One Dark Night

A romantic thriller mystery, dark and intriguing

Romance - Historical
264 Pages
Reviewed on 03/05/2022
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Author Biography

I have lived most of my life in Kent, England but I’ve also lived in New Zealand and central Africa. Both had a lasting influence. Africa dragged my love of writing to the surface. Living some forty miles from the nearest tarmac road and seventy from anything pretending to be a bookshop, I soon ran out of bedtime stories for the children. Scribbling began.

On returning to England, fiction had to take a back seat as real life took over, you know the sort of thing - a proper job to keep feeding the mortgage and the growing family, and chores, chores and more chores. But a love of writing finally erupted into regular tap-tapping. I've written and read for the BBC and published short stories.

Finally, a little more time was found – five novels have been completed, and more are in the pipeline. The first book to be published was Hide in Time, a time travel romance. The second novel, One Dark Night, was inspired by the smugglers’ caves I visited as a child, and the third, Under a Dark Star, is a sequel set in the ‘diamond isle’ – the Isle of Wight – where one of my husband’s distant ancestors was a smuggler. All include historical information and scenes based on fact – but which ones?

    Book Review

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

One Dark Night by Anna Faversham takes place in 1821 on the English Coast. Lucy is the star and heroine as we meet her as a young girl living in the prestigious home where her mother is a maid. She is friends with the privileged Dougie. This life is suddenly taken away from her as she and her mother find themselves suddenly poor. Lucy goes to work at a nearby farm, doing whatever is asked of her. Daniel, the farmer’s son, tries to protect Lucy but he cannot always do that. The coastal village has a smuggling problem because of high taxes being charged. When Karl enters the picture as the Revenue Officer, he is determined to put an end to the smuggling and the lives of those most responsible. Lucy soon catches his eye and he takes her to work in the Watch House. Lucy sees things she regrets, overhears things she shouldn’t, and many in the village consider her a spy. As events take place and situations change, Lucy learns secrets from her childhood and is forced to choose between Daniel and Karl for a husband.

One Dark Night by Anna Faversham is a very good book offering romance, danger, adventure, mystery, excitement and so much more and I found it was very hard to put down. I really was rooting for Lucy to end up with a good life for all the grief she had endured and was hoping she would pick the man I liked best. I also hoped that all the bad people would get what they deserved. Anna Faversham did a perfect job of combining all the elements into one winning story and I highly recommend One Dark Night be added to your reading list.