For the Lady Kaline de Belmar, it should be a time of great happiness. As the official social season begins, Kaline and her grandmother, the dowager duchess Catherine de Belmar, accept an invitation to attend a ball at Greywycke Castle, the ancestral home of her godfather. Before they depart, however, the duchess informs Kaline that a male heir has been found for the Belmar title, supplanting both women—and that Kaline should prepare for an arranged marriage, a prospect she does not care for.
Kaline is being courted by the mysterious Sir Edward Brune, but her grandmother informs Kaline that Brune is an unsuitable match and that other prospective suitors she has chosen for her will be present at the ball. Soon after Kaline arrives at the event, however, eerie occurrences begin to undermine the event, putting Kaline and her companions under the control of an unknown force that seems to be shaping the course of the weekend—and their destinies.
In this suspenseful tale, murder, mayhem, and mystery surround a castle above the sea, and a young lady discovers she must rely on the wisdom of strange creatures and her own inner strength in order to triumph over evil and take control of her fate.
Imagine the time back then, where you are giving no choice in who your married, things were arranged and even today that is going on. Not being able to choose who you spend the rest of your life with, I couldn’t even imagine. A mystery that will leave you, wanting to read the next page. So many different things , happen . Lady Kaline de Belmar must choose between family expectations and her own desire, all while finding inner strength she never knew she had. Being able to choose your own destiny, is something we all take for granted, back in this time and age we would not have had the chance too.
Taking place in the early 1800s, near the Welsh Marches, this suspenseful murder-mystery novel combines the familial duties and traditions of “Downton Abbey” with the drama and scheming characters of a daytime soap opera.
“This book explores family dynamics we all encounter,” Davis said. “While we all may not be born of nobility, we can all relate to polarizing family relationships and the need to follow our own destinies.”
Mystery and suspense are all the things I love in a book, when your reading a great book, whats your most important reason for doing so?