‘The Bracelet’ by Dorothy Love

tb dlSTORY: The mystery surrounding Celia’s home in Savannah threatens her family reputation . . . and her very life.

Celia Browning is counting the days until her childhood sweetheart Sutton Mackay returns to Savannah after two years in Jamaica looking after his family’s shipping interests. She’s certain he will propose marriage, thus joining two of the city’s most prominent families. But just as Sutton returns, an unsavory newspaper reporter arrives in town, determined to revive interest in the secret tragedies that occurred in the Browning mansion on Madison Square when Celia was a child.

A series of mysterious notes arrives at the house, followed by an anonymous gift–a bracelet imbued with a sinister message. Is it merely a coincidence, or is someone out to harm her?

As war clouds gather over Savannah and her beloved father’s health worsens, Celia determines to uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

Inspired by actual events in one of Savannah’s most prominent 19th-century families, “The Bracelet “combines romance, rich historical detail, and breathtaking suspense as one young woman embarks upon a dangerous quest to free herself from her family’s tragic past.

REVIEW: 1858 – Savannah, Georgia

Celia Browning, age 23, lives in a lovely home with her wealthy father, David Browning, who owns Browning Shipping Company.  Her mother was lost at sea many years ago. Her cousin, Ivy, age 25, came to Iive with them she she was orphaned at age 10.  Their housekeeper, Mrs. Maguire, has cared for all of them for a long time and has been key in helping to raise the girls.

Celia and Ivy spent six years at the female academy in Atlanta gaining an impressive education.  Celia has matured into a very strong, poised, and intelligent young woman capable of planning large events and participating in charity work.  One of her favorite charities is the Savannah Female Orphan Asylum that takes in young women with the intent to see that are taught skills that will enable them to be able to make more money and live a respectable life.  She and Ivy work many hours helping the young women learn to read.

Ivy does have any suitors and her rather prickly personality is somewhat of a deterrent to attracting men.

For years, Celia has been in love with Sutton Mackay whose family owns a large shipping business in Savannah.  He has just returned from two years in Jamaica helping with his family business.  Now that he has returned, Celia is certain he will propose and they will live a happy life together.

There are worries about war as the north and south remain in conflict about slavery.  Even though very few people in the south still own slaves, there is a huge controversy in the country.

When Celia finds a bracelet in her room, she is puzzled as to it origin and the meaning.  It is said that different gemstones grouped together spell different words starting the with first letter of the name of the gemstone.  The one left for her spelled “DEAD” which frightened her.  When she receives some notes that scare her even more, she looks to get to the bottom of the mystery.

The story is one of how people in the south lived during this time period.  It depicts a sweet love story between Celia and Sutton, however underneath their happy life, there is a threat to her and her family. But as she is a strong woman, Celia is determined to get to the bottom of it all.

I liked the novel but found I really needed to concentrate hard to keep up with the clues that the author provided to solve the mystery.  I think readers will find this a very interesting story.

Connie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the author

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