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  1. Blessed N Bookish
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Excellent Gothic Romance from Wilson!!
    November 17, 2022
    Blessed N Bookish
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Within These Gilded Halls.
    Abigail Wilson is a master at gothic romance, and Within These Gilded Halls is the perfect example! The Avonthorpe estate is the perfect setting, its opulent decor in contrast to the many secrets it keeps hidden about the Drake family treasure. The hunt for the treasure was thrilling and kept me on my toes until the end.

    I loved working through the clues with Phoebe and Graham and watching them form a respect that turned to friendship, and then, to more. Their slow-burn romance was expertly crafted and made for many sighs and swoony scenes. I thought they balanced each other well, Phoebe, with her adventurous spirit, and Graham with his more structured personality.

    The characters are so well-written and have such depth to them. You will be drawn to even the vilest characters on the hunt to find the treasure--and a murderer. I found myself going over the treasure hunt clues even when my book was tucked away. It's such an intriguing mystery.

    Overall, this is an excellent book, and I would highly recommend it to any fan of Regency romance. It's the perfect read on a cozy night with your favorite blanket and cup of tea! You won't be disappointed you chose to follow Phoebe and Graham along on this dangerous and thrilling adventure.

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  2. Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Elegant Mystique!
    November 8, 2022
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Within These Gilded Halls.
    3.5 stars

    With an air of elegant mystique, this story wraps the known and unknown around and around into a coil of unanswered questions. Where to start, where will it end, or has the entire affair been an old woman's proverbial "wild goose chase" . . . . . except that Miss Drake's murder was very real indeed.

    "'Promise me you'll follow the clues. That you'll find it for me. If you don't . . . . .' A second of motionless silence ticked away as her eyes slid shut, her final two breaths so terribly long and slow."

    Artist Phoebe Ratcliff has just witnessed the breath of life slip away from a beloved mentor. As a guest in the woman's home, she has spent months completing a massive restoration project; the walls of Avonthorpe Hall's glorious ballroom. Deep down Phoebe has to admit that she fled to the once grand estate to renovate more than just a room; she needed a fresh start . . . away from family, away from misjudgments, . . . away.

    So why does meeting the mysterious Lt. Graham Burke, Miss Drake's nephew, generate such a flurry of mixed emotions? Apparently there's a treasure to be found and Graham has inherited the same clues as Phoebe was given. Will they be partners or competitors; they have nothing but time . . . or do they?

    Enjoy the setting, enjoy the characters, enjoy the swirling aroma of romance, enjoy the restoration . . . . within, as well as without. (and like a good game of Clue, enjoy the "who done it", because you going to be mighty surprised)
  3. ReviewsByErin
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A bit of a miss for me
    October 31, 2022
    ReviewsByErin
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Within These Gilded Halls.
    Phoebe Radcliff's quiet existence as a young painter trying to escape her past takes a turn when her tutor is murdered and asks Phoebe to complete a treasure hunt to find the hidden jewels before the murderer can get to them. With clues hundreds of years old and hidden all over the estate, Phoebe races against unknown foes in the present as well as the return of foes from the past.

    This book confused me from the beginning. It felt like I was dropped into the story and was somehow supposed to know these characters and their relationships to each other already. I was also annoyed at how Phoebe "solved" many of the clues by overhearing the most random things. The romance was lackluster for me, probably because I never came to care for any of the characters individually, much less how they interacted with each other.

    I will be the first to admit that treasure hunts are a trope that I really don't enjoy, and mysteries in general are hit and miss for me, but if these are your thing, you'll probably enjoy this book much more than I did. I normally love Abigail Wilson's books and will definitely read more in the future. If you are a fan of gothic Regency stories, don't let my lackluster review stop you from checking this one out.

    I received my copy of the book from NetGalley. All opinions in this review are my own.
  4. Mel A
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Mystery & Intrigue
    October 24, 2022
    Mel A
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Within These Gilded Halls.
    Within These Gilded Halls is an adventure fraught with intrigue, danger, and mystery...along with a perfect dose of romance. Oh, and did I mention there's a treasure hunt to boot? This story is wonderfully layered, giving you just the right amount of information to keep you guessing and turning pages! An excellent read!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
  5. Melissa D.
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another compelling mystery from Abigail Wilson
    October 22, 2022
    Melissa D.
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Within These Gilded Halls.
    Love Abigail Wilson*s books! She perfectly blends clean romance, mystery, political intrigue, and character growth with a faith-filled message, all in a Regency setting. It*s a slow burn romance with characters who go from enemies to friends to more. The plot revolves around a hidden treasure with intricate clues and a murder. There are plenty of suspects with various motivations and just when you think you*ve figured things out, another piece of the puzzle is added.

    Phoebe Radcliff is talented, caring, and a bit impetuous. She*s made mistakes in her past which she readily regrets. She*s come to Avonthorpe Hall by invitation from her mentor Miss Drake to renovate the ballroom. Assisting her is her childhood friend Daniel. When Miss Drake*s nephew arrives with Egyptian artifacts, Phoebe is intrigued by him but quickly finds herself at odds with the stuffy Lt. Graham Burke. When Miss Drake is murdered and with her dying breath hints to a clue to a hidden treasure, Phoebe must decide whom to trust in a household of suspects. No one is as they seem and someone else seems to know about the treasure and will do anything to get it.

    Told from Phoebe*s perspective, this book was the perfect mystery where each conversation and observation offers another clue. I loved the way Phoebe and Graham start off as enemies, then realize they really need each other and have a lot in common. Both have instances in the past where the people they trusted most let them down. As their romance grows, it*s fun to see the very proper Graham open up. I loved the scene where Phoebe assumes the worst only to find out he is having a sweet conversation with his dog. Their romance reminds me a bit of Pride and Prejudice.

    The mystery was completely engaging. Though things started off a bit slow, the tension and suspense ratchet up especially towards the end. It*s a race against time where Phoebe and Graham are trying to find the treasure before anyone else and also solve the murder. Everyone at one point is a suspect with several people hiding behind a facade. Even those closest to Phoebe are suspects. It*s hard to know whom to trust. There*s also a complication from Phoebe*s past that threatens her tenuous relationship with Graham.

    I also enjoyed the subtle messages of faith, trusting in God, and forgiveness especially of oneself woven into the story. It is a must read for inspirational Regency mystery readers. Highly recommend! This book is a standalone, but those familiar with Ms. Wilson*s works will recognize characters from previous books. I received an advanced complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own and I was not required to provide a positive review.
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