. While the book was not inadvertently Christian in theme it was clean, wholesome, and entertaining. It would work well to introduce people to the Christian genre who are opposed to overly religious material but are looking for clean reads. I recommend this book for those who love historical mysteries and love to be surprised by the ending.
About the Author:
Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A Registered Nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the National Parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children. Connect with Abigail at www.acwilsonbooks.com
Excerpt from the Book:
1813 THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE
I often wonder what my life would have been like if I had never learned the truth. I wouldn’t have set off as I did for Croft Towers. I never would have met him.
It’s strange what I remember about the day I left London. The mail coach was late; the weather wretched. The clock had struck midnight long before two strangers and I ducked beneath the postmaster’s outstretched umbrella to board the Royal Mail and rumble across the North Downs.
That difficult journey east marked the beginning of an unseasonably cold autumn. Frigid rain pelted the coach windows. The undercarriage squealed beneath the seats as a metallic scent wound its way between the drafty boards. I gripped the windowsill, wondering if the coachman intended to hit every bump in the road.
“Far to go, miss?”
The woman’s voice startled me. Dressed head to toe in red
satin, she’d endured the last few darkened hours with a handful of smelling salts and a tongue hot for complaints, but she hadn’t spoken to me until now. Not until the first hint of rain-soaked daylight peeked over the horizon.
I lowered my gaze and fiddled with my bonnet ribbons. “Yes, ma’am . . . well, not too much farther, I hope.”
Taken from “In the Shadow of Croft Towers” by Abigail Wilson. Copyright © 2018 by Abigail Wilson. Used by permission of http://www.thomasnelson.com/.
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