The Vanishing at Loxby Manor
by Abigail Wilson
Publication Date: January 26, 2021
Paperback & eBook; 336 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Regency
A story of second chances and secrets, this mysterious Regency romance will transport you to 19th-century England as one young lady reunites with her childhood love to find his missing sister.
Her friend is missing.
After five years abroad, Charity Halliwell finally returns to Loxby Manor, the home of dear friends—and her lost love. No longer a young girl, she is now haunted by a painful secret and the demise of her dreams. Instead of the healing and happiness she hopes to find, she encounters a darkness lurking in the shadows of the once-familiar house. When her friend, Seline, disappears the very night of her arrival, Charity is determined to uncover the truth.
Her only hope is the man who broke her heart.
Branded a coward, Piers Cavanaugh has lived the last five years as an outcast far from his family home. When his sister presumably elopes with a stable hand, Piers joins forces with an unlikely partner—the one woman he thought he’d never see again. Together they launch an investigation that leads to strange nightly meetings in the ruins of an old abbey and disturbing whispers of a secret organization. The more they learn, the more desperate the situation becomes.
The house seems determined to keep its secrets.
As they struggle to piece together the clues, Charity and Piers also endeavor to rebuild their friendship. One cryptic letter changed everything between them. To find happiness they will have to overcome the grief and shame keeping them apart. But first they must discover why Seline vanished and confront the growing fear that she may never return.
Settle in, because once you start The Vanishing at Loxby Manor, you won’t be able to put it down.
Praise for The Vanishing at Loxby Manor
“Vanishing at Loxby Manor cleverly combines Regency romance with Gothic intrigue, and the result is a suspenseful, thoroughly entertaining read. Charming and lovely.”—Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of In the Shadow of Vesuvius
“Like each of Wilson’s novels, The Vanishing at Loxby Manor drew me in from the start and didn’t let go. From the heartfelt characters to the twists that kept me guessing, I relished each turn of the page. Wilson is a master at historical mystery, and I cannot wait for her next story.”—Lindsay Harrel, author of The Joy of Falling
“Abigail Wilson’s latest Gothic romance hits the notes readers have come to expect from her talented pen: romance, shadows and intrigue and a brilliantly executed atmosphere. She is a master at her craft and a rare stand-out in a popular genre.”—Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration
“Weaving a shadow of mystery among the gilded countryside of Regency England, Wilson’s tale of love lost, buried shame, and secret societies is a delicious blend of romance and intrigue. Splash in gorgeous historical Regency details, and murder brewing around every stone, and readers will be burning through the pages until the riveting end.”—J’nell Ciesielski, author of The Socialite
“A gothic romance that is filled with great characters and a mystery that unfolds chapter by chapter. A perfect blend of mystery, family relationships, lost years, and star-crossed love. Be warned, you won’t be able to walk away from these characters.”—Cara Putman, award-winning author of Flight Risk
As a book reviewer, there are times that I know exactly how to describe my experience with a novel. And then there are times when I finish, and all I can say is, “I LOVED it.” Because there just aren’t words to describe my book joy. However, since words are necessary here (my name is clearly Mrs. Obvious) I will do my very best to give you something to go on besides my obsession with this new-to-me author. (Dear Abigail Wilson, I am your new superfan. Love, Stacie.)
Set in Kent, England, Charity Halliwell returns to Loxby Manor after five years away. She returns to friends, a lost love, a disappearance and an unsolved mystery.
The main character is Charity, who was both ridiculously easy to love and a bit of a frustration for me. She is strong and determined, with just the right amount of independence and sass. She is also insecure, over-analytical and beautifully human. (She’s my new bestie; she just doesn’t know it yet.) I found myself frustrated with her however, as she constantly…though understandably…got in her own way, throwing out obstacles on a footpath of her making. I almost wish that I could have given her a good shake, to snap her out of her own headspace, if that makes sense. But I loved her dearly, threw chocolate at her and cheered her on from the sidelines.
And Piers! I adore Piers. (He’s secretly in love with me, but don’t tell my new bestie.) He carries pain and embarrassment around, and tucks it all behind a carefully crafted wall. But the author cleverly throws Charity back into his life, and bit by bit, the wall comes down. I loved the way Ms. Wilson wove their relationship into the story; it was almost a sweet subplot, while the mystery of the disappearance took center stage. But the truth of the matter is, the plot was so seamlessly written that everything easily flowed together, allowing the reader to get caught up in the intensity of the mystery, the possible romance between Charity and Piers, and the workings of God in the big and small things. (That might just be my favorite part.)
Bottom Line: Wrap up January with two brand new friends, a new favorite author and a mystery that you absolutely, without-a-doubt will not solve.
About the Author
Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A registered nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the national parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.
She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children.
Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, January 19
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Wednesday, January 20
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Thursday, January 21
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Friday, January 22
Review at The Green Mockingbird
Tuesday, January 26
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Wednesday, January 27
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks
Thursday, January 28
Review at Read Review Rejoice
Saturday, January 30
Review at Nursebookie
Monday, February 1
Review at The Caffeinated Bibliophile
Tuesday, February 2
Review at Amy’s Booket List
Wednesday, February 3
Review at Passages to the Past
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