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Alex Hart loves her dream job as manager of Mallow Court, a historic Elizabethan house, even if her friends think she needs to get out more. But a discovery in the pocket of an old coat – a jewelled mechanical locket shaped like a bird – changes everything, and Alex discovers that things are not as they seem.
From an old diary, to a handsome barrister, a mysterious clockmaker, and the darkest hours of the London Blitz, Alex must follow the trail of the jewelled bird to uncover the truth about the things she holds dearest – and someone is determined not to let sleeping dogs lie!
Only by finding the secrets of the past can Alex find the keys to her future – and her heart.
And there were MANY secrets to be found!
This was a highly enjoyable read, I loved how the chapters alternated between present day and short diary entries from the time of the London Blitz. And family secrets within a historic, restored manor house sets up the perfect place for the plot to unfold.
The cons: There were several inconceivable plot points, but all in all, if you just suspend disbelief a bit, it’s a really enjoyable story. I didn’t sense a ton of chemistry between the two main characters. And at 460 pages, it was a bit long winded, but I never felt that it became slow or redundant.
I would recommend this to readers who enjoy old manor homes (like I do) and the mystery of family secrets.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.