From the bestselling author of A Desperate Fortune and The Firebird, comes an entrancing new novel of love, war, and historical intrigue.
Some houses seem to want to hold their secrets.
It’s 1759 and the world is at war, pulling the North American colonies of Britain and France into the conflict. The times are complicated, as are the loyalties of many New York merchants who have secretly been trading with the French for years, defying Britain’s colonial laws in a game growing ever more treacherous.
When captured French officers are brought to Long Island to be billeted in private homes on their parole of honour, it upends the lives of the Wilde family—deeply involved in the treasonous trade and already divided by war.
Lydia Wilde, struggling to keep the peace in her fracturing family following her mother’s death, has little time or kindness to spare for her unwanted guests. And Canadian lieutenant Jean-Philippe de Sabran has little desire to be there. But by the war’s end they’ll both learn love, honour, and duty can form tangled bonds that are not broken easily.
Their doomed romance becomes a local legend, told and re-told through the years until the present day, when conflict of a different kind brings Charley Van Hoek to Long Island to be the new curator of the Wilde House Museum.
Charley doesn’t believe in ghosts. But as she starts to delve into the history of Lydia and her French officer, it becomes clear that the Wilde House holds more than just secrets, and Charley discovers the legend might not have been telling the whole story...or the whole truth.
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley to read in exchange for a fair review. Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley is a stand alone novel.I’m not quite sure I can express how much I loved this book. I can tell you I read all 369 pages of the story in less than 24 hours, that I stayed up 3 hours past my bedtime reading even though I knew I had to get up extra early the next day. That I read it on the bus to work and all my breaks at work because I did not want to put it down. The stories take place in both in present day Long Island and in the past in the same location just at the end of the Seven Years War. The chapters in the present are from the point of view of Charlotte Van Hoek (Charley) who has taken on the responsibility of caring for her grieving niece who’s father Charlotte’s brother recently passed away. She has been hired to curate a small museum at Wilde house the home of revolutionary war hero Benjamin Wilde, captain of the ship Bellewether. The historical portion of the book takes place in the same house and is told from the points of view of Lydia Wilde Benjamin’s sister and Lieutenant Jean-phillipe de Sabran de La Noye a French Canadian Prisoner of war who is billeted at Wilde house. Susanna Kearsley weaves a tale of love and loss, a mystery and a ghost story that leaves you enchanted. I highly recommend this book. Publishing Date April 24, 2018 #Bellewether #NetGalley