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Secrets Behind Locked Doors

FROM THE DARKEST OF SHADOWS…After a year wrongfully imprisoned in an asylum, Louisa Turnhill can’t believe it when Robert, Lord Fleetwood, arrives to resc... read more

ISBN: 9781474005753
Published: February 2015

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FROM THE DARKEST OF SHADOWS…

After a year wrongfully imprisoned in an asylum, Louisa Turnhill can’t believe it when Robert, Lord Fleetwood, arrives to rescue her. As her new guardian, he’s there to take Louisa to his London townhouse – and a different life. … TO THE DAZZLING WORLD OF THE TON Thrust into an unknown world of debutantes and balls, Louisa starts to put her trust in Robert. But his life is tainted with darkness too, and with Society’s eyes upon them will they ever be able to shake off the secrets that once lurked behind locked doors?

An interesting and different story

Rating By Julia,13/04/2015

It is not clear if this is part of a series. This story is about Miss Louisa Turnhill and Lord Robert Fleetwood. Their first meeting is rather strange. Robert’s great uncle dies specifying to Robert in a letter, that he has done an injustice to an innocent and wants Robert to put things right. All he gives Robert is the Name Louisa Turnhill. When Robert finds her he goes to visit her to find out if she is the one he is looking for. Louisa’s parents had died and put Robert’s great uncle down as her guardian. Robert releases her from where the guardian had sent her and sets out to take over guardianship. Louisa is naturally wary of trusting anyone but as time goes on she soon finds that her opinions change. Louisa and Robert have an uneasy relationship both trying to do the right thing and trying not to upset the other. This causes a lot of problems for them both. Robert carries hurt and distrust with him. Especially with women. He fought in the wars and lost his best friend. He blames himself and tries to live quietly in order to honour the fallen. He decides he will never marry and is disturbed by his feelings that start to develop for Louisa. Mrs Knapwell his best friend’s mother is more like a mother to him too and his friend was more like a brother. When Robert lost both of his parents, the Knapwell family took care of him during the holidays and Mrs Knapwell adopted him in her heart as another son. Robert found the guilt of losing her son, hard to deal with when around Mrs Knapwell. Mrs Knapwell found it hard to see Robert becoming more detached from the world. Major Dunton is also another character who knows Robert and Mrs Knapwell having served in the unit Robert was in charge off. He spent time with Mrs Knapwell talking with her about her son. Robert did not know that Major Dunton had told Mrs Knapwell the full details of what happened when her son died. Louisa and Robert keep getting close then Robert pushes Louisa away. Because Louisa is not use to people she finds it hard and confusing to know what is going on with Robert. Robert however, trusts Louisa with the tale of Mr Knapwell’s death. She tries to help. Louisa and Robert attend a dinner at Mrs Knapwell’s home and that is when they both encounter Lady Gillingham who is very attentive to Robert. Louisa feels jealous. Lady Gillingham holds a ball and there she tries to proposition Robert. He tells her he is not interested but she wants him, so she sets about causing trouble for both Louisa and Robert. Everything turns out well and the ending is very sweet but it would have been nice to have a fuller ending. I would love to see what happens with Major Dunton as he is a very sweet character and deserves a story of his own and his own happy ending. The story flows well and there are aspects that have not been touched on often. It is a wonderful snapshot of the era but the ending really needed more.

Interesting

Rating By R,09/03/2015

This was quite an unusual and interesting plot from a psychological angle which made a change from the norm The characters were likable and overall it was an enjoyable read.

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