Amelia Pembroke is in a unique position in Regency England: She can obtain financial freedom. But in order to do so, she must marry one of two gentlemen. The trouble is, she might be falling in love with another man entirely.
1819, Kent, England—Everything changed the moment Amelia became heiress to Moorington Cross. A young widow and patient at Cluett’s Mesmeric Hospital, Amelia is stunned to learn that her doctor—and the only father figure she’s ever known—has altered his will naming her his primary beneficiary. Such an opportunity is beyond what any Regency-era woman could dare to dream—especially one with a sleeping disorder that finds her falling asleep at the most random of times.
There is, however, a perplexing condition attached to the will: she must wed one of two named men, wholly unknown to her. Doing so would provide her with a secure future. But how can she marry one of these men when her heart is intrigued by the charming solicitor, Mr. Hawkins?
Everything takes on a new sense of urgency—and danger—when Mr. Cluett is found dead in his bedchamber only hours after announcing his updated will. Now Amelia only has thirty days to decide which man she will marry. But she is just as determined to uncover the truth of her benefactor’s demise with the help of Mr. Hawkins. After all, this sudden turn of events couldn’t merely be a coincidence—could it?
From award-winning author Abigail Wilson, Twilight at Moorington Cross is a mysterious Regency romance full of intrigue, mesmeric treatments, and abandoned corridors that proves love is the greatest testament of all.
Praise for Twilight at Moorington Cross:
“Shimmering with atmosphere and suspense, Twilight at Moorington Cross weaves classic Regency romance with threads of gothic mystery to page-turning effect. An absolute pleasure to read.” —Mimi Matthews, USA TODAY bestselling author
“An enigmatic illness, a mysterious manor, an unforeseen inheritance, and a suspicious death all add up to a maelstrom of misfortune for Wilson’s stouthearted and winsome heroine, especially when she’s falling in love with the ‘wrong’ man. Twilight at Moorington Cross has all of the atmospheric trappings of a classic Regency Gothic along with a sweet and stirring romance. Perfect for fans of Julie Klassen and Kristi Ann Hunter.” —Anna Lee Huber, USA TODAY bestselling author
“I was drawn in from the very first page of this unique Regency story. Wilson's engaging prose and expert mystery-telling kept me turning pages and left me guessing until the end. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book!” —Kasey Stockton, author of the Ladies of Devon series
Stand-alone Regency romance with strong Gothic and mystery elementsKisses-only romance, HEABook length: approximately 97,000 wordsIncludes discussion questions for book clubs
The shadowy halls of the Cluett Mesmeric Hospital serve as the backdrop for both a twisty murder mystery and the sweet romance between a patient and her solicitor in this suspenseful Regency romance from Wilson (The Vanishing at Loxby Manor). Widow Amelia Pembroke, who's being treated for a sleep disorder, is flabbergasted to learn that her doctor has added her to his will, promising to bequeath her a large portion of his estate, contingent on her marrying one of the two men he's selected. Solicitor Ewan Hawkins agrees to assist Amelia in choosing between her suitors. Neither understands why Dr. Cluett attached such a stipulation, knowing Amelia's aversion to remarrying and Cluett takes his reasons to the grave when he turns up murdered. While Amelia and Ewan investigate his death, they form a powerful attachment. But Amelia needs the funds from Cluett's estate to help her fellow patients, leaving the unapproved couple in a precarious situation. The Mesmeric Hospital is full of suspects, hidden passageways, and secret drawers, and Wilson pulls off even the most outrageous twists with aplomb. Meanwhile, though the romance stays chaste, the couple's chemistry is off the charts. This page-turner will have readers on the edge of their seats. Agent: Jennifer Wills, Seymour Agency.
4-4.5 Stars! This was an interesting book that I couldn’t put down. Mystery, suspense, everyone’s a suspect, narcolepsy, surprises and twists and turns, a small amount of romance/falling in love, mesmerism, secrets and solving a murder - What’s not to love?! HEA ending. Everything was a mystery to me and I didn’t see it coming the way it did. If you love mystery with a dash of falling in love, this would be a great book to read.
*I received this book at no charge & I voluntarily left this review.*