In the Shadow of Croft Towers – A Unique Gothic Romance


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Author: Abigail Wilson
Publication Date: 2019
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Mystery
Source: author provided – thank you, Abigail and Thomas Nelson
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Rating: ★★★★

In the Shadow of Croft Towers by Abigail Wilson | Book Review

STORY | When a young lady has  no social prospects or hope of a dowry, she must find a position that offers her some sense of safety. Following the end of her school days, this is precisely what Sybil Delafield does. With the help of the school, she secures a position as companion to a lady whose health isn’t what it once was. But on her way there, danger awaits Sybil. While travelling, her coach and their party of three travelers is robbed by bandits!

At Croft Towers, Sybil is met with curious residents, mysterious disappearances and cryptic letters. Then, much to Sybil’s surprise, she soon meets again with the robber, a man with many a secret to hide.In the Shadow of Croft Towers

REVIEW | Going into this novel, I didn’t know what to expect. Apart from some tweets saying this novel was wonderful, I hadn’t sought out its details.  When I finally did sit down to read the book, inside its towering cover rests a story I did not anticipate.

Since historical fiction isn’t my first choice, I often fall back on the skill of a favorite author when I’m in the mood for a trip in history, because I know I can trust their style of storytelling. This novel introduces readers to a debut author, and as I mentioned already, it’s nothing like I anticipate. There’s something about the novel that’s almost comedic, but not in an unpleasant or “slapstick” kind of way. It’s like a juxtaposition of The Princess Bride and the classics.

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The atmospheric qualities remind us of our trips to Thornfield Hall, while the narrative comes across as more lighthearted, and humorous. Perhaps this is in part because of its first person narrative, which isn’t a typical prose for historical fiction. Sybil’s voice is equal parts entertaining and informative as she takes us through her unusual situation.

Those who enjoy a Gothic romance with a bit of mystery should find a satisfying story in the shadow of Croft Towers! It’s a fast-paced novel with plenty to cheer for, plus there’s an old-fashioned villain to despise.

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Sincere thanks to Abigail, and Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy of this novel for the purpose of writing a review; this in no way affects this review. All opinions are my own.

Don’t miss Abigail’s follow up novel, Midnight on the River Grey (July 2019); on Amazon

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  1. I saw this book at the bookstore and was tossing it around in my head as to whether I wanted to read it or not. I love Gothic, so I’ll be reading Croft Towers soon. My TBR pile is so big, it might be awhile. :)

    1. I’m quite excited too, Megan. I wasn’t sure how this one would read (only because I’m not an avid historical fiction fan), but I really did enjoy it. :) Thanks so much for reading the review.

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