“I know what insidious thoughts can be.
That if they stay alone with them for too long, they can turn against you. “
1947 Alice Miller – Lost his fiancée during World War II and works in a legal institution. She is applying for a job as a governess and is happy when her application is approved. To escape the city and her past, she travels to Winterbourne in Cornwall, where she will work overseeing the twins of Captain Jonathan de Gray, who is a widow and was wounded in the war.
Once in Winterbourne, Alice rejoices in her position. She loves children and a secluded and beautiful father.
Rachel, 2017 Masters– Head of the Art Gallery in New York. Rachel lost her beloved husband Seth during an act of terror. She now has a relationship with a wealthy businessman named Aaron Grewal. She is an adopted child who has always wanted to know the story of her parents at birth. After receiving a letter that he inherited a house in Cornwall, she thinks she will finally find out the information she wants.
She finds many blogs written by her aunt Constance, as well as an old antique mirror that at the same time repels her and entices … She meets a neighboring farmer, Jack, who has lived in the area for most of her life. Jack knows a certain story of Winterbourne.
Anyone who loves Gothic fiction with more than a few paranormal elements will surely enjoy this Rebecca James novel. That being said, there were some surprises on his pages, and I thought the story was pretty predictable. Not always bad, depending on your mood.
The atmosphere of an awful old Winterborn house and the atmosphere high on the Cornwall cliff was accurately and cleverly described.
Alice Miller was more than a fun character. She was sympathetic but cunning and hurt by her criminal past. She longed for everything that once belonged to Captain de Gray’s beautiful wife – to her detriment.
Rachel’s story these days has also been compelling. Her search for genealogical roots was well portrayed, and her character easy to empathize with.
The end of the novel was horrible – as might be expected. Like I said, no one really surprised me. But I really enjoyed reading and it was a great book for a cool fall night.My rating is 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 stars on Goodreads and Amazon.
This review was written on a voluntary basis, and my evaluation was not affected in any way by the fact that I received a free digital copy of this novel from Minotaur Books (Macmillan) per Edelweiss.
Publication date: 2020 March 17
ISBN: 9781250230058 ASIN: B07XBCXR4D 368 pages
Rebecca James worked in publishing for several years before leaving to write full-time, and is now the author of several novels written under a pseudonym, as well as Woman in the mirror their behalf. Her favorite things are autumn walks, Argentine red wine and witchcraft in the winter with a good old-fashioned ghost history. Rebecca James was born in Sydney, Australia, but now lives with her husband and two daughters in Bristol, England.