on April 28, 2001
I picked this up at the library because the cover was interesting and intriquing. It is story of Nell and her half sister, Camille, who is 9 years older and more like a Mother as their Mother died shortly after Nell's birth. Nell is in school in England in the early 1860's and Camille is in Charleston, SC where she is engaged to Martin, who is in the Army. Camille is summoned to England after Nell mysteriously falls out a window of the boarding school, survives, but is quite severly injured. Lady Kersey, a distant relative, has recently died, leaving the old house of Wychwood to them if they can live there a year and find the treasure. If they do, it is theirs forever. They travel to the small village, isolated in the English Countryside where they begin meeting suspicious, witchy people. Everybody seems to be against them and Camille is suspected as a witch since strange things begin happening. There is a handsome male neighbor who is suspected to be wanting to find the treasure and inherit the house. Her lawyer is suspect but one would never believe what happens to him. Lady Margaret, her children, Amy and Phyllip play a nice role in the tale and The Copper Maid, an old tale, begins to roam again. Sheep are mysteriously poisoned with suspicion pointing to Camille. She doesn't know who she can trust. Tied in with their story is the story of Katherine Parr, Thomas Seymore, Henry V111, and Queen Elizabeth The First. The ending is a thriller as the culprit is the least likely suspect. Worth a good gothic read. This was my first book by this author.