Hello Readers of Historical Fiction
Welcome to my stop on the book tour for
Shadows of Swanford Abbey Julie Klassen
• Title: Shadows of Swanford Abbey
• Author: Julie Klassen
• Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Suspense, Inspirational Fiction
• Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (December 7, 2021)
• Length: (416) pages
• Format: Hardcover, trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook
• Tour Dates: December 6-17, I 2021
Agatha Christie meets Jane Austen in this atmospheric Regency tale brimming with mystery, intrigue, and romance.
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…
Author Julie Klassen shares her inspiration for Shadows of Swanford Abbey
“A brilliant Agatha Christie-esque whodunit by reader favorite Julie Klassen. Set in the creepy atmosphere of an old abbey, Shadows of Swanford Abbey will keep you guessing until the very end. There’s plenty of danger, intrigue, and—yes—romance to delight Regency-era lovers of all ages. Truly a don’t-miss read!”—Michelle Griep, Christy Award-winning author of Once Upon a Dickens Christmas
“If you enjoy historical fiction with equal blends MYSTERY (suspense) and ROMANCE, then I recommend Shadows of Swanford Abbey with you wholeheartedly without any reservations. This may just be my FAVORITE Klassen novel yet.”—Becky Laney, Becky’s Book Reviews
“Once again Julie Klassen has delivered an intriguing book with all kinds of mystery and a few ghosts added in made it all worth the midnight oil I burned because I didn’t want to put it down!”—Lori Parrish, Red Headed Book Lady
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.
A Captivating Regency Mystery
A clergymans daughter, Miss Rebecca Lane, hastens home after receiving a letter from her family’s housekeeper. The contents of the letter depicts her younger brothers John’s agitated state of of mind. After several years traveling as a ladies maid to her energetic employer, Lady Fitzhoward. She arrives concerned to her hometown village of Worcestershire, England. Sweet natured Rebecca feels responsible for her young brother, as both of their parents have passed away. Easily persuaded by John, she is tasked with delivering her brothers manuscript to a popular author Mr Oliver, who happens to be staying at the Swanford Abbey.
Swanford Abbey, turned hotel, is notorious for its chilling tales of haunted spirts. Rebecca checks into the hotel hoping to deliver her package to the author. She unexpectedly encounters Sir Frederick Wilford from her past. When the unthinkable happens and Mr Oliver is found dead, an inquest has people asking questions. Rebecca regrets ever having agreed to become involved in her brother’s scheme.
A mystery is afoot, and the killer needs to be caught. When the secrets start to unfold, and Frederick Wilford knows Rebecca is hiding something.
A mysterious gentle romance, with gothic nuances blended in. The romance, along with the chemistry of Rebecca and Frederick, had the right amount tension. Making for a proper regency romance, that I throughly enjoyed.
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.