Dark Secrets Of Cedar Hall

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iUniverse, Mar 1, 2004 - Fiction - 204 pages
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A Gothic mystery of dark secrets threatens a young girl's sanity and trust as she struggles to overcome the evil lurking at Cedar Hall.

Lydia De Morely believed her luck had changed, when she and her mother Martha, inherited Cedar Hall, high in the mountains over London, ending their days of drudgery and poverty.

But fate had a different idea. Lydia loses her post to a wealthy matron, and then rescues a homeless woman from a ruffian. She finds a handsome stranger is not who he seems. An old gypsy's cryptic warning of danger fills her with dread. Then Lydia's valuable brooch is stolen.

When they arrive at their new home, Lydia realizes Cedar Hall is not the place she imagined. The dour housekeeper receives them with a chilly welcome. Unearthly roses appear throughout the crumbling mansion. When Lydia discovers an old doll, sinister things begin to happen, but no one believes her, adding to her fears...

Who is the shadowy stranger lurking around the grounds, and which of the two handsome men can she trust? One has captured her heart, the other her friendship. For both of them hide secrets behind smiling faces.

Can Lydia solve the sinister secrets that threaten to tear them apart? Or will she be the next victim of the evil that dwells at Cedar Hall...


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I really enjoyed this book! It is a fast paced Gothic Romantic Suspense.
A young seamstress, Lydia De Morley is barely surviving in 1850's London. One fateful night, she stumbles upon an old beggar
woman and a drunken scoundrel threatening her. Attempting to protect them, Lydia accidently kills the man. Fearing arrest by the constable, the two women flee. Through a mysterious telegram, Lydia learns that she is the heir to her uncle's mansion near the sea. She arrives at Cedar Hall only to discover a crumbling house and an unfriendly staff. Soon strange events begin to occur making her doubt her sanity. Yellow roses appear throughout the old mansion yet there are no gardens. After finding an old doll in the attic, she realizes her life is in danger and death awaits those at Cedar Hall.  

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It drew me in from the beginning and, had I been able to, I would have read the book in one day. My favorite character was Lydia De Morley because of her ability to stand up for herself in the beginning against the attacker. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good book to read. 

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