Love, love, love when a romance knocks me off my feet and keeps me intrigued and guessing the whole way through. Today’s spotlight book did just that. The Heart of Thornewell turned out to be one of my favorites by Anita Stansfield. It was gripping, passionate, touching, mysterious, suspenseful, emotional, and all other good things. Make sure to enter the giveaway at the end to be in the drawing to win your own copy of this amazing historical romance.
What should have been a grand adventure in Africa ends in heartbreak for Enid Hawthorne, following her husband’s untimely death. Bereft, the young widow bravely boards a ship for home with precious cargo—her unborn child. She hopes to find refuge in England in the only place she can—Thornewell Hall, the estate of her late husband’s family. But upon her arrival, she finds a bleak home in the depths of mourning. It is clear that hers is not the only tragedy, but Enid is unprepared for the hostility that meets her arrival.
Sebastian, Earl of Thornewell, is grief-stricken after the loss of his wife and child. The news that his brother is dead is simply more than he can take—and he knows who is to blame: his sister-in-law, Enid. So when she arrives on his doorstep, seeking asylum, he does his duty in allowing her to stay—and nothing more. Yet fate has other plans, and as they face joys and trials alongside each other, their broken hearts begin to heal. But there is a cloud over their future, for Enid harbors a secret that may drive them apart forever.
This is a literary feast. The story started out with a riveting death and escape from disease-torn Africa for Lady Hawthorne. As she struggles to return to England, pregnant and all alone, she hopes her late husband’s family at Thornewell will take her in. She has nowhere else to go. But when she arrives at Thornewell Hall, she finds that they have suffered their own tragedies there, and the master of the house, her brother-in-law that never could seem to stand her, has locked himself up in his room and taken no visitors ever since his wife and child were laid to rest.
I won’t spoil the plot. It’s super good and kept me turning pages and not stopping for breaks because I HAD to figure out Enid’s mystery and Sebastian’s underlying reason for his intense anger and judgement against his sister-in-law. This book’s greatest strengths are the deep characterization and awesome twists (totally surprised me). That made it a very fulfilling read. Super great historical romance. I highly recommend it.
I wonder if you have anyone with whom you would speak your thoughts and feelings honestly. If not, then—as my mother always told me—when chaos is trapped in our heads, and turmoil is trapped in our hearts, it will only smolder and become venomous until we can let it out and find a way to make sense of it.” –Tilly
I’ll never forget the way she told me that…being lonely is not about being alone, it’s about not feeling loved.” Enid sighed.
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