on November 7th 2017
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Lord Edward Tremaine comes to the fog-shrouded Chateau Morvan on the coast of Brittany. In this ancient building, all the inhabitants have secrets. The old vicomte demands that his descendents find a lost treasure, but he offers only hints to help the three cousins in their search. The beautiful and charming Delphine seems to be a creature of gaity and sunshine, but every now and then glimpses of something darker appear. Marguerite, the beautiful and brilliant pianist, is obviously afraid. What is it that threatens her? Antoine, who considers himself a modern man, ignores the swirling emotions, concentrating only on the money needed for him to build a steel factory. Lord Edward wants to help his friend Antoine—and more and more he wants to help Marguerite and protect her—but can he do so before tragedy strikes?
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Lord Edward “Ned” Tremaine received a letter from an old school chum, Antoine Morvan, who tells Ned that his great-great-grandfather told him there was a treasure at Château Morvan, in Brittany. Ned, being a historian, is curious and soon finds himself in France. Tony does not know what or where the treasure lays, but between them, they are sure to find it. Tony’s cousins Delphine de Roncaille and Marguerite Benda and Madame d’Hivers are also at the Château, who acts as a companion to the young women, and Horace, who was rescued by the family. Ned is transfixed when he sets eyes upon the fetching Delphine but soon discovers that she is conceited, and flighty, whereas Marguerite who had appeared so rigid and serious gradually captivates his attention and his heart.
LORD EDWARD’S MYSTERIOUS TREASURE is set in 1871, and Lillian Marek paints a precise picture of Brittany as well as the foreboding medieval stone castle; this book has a distinctly gothic feel to it, down to the mist upon Ned’s arrival and all the mystery that surrounds not only the treasure but several characters as well. Ms. Marek has built an intriguing story upon historical facts, which was seamlessly done. The author’s research is impeccable, and her attention to period detail is flawless, especially when it came to the treasure. I thought that Ned’s sudden infatuation with Marguerite happened rather suddenly, but this was minor, however, Marguerite’s rather ridiculous stubbornness jarred at times, and I did not quite understand her reaction to Ned’s offer, which always came back to her obstinacy to listen to reason.
LORD EDWARD’S MYSTERIOUS TREASURE is an excellent book, although I had a problem with the pacing until the speed picked up a bit around the halfway mark, I felt it was very slow, it took a very long time for things to happen. On the other hand, Delphine is an exceptionally fascinating character whose presence, to put it mildly, made things extremely interesting, and I applaud Ms. Marek’s subtlety in creating this unique character.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.