The Emerald Heart of Courtenay by Anita Stansfield
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications
The moment her father takes his final breath, Sarah Courtenay becomes the sole heir of her family’s sprawling castle—and something far more unexpected. For on his deathbed, Lord Courtenay left his daughter a cryptic message: a dark curse will fall upon the house should Sarah fail to obtain and protect a priceless treasure. Sarah’s astonishment upon discovering the carefully hidden sword sparkling with jewels is nothing compared to the shock she feels when she learns the nature of her father’s death: he was poisoned. And now, Sarah herself might possess something worth killing for. Desperate to avoid her father’s fate, Sarah flees the only home she’s ever known, taking with her a loyal maid and a hired bodyguard, who will stop at nothing to protect the beautiful woman in his care. From the safety of a remote farm, Sarah finds a renewed measure of peace and hope for the future. But the sinister weapon that glitters amid her belongings in that small farmhouse beckons a shadowy enemy, one who will not be deterred from taking everything from Sarah—including her life
Review by LAWonder10:
This was one of this author's most intriguing novels! Young Adults, and adults alike, will surely enjoy this great "Summer Read".
Sarah not only grieved for her father's death, as only heir to his fortune, she never dreamed how dangerous that would be. Now she must flee for her life and try to find answers. She fears she can trust almost no one.
This adventure captivates one's interest from the beginning until the end. The reader is kept guessing "Who did it" all the way trough the book.
The story addresses the issues of greed, superstition, entitlement, loyalty and romance.
The characters are developed well and they feel very real. The background scenes are described in a way the reader feels he/she is there.
I offer a Five Stars rating for this book.
* This book was gifted me by the publisher with no urging for a positive review. This is my honest review.
About Anita Stansfield
Anita Stansfield has been a queen of romantic fiction for more than a decade. Her work has shattered the stereotypes of romance novels with her trademark ability to combine great storytelling with intense psychological depth as she focuses on the emotional struggles of the human experience. Her novels cover a huge spectrum, from the eighteenth century to the present, from heart warming to heart stopping. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree: Anita Stansfield's characters and the lives they lead are not easy to forget. Anita also writes mainstream historical fiction (Horstberg Saga) under the name Elizabeth D. Michaels. The first book in that series is called Behind the Mask. You can see her Elizabeth D. Michaels books on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00J23ZXF8.
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