Sarah Bennettt comes to the blog today with the start of her Bluebell Castle series, a lovely estate with a medieval castle as its foundation in
Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle
Lucie has the job she’d always wanted at a famed art auction house in London. With the highlight of her young career, a recently discovered (by her) and authenticated painting by Meileau, smuggled out of Paris just ahead of the Nazi’s at the start of the war. The painting is going on view, soon to be auctioned, and credit for the find is hers. Until the painting on display is obviously a fake, and she is suspended as the ‘incident’ is investigated. Unwilling to fight the accusation with the guilt of her father’s embezzlement when she was a child ringing in her mind, and threats of the non-disclosure that she signed, she’s got no one to talk with and no prospects of continuing the work she loves. Her mother allowed her the time to sulk, then pushed her out of her self-pity party and handed her an advertisement for someone to catalogue and value a castle’s collection.
Arthur, Tristan and Igraine Ludworth, the triplets now settling into life without their father Uther are also trying to deal with the lack of money, Arthur’s unwillingness to assume the title of Baronet, and their worries for the future. An offhanded suggestion from Tristan had an advert placed for someone to deal with any ‘real’ treasures that might be found, as well as the collections of “Arthurian” memorabilia that had been the family obsession for the past 3 or 4 generations. With the weight of the family history on his shoulder, Arthur hasn’t had to go it alone as his sister and brother are there – the triplets being closer than close to one another and their father after their mother absconded to marry the first of several subsequent husbands without looking back.
Instant connection between Lucie and Arthur, a houseful of dogs since it is known they are a soft touch for those who need a place, a library full of diaries, the search for a previously undocumented romanticist’s painting and plenty of heart, laughs and scenery made this story hard to put down and lovely to read. Lucie and Arthur are well-matched, a first for him as he’s only ever seen women interested in the title to come. Bennett describes art, scenery and furnishings with care that allows them to be easily visualized and the circles with the bluebells, the dogs and brings you into the center of the scenes. Taking a bit of drama that need not have been brings a hiccup to the hope of happy endings until the fact that she did nothing wrong comes clear to everyone, most especially Lucie in this lovely story that carries the overtone of romance just like the Arthurian legends.
Title: Spring Skies Over
Author: Sarah Bennett
Genre: British, Contemporary Romance, Mystery Elements, Setting: Britain
Published by: HQ Digital
Published on: 1 April, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 14 minutes
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She wasn’t looking for love…
When Lucie Kennington flees the bright lights of London for the quiet Derbyshire countryside, she’s shocked to discover that the heir to the Bluebell Castle estate is far from the wizened employer she expected.
In fact, Arthur Ludworth might just be the most handsome man Lucie’s ever laid eyes on – and a terrible distraction! So when she stumbles across a legendary painting feared lost for centuries, she can’t believe her luck – perhaps this is the hidden treasure to save Arthur and his family from ruin?
But it’s only a matter of time before Lucie’s past catches up with her and by then it’s too late, she’s falling for him…
Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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