I really enjoyed this book….no, let me rephrase that…I was so totally caught up in this story that I actually felt myself living in this tiny English town in the year 1911. I have always been a sucker for a historical novel that takes place across the seas. I adore the mystique of a place I have never been nor a time I have not known. And this story takes you deep into the story of a servant girl named Cat Morley who finds herself working at The Rectory for a young Reverend and his naive wife, Hester. She joins the household just as Robin Durrant arrives on scene. Robin Durrant is invited there by the Reverend who believes there are spirits living in the woods around him, and Robin Durrant is a self-proclaimed expert in this area. The Reverend is enamored by this cunning, handsome and charming man, Hester becomes jealous and confused as her husband pulls away from her, and Cat Morley seems to be the only one who sees through it all.
We are introduced to all these characters from present day 2011. Right away we meet, Leah who is a freelance writer. She has been asked to write an article about a soldier whose body was found with no identification just a few letters sealed in a tin box. These letters intrigue Leah and she begins to solve the mystery of the letters and the dead soldier. Through her discoveries, the reader is taken on a richly woven tale of one summer in this quaint English town. The characters are so well written…so well developed, and the story moves at a swift pace….this is one that I was sad when it ended. Not sad of out disappointment, but sad because I was already missing the characters and the story and had to return to reality.