Can she save him from the darkness in his soul... or will it destroy them both?
After her brother is killed in the Crimean War, innocent young Oriel Pembroke finds herself alone in the world. Disowned by the cruel father who has always despised her, she has nowhere to turn until she is taken under the wing of a glamorous relative she never knew: the former Duchess of Ellsworth, who has scandalized society by remarrying soon after her first husband's death. At the opulent seaside estate of Ellsmere, Oriel thinks she has found a safe haven - but the darkly handsome young duke, Herron, believes otherwise. Haunted by the death of his father, he suspects that Ellsmere is sheltering a murderer.
Even as Oriel falls in love with the duke, she begins to fear that his grief and suspicion are turning to madness. When dangerous accidents start to befall both Herron and Oriel, however, she realizes that someone may be trying to stop them from discovering the truth about the past. And when her father comes back into her life, she learns that he may hold the answer to the most horrifying secret of all...
©2012 Amanda DeWees (P)2013 Amanda DeWees
I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.
I'm having a very hard time reviewing this book. I loved the story right up until the father made an appearance in the last quarter of the book. He was just so over the top evil that it became cliche, and yet, I'll probably re-listen at some future date. I just wish the author would have trusted her story a little more and kept it gothic. It deserves 3-1/2 stars, but not 3.
Narrator was perfect. And I will look for more by this author.
love audio books - Anglophile
I was worried at first because the story had so many similarities to Hamlet. I'm happy to say that the story eventually takes it's own direction.
I liked the writing - there are some really funny lines throughout the story. For example:
"What are you doing?"
"Killing young Herron. He takes a great deal of killing, this lad. I'm losing count of the times his uncle and I have tried."
The humour alone was worth the listen.
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