Thursday, June 23, 2011


Isabel Hart is afraid of two things, the maze at Trencarrow where she got lost as a young child, and the lake where her brother David saved her from drowning in a boating accident.

With her twenty-first birthday and the announcement of her engagement imminent, Isabel decides it is time for her to face her demons and ventures into the maze. There she sees something which will alter her perceptions of herself and her family forever.

Isabel’s widowed aunt joins the house party, where her cousin confides she is in love with an enigmatic young man who surely cannot be what he pretends, for he is too dashing for homely Laura.

When Henry, Viscount Strachan and his mother arrive, ostensibly to use her ball as an arena for finding a wife, Isabel is determined not to like him.

As more secrets are revealed, Isabel begins to doubt she has chosen the right man, although her future fiancé has more vested in this marriage than Isabel realizes and has no intention of letting her go easily.

Will Isabel be able to put her preconceptions of marriage behind her and take charge of her own life, or is she destined to be controlled by others forever?

In Trencarrow Secret, Anita Davison brings Victorian high society to life vividly with beautiful imagery. The characters inhabiting this book drew me into their lives and held me there. The heroine, Isabel Hart suffers from the affects of a near drowning accident which happened some years before.  Isabel seems held captive by fate, severely hampered by the strictures of Victorian society and something more - her past, which prevents her from taking control of her life. After suffering heartache and loss, she discovers what is worth fighting for and what should be let go. When revealed, the mystery that lies at the heart of the story left me stunned.

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