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Book: The Girl with the Golden Eyes
Author: Samantha Hastings
Book Series: Standalone
Recommended For…: historical fiction, romance, murder mystery, thriller
Publication Date: September 27, 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction Mystery
Age Relevance: 16+ (death, murder, violence, gore, romance)
Explanation of Above: The book revolves around a murder, so death and gore are involved in the book. There is also some slight violence and there is some romance as well.
Publisher: Indie Published
Synopsis: Hana’s life is forever changed when the Comtesse de Champagne, a wealthy and eccentric Englishwoman, sees a painting of her. The comtesse purchases Hana from her father, and Hana’s existence transforms from one of poverty to one of privilege.
For years Hana enjoys the comforts of her new position, but she hates how controlling and neurotic the comtesse is. When the comtesse is accused of murdering Sir Reginald Shipley over a painting, Hana must do all in her power to prove the comtesse’s innocence or she’ll lose everything.
She reluctantly works with Aaron Shipley, Sir Reginald’s grandson, to track down the true murderer, only to discover shocking secrets that will shake everything Hana and Aaron thought they knew about themselves and their families. And falling in love could prove deadly.
Review: For the most part this was a great read. The book reads like a cozy mystery and the writing is so smooth and easy to follow. The characters are well developed and the world building is so atmospheric. The romance is also so sweet and cute! It’s a nice relaxing read for the summer or for a thunderstormy day.
The only issue I had with the book is that some of the pacing is a bit too slow for me, but most of the time it was great!
Verdict: A great murder mystery read!