Friday, July 24, 2015

Newport by Jill Morrow

"The lighthouse on the shore flashed its beacon in time with each rolling heave of Jim Reid's stomach. His knuckles whitened around the metal railing of the boat as he leaned forward, willing the wicked water to swallow him up whole and end his misery now. "Holy Mother of God," he groaned." Opening Paragraph


In a glamorous Newport mansion filled with secrets, a debonair lawyer must separate truth from deception. . . .

Spring 1921. The Great War is over, Prohibition is in full swing, the Great Depression is still years away. Wealthy families flock to the glittering "summer cottages" they built in Newport, Rhode Island.

Having sheltered in Newport during his misspent youth, attorney Adrian de la Noye is no stranger to the city. Though he'd prefer to forget the place, he returns to revise the will of a well-heeled client. Bennett Chapman's offspring have the usual concerns about their father's much-younger fiancée. But when they learn of the old widower's firm belief that his late first wife, who "communicates" via séance, has chosen the stunning Catharine Walsh for him, they're shocked. And for Adrian, encountering Catharine in the last place he saw her decades ago proves to be a far greater surprise.

Adrian is here to handle a will, and he intends to do so—just as soon as he unearths every last secret about the Chapmans, Catharine Walsh . . . and his own very fraught history.

Vividly bringing to life the glitzy era of the 1920s, Newport is a skillful alchemy of social satire, dark humor, and finely drawn characters.

Review by Mirella Patzer
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There is lots to love in this exciting new novel set in America's gilded age. A very wealthy, aged widower has decided to marry a very young woman and leave the bulk of his estate to her, and he has summoned his lawyer to officially change the will. Of course, this stirs the ire of the man's adult children who are both plagued with severe personal problems. And why is the patriarch marrying such a young woman? Because his dead wife insists upon it. Of great suspicion is the fact that the dead wife is being channeled by the young fiance's sister. 

Slowly, suspicions arise as secrets are unravelled in this suspenseful story. Nicely written with plenty of plot twists, there is much here to hold your interest from start to finish. A great book to cozy up to!
Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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