Vivacious actress Sybil Ingram looks forward to a life of security when she leaves the theater in 1873 to marry a wealthy American. But when he dies suddenly on their wedding night, she finds herself a penniless widow. Her only legacy is Brooke House, a Gothic revival manor in the Hudson River Valley. However, the eerie mansion comes with two tenants. One is a hostile ghost. The second, and far worse, is former violinist Roderick Brooke–the most insolent, dangerous, maddeningly gorgeous man Sybil has ever met.
As she and Roderick engage in a battle of wills–and wits–she finds herself increasingly drawn to him despite her growing suspicion of a connection between him and the spirit that haunts Brooke House. But soon a greater threat arises: the mysterious queen of local society, Mrs. Lavinia Dove. For reasons that Sybil can’t imagine, Mrs. Dove is determined to have Brooke House and Roderick for herself . . . if necessary, by deadly means.
By turns mysterious and moving, sparkling and spooky, Nocturne for a Widow follows a spirited heroine through adventures in life, love, and death. From the colorful theatrical world of late-Victorian London to the American wilderness, Sybil’s travels will test her mettle–and her heart.
*This book was given to me by the Author in exchange to a fair and honest review*
Oh how I love Sybil Ingram. She is a woman of strength and character. She is stubborn, smart, and loyal. When she comes to America it’s not all that she thought she was walking into. Her fiance is in financial ruin and his health is not good. When he insists they marry right away others take issue and I am not giving anything away when I tell you he dies shortly after.
Sybil decides to sets herself up at Brooke House in upstate NY where she feels she can lay some claim as there is nothing else to inherit. Once there she meets her “stepson” Roderick who has also laid claim to Brooke House. Here is where you insert brooding, handsome man. As the war with them takes off so does the spark of something more. And of course lets not forget the ghost of Brooke House. Who has ideas of her own and as with any ghosts wants something done for her.
Amanda Dewees has a wonderful talent for putting together a quirky and interesting cast of characters and making them all work fabulous together. I couldn’t put Nocturne for a Widow down and I can NOT wait for Sybil’s next adventure. Come back tomorrow for Book Stories featuring Amanda DeWees.
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