Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Coming to Croft Towers to be a companion to a Mrs. Chalcroft, Sybil Delafield brings along internal questions about her veiled background. But it seems most everyone at the Towers has something to hide, including Mrs. Chalcroft’s godson, Mr. Sinclair. With private messages Sybil must deliver for Mrs. Chalcroft, Mr. Sinclair’s double life, and unexplained murders cropping up, Sybil is drawn deeper into a web of secrets…In the Shadow of Croft Towers, a novel by author Abigail Wilson.
A Gothic Regency romance with mystery and danger? Yes, please! I’ll admit it took some time for me to get into this story, but I became more engrossed as the web of secrets here became more intricate. The intrigue carries through right to the end of the novel.
Now, I didn’t quite take to the heroine. I would’ve liked to see more compelling flashes of quickness or fire from her, but she seems so nervous, bumbling, and naïve much of the time, stammering and getting cut off, with romantic feelings bubbling for one man and then the next, even within a few minutes.
As for some of the climactic moments in the last chapters, the characters are too quick to take a crucial piece of information as absolute fact, by word of a villain’s mouth, without concrete proof or receiving confirmation from another source. Also, though it’s pretty common in mysteries, I’ve never been a fan of villain monologues toward the finish. The more a villain puts into coherent words in the eleventh hour, the more it feels like an info-dump to wrap up everything the good guys couldn’t or wouldn’t otherwise figure out before the book is over.
Nevertheless, this novel has much for fans of clean historical romance to enjoy.