Review

The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O’Neal

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Published: Lake Union Publishing
Date: 17th July 2018
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 364
Genre: General Fiction
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

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When Olivia Shaw’s mother dies, the sophisticated food editor is astonished to learn she’s inherited a centuries-old English estate—and a title to go with it. Raw with grief and reeling from the knowledge that her reserved mother hid something so momentous, Olivia leaves San Francisco and crosses the pond to unravel the mystery of a lifetime.


One glance at the breathtaking Rosemere Priory and Olivia understands why the manor, magnificent even in disrepair, was the subject of her mother’s exquisite paintings. What she doesn’t understand is why her mother never mentioned it to her. As Olivia begins digging into her mother’s past, she discovers that the peeling wallpaper, debris-laden halls, and ceiling-high Elizabethan windows covered in lush green vines hide unimaginable secrets.

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The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O’Neal – a read I enjoyed.  Why?

  • Set in the English countryside
  • A falling down estate – especially the old English house – more than a small house – a stately house.
  • A woman who has just lost her mother and has come to England because she has found papers amongst her mother’s things.  She is about to find out she is now a Countess and the owner of the large estate.
  • A cold case – a young missing girl and a missing man, her mother’s brother.
  • Unscrupulous people who are out to get their hands on the estate and any money there.
  • Food – Olivia is a food editor and she appreciates the best tastes going.  To her delight she comes across and English /Indian family who are well versed in delightful tastes
  • Samir – a young man who is working as a thatcher but is so much more.
  • An old Earl who turns out to be a darling
  • A treasure hunt of sorts that Olivia’s mother has set up for her to find what she needs.
  • Warm friendships that start to form
  • The possibility of taking on Rosemere – the estate – and bringing it back to its former glory

All these things kept me reading, at times I found a little too much going on and some things then a little undeveloped for my taste, but that said, it was a great read.

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