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 following 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-inlaw, 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.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Author Anita Stansfield's new Historical Fiction novel is a surprisingly different novel than her usual style. It is a touching tale of a woman who, reservedly followed her husband to Africa as a missionary, only to be left alone a few months later through her husband's sudden death by a disease. She had only one option, get herself back to a port in Africa and return to England. There she would have to throw herself on the mercies of her departed husband's dastardly elder brother. Although he strongly disliked her, his wife was a friend to her.
Enid Hawthorne was pregnant ( a state of which possibly saved her and her unborn child's life), disowned by her own family, now, she was penniless, and unwanted by the brother, Alistair Hawthorne.
Alistair was dealing with his own tragedy and now the loss of his only sibling, only Family.
This is a heartrending story of a torn fragment of family striving to survive tragedy and of self-discovery. It is a story of misjudgment of others and in moving forward when all odds seem against you.
This is not only a relaxing, inspiring "Summer Read" but also a great novel for anyone who is struggling with - or has struggled with- devastating hardships and loss.
The characters feel so alive and real! The background scenes are portrayed in a way, easily visualized by the reader.
The Book Cover image and Title are attractive, eye-catching and very "fitting"The only negative though I had with this novel is that the drama was slightly drawn out and felt remotely repetitive.
I rate this with a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no suggestion of a positive review.This is my honest review.
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.