A dark cloud hovers over Wolfram, the ancient abbey Laura calls her new home. Can she trust the mysterious man she married?
After a whirlwind courtship, Laura Parr marries Baron, Lord Nathaniel Lanyon, and he takes her to live in his ancient home in Southern England. Laura comes to Cornwall excited to begin life with the passionate man she has married. But secrets lurk in the shadows. The death of Nathaniel’s first wife has never been solved, and some of the villagers believe him responsible. Struggling to understand her new husband, Laura tries to uncover the truth. With each stone unturned, she comes closer to danger.
Lord Nathaniel Lanyon had decided never to marry again. But when he meets Miss Laura Parr, the daughter of Sir Edmund Parr, one rainy afternoon, he realizes almost immediately that he must have her in his life. And the only way he could was to marry her.
Nathaniel believes that his troubled past is behind him and he can offer Laura a good life at Wolfram, even though he can never offer her his heart. But as soon as they come to live in the ancient abbey, the past returns to haunt him, revealing secrets that he thought had been buried forever. As he tries to fight the forces threatening to overwhelm him, he realizes that feisty Laura will demand more from him than he can give.
My Thoughts: I missed this one when it first came out. It’s a story of dark nuances, yet always with hope. Mystery and darkness cloud Nathaniel and Laura’s eyes, creating a rather exciting suspense!
Lord Nathaniel Lanyon has had his eye on the lovely Laura Parr for years, but his standing amongst the ton kept him from approaching her. When at last he appears clear of his past, she arrives at his very door. Hope is rekindled.
Nathaniel decides to restart a marital partnership. Very methodically, Lord Nathaniel proposes to Laura. She accepts, is awed by his charm and is thrilled to know someone could love her. Her parents willingly contract the marriage.
Laura is a sensitive person, feels the heaviness of Nathaniel’s heart, the angst of the village who aren’t sure how Nathaniel’s wife has died. Rumors abound. But one thing Laura wants to do. She wants to make her husband happy, for she feels darkness underlying the façade he presents her. This setting had me on edge, knowing that something terrible would happen, but not knowing where or who will strike. Andersen played this feeling for all it is worth. A great suspense!
Aunt Dora, an old aunt who Laura loves, helps set the stage. Aunt Dora is a bit of a psychic, with her Tarot cards, looking into Laura’s future, not one of roses. Laura seems to brush it off. But the point is made. This story will be scary.
Laura involves herself with the village, makes the castle a home with warmth, and generally spreads goodwill wherever she goes. Her husband appears distant, but the reader will know he is anxious when Laura barely escapes with her life on several occasions. He also has come to love his wife, but can’t seem to express how he feels. Will Nathaniel be at Laura’s side when she needs him?
The ending is most surprising. I never would have guessed, which made this read a devil-of-a-good read—nail-biting good.