About the Book
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.
In My Opinion
Abigail Wilson gives readers another Regency filled with mystery and a slightly gothic tone in The Vanishing at Loxby Manor.
When Charity returns to Loxby Manor after several years, everything seems to have changed. On her first night back, her friend disappears and from that point forward, Charity is embroiled in the search for her.
This book pulled me in from the beginning with the mystery and the sweet second chance romance between Charity and Piers unfolded at a nice pace for this story. Both of them have lived with regrets since their parting and are holding onto secrets (as are a few others in the house), but as they spend time together again, they open up to each other.
Since the story is told in first person, we get to watch the mystery and romance unfold through her eyes and experience the sweetness of her conversations with and memories of Piers as well as her concern over her friend’s disappearance and her shock at the truth of what happened.
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