When William Fitzalan, Earl of Lyndhurst, inherits his title in mysterious circumstances, he discovers that his legacy includes a remote Northumbrian castle.
Goldsborough Castle holds many surprises, not least the wayward, orphaned daughter of the previous owner. Lady Angeline has secrets she must keep, especially from William, who she is convinced is not the gentleman he pretends to be.
A brutal murder and rumours of pagan sacrifice puts everyone on their guard —who can be trusted?
William and Angeline are drawn into a whirlpool of intrigue and irresistible passion that threatens to destroy them both.
The Lyndhurst Affair is a Gothic Style Historical Romance, it is as much dark and intriguing as it is a good old-fashioned Regency Romp. I haven’t read a Gothic-ish style Historical Romance for an age and this is really very good.
William Fitzhalen has just become the new Earl of Lyndhurst after his brother died in mysterious circumstances, he has got that hanging over his head as many look on him with suspicion which is the last thing he want’s – or needs to be perfectly honest. His family are on the brink they are on serious need of funds, his ancestral home Lyndhurst Manor is falling down around their heads, with any other aristocrat they would find a way to barter and borrow their way out of the hole that William is currently in. But that’s not’s going to work with William as his family name “Fitzhalen” is regarded with scorn and suspicion.
All the previous Earls of Lyndhurst have used and abused the title and the money to their own selfish gain, they are said to have bad blood due to the previous Earls fondness for the drink and for gambling what they didn’t have, and in some cases for opium. Now, that bad name is what William has to try and overcome, he has to try and prove that he isn’t like his relatives, but as with everything in society that takes money – money he doesn’t have.
She was being out manoeuvred. She scowled at lord Lyndhurst, who seemed to take some satisfaction from her reaction. He was high handed and pompous, but she reluctantly admired his intelligence and his sense of duty. He had surprised her. She had begun to believe that her land, her people would fare well under his protection. But would she?
When first he thinks that inheriting the Goldsborough estate in Northumberland is his saving grace so him and his rakishly handsome and opium soaked best friend Nikolous; Count Debrussy set out to have a look at his new house. Only to find that thing’s aren’t as what they seem everything from the people to the place is a bit off, and then he meets Angeline.
Angeline is the daughter of the previous Lord of Goldsborough the very man that William’s brother got the manor off, in yet again suspicious circumstances. She is like a beacon of light in this grey and dark place where William has suddenly found himself, he can’t get enough of her she is mysterious and vibrant and holding on to so many secrets, secrets that could be dragged out into the open. When during a sacred ritual a woman and Angeline’s oldest friend and maid is brutally murdered by a beast that is said to be wondering the area, a beast so terrifying that even the hardest country men and ex-soldiers are terrified of it.
Being a small community and with William and Nikolas being strangers they are instantly in the lime-light for the murder, he sets out to catch the beast and clear his and Nikolas’ name before someone else gets killed by whatever or whoever is behind this horrendous attack. In his search, he finds more than he bargained for, in the shape of brave and beautiful Angeline.
The horn once more as a warm breeze stirred and stroked Angeline’s skin.
He is here!
Angeline heard the whisper on the wind, she looked up, could sense his presence. She scanned the crowed and her breath caught at the back of her throat when she laid eyes on him. No one but she would have known it was lord Lyndhurst behind that mask….
William and Nikolas are both ex-soldier’s, William having been a spy for the King and they are both scarred by not only their exploit’s through the war but both of their personal, family history have scarred them too.
William is a good man, he has always been in the shadow of his father and brother’s scandalous behaviour and as such as always been treated with the same scorn and distrust and he is always trying to prove that he isn’t like them. First, he goes into the army and through that he gained a reputation that he can be proud of, but when his father and brother died he felt like he had gone right back to square one.
Angeline is a lovely young woman, she is like a mystical, ethereal little wood nymph she lives her live around the pagan rituals and it is very funny that when William and Nikolas first find out about how the village lives and about how she is the focal of all seasonal rituals they think her as some kind of witch. She is stubborn, intelligent and when in her own home of Northumberland, she is so self-assured but take her out of her little bubble and she is highly naive.
She at first doesn’t trust William she think’s him to be nothing but a London rake, that illusion soon fades as she sees with her own eyes just what a kind man he is, never happier than when he is protecting those he loves and getting his hands dirty, which is very unusual for an aristocrat. Fancy that a titled man who knows the concept of a hard day’s work!
William looked like a man possessed as he approached her, with long prowling strides. They stood facing each other waiting for the other to make the first move. Her breathing became fast and shallow.
“Do you want me?” She asked, her voice shaking with emotion.
“More than anything else on earth.”
“Then break the chains that fetter you.” She pleaded.
The look in his eyes were as raw as anything she had ever seen, and fear fused with longing for him. She removed his mask….
I really, really like The Lyndhurst Affair it’s charming and spell bounding, it has characters that are lovable and seductive as well as being intriguing, you find yourself rooting them one as they find their feet with not only what’s going on but with each other and their personal circumstances. The plot is just so good it draws you in and makes you think what the hell is going on and who –or what – is behind all these terrible things. The Lyndhurst Affair reminds me of Sherlock Holmes and Hound of the Baskervilles, but with a lovely Romance, It’s at times dark and moody and very atmospheric. Quincey’s writing is fresh and enjoyable she sprinkled the entire book with mystery and fun and from this she is an author that I can highly recommend and whom I am looking forward to reading again.
This is such a great debut from an author who I can guarantee will go far in the Historical Romance world, this is slick, enchanting and entirely consuming.
Dark and highly enjoyable.
This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
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