Sunday, January 27, 2019

In the Shadow of Croft Towers by Abigail Wilson

About the Book
From debut author Abigail Wilson comes a shadowy Regency tale of secrets and spies, love and treachery.
Croft Towers holds more than its share of secrets . . . and Sybil is determined to uncover them all.
When Sybil Delafield’s coach to Croft Towers was robbed by highwaymen, she should have realized that her new position as companion to old Mrs. Chalcroft would be no ordinary job. Upon Sybil’s arrival, Mrs. Chalcroft sneaks into her room in the dark of night, imploring her to relay messages to town that are to stay hidden from the rest of the family. Who exactly is she working for and what do the messages contain?
When fellow passengers of the robbed coach are later murdered, Sybil’s hunt for the truth takes on a new urgency. The only person she can rely on is Mr. Sinclair, Mrs. Chalcroft’s godson, but under all his charms he too leads a double life. Sybil must decide if he is the one honest voice she can trust, or if he is simply using her for his own advances.
With murderers, smugglers, and spies on the loose, nothing—and no one—in Regency England is what they claim. Can Sybil even trust what she knows about herself?

My Thoughts
I wasn’t sure what to expect going in since this really isn’t my typical genre. But so many people, whose opinions I trust, kept raving about it so I knew I had to check it out! And I’m glad I did because the story inside this beautiful cover was absolutely wonderful!
I was hooked from the very beginning trying to solve the mystery and uncover the secrets. Because everyone at Croft Towers has a secret. I could barely stand to put the book down, staying up way past my bedtime just to find out how everything played out.
There were a lot of characters and you were never sure who to trust. They were all so well written and I was constantly second guessing my assumptions over whether they were good or bad. Sybil was a great heroine and I was completely invested in her journey to discover who her family was. Curtis Sinclair was intriguing and I loved getting to know him as the story progressed. And Mrs. Chalcroft, the Cantrell siblings, and Miss Ellis were all fascinating in their own rights.
Told in the first person the story moved and flowed extremely well, never boring me for an instant.
In short, this debut from Abigail Wilson is definitely worth reading and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next!

Meet the Author
Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A Registered Nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the National Parks, attending her daughter's gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA's Fab Five Contest and ACFW's First Impressions contest as well as placing as a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children. Connect with Abigail at; Instagram: acwilsonbooks; Facebook: ACWilsonbooks; Twitter: @acwilsonbooks.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 


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