A Cruel Suspicion

by Julia Bell (Author)

Meeting her elder cousin William, and his American friend Joel, changes her life forever. In William she finds a friend and in Joel the sparks of first love.

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When Antheia loses her parents at the age of seventeen, she must leave her childhood home and travel to Lancashire to live with her maternal uncle and family. Arriving at Sedgwick Abbey, she meets her new relatives and discovers she might not fit in with the lifestyle of a noble family. Her uncle doesn’t seem to be interested in her and her younger cousin, Felix, treats her with contempt.

However, she cannot ignore the wild beauty of that part of England. While exploring, she discovers a derelict cemetery and a mysterious sarcophagus that seems to have a profound effect on her, causing feelings of utter sadness and despair.
Meeting her elder cousin William, and his American friend Joel, changes her life forever. In William she finds a friend and in Joel the sparks of first love.

Family whispers about her grandmother’s disappearance many years before, intrigues Antheia, especially since there’s a suspicion she might have been murdered. Antheia endeavours to make Sedgwick Abbey her home, even though the man she’s falling in love with must travel to America to join the Union Army. While she waits for Joel’s return, she’s determined to follow the clues and discover the secret that lies heavily within the Abbey, completely unaware she’s putting her own life in danger.

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Antheia Vale is sent to live with her uncle and his family at Sedgwick Abbey following the death of her parents. Over time she learns of the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her grandmother, befriends an old woman of questionable repute in the village and comes under the eye of the odious Reverend Longmire. All of this time she is falling in love with Joel, fighting at war in America and communicating by letter, which brought back so many of my own memories. Twists and turns abound throughout. As with the other stories I've read by this author I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Always extremely well written and researched with perfect attention to detail. A step back in time with characters you feel are your friends.

Julia Bell (Author)

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Welcome to my biography and firstly I’d like to say I live in West Yorkshire, England and have two children and five grandchildren. I’ve had various jobs including a qualified nurse and some years working for the Prison Service. When my children were young I successfully completed an Open University degree studying psychology and sociology. I’m a proud member of Promoting Yorkshire Authors and Goodreads. As well as writing, I love country walks and travelling abroad (I adore airports, railway stations, bus stations and ferry ports – any place where people are on the move). I enjoy writing historical romances with a twist of mystery and suspense. I’m pleased to say that in March 2019 Songbird won a Chill Book Premier Readers’ Award and in September 2020 it also became a Readers’ Favourite Finalist Winner. In 2021 The Wild Poppy received a five-star review from Readers’ Favourite.

A Cruel Suspicion

Antheia Vale is sent to live with her uncle and his family at Sedgwick Abbey following the death of her parents. Over time she learns of the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her grandmother, befriends an old woman of questionable repute in the village and comes under the eye of the odious Reverend Longmire. All of this time she is falling in love with Joel, fighting at war in America and communicating by letter, which brought back so many of my own memories. Twists and turns abound throughout. As with the other stories I've read by this author I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Always extremely well written and researched with perfect attention to detail. A step back in time with characters you feel are your friends.

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