Published: 13th February 2014
When Evie Nicholson is asked to visit Kettlesheer Castle in Scotland to archive the family heirlooms, she jumps at the chance. Evie’s passion for antiques means that, for her, the castle is a treasure trove of mysteries just waiting to be uncovered.
But in each heirloom lies a story, and in the course of her investigations Evie stumbles upon some long-buried family secrets. Add handsome, gloomy heir Robert McAndrew and a traditional candlelit gala to the mix, and Evie’s heart is sent reeling with an enthusiasm that may just extend beyond the Kettlesheer silver…
Thank you to Quercus for kindly sending me a review copy.
The opening chapter tells the readers a lot about Evie through a strong description of her day to day job. Within a couple of pages, I loved her as a character and now that the book is over, I still think she’s one of the best characters I’ve ever read about. She’s brilliantly witty with a heart of gold.
Quite quickly, the plot is fired up and this is why I love Hester as a writer. She doesn’t waste time. She doesn’t hang about and tell us all about Evie’s past. She tells us as the plot is going on. Evie’s world is magnificent and I desperately wanted to be a part of it. Life at Kettlesheer is beautiful. I felt like I’d stepped back into Hogwarts. At times, I was Evie. I was the antiques girl looking around, in love with the surroundings.
The chemistry between Robert and Evie is absolutely delightful. I egged them on from the first time they met. They’re meant to be. You’d be daft not to invest in them. Their worlds are completely different and at times, I worried for them but the way in which Hester wrote their friendship was fantastic. Robert is kind, funny and enjoys winding Evie up. He was a pain in the backside at times though and Evie’s frustration seeped through the pages.
The ball was my favourite part of the plot. It was breathtakingly beautiful and a joy to read about. A lot more was uncovered about the characters (not just Evie and Robert) and relationships change for the better and worse. Hester has made antiques seem cool.