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When Aurelie Harcourt's father dies in debtor's prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.
When Aurelie decides to complete her father's unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother's disappearance--and perhaps even her father's death.
Author Joanna Davidson Politano's stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.
My thoughts: I was quite excited to receive this book in the mail! I enjoyed the writing style and getting to know the main character, seeing that good can come from selfish. It was a bit of an interesting combination, with the gothic flavor set in Victorian times. I did like the social aspect of the story, with Aurelie coming from debtors prison. I feel like the mystery takes backstage to Aurelie's story and how it parallels the story she is writing. I look forward to reading more by this author!
I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.