Synopsis: While vacationing at the stately Cumberforge Manor in Bellwood, England, Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen attend an elegant dinner party hosted by her uncle, Paul Lyons, and his aristocratic wife, Sara. Before the evening ends, a priceless collection of Morris Graves’s paintings are stolen from her uncle’s popular gallery, throwing all suspicion onto his wife’s missing granddaughter.Determined to clear Sloan Rafferty’s name and, in the process, win Paul’s favor, Chase scours the countryside looking for answers. In his absence, the police accuse Rachel’s uncle of an unsolved murder and secrets surrounding her grandmother’s death and the deaths of Sara’s former husbands turn his wife into the most likely suspect. With the true villains hell-bent on destroying Paul Lyons and his family, solving both crimes while ensuring her uncle’s freedom not only endangers Rachel’s life but that of her unborn child. Will Chase save them before the kidnappers enact their revenge or will the ultimate price be paid, as predicted by a vagabond fortuneteller?
I will admit that I have not read the first 2 books in the series but did not feel completely lost in the story. I wish I would have read the other books just because it would have made it easier to understand the internal struggles of Rachel and Chase. I feel like the pace started out a little slow then became moving at warp speed. It became clear that there were several characters who working on their own personal agendas when it came to the art gallery and mysterious deaths occurring. The author does an exceptional job of fleshing out the many characters involved.
The story line is complex with several different events happening that draw the reader in. I didn’t quite understand Rachel’s irrational desire to go to the location where Chase was even after he had explained to her the weather was too bad to drive. It got pretty hairy at that point and I couldn’t put the book down trying to see if Rachel and the baby can survive. The only thing that was not exactly resolved was the mysterious deaths that have occurred of Rachel’s grandmother and Sara’s husbands. Overall, great read for anyone who loves a good suspenseful mystery mixed with romance.