Celia & Ivy grew up together, more like sisters than cousins. Both lost their mothers when they were young. Together they thrived under the watchful eyes of Celia’s father, David, & their housekeeper, Mrs. Maguire. But, that’s where their similarities end.
While Celia has chosen a path of love & helping others, Ivy has become an introvert, more content to hide away & read. Engaged to the dashing Sutton, Celia busies herself with wedding preparations & her various charities. Ivy participates, but at a distance with a guarded heart.
But, as Celia’s engagement becomes more of a reality, things begin to grow darker for their family. David’s health is steadily declining & a nosy reporter has started digging into the family’s troubled past. He believes that the death of Ivy’s mother & of another, unnamed woman, were more sinister than the cousins have believed. Does the family residence hold secrets of murder?
Strange notes then gifts are delivered to the family residence. Celia’s intrigue gets the best of her & she simply must know if the reporter is really onto something. As she delves deeper into the past, will her family survive what comes to the surface?
‘The Bracelet’ had a great plot & Celia is a fabulous lead heroine. Ivy’s character is intricate & at times a bit confusing. There are quite a few members of the supporting cast so readers will need to be on their toes to keep up.
Set in the pre-Civil War Era, one must keep in mind that certain racial & social barriers were in place. There are a few racial remarks, but they aren’t overdone or graphic.
At times the book is a bit wordy & in my opinion, it is unnecessarily long. I wish the author had spent more time developing the mystery aspect of the plot instead of the romance. Once we knew Sutton & Celia were to be wed, it was pretty obvious that they were in love. It wasn’t necessary to keep driving the point home.
Regardless, it is still a good work of fiction & historical fiction fans will be pleased with it. I give it 4 stars.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.