Some books are so captivating you struggle to put them down. This book is a good example.
Here’s the blurb:
A modern day Downton Abbey set at Chatsworth House, England’s most famous stately home.
- A missing singer
- A doomed love story
- A family split by secrets & lies
1967: Enigmatic young folk singer Molly Marrison disappears on the cusp of fame.
2002: Silva is working as a housemaid at Chatsworth House when her father suddenly dies, leaving her with one instruction – find Molly.
The only clue is a haunting song, centuries old, that Molly recorded before she vanished. Silva needs the help of song collector, Robbie Nightingale. Silva and Robbie were teenage sweethearts, but they’ve not spoken for decades. If they try to find Molly, what else will they discover? For Molly is not the only girl to have disappeared. Silva’s mother, Sukey, vanished when Silva was a child, leaving her with scars that Robbie once tried but failed to heal.
Here’s my review:
One word to describe this book – captivating!
This book had such a hold over me. It was like the story had cast a magical spell over its reader.
This story has all the makings for a great story; mystery over a singer’s disappearance, secrets, deep rooted family connections, Derbyshire countryside, music and an air of romance.
I thought the twisting and turning plot was fabulous. It was packed full of heartbreak, love, mystery and echoes from the past. I loved the dual POVs too.
Silva and Molly were great characters and their two stories were cleverly woven together. I loved Silva’s mission, which was set by her dying father, to find Molly, the beautiful and mysterious singer who had disappeared in 1967. From that point on I was hooked.
It was such a captivating and enjoyable book I read it in a couple of days. All the way through I kept thinking – this would make an excellent BBC drama.
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Fiona Mountain grew up in Sheffield and moved to London aged eighteen where she worked in the press office for Radio 1 for ten years, handling the PR for presenters including John Peel, Mark Radlcliffe and Steve Wright and traveling with the Radio 1 Summer Roadshow.
Her first novel, Isabella, tells the haunting love story of Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian and his cousin, Isabella Curwen. It was short-listed for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2000, the first debut novel to reach the shortlist. It was followed with Pale as the Dead and Bloodline, which combine history with mystery and feature ‘ancestor detective’, Natasha Blake. Bloodline is the winner of the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award.
Fiona’s novels have been published in America, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Italy, Germany, Holland and Australia. Though having enjoyed writing the mysteries, Lady of the Butterflies, published in 2009, marks her permanent return to historical fiction.
She lives in a seventeenth century house in the Cotswolds with her husband, Tim, a musician, and their four young children.