The Secrets of Colchester Hall
by Sophie Barnes
Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
She’s the woman he wants… But will his love for her be enough to make her stay?
As one of six possible candidates vying for Viscount Sterling’s hand, Lady Angelica has been invited to stay at his grand manor for a week-long house party. But an unpleasant feeling lurks within Colchester Hall. It’s almost as if someone’s watching Angelica just beyond the edge of her vision. And while she tries to explain the chill creeping up behind her as merely a draft, she can’t shake the feeling that something disturbing might be at play.
When Sterling decides she’s the woman he wants, can Angelica accept her new home and the sinister secrets she fears it might hold, or will she give up on true love because of what could be nothing more than her own imagination?
A Gothic inspired Regency Romance to get your heart racing.
Chills, shivers, and shakes will pass down your spine as you travel the dark hallways and rooms of gloomy Colchester Hall. Something sinister is there – something that is just – wrong. When you have a brooding Viscount along with six debutantes and their chaperones all contained within those halls there is a mighty chance of a haunting.
Randolph Benedict Scott Trevarian, Viscount Sterling, has been a widower for two years and has decided it is time to remarry and begat an heir. In this marriage, he’ll have a wife he can be sure of – one who won’t test his heart. He sent out six very blunt invitations to a ‘house party’ that included things like … “I am in need of a wife and your daughter could be a suitable candidate for the position.” From those six young ladies, he’d choose the most compatible for a wife. He certainly didn’t foresee the bluntly-spoken, very honest young woman who captured his attention from the first day.
Angelica Florence Northbridge is far from enthused about traveling to Colchester Hall in response to the invitation. In Angelica’s opinion, the blunt invitation wasn’t deserving of a response much less an actual visit. However, her mother, Rose, insisted they go. Angelica felt two things almost as soon as she entered Colchester Hall – she felt an immediate attraction to Viscount Sterling and she felt sinister fingers of coldness at her neck, back, and ankles. Was the Hall really that drafty?
As Angelica and Randolph are more and more drawn to each other, the forbidding coldness always seems to be at her back – it is everywhere she goes – and she has begun to have strange, eerie dreams. Unexplainable dreams – as if she is someone else in the dream. As she realizes what those dreams mean, it will turn her world upside down – along with the relationship she’s begun to forge with the Viscount.
I thoroughly enjoyed this well-plotted, well-written, well-paced, and well-delivered tale. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Angelica and Randolph because they were truly lovely people and their romance was totally believable. They were perfect for each other. This book isn’t listed as part of a series, but I truly like to see Miss Lucinda Harlow (Lucy) featured in a book. I really liked her and would love to see her find her HEA with her Mr. Elliott Thompson.
About the Author
Born in Denmark, USA TODAY bestselling author Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian with varying degrees of fluency. But, most impressive of all, she’s been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.
When she’s not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.