Sunday, January 24, 2021

The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson (Review and Giveaway!)

The Vanishing at Loxby Manor is a gothic historical novel with some romance and lots of mystery. Don't you just love that cover?

Book Details:

Book Title: The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson
Category: Adult Fiction, 336 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Regency
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release dates: January 26, 2021
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

A story of second chances and secrets, this mysterious Regency romance will transport you to 19th-century England as one young lady reunites with her childhood love to find his missing sister.

Her friend is missing.

After five years abroad, Charity Halliwell finally returns to Loxby Manor, the home of dear friends—and her lost love. No longer a young girl, she is now haunted by a painful secret and the demise of her dreams. Instead of the healing and happiness she hopes to find, she encounters a darkness lurking in the shadows of the once-familiar house. When her friend, Seline, disappears the very night of her arrival, Charity is determined to uncover the truth.

Her only hope is the man who broke her heart.

Branded a coward, Piers Cavanaugh has lived the last five years as an outcast far from his family home. When his sister presumably elopes with a stable hand, Piers joins forces with an unlikely partner—the one woman he thought he’d never see again. Together they launch an investigation that leads to strange nightly meetings in the ruins of an old abbey and disturbing whispers of a secret organization. The more they learn, the more desperate the situation becomes.

The house seems determined to keep its secrets.

As they struggle to piece together the clues, Charity and Piers also endeavor to rebuild their friendship. One cryptic letter changed everything between them. To find happiness they will have to overcome the grief and shame keeping them apart. But first they must discover why Seline vanished and confront the growing fear that she may never return.

Settle in, because once you start The Vanishing at Loxby Manor, you won’t be able to put it down.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

The Vanishing at Loxby Manor is a gothic historical novel with some romance and lots of mystery. It had all the right elements of intrigue and suspense, with a clever heroine, a lost love, nighttime escapades, a missing person, and a dark and mysterious manor surrounded by spooky woods. Don't you just love that cover?

Charity Halliwell returns after five years to Loxby Manor, where she spent happy years with her friend Selena and fell in love with her brother Piers, who later breaks her heart. The night Charity arrives she reunites with Selena who then dashes off into the night after spotting a light in the hills near the abbey ruins. Piers then shows up and Charity must put her feelings aside to help the family find Selena who has vanished after she left that night.

The story kept me turning the pages as I was trying, along with the heroine, to find out what happened to Selena. I didn't guess who the villain was until the very end. Well done. I must admit it took me awhile to warm up to the characters because it was hard to determine who was friendly and who wasn't. They all seemed to glare, flick their fingers and cause Charity to feel icy prickling in her body. The writing style irritated at time with metaphors that detracted rather than enhanced the story, making me reread certain sentences to make sure I understood.

Apart from these foibles, The Vanishing at Loxby Manor had my attention throughout. The romance between Charity and Piers was about a second chance at love and took second place to the mystery thriller. It's a clean novel, a quick read, and a good story for lovers of gothic regency novels.

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About the Author:

Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A registered nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the national parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children.

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  1. Thanks so much for being on the tour + for your great review!

    HF Virtual Book Tours

  2. It's true, I love this cover too, that's what drew me to the book in the first place ! I have read another good review about this book, but also that Charity is hearing-impaired, which is a plus for me. Thanks for sharing, Laura !


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