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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
A young woman's life changes when her father becomes engaged to a vicious woman in the suspenseful historical romance, Peril at Thornywilde by Jonni Rich. When Lady Mariana Belmont visits her father, Lord Charles, several unexpected shocks await her, and the course of her life is altered. Instead of being greeted by Lord Charles, she is met by his protege. Not only is her father not home, but he is staying at his previously unmentioned fiancee Lady Vesta's manor. At Lady Vesta's suggestion, Mariana is sent back to Thornywilde, the family estate, accompanied by Lady Vesta's egotistic son, Sir John. Several days later, Lady Vesta joins them, but Lord Charles, too ill to travel, remains behind. The two guests are a thorn in Mariana's side. In addition to Lady Vesta and Sir John's uncomfortable presence, her father's protege who arrived with Lady Vesta is wreaking havoc on Mariana's senses. While avoiding her exasperating guests, Mariana goes riding and happens upon a grisly murder scene. From that moment on, sinister events begin escalating at Thornywilde, including poisonings and murder. Danger, unrest, and evil permeate the household. Who is responsible? What is their motive?
Peril at Thornywilde by Jonni Rich is a thrilling novel set in the first third of the nineteenth century. It is a stunning novel brimming with intrigue and laced with romance. The romantic facet of the plot is delicately woven into a web of suspense tinged with a sense of danger, giving the reader a feeling of excitement and mystery. Exquisitely and expertly written, the story is filled with twists and turns. Flowing at an even and exciting pace, it captures the urgency of an unseen threat lurking behind the scenes. Love and suspense are combined with the menace of an unknown threat making this novel a gripping and spectacular read for those who are murder mystery and romance fans.