Adria Fontaine has been sent to recover goods her father pirated on the Great Lakes during the war. But when she arrives at Foxglove Manor–a stone house on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior–Adria senses wickedness hovering over the property. The mistress of Foxglove is an eccentric and seemingly cruel old woman who has filled her house with dangerous secrets, ones that may cost Adria her life.
Kailey Gibson is a new nurse’s aide at a senior home in a renovated old stone manor. Kidnapped as a child, she has nothing but locked-up memories of secrets and death, overshadowed by the chilling promise from her abductors that they would return. When the residents of Foxglove start sharing stories of whispers in the night, hidden treasure, and a love willing to kill, it becomes clear this home is far from a haven. She’ll have to risk it all to banish the past’s demons, including her own.
What I Loved:
Oh my stars! I absolutely loved this one! Typically, I prefer lighter reads that don’t require a nightlight … or therapy afterwards. Lol But I have been a fan of Wright since she took me up Foster Hill and scared the snot out of me.
But why in the world would someone who doesn’t care for suspense enjoy these books so much?
It’s the mystery. The keep you on the edge of your seat storyline that bounces between two timelines. It’s a plot that I can never fully unravel, no matter how many of the pieces I have correct, there are still surprising elements at the end of the story. It’s the strong characters, particularly the strong, brooding male characters.
On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manner had all of this, plus Confederate gold!
Wright also managed to feature an autistic character and a suicidal one. The suicidal one felt a bit too morbid for my tastes at first but as the story continued, I really felt like it was the sort of thing that would minister to someone else in a really big way, and I came to appreciate it.
Now, I will say that I went in cautiously because there were two red flags for me. For the sake of those who read like I do, I’ll explain …
I was sold before I even knew what the story was about, so when I found out it featured a character who had been kidnapped as I child, I was a little uneasy. Being a tenderhearted mother, I wasn’t sure I could stomach this thread. But it didn’t bother me at all. The kidnapping, while always cruel and tragic, wasn’t the sexual situation I thought it might be.
The other red flag for me was the ghost story. The Circus book also contained a ghost story but I remember being disappointed that one of the characters went unchallenged in some of her beliefs that didn’t line up with the Christian worldview, at least not with mine. I was really happy to see that this one had a stronger Christian worldview. I felt “safer” reading it, if that makes sense.
This really was a great story and one that is bound to keep you up late.
Rating and Recommendations: I’m giving On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manner 5 stars. I highly recommend it to those looking for Christian mystery and suspense, dual-timeline, or an intense treasure hunt.
~ I received a copy from NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one.