Lady Isabella Gerard, a respectable member of Georgian society, orders her maid to take her new golden gown and destroy it, its shimmering beauty tainted by the actions of her brutal husband the night before.
Three months later, Lord Gerard stands at the shoreline of the lake, looking down at a woman wearing the golden gown. As the body slowly rolls over to reveal her face, it’s clear this was not his intended victim…
250 Years Later…
When a gown she stole from a historic home as a child is mysteriously returned to Fenella Brightwell, it begins to possess her in exactly the same way that it did as a girl. Soon the fragile new life Fen has created for herself away from her abusive ex-husband is threatened at its foundations by the gown’s power over her until she can't tell what is real and what is imaginary.
As Fen uncovers more about the gown and Isabella’s story, she begins to see the parallels with her own life. When each piece of history is revealed, the gown—and its past—seems to possess her more and more, culminating in a dramatic revelation set to destroy her sanity.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Written from various characters points of view, he Woman on the Lake was an interesting story built from a connection from the past to the present.
Isabella, Eustace, Constance, and Dr. Baird are key individuals from the past.
Fenella, Hamish, Jessie, Jake and Fenella's estranged sister & mother, plus her maternal grandmother are key characters in the present time frame.
The two sets of characters lives differ greatly, yet, in an odd way, they are reflective..
Although the author had a clever approach to appeal to the reader's curiosity in the opening prologue, it lost some of the momentum by being too vague. As the tale progresses, the momentum, once again, increases and continues to build to the end, then slightly loses it by an "iffy" ending scene before the Epilogue.portrayed well, also.The characters were developed well and the scenes were also.
Although it took a slight effort to "get into" the story in the beginning, it soon became a very, interesting abd enjoyable read.
The Book Cover was attractively created with a subtle , yet eye-catching appeal. However, thugh it is briefly referred to, I do not feel the Title was a strong "fit".
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no requirement for a positive review. This is my honest reviiew.
Reader beware: Although there are only a "handful" of profane words towards the end of the book, there are, also, a couple of vivid, yet not explicit, sex scenes.
International bestselling author Nicola Cornick writes romantic historical mysteries and witty and passionate Regency romance. She studied History at London and Oxford and was awarded a distinction for her dissertation on historical heroes. It was a tough study but someone had to do it. Nicola has a “double life” as a writer and guide at the stunning 17th century hunting lodge, Ashdown House.
Nicola lives near Oxford and loves reading, writing, history, music, wildlife, travel and walking her dog. She also loves hearing from her readers and chatting to them on her blog at www.nicolacornick.co.uk She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter @NicolaCornick
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