(Reviewed by Jeyran Main)
Harkworth Hall is a late Georgian historical adventure novel that has hints of goth, romance, and thrill embedded into its story.
The tale focuses on the lead heroine, Caroline who is very smart, adventurous, and likable. Her situation in life is very hard and it is very easy to see how lost and stuck she feels having to marry. There is, however, a twist to this tale and that is what makes the novel very interesting. The secretary knows of a secret that changes everything for Caroline.
Although the story is short, it was well put together and was filled with an immense amount of content. It was very surprising to feel as gratified as I was, once I had finished reading this book. The literature style of writing is in a classic format adding to the texture of the theme and it is action packed with romance and hidden twists, making it an ideal choice for a fast-enjoyable read.
There is a sequel to this book which made the ending more intriguing. It definitely provides something to look forward to and promises great potential for something as good as this one. What the work could improve on was its character development. Having said this, it did not take away much from the book since it was short.
I recommend this book to historical fantasy readers.