by Marie Silk
My rating: 3 stars
Series: Davenport House - Book 1
Publisher: Marie Silk Publishing; 1 edition (March 29, 2016)
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction | Mystery
Print Length: 190 pages
Available from: Amazon
Davenport House is the first book in a family saga following the wealthy Davenports and their servants in 1915 America.
Mary Davenport is a 22-year-old idealist who worries that the world in the Progressive Era is leaving her behind. She lives isolated in the Pennsylvania countryside with her affluent and secretive family. When her father dies suddenly, Mary becomes pained with grief and increasingly suspicious of those around her.
A humble servant girl has the chance of a lifetime to become a lady's companion. Costly dresses, exquisite rooms, and fine dinners are pleasant distractions from what is really happening in the house.
Davenport House by Marie Silk (Davenport House, #1)
DAVENPORT HOUSE where things are not as they seem and people are not who they seem. Marie Silk takes us back to the early twentieth century where a rather naïve young woman is about to discover the world is a darker place than she could have imagined and it all starts within the walls of her family’s wealthy estate. Death, deceit, and untold secrets will be uncovered, but not until Mary’s gentile world is rocked to its foundations and she finally learns to stand up for herself and doing the right thing.
Marie Silk has fashioned a fabulous mystery that never truly revealed itself until the end and let me tell you, I was intrigued! Although a pleasant read, there was no sense of high tension, no edge-of-your-seat action as we were often listeners to almost non-stop dialogue. I will say, Mary has potential to be a force to be reckoned with as her personal growth took place and she took off the pretty blinders of being a wealthy man’s daughter. She did not quite meet that potential, but maybe it will show up in later books in the series.
To her credit, Marie Silk does not fall into the need for bosom heaving, bodice dropping, skirt lifting scenes, making this a “mom-safe” read in case you want to share!