About the Story:
Croft Towers holds more than its share of secrets . . . and Sybil is determined to uncover them all.
When Sybil Delafield’s coach to Croft Towers was robbed by highwaymen, she should have realized that her new position as companion to old Mrs. Chalcroft would be no ordinary job. Upon Sybil’s arrival, Mrs. Chalcroft sneaks into her room in the dark of night, imploring her to relay messages to town that are to stay hidden from the rest of the family. Who exactly is she working for and what do the messages contain?
When fellow passengers of the robbed coach are later murdered, Sybil’s hunt for the truth takes on a new urgency. The only person she can rely on is Mr. Sinclair, Mrs. Chalcroft’s godson, but under all his charms he too leads a double life. Sybil must decide if he is the one honest voice she can trust, or if he is simply using her for his own advances.
With murderers, smugglers, and spies on the loose, nothing—and no one—in Regency England is what they claim. Can Sybil even trust what she knows about herself?
Physical description: Petite with chestnut brown hair, freckles, and blue eyes
Loves: Teaching the younger children at the school where she grew up
Biggest struggle: Sybil is an orphan and does not know the identity of her parents. This has been a life-long struggle for her to learn the truth to her past. And as she uncovers some clues to her identity, she must grapple with the importance of family identity and her own worth.
History: Sybil was raised by a teacher at a ladies’ seminary in London supported only by an anonymous benefactor. However, when she receives a letter insinuating she might have a connection to Croft Towers, she sets out at once to find out more.
Work: Sybil has taken a position as companion to old Mrs. Chalcroft at Croft Towers.
Meet Mr. Sinclair
Resembles: It was quite difficult to decide who exactly Curtis Sinclair looks like as I didn’t have an actor in mind when I wrote him. I knew the person had to possess his rugged charm without losing his protective nature and moral compass. I decided on Harrison Ford. 🙂
Physical description: Tall, dark hair and gray eyes
Loves: Horses. He dreamed of joining the cavalry before Lord Stanton put a stop to it.
Hates: People of unsteady character who he cannot trust
Biggest struggle: As the heir to Lord Stanton and sole provider to his younger siblings, he must do everything the Earl demands, which has shaped his life far more differently than he once dreamed it would be.
Family history: Curtis Sinclair is the eldest of eight, and the only boy. After his parents died, he has been caring for his unmarried younger sisters. He is also the godson of Mrs. Chalcroft and remains quite close to her.
Work: As a gentleman, he cannot have a job; however, he’s found that posing as a highwayman in secret fills quite a bit of his time.
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About the Author:
Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A Registered Nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the National Parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five Contest and ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children.