Lady Elizabeth "Libby" Sinclair, with her love of microscopes and nature, isn't favored in society. She flees to the beautiful Isles of Scilly for the summer and stumbles into the dangerous secrets left behind by her holiday cottage's former occupant, also named Elizabeth, who mysteriously vanished.
Oliver Tremayne--gentleman and clergyman--is determined to discover what happened to his sister, and he's happy to accept the help of the girl now living in what should have been Beth's summer cottage . . . especially when he realizes it's the curious young lady he met briefly two years ago, who shares his love of botany and biology. But the hunt for his sister involves far more than nature walks, and he can't quite believe all the secrets Beth had been keeping from him.
As Libby and Oliver work together, they find ancient legends, pirate wrecks, betrayal, and the most mysterious phenomenon of all: love.
My thoughts: Rosanna White's books are among my favorites, and I was thrilled to discover that she is starting a new series with this story! While I love her WWI series and would be happy with her series to continually be set in the same time period, it is fun that this book has an island setting in a little earlier time period.
I loved getting to know Libby and Oliver, as well as Mabena and the other islanders. The setting is so beautiful, and I enjoyed seeing it through the eyes of a character who loved nature as much as Libby does. The questions Libby has in regards to faith and science are thought provoking and made me think. I also enjoyed that this story had a bit of mystery with Oliver's sister having disappeared.
I highly recommend picking up this (and Roseanna White's other stories!) book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This is my honest review.