Published: Harlequin: Park Row
Date: 1st November 2022
Source: Publicist via NetGalley
England, 1898. When Evelyn first married the famous novelist William Aubrey, she was dazzled by his brilliance. But their newlywed bliss is brief when William is gripped by writer’s block, and he becomes jealous of Evelyn’s writing talent. When he commits the ultimate betrayal—stealing a draft of her novel and passing it off as his own—Evelyn decides to write her way out of their unhappy marriage.
California, 2006. Abigail always wondered about her father, his identity forever lost when her mother unexpectedly died. Or so Abigail thought, until she stumbled upon his photo and a message that her great-great-grandmother was the author Evelyn Aubrey, leading Abigail on a journey to England in search for answers. There, she learns of Evelyn’s shocking disappearance and how London society believed she was murdered. But from what she uncovers about Evelyn, Abigail believes her brilliant great-great-grandmother had another plot up her sleeve.
The Stolen Book of Evelyn Aubrey is a dual time line book. In the late nineteenth century Evely married William, a supposed famous author, or was he? Out of the darkness in their marriage Evelyn writes and William takes and publishes. They have one child and from this springs a sad and relatively unhappy family.
Abigail unbeknown to her is related to this family many years later, through her father – whom she doesn’t know or has met. She is a rather unsettled young woman who goes on a journey to find out who her father is, starting in England and then back to the USA.
Both women, Evelyn and Abigail, related to each other, make their own journeys into new ways of seeing things and starting over. We don’t get the full story of Evelyn but we can surmise that she went on under a different name in America. Abigail on finding what she has looked for and more, seems to have found her footing and will go on to make a good life for herself.
I enjoyed reading this novel, I wanted to find out what happened to each woman and how one life affected another. That said, it didn’t quite draw me in enough to rate it highly. 3.25 stars.