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Review: In the Shadow of Croft Towers

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Review: In the Shadow of Croft Towers

In the Shadow of Croft Towers by Abigail Wilson
Reviewed by: Elizabeth Olmedo
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Mystery
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: January 15, 2019

Orphan Sybil Delafield leaves the only place and people she’s ever known to take up a new position as companion to an elderly woman. While on her way to Croft Towers, highwaymen rob the coach and Sybil’s life plunges into a spiral of lies, secrets, and danger.

When old Mrs. Chalcroft tasks her with delivering clandestine messages to town and Sybil recognizes a Croft Towers’ inhabitant as one of the highwaymen, she finds herself alone and with no one to trust. The threat increases, when fellow passengers of the robbed coach are murdered. With nowhere to run or money to her name, Sybil’s only hope is to uncover Croft Towers’ long-held secrets.

In the Shadow of Croft Towers delivers a captivating tale of intrigue, danger, and love set to the backdrop of Regency England. Abigail Wilson pens a stellar debut in the vein of a Bronte novel — sans all the depressing bits. Gothic settings, mysterious characters, and secrets lurking behind every beam and column make tearing away from this story practically impossible. In fact, its absence left me with a hole the size of Croft Towers for days after finishing the tale.

Memorable characters leap off the page inviting the reader to come along for the journey. Sybil, though too naïve at times and prone to do foolish things, is so loveable one gladly forgives her. Mr. Sinclair, the nefarious highwayman, inspires the reader to happily toss caution and common sense to the wind and follow him anywhere. Move over, Mr. Rochester, a new gentleman has arrived in town.

Too many stutters and false starts in dialogue had the characters, in that aspect, sounding alike. While believable for hesitant Sybil, it didn’t ring true when it became a trait of several other characters as well. However, that proved a minor issue in the grand scheme of this incredible story and is something the author will probably lose as she grows as a writer.

I strongly recommend this novel to historical fiction fans who relish stories of adventure and romance in the strain of Jane Eyre and Northanger Abbey. Without a doubt, In the Shadow of Croft Towers will go on my re-read shelf and I can already safely say it will be one of my top reads of 2019.

Rated PG-13: The story is very clean but it does contain highwaymen, smugglers, robbery, murder, etc.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!

 

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