Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father regain his spirits when his academy fails, agrees to travel with him to the distant Cornwall coast, to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. Read more...
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Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father regain his spirits when his academy fails, agrees to travel with him to the distant Cornwall coast, to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But after they arrive and begin teaching the younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen and danger mounts. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte, only to find the music room empty? Who sneaks into her room at night? Who rips a page from her journal, only to return it with a chilling illustration?
The baronet's older sons, Phillip and Henry, wrestle with problems--and secrets--of their own. They both remember Emma Smallwood from their days at her father's academy. She had been an awkward, studious girl. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her.
When the suspicious acts escalate, can the clever tutor's daughter figure out which brother to blame...and which brother to trust with her heart?
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-10-22
- Reviewer: Staff
Regency fans will thank Klassen (The Maid of Fairbourne Hall) once again for this lovely addition to the genre. The award-winning author offers adept plotting adorned with the historical details and landscapes that will satisfy and add to the Regency fan base. Emma Smallwood, daughter of tutor John Smallwood, finds a place for her dispirited father at Ebbington Manor, home to two former students. Their arrival, however, is less that auspicious. The Weston brothers—former students Henry and Phillip and current students Rowan and Julian—are embroiled in family drama along with their father and his second wife, the younger boys’ mother, Lady Weston, and her ward Lizzie Henshaw. Emma discovers that secrets abound at Ebbington Manor, including mysterious music, nighttime visits, and outright threats. What are the Westons hiding? Might Emma be attracted to a Weston brother? Regency/Klassen fans will love the mystery, romance, and drama. Agent: Wendy Lawton, Books & Such Literary Agency. (Jan.)