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- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 15, 2019)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2019
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BB55QSB
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Abigail Wilson's In the Shadow of Croft Tower is the kind of novel I love to recommend. Well written, thoroughly engrossing, and perfectly inspiring. I honestly couldn't flip the pages fast enough."--New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray
"In the Shadow of Croft Tower is beautifully written, suspenseful, and satisfyingly romantic. Abigail Wilson paints a beautiful picture of pastoral Regency England. This book will keep you riveted to the end, and you'll be rooting for the feisty heroine to get her happily ever after."--Jennifer Beckstrand, author of Home on Huckleberry Hill
"Part mystery and part romance, Abigail Wilson's debut is an atmospheric period novel that will keep readers guessing to the very end."--Amanda Flower, USA Today bestselling author of Death and Daisies --This text refers to the library edition.
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But...*sigh*. Eighty pages in, nothing had developed. Characters basically just sat around or stood around talking, in that "go here, go there" cadence I loathe. Characters were talked about, but not shown to me much Mrs. Chalcroft is a good example. I love an elderly character who everybody thinks is a lost cause, who then shocks everybody's socks off with what they know and how they interact. But good old Mrs. C just showed up in Sybil's bedchamber at two AM, gave her some cryptic instructions, and then...poof.
And don't get me started on keeping up with who is who. I understand Sybil was coming into a new environment with a new family that she is technically not part of, and I love that. At the same time, what is with Regency authors who can't say, "This is my mom/dad, this is my sibling, etc."? It usually seems to be, "This is my cousin, and that's her cousin, and that's my great-aunt, and this is the great-aunt's niece but she's not related to me..." *Help me!*
I may try Abigail Wilson again. Midnight on the River Grey sounds good. I'd say skip this one, though. If you want something similar, Sandra Byrd's Mist of Midnight is a better take on this type of plotline.
I would not categorize myself as a historical fiction reader in any way. I am a mystery/thriller reader. But I really liked this book. There was enough of the mystery about the book and just enough romance. And the author added in some humor to get me laughing. So I guess you could say that it had everything to keep any reader engaged. I was drawn in from the beginning with the coach robbery. But I was surprised when the robbers were revealed.
This was a debut book by this author and she certainly has a way with words. I cannot wait for the next book by her. It was well written from beginning to end. The book is consider Christian fiction and I could have used just a tad more Christian in the book. But it was a good clean book and that made it a really good read.
I am looking forward to reading more by the author. I received a copy of the book for review and the review is my very own.
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Ecco, ci sono ovviamente molte versioni letterarie di questo "genere" ed alcune sono meglio riuscite di altre. Questa, che a quanto risulta è un'opera prima, contiene alcuni aspetti originali ed è, proprio per questo, veramente apprezzabile.
Al tempo stesso devo ammettere che a fronte di scelte inedite, alcuni aspetti fondamentali sono stati trascurati.
Innanzitutto lo spessore dei personaggi: ad iniziare dall'eroina, Sybil Delafield, apparentemente trovatella cui un misterioso benefattore ha garantito una istruzione di alto livello, si trova ad accettare un posto di dama di compagnia dell'anziana Mrs Chalcroft alle Croft Towers. Il lettore capisce che Sybil è contenta di aver accettato perché ritiene che le radici del suo passato vengano da lì (coincidenza?).
Mentre sta per arrivare alle Croft Towers la diligenza su cui viaggia viene assalita dai banditi che evidentemente cercano qualcosa e, una volta giunta a destinazione riconosce nel figlioccio di Mrs Chalcroft uno dei banditi (coincidenza?).
Questo solo per fare un esempio; e tuttavia se la storia è raccontata bene e i personaggi si svelano poco a poco e acquistano la giusta tridimensionalità, anche i fatti più improbabili passano in secondo piano.
In questo caso, chiudendo il libro, ho avuto l'impressione di non aver realmente conosciuto nessuno, come se, nello sforzo di preservare l'aura di mistero, l'autrice avesse sottratto, invece che aggiunto, gli elementi che costituiscono il fondamento di una bella storia.
In più, volendo dare a tutti gli abitanti delle Croft Towers un segreto bene o mal custodito, l'autrice ha caricato eccessivamente la vicenda, finendo per trascurare alcuni sviluppi della trama che semplicemente si sono aggrovigliati o persi per strada.
La suspence, che in questo genere letterario deve fare la parte del leone, in realtà manca quasi totalmente, in parte perché i personaggi agiscono e parlano in modo non conforme alla parte loro assegnata, ed in parte perché quando si intrecciano così tante trame diverse si rischia di perdere di vista il ritmo, che è poi quell'elemento ineffabile che tiene il lettore incollato alle pagine.
Pure, se è un'opera prima, bisogna complimentarsi con l'autrice: ha quasi centrato l'obiettivo.
Everyone in this cast of characters seems to have a secret. Several times I thought I knew how the book was going to end. I was wrong each time. The writing is excellent!
Sybil Delafield is gutsy, determined and always seems to find herself in need of assistance. However, who can she trust in this tower where everyone seems to have a secret?
The only thing I found strange is that it is marketed as Christian fiction. While it is a clean read, there isn't anything overtly Christian about this book (hence the four stars). Nevertheless, I would recommend this to anyone who loves an excellent Gothic/Regency romance/mystery!