Synopsis: What if the past was trying to teach you a lesson?
Staying alone in the shadow of an abandoned manor house in Yorkshire would be madness to some, but art enthusiast Lissy de Luca can’t wait. Lissy has her reasons for seeking isolation, and she wants to study the Staithes Group – an artists’ commune active at the turn of the twentieth century.
Lissy is fascinated by the imposing Sea Scarr Hall – but the deeper she delves, the stranger things get. A lonely figure patrols the cove at night, whilst a hidden painting leads to a chilling realisation. And then there’s the photograph of the girl; so beautiful she could be a mermaid … and so familiar.
As Lissy further immerses herself, she comes to an eerie conclusion: The occupants of Sea Scarr Hall are long gone, but they have a message for her – and they’re going to make sure she gets it.
My review: This is the 3rd in the Rossetti Mysteries and another great read. This story concentrates on Lissy, previously not one of my favourite characters but in her story the character is fleshed out and we can see just why she behaves as she does and the pain behind her personality. After a misunderstanding she hasn’t seen ex-beau Stefano for seven years before he returns to her life to help her brother and friends put together an art/photography exhibition.
As with the other two books in the series there’s a historical mystery tied in with the couple; this time Lady of the Manor Lady Scarsdale and what happened to Sea Scarr Hall.
Kirsty’s stories effortlessly weave between the two eras eventually coming together as Lissy and Stefano look to fix their broken relationship and discover the romance of a 100 years earlier. I always learn a little bot more about art and I love the stories behind the paintings and this time photographs that add to the stories.
A must read for fans of romance
The others in the series:
Book 1 – Some Veil Did Fall.
Book 2 – The Girl in the Photograph