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Abigail WilsonThomas Nelson / 2019 / ePubOur Price$8.994.5 out of 5 stars for In the Shadow of Croft Towers - eBook. View reviews of this product. 40 ReviewsAvailability: In StockStock No: WW96168EB
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PollymissouriAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5stunning debutJanuary 19, 2020PollymissouriAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a stunning debut novel by Abigail Wilson. It has all the elements of a good gothic romance.
Sybil Delafield is an orphan but has been gifted with a good education by an anonymous donor. She is summoned to Croft Towers by Mrs Chalcroft to be a companion. She is eager to find a connection to her past at the old estate, but finds herself embroiled in the politics of the times. Who can she trust?
While written in first person, it is easy to get lost in these pages. The prose flows poetically. The plot is a first class mystery. The story unfolds smoothly and the clues kept me guessing. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't a stronger faith thread but it did pit good versus evil.
I look forward to more from Ms. Wilson.
*I purchased this book. All opinions are my own.*
Perrianne5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Regency Debut Novel!January 15, 2020PerrianneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Abigail Wilson's fabulous debut novel is a regency written in first person. Normally, first person can be somewhat tough to read, but this author definitely has a way with words. Young Sybil Delafield makes her way by mail coach from London to the towers. As an orphan, she barely has coach fare, much less any extra money in case she should have any other needs. She has been hired as a companion for the elderly Mrs. Chalcroft, who is the matriarch of Croft Towers. The excitement begins pretty quickly -- first, the coach is late, and then Sybil is dumped out into the rain as the coach is being robbed at gunpoint.
I had a hard time believing that this was the author's debut and could definitely imagine that she has been writing for years. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it kept me completely engaged and was difficult to put down. I never in a million years would have figured out the numerous plot twists and mysteries. I felt sorry for poor Sybil, who never knew her family but had been educated at a top-notch school in London. Her only clue to her identity is a bracelet that was given to her for her last birthday from Lord Stanton. A gift from a Lord, how mysterious! I found it intriguing that she was given a well-appointed room right next door to Mrs. Chalcroft with a wardrobe of beautiful clothing that fit her perfectly. This would not have been typical for a companion, much less for an orphan. There is plenty of excitement and danger along the way, especially when it comes to the elusive Mr. Sinclair. There are murders, smugglers and spies on the loose. Mrs. Chalcroft is quite mysterious herself, sending Sybil on mysterious errands and even sneaking into her room in the middle of the night. I enjoyed my visit to Croft Towers and felt the most sympathy for Sybil, but found all of the characters to be quite engaging.
Note: I also listened to the audio CD version of the book, and the narrator has a really has a charming British accent which was quite entertaining to listen to as well. I also purchased her newest title, Midnight on the River Grey. She is a MUST READ author for me.
I purchased this book from Amazon andI was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Stirring and intriguing!July 13, 2019BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The setting has a cold, damp, and dreary atmosphere and I was completely lost within the pages of this story. The majority of the plot is shrouded in mystery and various characters wear that particular figurative cloak with intelligence and subtlety. Readers who enjoy an underdog hero or heroine to encourage on his or her way will be completely smitten with Sybil as she seeks to unravel the tangled web and discern who is worthy of her trust and perhaps affection.
Books which captivate me despite being outside of my comfort zone deserve a standing ovation and I say BRAVO to Abigail Wilson for this stirring and intriguing debut! I look forward to reading her future stories and highly recommend this one!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Kym4 Stars Out Of 5Jane Austen meets Daphne Du MaurierJuly 5, 2019KymQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Jane Austen meets Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca in this debut novel that held me captive late into the night.
Sybil Delafield is on her way to her new position when her coach is robbed by highwaymen. Add in Mrs. Chalcroft, her employer, coming into her room at night speaking of secret messages and family members pretending to be who they are not and you have yourself a thriller that grips you and won't let go. There are characters that had me guessing. There were times I started reading and I could not stop. It is riveting and exciting and a definite keeper!
*I received this book free from Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any monetary way*
Cynthia5 Stars Out Of 5Intriging & Regency EraJune 13, 2019CynthiaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild, I was not required to give a favorable review. This was a wonderful historical mystery. It is written in the Regency period and as usual having a women being interested in the good and bad is something that sometimes be thought of as bad. But this well written and draws you into each of the character and on the who did and what. Thank you Abigail for another wonderful read. Keep it up.