Book Review: Shadows of Swanford Abbey by Julie Klassen

Format: Paperback

Pages: 314 pages

Published: December 7, 2021

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Suspense, Inspirational Fiction

Synopsis:

When Miss Rebecca Lane returns to her home village after a few years away, her brother begs for a favor: go to nearby Swanford Abbey and deliver his manuscript to an author staying there who could help him get published. Feeling responsible for her brother’s desperate state, she reluctantly agrees.

The medieval monastery turned grand hotel is rumored to be haunted. Once there, Rebecca begins noticing strange things, including a figure in a hooded black gown gliding silently through the abbey’s cloisters. For all its renovations and veneer of luxury, the ancient foundations seem to echo with whispers of the past–including her own. For there she encounters Sir Frederick—magistrate, widower, and former neighbor—who long ago broke her heart.

When the famous author is found murdered in the abbey, Sir Frederick begins questioning staff and guests and quickly discovers that several people held grudges against the man, including Miss Lane and her brother. Haunted by a painful betrayal in his past, Sir Frederick searches for answers but is torn between his growing feelings for Rebecca and his pursuit of the truth. For Miss Lane is clearly hiding something…


With this Covid surge that is happening, some people are finding it hard to find comforting reads for the winter season. Readers will have no problems picking up this latest release by Julie Klassen.

Rebecca Lane rushes back to her home village to take care of her brother, a writer who is suffering from mental health issues. While dealing with his latest mental breakdown, Rebecca is asked to give a manuscript to an author who is staying at the nearby manor house, Swanford Abbey, a house that is full of history and heartache for Rebecca. She would have to encounter, Sir Frederick, someone she would rather not meet again. Nevertheless, she agrees to do this for her brother. But when this said famous author is murdered, Rebecca and Sir Frederick must put their differences aside to solve this haunting and complicated mystery.

Readers will enjoy this novels that is the perfect marriage of Agatha Christie and Jane Austen. Full of atmospheric writing and drawn in background setting, this historical novel is full intrigue and thrills, something you want to read for those cozy winter nights. This will be a great read for mystery fans but also mystery genre novices who are looking to cautiously step into the ever so popular genre.


Author Bio:

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. Her books have sold over a million copies, and she is a three-time recipient of the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and Christian Retailing’s BEST Award and has been a finalist in the RITA and Carol Awards. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota

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