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Miss Annabel Ashton is a teacher at the Rogers School for Young Ladies in Winchester when she takes a brief visit to her family home, Highcliffe Hall at Milford-on-Sea. She believes her stay will be short but soon learns that she will not be returning to the safety of the school. Instead she remains at Highcliffe at the mercy of her cousin, Edward Everedge.
Annabel protests, but as the illegitimate daughter of a woman who died in an insane asylum, she has little say. Edward is running out of money and puts the house up for sale to avoid financial ruin. He insists that Annabel marry, promising her to a sinister, frightening man. But as the house gets packed for sale, it begins to reveal disquieting secrets. Jewelry, artifacts, and portraits mysteriously appear, suggesting that Annabel may be the true heir of Highcliffe.
She has only a few months to prove her legitimacy, perhaps with assistance from the handsome but troubled Maltese Captain Dell'Acqua. But does he have Annabel's best interests at heart?
And then, a final, most ominous barrier to both her inheritance and her existence appears: a situation neither she nor anyone else could have expected. Will Annabel regain her life and property - and trust her heart - before it's too late?
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By Denise on 03-26-16
Perfect break from mainstream romance
Lately it has been a challenge to find a good, engaging listen that isn't filled with profanity and sex. If you are looking for a story that has a plot, reminiscent of Phyllis Whitney, this is the book for you. It is a very clean cut book... no profanity or sex scenes. It is was overall a good listen for me. I think I would really rate 3.5 stars ... since it was not out of the ball park good and it was a little above mediocre.
This author weaves a tale around jealousy, family problems, 1850's England .... and was a good listen. The twits are predictable, but never the less told in such a way you really don't mind.
The narration was okay. The "foreign" accents from Malta were a little taxing, but otherwise it was not an unbearable performance.
I used a credit for this book. Definitely sale worthy .... save the credit.
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