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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Minerva Goodrige's life seems to be going nowhere until she inherits a family estate in Cornwall. In taking charge of her inheritance, she discovers that Trekellis Manor is known to possess dark secrets. Upon her arrival in Cornwall, she receives an unlikely welcome. The locals refuse to go near the house except for the Earl of Rothdale, Gideon Drake, who offers to accompany her to the estate. Dismissing the ghost stories as superstition, Minnie is determined to take what is rightfully hers. The Earl, on the other hand, has his own mission. Will these two protagonists get what their hearts desire?
Cathie Dunn's "Silent Deception" is aptly set in a mysterious manor in Cornwall. The author's vivid description of the place and its surrounding serves as the background to the whole story and it sets the right ambiance for this novella. Mysterious and captivating, the development of the plot is exciting. This is also a romantic Victorian story that seems to come to life in the pages of the book. This is proof that Cathie Dunn is a gifted story teller with a vivid eye for details. The relationship between the two protagonists is also so compelling that, as a reader, I find myself wishing for a more romantic encounter. And like all good books, this is one that you would not like to put down until you finish reading it completely. In short, for those who are fans of a Victorian era romance, this novel is a must read.