Author: Lucinda Gray
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Published Date: August 2nd 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, YA
My Rating: ★ ★
After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper-class England in the 1820s, is shattered when her brother mysteriously drowns. Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can't accept that her brother's death was an accident.
A bitter poacher prowls the estate, and strange visitors threaten the occupants of the house. There's a rumor, too, that a wild animal stalks the woods of Walthingham. Can Katherine retain her sanity long enough to find out the truth? Or will her brother's killer claim her life, too?
"Don't open your heart to pain that has no place there."
Kathrine and her brother are orphans living with foster parents until everything changes. Off to their new life in England things take a hectic turn. With learning how to behave like proper upper-class people and all of the rules things get chaotic, and the two siblings start to not see each other as much.
As time goes on and they are pulled in different directions in their new life tragedy's start happening. With the add on of the servants stories about scary things in the forest. Katherine is very unsure of what to believe. Which is easy to understand considering how different things are in her new world, and Grace trying to keep her hidden away from certain important things that could help her understand what happened to her brother.
With the help of John, Elsie, and her lawyer Mr. William Simpson, Katherine finally starts to get answers about what happened to her brother. That is until the cousins start causing chaos again. (also I just felt bad for Grace, she was just a product of society and was willing to do anything to keep her status.)
"I see now that she's formed an existence based on the certainties of class and the rules of decorum, but without those supports, her delicate world is nothing but confection."
This book really started off strong for me and I thought it was going to be a new favorite. Sadly about a quarter of the way though the book, I knew what was happening, and who was causing things to happen. It was just to obvious for me. Also the add in of the institution that happened also made me not like it.
Overall if you want a fairly typical and easy read when it comes to suddenly getting money this is the book for you.