A woman on the run, a broken man and a house with a shocking secret …
Madeleine Frost has to get away. Her partner Liam has become increasingly controlling to the point that Maddie fears for her safety, and that of her young daughter Poppy. .
Desperation leads Maddie to the hotel owned by her estranged father – the extraordinarily beautiful Wrea Head Hall in Yorkshire. There, she meets Christopher ‘Bandit’ Lawless, an ex-marine and the gamekeeper of the hall, whose brusque manner conceals a painful past.
After discovering a diary belonging to a previous owner, Maddie and Bandit find themselves immersed in the history of the old house, uncovering its secrets, scandals, tragedies – and, all the while, becoming closer.
But Liam still won’t let go, he wants Maddie back, and when Liam wants something he gets it, no matter who he hurts …
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A great wee winter read. Once started couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the next one - I'm sure there is enough for a sequel!
Mixture of contemporary love, mystery, historical & thirller
Fleeing from a controlling boyfriend, Madeline and her daughter finds sanctuary with her estranged father in a large sprawling hotel, called Wrea Head Hall. There she makes new friends, a new life for herself and begins to discover the secrets of the old building through the diary entries of an old journal.
After Madeline’s escape, Stacey, the author, lulls you into thinking this is a gentle love story where a woman “finds herself”. However the tension slowly begins to build and the threads, so expertly inserted by the writer, comes together in a crescendo that keeps on going and will keep you turning the pages.
This novel has a delicious mixture of contemporary, historical, mystery and thriller, but at its core is a budding romance that gently develops amongst the secrets and threats in Wrea Head Hall. A very enjoyable read that will make you want to visit the real hall in Yorkshire and discover some secrets for yourself.
I received a free ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.