In the Shadow of Croft Towers
By Abigail Wilson
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?
(Back cover summary from Thomas Nelson Publishers)
I took on In the Shadow of Croft Towers as a last-minute book to review after hearing the rave recommendations from others, especially those at Hope By the Book magazine. And I’m so glad I did!
This regency romance/mystery is unlike any other I’ve read. Filled with secrets and shadows so tangled, In the Shadow of Croft Towers presents a delicious mystery. Sybil’s story is told in first person point of view, which is a little-used viewpoint in historical fiction, but one I love. Sybil’s growth as a character, from fearful into the bold, adventurous person she truly is, felt believable. Her search for her true identity, while not spelled out as in some books, was really found as she exercised her courage in various situations. So that in the end, it really didn’t matter who her parents were, because she owned who she had been all the time.
The romance in this book is so good, with enough second-guessing from various characters to keep me from being completely certain of the hero, at least at the beginning. Mr. Sinclair, a shadowy and uncertain figure, was so much fun trying to figure out. Mrs. Chalcroft, for all her blustery ways, worked her way into my heart.
This book, this author, is excellent. I read the Kindle version of this book, but I’ll be finding myself a hard copy to take up permanent residence on my shelf, to be read again in the not-so-distant future.
Whether or not you’re a fan of the Regency era, this is not a book to pass up.
About 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 acwilsonbooks.com; Instagram: acwilsonbooks; Facebook: ACWilsonbooks; Twitter: @acwilsonbooks.
(Biography from Thomas Nelson Publishers)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.