STORY: One final cry…“God almighty, help us!” and suddenly her world shifted violently, until a blinding collision scattered her mind and shook her bones. Then, the pain. The freezing water. And as all sensation drifted away, a hand reached for hers, before all faded into darkness…
Now she has awakened as though from some strange, suffocating dream in a warm and welcoming room she has never seen before, and tended to by kind, unfamiliar faces. But not all has been swept away. She recalls fragments of the accident. She remembers a baby. And a ring on her finger reminds her of a lie.
But most of all, there is a secret. And in this house of strangers she can trust no one but herself to keep it.
REVIEW: Bath English 1819
Lady Marianna Mayfield and her husband Sir John Mayfield are leaving for an undisclosed location. Sir John is at the end of his rope with the way his wife constantly flaunts herself in front of Anthony Fontaine. Therefore, he has decided to take her away for awhile to break them apart. When her former companion, Hannah Rogers, happens by, Lady Marianna begs her to go with them. In need of a job, Hannah agrees. Along the way, their carriage overturns. Sir John and Hannah are injured and Lady Marianna is swept out to sea. When they are rescued, it is assumed that Hannah is Lady Marianna and neither she nor Sir John say otherwise. Thus begins an intricate story of lies, desperation, and love.
With no one around to say whether Hannah truly is or isn’t Marianna, she is able to prolong the deception while she and Sir John heal from their injuries. In addition, Hannah leaves for a couple of days returning with her infant son, Daniel, and his young wet-nurse. Where had he been and who is Daniel’s father?
Soon, Sir John’s solicitor, Mr. Lowden, shows up. It appears that he has just taken over his father’s business as the man just passed away. So, he too has not met Sir John before. Sir John had sent a letter before departing on his journey that he wanted to change his will and asked that the solicitor visit him. Mr. Lowden stays with the family but is suspicious of them. He continually questions Hannah making her uncomfortable. However, he is also attracted to Hannah.
What will the outcome be when Sir John is better? Will Hannah be able to continue her deception for long? This book lines up perfectly with one of my favorite quotes from Sir Walter Scott: “Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive.”
I don’t want to give out any spoilers so I just threw in some teasers. This book is a story that you cannot put down. Don’t miss it. Julie Klassen has nailed it. I have read several of her books and each one has topped the other. I cannot wait to see what she has in store for readers in the future.
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