Within These Gilded Halls
A Regency Romance
by Abigail Wilson
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Pub Date 04 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 04 Nov 2022
Thomas Nelson--FICTION, Thomas Nelson
Hidden treasure and betrayal mingle with unexpected love within the walls of Avonthorpe Hall.
After studying art under Miss Drake, a renowned painter, Phoebe Radcliff is certain she can finally move beyond the childish mistake that’s kept her away from home. She is thrilled when Miss Drake employs her to complete a complicated ballroom renovation.
Everything changes, however, the moment Miss Drake is murdered. With her last breath she imparts the location of a clue to Phoebe. Can the biggest secret of Avonthorpe Hall be true—the rumored treasure real? Phoebe is tasked to finish her work in the ballroom by Miss Drake’s infuriatingly regimented yet all-too-handsome nephew, Lt. Graham Burke. Determined to fulfill the promise she made to her beloved teacher to find the treasure, Phoebe also works to uncover the truth about Miss Drake’s death—and she must do so before Lt. Burke leases the house.
But dark shadows line the gilded halls of Avonthorpe, and soon enough Phoebe realizes she’s not the only person who knows about the clues. What’s worse, she needs Lt. Burke’s help to stay ahead of whoever is hard on her heels. If only she weren’t so attracted to him.
Caught up in a deadly race for answers, Phoebe must find a way to breach the shroud of lies that surrounds every last resident in the house and, more importantly, face a past she’s been running away from for far too long.
- Regency romance and mystery
- Stand-alone novel
- Book length: approximately 95,000 words
- Includes discussion questions for book clubs
- Also by Abigail Wilson: Twilight at Moorington Cross, Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey, and The Vanishing at Loxby Manor
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Average rating from 162 members
Abigail Wilson is a master at gothic romance, and Within These Gilded Halls is the perfect example! The Avonthorpe estate is the perfect setting, its opulent decor in contrast to the many secrets it keeps hidden about the Drake family treasure. The hunt for the treasure was thrilling and kept me on my toes until the end.
I loved working through the clues with Phoebe and Graham and watching them form a respect that turned to friendship, and then, to more. Their slow-burn romance was expertly crafted and made for many sighs and swoony scenes. I thought they balanced each other well, Phoebe, with her adventurous spirit, and Graham with his more structured personality.
The characters are so well-written and have such depth to them. You will be drawn to even the vilest characters on the hunt to find the treasure–and a murderer. I found myself going over the treasure hunt clues even when my book was tucked away. It’s such an intriguing mystery.
Overall, this is an excellent book, and I would highly recommend it to any fan of Regency romance. It’s the perfect read on a cozy night with your favorite blanket and cup of tea! You won’t be disappointed you chose to follow Phoebe and Graham along on this dangerous and thrilling adventure.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.
This one was scrumptious! I loved the intense ride and the carefully layered mystery, along with the Gothic feel of the secrets in the story. There's an artist, a forbidden romance, a stack of clues in riddle format, hidden treasure, and much more! Plus enough suspects to keep me guessing the whole way through.
Bottom line is, Abigail Wilson has crafted another perfect mystery novel and I can't wait for her next one!
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free reading copy. A favorable review was not required.
I thought this was a great mystery with a hint of romance. I loved how all the clues to discover the treasure were there in plain sight and how Graham and Phoebe just had to figure it out. I also liked how as Graham and Phoebe worked together and got to know each other they were able to confide in each other and find healing and love. I also liked how the villain was someone you didn’t expect. I thought the story was well written and was a very entertaining story.
I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors. A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.