A Place of Secrets
A Place of Secrets by Rachel Hore.
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks;(January 31, 2012)
Antiquarian book appraiser Jude Gower takes an assignment in Norfolk to evaluate the collection of eighteenth-century astronomer Anthony Wickham. Hore embellishes the tale with the familiar elements of the genre—family secrets, a blending of romance and suspense, and, of course, the requisite family mansion, this time a slightly eerie manor house called Starbrough Hall. Jude, whose family is from Norfolk, discovers a connection between her grandmother and a gypsy girl who played in the crumbling folly tower on the Starbrough property. A frightening dream has haunted Jude for a long time, and now, with the help of the handsome artist Euan, she begins to connect the puzzle of Gran’s memories, her own dreams, the gypsies, and Wickham’s folly. This romantic suspenser is rescued from cliché by the story’s momentum and the affectionate and compelling characters. It’s compulsively readable and highly entertaining. Readers who long for the old-fashioned gothic romance of Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, and Barbara Michaels will rejoice in the U.S. debut of this popular English author, and fans of Kate Morton’s The House at Riverton (2008)and Susanna Kearsley’s The Winter Sea (2009) will be delighted. --
This book is partly a "falling in love" story... but only partly. I am not a love story person per say however, when it's the "back story" it's enjoyable.
Jude goes to a mansion type home to evaluate a library full of old astronomer book, papers, and even a telescope. I found it interesting how they get evaluated. I know about "first additions" but past that I know nothing. (big surprise huh?!)
Of course there is a story behind the books in the library of the home that gets you hooked. Then you get to "meet" the man and his daughter who's books and paper's they were originally. Of course this comes with a mystery! Hooray for the mystery! Each thing uncovered leads to another and so you find yourself drawn back to the book to see what's next ..and what's next?...another mystery leading from the one you just discovered!
This was another enjoyable read. I do like when a story only lets out secrets a little at a time so you have to keep reading!
The Amazon review is right about the fact that if you enjoy Kate Morton and Susanna Kearsley then you will most likely enjoy this book.