Celia Browning is counting the days until her childhood sweetheart Sutton Mackay returns to Savannah after two years in Jamaica looking after his family’s shipping interests. She’s certain he will propose marriage, thus joining two of the city’s most prominent families. But just as Sutton returns, an unsavory newspaper reporter arrives in town, determined to revive interest in the secret tragedies that occurred in the Browning mansion on Madison Square when Celia was a child.
A series of mysterious notes arrives at the house, followed by an anonymous gift—a bracelet imbued with a sinister message. Is it merely a coincidence, or is someone out to harm her?
As war clouds gather over Savannah and her beloved father’s health worsens, Celia determines to uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago.
Inspired by actual events in one of Savannah’s most prominent 19th-century families, The Bracelet combines romance, rich historical detail, and breathtaking suspense as one young woman embarks upon a dangerous quest to free herself from her family’s tragic past.
The stunning cover art of Dorothy Love’s latest novel The Bracelet drew me in. Dorothy has authored a handfull of books, but this was my first exposure to her writing. As a historical piece Mrs. Love offers her readers splendid details about the life and social norms of pre-Civil War Savannah, Georgia. The turmoil surrounding the upcoming elections and the debate over slave ownership adds a dramatic flare to the book.
While classified as a historical romance, I feel it would be more accurately described as a murder mystery. I write this because the heroine Celia Browning, a young woman of high social standing, turns sleuth when a local reporter begins to dredge up family secrets. In order to protect her status and family name, Celia places herself in a number of potentially dangerous situations. Without a doubt, reclassifying the book helped me to justify the lack of character growth and romantic tension between Celia and Sutton Mackay.
When the villain was revealed eighty percent into the book, I can’t say that I was completely shocked by who it was. Indeed, I was more shocked by the lack of justice exacted on the criminal during the resolution of the story. Further compounding my disappointment was the lack of christian themes – given that the book is supposed to be christian historical fiction. For these reasons I can only give it 3/5 stars.
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About the Author
Dorothy Love, a native of west Tennessee, makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels. Facebook: dorothylovebooks Twitter: @WriterDorothy