My real name, no one remembers. The truth about that summer, no one else knows.
In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins.
Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river.
Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?
ISBN: 9781451649390 Publisher: Atria Books Publication date: October 9th 2018 Pages: 485
This is a dual timeline with a murder mystery weaved within it. It moves between the 1860s and present day in the UK at a place called Birchwood Manor which was located near the Upper Thames. Morton is very skilled at giving her readers enough detail without being overdone and she does this in a way that her readers are drawn in to the story and kept there.
Morton introduces and develops her characters really well and every character has a purpose and a reason for being included. The plot is strong, layered, and moves the reader along in the story making you want to continue reading. In this story that is particularly true especially where the murder mystery is concerned. For most of the book I thought I knew who committed the crime only to discover that I was totally off the beaten track. In addition to this there are two romances which are tastefully done, they’re not soppy or smutty just very wholesome and realistic. The ending is also solid and well tied up.
Recommend for: Adults Rating: 4 stars