Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Bracelet by Dorothy Love

“There are no secrets that time does not reveal.” 

Savannah, Georgia – 1858

Celia Browning dreams of the day when her childhood sweetheart Sutton Mackay comes home to Savannah after two years in Jamaica managing his family's shipping interests. Sutton has all but proposed, and their marriage will unite two of the city's most prominent families. But just as Sutton returns, a newspaper reporter arrives in town, determined to pry into twin tragedies that took place at the Browning mansion on Madison Square when Celia was a child.

While the journalist pursues his story, someone is trying to frighten Celia. When she receives a series of anonymous notes, and a bracelet imbued with a chilling message, Celia realizes that her family’s past has the power to destroy her future.

As the clouds of war gather over Savannah, and her beloved father’s health worsens, Celia determines to uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

Inspired by actual events in one of Savannah’s most prominent 19th-century families, The Bracelet is the story of a young southern woman whose dreams fracture under the weight of her family’s tragic past.

The Bracelet by Dorothy Love is a historical romance set in Savannah, Georgia in the year 1858. The author has based the story on true events surrounding an actual family in that year and place. The novel centers around two sisters and their separate marriages, one who married into wealth and the other who was married to a man she did not love. Both women died at an early age, with each leaving behind a daughter. The two children, Celia and Ivy were raised together, but by very different fathers, one who was doting and the other who bothered very little with his child. The two girls are very close, but they are very different in personalities. When a nasty journalist arrives to question the mysterious circumstances behind a death at the family mansion, dark secrets slowly unravel, putting the two sisters at odds with each other. 

I enjoyed the storyline and the family mystery, especially the journalist, a sinister character who was very intriguing. With plenty of plot, the storyline moved along at a good quip with enough twists and turns to hold a reader's interest. A great little family saga / romance of the American south on the cusp of the Civil War. Nicely written.

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