Weaves a spell of darkness that’s mysterious and magical, and binds it with a knot of deathless love.” —New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley on A Lullaby for Witches
In post–World War I England, a young woman inherits a mysterious library and must untangle its powerful secrets…
With the stroke of a pen, twenty-three-year-old Ivy Radcliffe becomes Lady Hayworth, owner of a sprawling estate on the Yorkshire moors. Ivy has never heard of Blackwood Abbey, or of the ancient bloodline from which she’s descended. With nothing to keep her in London since losing her brother in the Great War, she warily makes her way to her new home.
The abbey is foreboding, the servants reserved and suspicious. But there is a treasure waiting behind locked doors: a magnificent library. Despite cryptic warnings from the staff, Ivy feels irresistibly drawn to its dusty shelves, where familiar works mingle with strange, esoteric texts. And she senses something else in the library too, a presence that seems to have a will of its own.
Rumors swirl in the village about the abbey’s previous owners, about ghosts and curses, and an enigmatic manuscript at the center of it all. And as events grow more sinister, it will be up to Ivy to uncover the library’s mysteries in order to reclaim her own story—before it vanishes forever.
Lush, atmospheric and transporting, The Last Heir to Blackwood Library is a skillful reflection on memory and female agency, and a love letter to books from a writer at the height of her power.
Ivy is now an heiress with a title. She is the last of the Hayworth line and she is completely clueless. She had no idea about anybody in her family owning such an estate. But, who turns this down right!?!? She takes off to Yorkshire to see her new home. But, things are not as they seem. The staff is acting strangely and she is not exactly sure what to make of this strange estate.
I have been a fan of this author for years! She is always creepy and just a tad bit magical! This book has it all! I loved this weird abbey with its hidden secrets and ghosts! The library in this book transported me every time Ivy walked in there. I could just picture it along with the dusty smell.
Now, I did feel Ivy is a bit too manufactured. She is intelligent but she just doesn’t make wise decisions. But, this was just a minor annoyance, basically, because there is Ralph. Ralph is my favorite character in this whole book. He is a mystery himself. And I would love for Hester Fox to write a book just about him.
Need a dang good historical mystery with a strange manuscript and a few ghosts to keep you company…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
I’ve enjoyed Hester Fox’s writing in the past. I need to pick this one up.
This one is honestly probably my least favorite. But it is still a good read