Publication Date: January 11, 2022
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 diving meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 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.
Amelia Pembroke has never been in control of her future. Afflicted with fits that deprive her of movement, she was shuttled from one relative to another during childhood until her despicable husband places her in an institution directly after their marriage. Now a widow at Cluett’s Mesmeric Hospital, Amelia finds herself the beneficiary of Dr. Cluett’s will. The condition, however, is that she must marry one of two highly unsuitable gentlemen in the space of thirty days. And Ewan Hawkins, the handsome and devoted solicitor, is there to make sure she chooses the best one.
Badgered and beset, Amelia struggles with her obligations to the other inmates at the society and her own growing feelings for Ewan. If she refuses the inheritance, she will not be able to care for her destitute friends, but if she chooses one of her suitors, then she loses any chance to be with Ewan. Just what was Mr. Cluett thinking when he drafted this absurd will? And just who was Mr. Cluett anyway when nothing is as it seems?
In this atmospheric and mysterious novel, the science of mesmerism in Regency England is explored. Amelia enters the pages as a sympathetic heroine, while Ewan is a stoic and honorable hero throughout. The climax of the book reveals secret after secret in an action-packed finale, making this a Regency novel of romantic suspense not to be missed.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
“I daresay the two of us have been fighting alone for independence, for respect from the world for long enough. Don’t you think it time we do it together?”– Twilight at Moorington Cross, by Abigail Wilson