PUBLICATION DATE: Sourcebooks Landmark
PUBLICATION DATE: August 6th, 2018
Thank you to the publisher Sourcebooks Landmark for providing me with a free finished copy of this book to read and review.
Can we just take a moment to look at this book cover. The cover of this book is stunning! I just love it!
“The house, when I first saw it, seemed intent on guarding what it knew; but we all learned, by the end of it, that secrets aren’t such easy things to keep.”
It is late summer, a war is currently raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. We are introduced to a young French Canadian lieutenant named Jean-Philippe de Sabran who is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, the Wilde family, and is an unwilling and unwelcome guest in their home. He begins to find himself attracted to the family’s daughter Lydia Wilde.
Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.
Part history, part romance, and all kinds of magic, Susanna Kearsley’s latest masterpiece will draw you in and never let you go, even long after you’ve closed the last page.
This story is told in two different timelines – THE PAST from alternating points of view of Jean-Philippe de Sabran and Lydia Wilde, and THE PRESENT from the point of view of Charley, a museum curator who is determined to unveil the truth of what truly happened all those years ago.
Charley was a fun character and I enjoyed reading the chapters from her point of view. She was determined and focused on uncovering the truth and mystery of what truly happened all those years ago, with Lydia Wilde and her family, and Jean-Philippe de Sabran. Did their love story end tragically, as the legend suggests, or is there more to the story? It was fun to read about Charley’s own love story as well, when she meets a man named Sam. He was a very likeable character and it was fun and enjoyable to read about their friendship and watch their love unfold.
Jean-Philippe was a fun character to read about as well. He seemed like a loyal, kind, gentle and honest man. He found himself becoming more and more interested in the young Lydia Wilde and found her attractive. He often put others before himself which showed how much he cared about others and was a true gentleman.
Lydia Wilde was an interesting character as well. She found herself interested in Jean-Philippe and would often steal glances his way when he wasn’t looking. I found it endearing and adorable to read about their love story and watching it all unfold.
This was such a magical book to read and I found it captivating and full of wonder. It had the right amount of historical fiction and romance, to bring the reader a magical love story. I found the twists in the book to be surprising, as I was not expecting them to unfold the way they did, and I loved that.
Such a magical read and I highly recommend this book!
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