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Publisher's Summary

A fabled house. A fabulous fortune. Beautiful, identical twins...a tale of dark shadows and extraordinary deception.

Dark shadows fall across the golden summer of 1886. Naive country girl Ida Garfield longs to escape the farm. When Miss Matilda Gregory, the elegant mistress of Summersby House, offers Ida employment as a housemaid, Ida leaps at the chance. Yet it's not for her servant's skills that she's wanted. It's her inquisitiveness....

Before Ida starts her first day, however, Miss Gregory is found dead. Fearing her one chance of bettering herself lost, Ida goes to the funeral, hoping that someone else from Summersby will still want her. Someone does.

Handsome blonde Englishman Mr Samuel Hackett is the late Miss Gregory's fiancé. He expresses a keen need for a housemaid - and a friend. But Miss Gregory's will brings to light an extraordinary deception and a terrible wrong from the past. Summersby has a secret heiress, whose name is also Matilda Gregory...a strange, ethereal girl with an irrevocably broken memory. Who is this mysterious heiress, and why is Ida bound forever to the truth?

©2016 Luke Devenish (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Luke Devenish is a master at the dramatic cliffhanger." ( The Daily Telegraph)

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  • Angela
  • 12-07-17

Superficial

Would you try another book written by Luke Devenish or narrated by Kate Rawson?

Definitely not. I chose this book because I read a review saying that Luke Devenish writes similar novels to Kate Morton. This novel has the intrigue and the large manor house lifestyle with a mystery spanning many years characteristic of Kate Morton. But it lacks the character and plot depth of a Kate Morton novel. Perhaps this superficiality would not have been so noticeable had the reader read with more depth.

What will your next listen be?

Column of Fire by Ken Follet

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She read the girls' voices in an irritating baby-voice and the rest with a 'fuzziness' which is rather soporific and which heightened the superficiality of the story.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The intrigue of the story kept me listening, although not with intense enjoyment, despite the other irritating features.

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  • Marie
  • 12-04-17

Teen Chick Lit??

The very basic story and performance set my teeth on edge from the first sentence. I couldnt even finish the first chapter. Did I miss something and select a teen novel by mistake?😝