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Miss Annabel Ashton is a teacher at the Rogers School for Young Ladies in Winchester when she takes a brief visit to her family home, Highcliffe Hall at Milford-on-Sea. She believes her stay will be short but soon learns that she will not be returning to the safety of the school. Instead, she remains at Highcliffe, at the mercy of her cousin, Edward Everedge.
Annabel protests, but as the illegitimate daughter of a woman who died in an insane asylum, she has little say. Edward is running out of money and puts the house up for sale to avoid financial ruin. He insists that Annabel marry, promising her to a sinister, frightening man. But as the house gets packed for sale, it begins to reveal disquieting secrets. Jewelry, artifacts, and portraits mysteriously appear, suggesting that Annabel may be the true heir of Highcliffe.
She has only a few months to prove her legitimacy, perhaps with assistance from the handsome but troubled Maltese Captain Dell'Acqua. But does he have Annabel's best interests at heart?
And then, a final, most ominous barrier to both her inheritance and her existence appears: a situation neither she nor anyone else could have expected. Will Annabel regain her life and property--and trust her heart--before it's too late?
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-01-04
- Reviewer: Staff
The traditional hallmarks of a Victorian gothic novel receive a fresh rendering in this lively second installment of Byrd’s Daughters of Hampshire historical series (after Mist of Midnight). Annabel Ashton returns to her ancestral home, Highcliffe Hall at Milford-on-Sea, hoping to elude her cousin Edward’s plans to marry her to his creditor Mr. Morgan. The morally corrupt Morgan gifts Annabel with ominous oddities such as a frog petrified in amber. While Annabel struggles to determine which of her friends will stand by her, her feelings grow for Marco Dell’Acqua, a dashing, mysterious ship captain who shares her mixed Maltese/English heritage and the Catholic faith that upholds her in her distress. Following the genre’s traditions, the courageous, capable heroine navigates a number of sinister challenges: family and staff who may or may not wish her well; closets, caves, and attic rooms in which people have been barricaded against their will; speculations of madness; poisoned honey; and personal items from her long-dead mother that strangely appear and disappear. Annabel’s quick mind and kind heart call to Marco, and the two find love and satisfaction in this sweet and gratifying read. Agency: Browne and Miller Literary Associates. (Mar.)