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Disappearances, strange activities in the night, and secret organizations abound in this mysterious Regency romance. Haunted by the assault she’s kept hidden over the past four years, Charity Halliwell finally has a chance to return home to the quaint village she left more than five years before and the happy life she wants so badly to reclaim. All she needs is good convers Disappearances, strange activities in the night, and secret organizations abound in this mysterious Regency romance. Haunted by the assault she’s kept hidden over the past four years, Charity Halliwell finally has a chance to return home to the quaint village she left more than five years before and the happy life she wants so badly to reclaim. All she needs is good conversation with her old friend and an opportunity to find a governess position, and she can leave the fear and guilt behind. But the family who agrees to her yearlong visit turns out to be a far cry from the one she thought she knew, particularly when her friend disappears and the one man she made certain would not be at the house is forced to return. How can she possibly heal and claim her independence when day in, day out she must face the only gentleman who ever held a piece of her heart? Piers Cavanagh was branded a coward when he failed to show up for a duel he arranged. He had his reasons, of course, but disclosing them would hurt far more than continuing life as an outcast. And worse, with the mysterious departure of his sister, the strange nightly occurrences in the ruins of an old abbey, and the uncomfortable whispers of a secret organization, Piers must overcome his aversion to society and work with the last person he ever thought he would get the chance to speak to again—the girl whose heart he had no choice but to break.


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Disappearances, strange activities in the night, and secret organizations abound in this mysterious Regency romance. Haunted by the assault she’s kept hidden over the past four years, Charity Halliwell finally has a chance to return home to the quaint village she left more than five years before and the happy life she wants so badly to reclaim. All she needs is good convers Disappearances, strange activities in the night, and secret organizations abound in this mysterious Regency romance. Haunted by the assault she’s kept hidden over the past four years, Charity Halliwell finally has a chance to return home to the quaint village she left more than five years before and the happy life she wants so badly to reclaim. All she needs is good conversation with her old friend and an opportunity to find a governess position, and she can leave the fear and guilt behind. But the family who agrees to her yearlong visit turns out to be a far cry from the one she thought she knew, particularly when her friend disappears and the one man she made certain would not be at the house is forced to return. How can she possibly heal and claim her independence when day in, day out she must face the only gentleman who ever held a piece of her heart? Piers Cavanagh was branded a coward when he failed to show up for a duel he arranged. He had his reasons, of course, but disclosing them would hurt far more than continuing life as an outcast. And worse, with the mysterious departure of his sister, the strange nightly occurrences in the ruins of an old abbey, and the uncomfortable whispers of a secret organization, Piers must overcome his aversion to society and work with the last person he ever thought he would get the chance to speak to again—the girl whose heart he had no choice but to break.

30 review for The Vanishing at Loxby Manor

  1. 5 out of 5

    PamG

    THE VANISHING AT LOXBY MANOR by Abigail Wilson brings Regency romance, mystery, intrigue and suspense to life in her newest historical romantic suspense novel, set in 1816 in Kent England in the village of East Whitloe. After five years, our protagonist, Charity Halliwell, returns to Loxby Manor, the home of friends and her only love, Piers Cavanagh. When her friend, Seline, disappears the night Charity arrives, Charity is determined to find her. Can she rebuild her friendship with Piers and rely THE VANISHING AT LOXBY MANOR by Abigail Wilson brings Regency romance, mystery, intrigue and suspense to life in her newest historical romantic suspense novel, set in 1816 in Kent England in the village of East Whitloe. After five years, our protagonist, Charity Halliwell, returns to Loxby Manor, the home of friends and her only love, Piers Cavanagh. When her friend, Seline, disappears the night Charity arrives, Charity is determined to find her. Can she rebuild her friendship with Piers and rely on Piers, who has been branded a coward and been living as an outcast for the last five years? Every person Charity meets seems to have a secret, but they’re not the only ones. She also has a secret that has fundamentally changed how she approaches life. Questions abound in this story. Where is Seline? What are the secrets of the Cavanaghs and their neighbors? What is Charity’s secret? Why did Piers become an outcast and live in a cottage in Liverpool? Once again, this author drew me into the book quickly. The characters were compelling, led by strong and capable Charity. Despite her secrets, she came across as intelligent and resilient, but with some trust issues. The secondary characters had a variety of attributes, qualities and flaws that were realistic. This story managed to showcase the emotional landscape of several characters, bringing them to life to this reader. The plot was suspenseful, fresh, complex and entertaining. The conflicts were both internal and external, arising from characterization and circumstance. There were plenty of plot twists and turns with a couple of them being a complete surprise. The tension, stakes and action in the last third of the book also turned this into a page-turner after a somewhat slow start. What an exciting and dramatic ending! Once again, this author has brought mystery, romance, disappearances, family dynamics, secrets and much more come to life in a delightful novel. Her attention to detail made me feel like I was actually living in 1816 with Charity and Piers. At various times, it was poignant, heartbreaking and uplifting. The accurate and specific cultural aspects created an authenticity that one does not always find in novels. Overall, this was an enjoyable and fabulous read. This is the second book I have read by this author and I am looking forward to the next one. I recommend it to those that enjoy historical romantic suspense and historical mystery novels. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson—FICTION and Abigail Wilson via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own and are not biased in any way. Publication date is currently set for January 26, 2021. This review was originally posted at Mystery and Suspense Magazine.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Randi Annie Framnes

    The Vanishing at Loxby Manor is the standalone by Abigail Wilson, published by Thomas Nelson. The story is set in Kent, England 1816, and is about gentlewoman Charity Halliwell who has returned from Ceylon to stay as the Cavanagh family’s guest. She finds them terribly distraught because their daughter has misbehaved and disappeared and keeps seeing lights from the nearby Abbey. Locals are scared and keep away from it while some mysterious activity seems to be going on. She gets help from her cl The Vanishing at Loxby Manor is the standalone by Abigail Wilson, published by Thomas Nelson. The story is set in Kent, England 1816, and is about gentlewoman Charity Halliwell who has returned from Ceylon to stay as the Cavanagh family’s guest. She finds them terribly distraught because their daughter has misbehaved and disappeared and keeps seeing lights from the nearby Abbey. Locals are scared and keep away from it while some mysterious activity seems to be going on. She gets help from her close friend and heir to the Manor, Piers Cavanagh, to investigate what has happened to his sister and if the disappearance is part of a lager mystery. Main character is gentlewoman Charity Halliwell seems a vulnerable woman who has suffered a blow to her selfworth she tries to keep secret. She is relatable and I feel for her, but she also frustrates me as she keeps things hidden and gets in her own way. She seems a well developed character who is easy to like and is my favorite of this story. Supporting character is heir to the Manor Piers Cavanagh who is a botanist. Having been ostracized from Society following rumors of cowardice, he seems a really good person. Circumstances have not been on his side and he has suffered the harsh, unfair judgment of The Ton. Main dramatic element of this story is the mysterious disappearance which makes Charity and Piers investigate local matters left alone for years. Rigging of horse races is an interesting element I have not read about before. The writing has a deliciously dark and mysterious vibe which I love to read this time of year. Charity lands in kind of an investigator role. A“Miss Marple Light” if you will. Charity and Piers have strong feelings from five years ago before Charity went to Ceylon. I enjoyed the process as complications in their relationship get a chance to be straightened out and feelings rekindled. This is my favorite part of the story. The faith element is weaved into the last part of the plot as Charity and Piers have to trust God to help them with their struggles. The ending to this story deserves a few sentences of its own as it was surprising beyond belief. I had my eye on several of the characters, but never the actual culprit. I really loved that. This is the second book I have read by Abigail Wilson and I have loved them both. She is firmly on my radar now and I am eagerly awaiting what she comes up with next. Readers of Historical romance and Historical mystery I’m sure will enjoy The Vanishing at Loxby Manor. Fans of Abigail Wilson will definitely love it. Similar authors to explore might be Sarah E. Ladd or Michelle Griep. Thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for this opportunity to share my honest review. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Conclusion: The Vanishing at Loxby Manor is the intriguingly mysterious historical which includes disappearance, murder and the rekindling of lost love. All tied together in an enjoyably unexpected ending.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    In Vanishing at Loxby Manor Abigail Wilson has created a gothic romance that is filled with great characters and a mystery that unfolds chapter by chapter. A perfect blend of mystery, family relationships, lost years, and star-crossed love. There is also an integral thread of letting go of past tragedy and moving into the future. This book is perfect for readers who love Regency fiction in gothic settings. Be warned, you won't be able to walk away from these characters. In Vanishing at Loxby Manor Abigail Wilson has created a gothic romance that is filled with great characters and a mystery that unfolds chapter by chapter. A perfect blend of mystery, family relationships, lost years, and star-crossed love. There is also an integral thread of letting go of past tragedy and moving into the future. This book is perfect for readers who love Regency fiction in gothic settings. Be warned, you won't be able to walk away from these characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Tagg

    I have enjoyed all of Abigail Wilson's books—and Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey became an instant favorite earlier this year—so I couldn't wait to get my hands on her next book. True to form, The Vanishing at Loxby Manor was wonderfully atmospheric with a mystery that kept me guessing and a swoony flair of gothic romance. There's a thread of past tragedy woven throughout the story that was poignant and touching...I appreciated how delicately and skillfully the author handled the topic. And of c I have enjoyed all of Abigail Wilson's books—and Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey became an instant favorite earlier this year—so I couldn't wait to get my hands on her next book. True to form, The Vanishing at Loxby Manor was wonderfully atmospheric with a mystery that kept me guessing and a swoony flair of gothic romance. There's a thread of past tragedy woven throughout the story that was poignant and touching...I appreciated how delicately and skillfully the author handled the topic. And of course, the romance was my favorite part!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    Read for endorsement. In one sitting. That says something. :-)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    To start, I obtained this as a audiobook. And I loved Laura Kirman as the narrator. She did a brilliant job. This was a historical, clean romance mystery and nothing about it was predictable. I was simply sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time. So many things happened. There was childish decisions, scandal, duels, lies, secrets and suspense. It was a thrilling “who done it” type of story. The only reason this didn’t getting a 5 star review is because of the H and h. They “danced and dance To start, I obtained this as a audiobook. And I loved Laura Kirman as the narrator. She did a brilliant job. This was a historical, clean romance mystery and nothing about it was predictable. I was simply sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time. So many things happened. There was childish decisions, scandal, duels, lies, secrets and suspense. It was a thrilling “who done it” type of story. The only reason this didn’t getting a 5 star review is because of the H and h. They “danced and danced” around there relationship so much, with lots of doubting sprinkled with terrible communication. All of that wore me out. The author finally put me out of my misery at 85%, whew!!! Overall a great read that I highly recommend. Thank you Thomas Nelson and Zondervan via Netgalley for gifting me this audiobook. I’ve voluntarily given my honest opinion.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Two things I have been loving lately are Regency Romances and Gothic Mysteries. With the increasing love for the Regency Romance genre proliferated by the popularity of the Bridgerton Series, I am hoping that more people pick this up if they have grown to love that time period - with the writing mostly of strong women some fighting for independence or overcoming adversities, and showcasing brilliant minds as in this case, solving a mystery of a disappearance and possibly even murders. Abigail Wi Two things I have been loving lately are Regency Romances and Gothic Mysteries. With the increasing love for the Regency Romance genre proliferated by the popularity of the Bridgerton Series, I am hoping that more people pick this up if they have grown to love that time period - with the writing mostly of strong women some fighting for independence or overcoming adversities, and showcasing brilliant minds as in this case, solving a mystery of a disappearance and possibly even murders. Abigail Wilson delivered both a proper Regency Romance and a Gothic Mystery in her masterful and addictive writing of The Vanishing at Loxby Manor. This is a great murder mystery sprinkled with bread crumbs I picked up along the way which made this novel a delightful read I really enjoyed. The story was tightly plotted and left me guessing until the end - during the revelation. I really enjoyed how the pieces of this mystery came together in the end. This book had it all, a great location in a grand manor in the beautiful British countryside, secret societies and secret meetings, fantastic characters you will love to hate, and the complex family dynamics that abound. This was a delightful read and I could not stop turning those pages quickly enough for the riveting conclusion of this intriguing story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    1816 Kent, England Abigail Wilson has done it again! What a lovely historical mystery spun in the pages. Let's start with the cover. Simply lovely. It shows the mood of the novel and a key location as well. Charity Halliwell returns to Kent after a five year absence. Her plans are to spend a year with family friends: the Cavanaghs. Charity quickly learns that much has changed with her childhood friends. Following the mysterious disappearance of one of them, she wonders if things are not quite as th 1816 Kent, England Abigail Wilson has done it again! What a lovely historical mystery spun in the pages. Let's start with the cover. Simply lovely. It shows the mood of the novel and a key location as well. Charity Halliwell returns to Kent after a five year absence. Her plans are to spend a year with family friends: the Cavanaghs. Charity quickly learns that much has changed with her childhood friends. Following the mysterious disappearance of one of them, she wonders if things are not quite as they are painted to be. In solving the mystery, Charity shows intelligence, compassion and heart. A lovely heroine. Main male character Piers Cavanagh is an excellent hero as he displays loyalty and strength of character at every turn. Favorite line: "Love is you and me deciding to stand at each other's side to face whatever comes." My gratitude to publisher Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I love the aura of mystery and suspense in this moody Regency! Charity had a wonderful childhood with the neighboring Cavanaugh's, but after several years apart, relationships have shifted and she struggles to find her footing as Seline's disappearance weighs on them all. I admired that she had the confidence to pursue an investigation with the limited resources available to her, and did not give up on her friend. Each character in the story has secrets hanging over them, and the author skillful I love the aura of mystery and suspense in this moody Regency! Charity had a wonderful childhood with the neighboring Cavanaugh's, but after several years apart, relationships have shifted and she struggles to find her footing as Seline's disappearance weighs on them all. I admired that she had the confidence to pursue an investigation with the limited resources available to her, and did not give up on her friend. Each character in the story has secrets hanging over them, and the author skillfully alluded to the mysteries and unfolded them slowly throughout the story. I loved that Piers and Charity have a second chance at their young romance, even though it's fraught with difficulties. A steady pace with some twists and surprises made this a book I didn't want to put down! Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Whew...quite the thrilling ride here! Charity goes to visit a friends—only to have that friend up and disappear that very night, leaving no trace. Charity is left in a country home with people whose motives are doubtful and a first love who is firmly in the past. She hopes to find out what happened to her friend, but that’s complicated by Seline’s mother’s attempts to shield her reputation. And can any of the neighbors be trusted? You might not want to read the secret society parts in the dark. I Whew...quite the thrilling ride here! Charity goes to visit a friends—only to have that friend up and disappear that very night, leaving no trace. Charity is left in a country home with people whose motives are doubtful and a first love who is firmly in the past. She hopes to find out what happened to her friend, but that’s complicated by Seline’s mother’s attempts to shield her reputation. And can any of the neighbors be trusted? You might not want to read the secret society parts in the dark. It was just detailed enough to give a sense of reality and danger but didn’t get overly grisly. The romance is very well done and mostly chaste. Christian parts are almost nonexistent. Thanks to the publisher for a free reading copy. A favorable review was not required.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    Mystery surrounds a family, a ruined abbey, and a sudden disappearance making a young guest and friend of the family fearful about her visit. The atmospheric suspense, attention to historical setting, and complexity in the characters made this latest release by a stellar author a must-read. Charity Halliwell once thought to marry the oldest Cavanagh son, Piers, but her family’s sudden move to Ceylon and his letter ending their prospects left her bereft and vulnerable. An attack in the dark of the Mystery surrounds a family, a ruined abbey, and a sudden disappearance making a young guest and friend of the family fearful about her visit. The atmospheric suspense, attention to historical setting, and complexity in the characters made this latest release by a stellar author a must-read. Charity Halliwell once thought to marry the oldest Cavanagh son, Piers, but her family’s sudden move to Ceylon and his letter ending their prospects left her bereft and vulnerable. An attack in the dark of the tea plantation has left her disgusted at her naiveté in venturing outside on her own and quelled her spirit as well as her dream of ever marrying and having a family. Now, when her parents journey to join her brilliant chemist of a brother in America, Charity longs for her old neighborhood and friends as a comfort. She knows from Selene’s letters that Piers will not be there as he lives away from the family. The first night of her visit to the Cavanaghs is enough to convince her that she made a mistake seeking solace in the past. Mrs. Cavanagh isn’t exactly welcoming and mischievous Selene sneaks into Charity’s room to admit that her mother wanted her to leave Charity to her own devices. However, Selene has been a hoyden kissing a groom and flirting with others. She wants the only man in a neighborhood with a title, but she will toy with the others. On this night, she mentions a secret plan to have her way and then whisks off into the night with Charity’s dark cloak about her never to return. The youngest Cavanagh, Avery, is sent to search for Selene on the road to Gretna Green and Piers returns to support his family trying to ignore the spark between Charity and himself that he purposefully extinguished. She has since learned that he challenged Selene’s lord to a duel and then didn’t show which had him branded a coward and ostracized from polite society. Charity has her own reasons for keeping her distance from any man let alone Piers, but she is certain that Selene never ran off with the groom she kissed and she is equally certain that Piers is no coward whatever the reason he didn’t show to that duel. She will stand by the family and help get to the truth even if she must brave a mysterious shadowy enemy. The Vanishing at Loxby Manor is a delicious gothic-flavored romantic suspense in the old style. The narrative is all from the periled heroine’s perspective and offers a personal as well as external conflict to show her what she is made of and bring about some startling reveals. Charity has been assaulted and feels guilt-ridden for her part in it, but also considers herself soiled goods in that day and age when reputation is everything to a woman and whether it is her fault or not, she becomes tainted. She also wanted to protect her heart after Piers squashed it like he did. I was thoroughly taken with Charity and was impatient for her to work out the truth of it all and work out what was quite obvious to me as the reader when it came to her and Piers. The mystery of Selene’s disappearance was cunning and the reader has to follow it through to the end before discovering the dark, gritty truth behind it all. There are enough ambiguous players who all keep something back so that the truth is long and hard in coming. I confess to wanting to kick Avery in the britches for the longest time because he was the most obvious of those lying. Did he not want to find his sister??? But, later, I learned it was complicated. I found that as the story was building to those final stunning reveals that there was the middle ground that felt somewhat dragging to me. There was a great deal of waiting for something significant to happen and I got impatient. However, I did the story a disservice because in the end, I saw how all that set up and slow going added together. So, fortify for that slow-go of the middle of the book, future readers! In summary, this was a splendid and suspenseful romantic historical that will tantalize readers with its gothic flavor and mysterious tone. I recommend it to those who enjoy sweet historical romance and mystery. My thanks to Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy Bruno

    Well, it looks like I have found a new go-to author for Regency mysteries! Abigail Wilson blew me away with this book! Charity Halliwell is visiting Loxby Manor for the next year when her friend Seline runs off one night and goes missing. They believe she has run away to be with her forbidden love, but inconsistencies in the story and the letter that is left makes Charity question what really happened. Was it something more nefarious? Is Charity in danger? Charity must team up with Seline's brothe Well, it looks like I have found a new go-to author for Regency mysteries! Abigail Wilson blew me away with this book! Charity Halliwell is visiting Loxby Manor for the next year when her friend Seline runs off one night and goes missing. They believe she has run away to be with her forbidden love, but inconsistencies in the story and the letter that is left makes Charity question what really happened. Was it something more nefarious? Is Charity in danger? Charity must team up with Seline's brother, Piers, to help find her. Piers has also just returned to Loxby Manor after a scandalous event. Piers and Charity have a past together that they will have to overcome in order to find Seline. I felt that the story moved along at a great pace, enough to keep you turning the pages and staying engaged. I loved The Vanishing at Loxby Manor so much that I immediately added her other books to my wishlist and can't wait to pick them up! If you like mysteries and romance in your historicals, I highly recommend The Vanishing at Loxby Manor!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katelynne

    A strong, brave, and gentle heroine. A couple with excellent chemistry. And all the twists and turns I’ve come to expect from Abigail Wilson’s expert craftsmanship. Look out for my full review at https://bitchbookshelf.com on February 4. My thanks to the author, publisher, and HFVBT for giving me a copy in exchange for my honest review. A strong, brave, and gentle heroine. A couple with excellent chemistry. And all the twists and turns I’ve come to expect from Abigail Wilson’s expert craftsmanship. Look out for my full review at https://bitchbookshelf.com on February 4. My thanks to the author, publisher, and HFVBT for giving me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Walters

    It begins with a vanishing. Author Abigail Wilson skillfully weaves a mystery of twists and turns that had me guessing until the very end. Both the hero and heroine carry scars of their past, afraid of what it means for their future and I love the delicate way their love conquers their fears. I enjoyed the pacing of this mystery and the lovely way Ms. Wilson develops the characters who uniquely enhance the plot making her a go-to favorite. It's the perfect combination of mystery, history, and th It begins with a vanishing. Author Abigail Wilson skillfully weaves a mystery of twists and turns that had me guessing until the very end. Both the hero and heroine carry scars of their past, afraid of what it means for their future and I love the delicate way their love conquers their fears. I enjoyed the pacing of this mystery and the lovely way Ms. Wilson develops the characters who uniquely enhance the plot making her a go-to favorite. It's the perfect combination of mystery, history, and the power of living in the beauty of new beginnings. **I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to leave a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own. **

  15. 4 out of 5

    J'nell Ciesielski

    Weaving a shadow of mystery among the gilded countryside of Regency England, Wilson's tale of love lost, buried shame, and secret societies is a delicious blend of romance and intrigue. Flawed characters grace each page with a vulnerability and deep desire to be known for their true selves, which is a beauty unto itself. Splash in gorgeous historical Regency details, and murder brewing around every stone and readers will be burning through the pages until the riveting end. Weaving a shadow of mystery among the gilded countryside of Regency England, Wilson's tale of love lost, buried shame, and secret societies is a delicious blend of romance and intrigue. Flawed characters grace each page with a vulnerability and deep desire to be known for their true selves, which is a beauty unto itself. Splash in gorgeous historical Regency details, and murder brewing around every stone and readers will be burning through the pages until the riveting end.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    {I received this book to read for review through Netgalley and Thomas Nelson publisher. All opinions stated are my own } I was sucked into this mystery as soon as I began reading, the details triggering my curiosity to find out exactly what was going on. I'm amazed how the author was able to do that with her writing style and it really is noteworthy. At some point, maybe about halfway, I began to wonder, "Is this a series?" I just felt like something was missing, and then I shrugged it off because {I received this book to read for review through Netgalley and Thomas Nelson publisher. All opinions stated are my own } I was sucked into this mystery as soon as I began reading, the details triggering my curiosity to find out exactly what was going on. I'm amazed how the author was able to do that with her writing style and it really is noteworthy. At some point, maybe about halfway, I began to wonder, "Is this a series?" I just felt like something was missing, and then I shrugged it off because I figured it was probably because I didn't pay attention to one of the details. Thankfully, by the end, I had grasped most of the details and everything made sense. But as I finished the book, I still wondered about some things that had been mentioned in passing and I felt a bit of a disconnect with the characters themselves because of this. I did connect with aspects of Charity's character and liked how she conducted herself. Now, the mystery is good and a bit shocking. The romance was sweet and made sense. There was a few sentences about God and praying was about all the spiritual content throughout. Which I didn't find to be a problem, just noting it. I liked this story. Once upon a time, I would have considered three stars a bad rating, but now I know it isn't. Others will love this story. Some may note the things I did and like it. I'm sure I'll read another by this author in the future.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    The Vanishing at Loxby Manor is the first book that I have read by Abigail Wilson and I am very excited to read more by this author now. I thoroughly enjoyed this mysterious story from start to finish. I listened to the audio book version and overall I enjoyed the narration. The author changed voices for the different characters and occasionally I wasn’t fond of a couple of the voices, but the main characters were voiced very nicely and I was definitely drawn into the story right from the beginni The Vanishing at Loxby Manor is the first book that I have read by Abigail Wilson and I am very excited to read more by this author now. I thoroughly enjoyed this mysterious story from start to finish. I listened to the audio book version and overall I enjoyed the narration. The author changed voices for the different characters and occasionally I wasn’t fond of a couple of the voices, but the main characters were voiced very nicely and I was definitely drawn into the story right from the beginning. The mystery of Seline’s disappearance and the feeling that things were not quite right at Loxby Manor truly drove the story. I loved that Charity and Piers came together with a second chance at friendship and perhaps something more as they worked to uncover the strange happenings going on in the area. The overall mystery kept me guessing for most of the book and I found the second chance romance delightful. I received a complimentary of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Told from a Christian World View amidst dark and sinister circumstances, this book exudes an air of foreboding. After five years away, Charity Halliwell returns to Loxby Manor, the estate of family friends. Strange things begin to happen, including the disappearance of her best friend, Seline, on the very night she arrives. She is warned by those close to her but whether for her protection or to prevent secrets from coming to light, is something she is determined to find out. She does not know w Told from a Christian World View amidst dark and sinister circumstances, this book exudes an air of foreboding. After five years away, Charity Halliwell returns to Loxby Manor, the estate of family friends. Strange things begin to happen, including the disappearance of her best friend, Seline, on the very night she arrives. She is warned by those close to her but whether for her protection or to prevent secrets from coming to light, is something she is determined to find out. She does not know who to trust. “It was as if I had wandered into a dreamland where all my childhood acquaintances had elevated themselves to villains of their own stories.” With beautifully descriptive words, the author tells a tale of many secrets. Some begging to be set free, some best left buried. Piers Cavanagh, eldest son of Loxby Manor who has secrets of his own, pairs with Charity to uncover the truth about his missing sister. What they find is almost more than they can comprehend. But Piers and Charity are forced to confront their shared past. “I am not certain anyone can go back, not really. It is more about finding a way to go forward, to trust that God will take something bad that has happened and work it for good.” Ms. Wilson is one of the best Gothic Regency authors of today. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    Charity Halliwell is finally back in the village where she grew up and hopes to forget the events of the past five years. Loxby Manor holds a few of her dearest memories but is also the place of her deepest heartbreak. The reprieve she was expecting turns impossible once not only Piers Cavanagh, the reason for her broken heart, comes back after years living in seclusion, but Seline Cavanagh vanishes. Abigail Wilson weaves a tale of family secrets and regrets that only thicken with the turn of eac Charity Halliwell is finally back in the village where she grew up and hopes to forget the events of the past five years. Loxby Manor holds a few of her dearest memories but is also the place of her deepest heartbreak. The reprieve she was expecting turns impossible once not only Piers Cavanagh, the reason for her broken heart, comes back after years living in seclusion, but Seline Cavanagh vanishes. Abigail Wilson weaves a tale of family secrets and regrets that only thicken with the turn of each page. The pacing was perfect and the twists and turns kept me guessing. I especially enjoy how Wilson adds history to the plot, though how the story is influenced by a historical event is usually revealed only at the end. Part of me wonders if it were more explored, what she could do. Not a complaint, just a wondering :) *I received a review copy from the author. All opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    In Vanishing at Loxby Manor Abigail Wilson has created a gothic romance that is filled with great characters and a mystery that unfolds chapter by chapter. A perfect blend of mystery, family relationships, lost years, and star-crossed love. There is also an integral thread of letting go of past tragedy and moving into the future. This book is perfect for readers who love Regency fiction in gothic settings. Be warned, you won't be able to walk away from these characters. In Vanishing at Loxby Manor Abigail Wilson has created a gothic romance that is filled with great characters and a mystery that unfolds chapter by chapter. A perfect blend of mystery, family relationships, lost years, and star-crossed love. There is also an integral thread of letting go of past tragedy and moving into the future. This book is perfect for readers who love Regency fiction in gothic settings. Be warned, you won't be able to walk away from these characters.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    The Vanishing at Loxby Manor is another great read by one of my favourite authors, Abigail Wilson. This historical romance is bursting with mystery and intrigue. A secret society, abbey ruins, and a missing person all culminate into a mysterious and creepy tale. I enjoyed getting the know the main characters, but the real fun came in discovering which of the supporting characters was the real perpetrator. I must say, I was surprised. This was not a very predictable read and was entertaining righ The Vanishing at Loxby Manor is another great read by one of my favourite authors, Abigail Wilson. This historical romance is bursting with mystery and intrigue. A secret society, abbey ruins, and a missing person all culminate into a mysterious and creepy tale. I enjoyed getting the know the main characters, but the real fun came in discovering which of the supporting characters was the real perpetrator. I must say, I was surprised. This was not a very predictable read and was entertaining right up to the very last page. I highly recommend this book to historical fiction fans, especially if you're in the mood for a little mystery. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    This book is everything a Regency, mystery, history loving reader could want. Plus, a dash of romance. I adored the heroine. She was so brave. She overcame fear and faced it head strong to uncover the truth about her dear friend. I admired her from the beginning. The book is in her point of view and was so well done. The author did a great job making me guess throughout the story who the bad guy was. Thus, the reason I couldn't put the book down. I loved the book and highly recommend it. *I was This book is everything a Regency, mystery, history loving reader could want. Plus, a dash of romance. I adored the heroine. She was so brave. She overcame fear and faced it head strong to uncover the truth about her dear friend. I admired her from the beginning. The book is in her point of view and was so well done. The author did a great job making me guess throughout the story who the bad guy was. Thus, the reason I couldn't put the book down. I loved the book and highly recommend it. *I was given a copy of the book by the publisher and this my honest opinion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Mystery and romance--an excellent combination! Kent 1811, a fall from a horse, a missed duel, who could have guessed the impact these two separate occurrences would have not only for Piers Cavanagh and Charity Halliwell but their companions. The deep friendship along with that of their siblings and other neighbors goes back years. However time moved forward, Charity to Ceylon with her family, Piers to a marriage planned for him from birth. Forward to Kent 1816. After five long years away from thos Mystery and romance--an excellent combination! Kent 1811, a fall from a horse, a missed duel, who could have guessed the impact these two separate occurrences would have not only for Piers Cavanagh and Charity Halliwell but their companions. The deep friendship along with that of their siblings and other neighbors goes back years. However time moved forward, Charity to Ceylon with her family, Piers to a marriage planned for him from birth. Forward to Kent 1816. After five long years away from those she'd grown up with, Charity has decided to return to Loxby Manor and her old companions for a year rather than going to Boston with her family, before turning her life towards other horizons. She arrives at Loxby Manor in the evening. No sooner has she been shown to her bedroom, when her friend and daughter of the house Seline greets her, borrows her cloak and sneaks out of the manor after a mysterious light that has become visible amongst the darkened nearby ruins. What happens then is both disturbing and puzzling. Seline disappears, thought to have eloped with a groomsman. Something is off with that diagnosis as far as Charity's concerned. Charity finds the rest of her former companions troubled. She receives a disturbing letter from her brother. Piers, who is out of favor it appears, leaves his London home and takes up residence in the Manor. And Charity it seems is not the only one carrying a heavy secret. Mrs Cavanaugh is definitely an odd fish, bent on squashing scandal, with requests made to Charity puzzling and often countering each other. Dangerous secrets abound. I did not foresee what was happening 'til the very end. As Charity works through her own fate, shrugs off the fear she's felt, and allows the old 'Capitan Halliwell' as her friends termed her, to make a hard fought reappearance, things start to change and happenstances begin to pile up on each other in a seemingly frenzied rush. A nicely entwined romance and deadly Intrigue! A Thomas Nelson ARC via NetGalley

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Vanishing at Loxby Manor flew by for me. In it, you will meet Charity and Piers. After five years of being away, these two are finally reunited. Unfortunately, her friend Seline disappears the same night that Charity arrives home. It made seem a bit suspicious but Charity was definitely determined to find out what happened to her friend. Oh, and to actually find the girl alive as well. This book had so many freaking secr I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Vanishing at Loxby Manor flew by for me. In it, you will meet Charity and Piers. After five years of being away, these two are finally reunited. Unfortunately, her friend Seline disappears the same night that Charity arrives home. It made seem a bit suspicious but Charity was definitely determined to find out what happened to her friend. Oh, and to actually find the girl alive as well. This book had so many freaking secrets. At one point I wasn't expecting to get so many revealed but it was also sort of refreshing to finally know the truth. Each and every character kept me on my toes with their secrets and mysteries. So it's fair to assume that I was entertained from start to finish because I definitely was. Besides all the twists and turns, I will admit that I didn't see the big reveal coming at the end. Which is why I devoured and fell in love with this book. Definitely happy that I got the chance to dive into this beautiful book and I look forward to the next one that Abigail writes!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    A must read! The captivating storyline is an intoxicating blend of gothic suspense, intrigue, history and romance. Set against an atmospheric backdrop that encompasses the ruins of an old abbey, Ms. Wilson's prose brings to life the setting. With beautifully written descriptions that appeal to the senses, the author expertly draws the reader into the story so that when the book is set aside it is with a sense of bewilderment as one reenters the real world. Tucked within an expertly paced plot is A must read! The captivating storyline is an intoxicating blend of gothic suspense, intrigue, history and romance. Set against an atmospheric backdrop that encompasses the ruins of an old abbey, Ms. Wilson's prose brings to life the setting. With beautifully written descriptions that appeal to the senses, the author expertly draws the reader into the story so that when the book is set aside it is with a sense of bewilderment as one reenters the real world. Tucked within an expertly paced plot is a story of triumph over heartache and shame. Readers will fall in love with the endearing characters, feeling their heartrending sense of loss for the past, but also one of hope that the future brings. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    Eeep! Eeeeeeeppp!!! Eeeeeeeeeppppp!!! I'm in a dithering Regency tilt-a-whirl of bibliophile delight! Because...not just a Regency Romance but one with Gothic details that upped the creep factor and enhanced the mystery. Think shades of the classics like those written by Phyllis A Whitney and Victoria Holt. So many gripping plot points to keep a reader riveted. A secret-infested country estate and the dysfunctional family that lives there. A displaced heroine dependent upon the kindness of these Eeep! Eeeeeeeppp!!! Eeeeeeeeeppppp!!! I'm in a dithering Regency tilt-a-whirl of bibliophile delight! Because...not just a Regency Romance but one with Gothic details that upped the creep factor and enhanced the mystery. Think shades of the classics like those written by Phyllis A Whitney and Victoria Holt. So many gripping plot points to keep a reader riveted. A secret-infested country estate and the dysfunctional family that lives there. A displaced heroine dependent upon the kindness of these old family friends. An honorable hero who has become a social pariah for the noblest of reasons. The strange disappearance his sister. A secret society with nefarious purposes. And, most delicious of all, a thwarted love story! Consider this a call for fainting couches and smelling salts and a warning to clear your calendar because once you start reading The Vanishing at Loxby Manor you won't be able to stop. I know because I engaged in a marathon listening session. FYI: Laura Kirman's narration held me captive as much as Abigail Wilson's storytelling magic.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    I had a hard time rating this book. As the title and cover suggest, it's a Gothic tale. There's a girl who returns to a grand manor where she was happy in the past, but nothing's the same now. Charity has high expectations when she arrives at Loxby Manor and is thrown for a loop when things turn out differently. In fact, something happens right away that forms the main mystery which keeps growing almost until the end. Then we have Piers, who's been forced to return to his ancestral home despite I had a hard time rating this book. As the title and cover suggest, it's a Gothic tale. There's a girl who returns to a grand manor where she was happy in the past, but nothing's the same now. Charity has high expectations when she arrives at Loxby Manor and is thrown for a loop when things turn out differently. In fact, something happens right away that forms the main mystery which keeps growing almost until the end. Then we have Piers, who's been forced to return to his ancestral home despite his recent years in isolation and a scandal dragging behind him. There are a lot of mysteries, intrigue, conspiracies, and even a tragedy. As they try to navigate through all this, Charity and Piers grow closer together and realize their feelings for each other. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elodie

    The Vanishing of Loxby Manor Abigail Wilson https://www.facebook.com/ACWilsonbooks/ Release Date 01/26/2021 Publisher Thomas Nelson 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 A story of second chances and secrets, this mysterious Regency romance will transport you to 19th-century England as one young lady reunites with her childhood love to find his missing sister.  Her friend is missing. After five years abroad, Charity Halliwell finally returns to Loxby Manor, the home of dear friends—and her lost love. No longer a young girl, she is no The Vanishing of Loxby Manor Abigail Wilson https://www.facebook.com/ACWilsonbooks/ Release Date 01/26/2021 Publisher Thomas Nelson 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 A story of second chances and secrets, this mysterious Regency romance will transport you to 19th-century England as one young lady reunites with her childhood love to find his missing sister.  Her friend is missing. After five years abroad, Charity Halliwell finally returns to Loxby Manor, the home of dear friends—and her lost love. No longer a young girl, she is now haunted by a painful secret and the demise of her dreams. Instead of the healing and happiness she hopes to find, she encounters a darkness lurking in the shadows of the once-familiar house. When her friend, Seline, disappears the very night of her arrival, Charity is determined to uncover the truth.  Her only hope is the man who broke her heart. Branded a coward, Piers Cavanaugh has lived the last five years as an outcast far from his family home. When his sister presumably elopes with a stable hand, Piers joins forces with an unlikely partner—the one woman he thought he’d never see again. Together they launch an investigation that leads to strange nightly meetings in the ruins of an old abbey and disturbing whispers of a secret organization. The more they learn, the more desperate the situation becomes.  The house seems determined to keep its secrets. As they struggle to piece together the clues, Charity and Piers also endeavor to rebuild their friendship. One cryptic letter changed everything between them. To find happiness they will have to overcome the grief and shame keeping them apart. But first they must discover why Seline vanished and confront the growing fear that she may never return.  Settle in, because once you start The Vanishing at Loxby Manor, you won’t be able to put it down. 𝗠𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 My first thought about this book was about its dark atmosphere, like in Jane Eyre with its shadows, lights in the night or small noises when everything was silent. While it is narrated in the first person, the author goes to great lengths to convey the feelings and emotions of her characters. Life has not been fair with them, both are no more the ones they were prior their time apart. They are scarred, holding tight on secrets and the shadows darkening their return home. Charity left England with dreams and hopes, now back, they are all shattered and she only wishes for quiet and uneventful existence. But it seems it is not only her life has dealt some blows. From her childhood friends, none had been left unscathed. She now must acknowledge not everything is as she thought. Secrets and shadows are surrounding her, not only hers. Piers her younger self love interest is too a changed man, he never really recovered from the scandal that made him run away. Yet in some day, he is still the young man who held her hands when in need and stil nourish her heart. If she is willing to open her soul to someone who had known pain too. I understand her reservation at confiding her fears and pains, society was so unforgivable, yet when she understood the reason behind his own shame, she knew she had a true friend in him. Still she holds him at arms length. All mixed with their investigation about Piers’ sister disappearance. And while I had a nagging suspicion about who was the real schemer, I followed the flow of the words and let it lifts me. The author offers an intense tale of healing, friendship and love as well as a twisted mystery. As both heroes long to belong and be seen as worthy all the while they must unknit the complex network, decided to make sense of things. 4.25 stars 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 some sweet kisses I have been granted an advance copy by the publisher Thomas Nelson, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "I knew something was terribly wrong the moment I stepped foot back in Loxby Manor. . . " Instead of finding Loxby Manor to be the enchanted retreat of her childhood, Charity Halliwell has stepped foot inside a nightmare; her best friend vanishing before her very eyes, gone with the blink of an eye into the ink of night, cloaked in black, heading towards a shining light beaconing from the ruins of an old abandoned abbey. Adding to her distress, Charity's first love, Piers Cavanagh, arri 3.5 stars "I knew something was terribly wrong the moment I stepped foot back in Loxby Manor. . . " Instead of finding Loxby Manor to be the enchanted retreat of her childhood, Charity Halliwell has stepped foot inside a nightmare; her best friend vanishing before her very eyes, gone with the blink of an eye into the ink of night, cloaked in black, heading towards a shining light beaconing from the ruins of an old abandoned abbey. Adding to her distress, Charity's first love, Piers Cavanagh, arrives home after a long absence to assist in the search for his sister Seline, who, according to a mysterious note, is presumed to have left Loxby Manor with a stable hand. "Believe me when I tell you, I never would have come home if I'd known you were here." Inwardly wounded by Pier's terse words, Charity pulls herself together for the sake of the family while valiantly trying to avoid the man who had clearly severed all ties between them. But in spite of Piers assertion "that the past must remain in the past", they find their present circumstances pulling them toward each other again with an undeniable strength. However, this rejuvenated friendship cannot hide the fact that something dark and nefarious is afoot among their loosely reunited group of childhood chums, and until Charity and Pier can figure out who to trust, or even who to blame; what they might, or might not feel about each other, will have to wait. . . . and a very dangerous wait it will be. There's great wisdom in allowing an author an adequate amount of time to develop his or her story, for the beginning of this novel did not demand the kind of attention that I was expecting, so naturally I was broadsided when a swirling conundrum arose rather perfectly in the middle of this book, the likes of which put everyone I loved in dire jeopardy. It's always a win, when a story ends well, and this story ends extremely well. "Love is you and me deciding to stand at each other's side to face whatever comes . . . . knowing each other's faults and choosing patience time and again. . . . . It's forgetting the past, all the terrible details that weigh us down. It's forgiving ourselves and each other over and over again."

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    This is a Regency story with a complicated mystery to unravel along with renewing old friendships, estranged family relationship with undercurrents of secrets. Charity Halliwell grew up near the Cavanaugh family at their home, Loxby Manor, in the English countryside but has been in Ceylon with her family for five years. Her parents are now in Boston visiting her brother and she is going to be staying with the Cavanaugh family. Something happened to Charity in Ceylon that was traumatic and she di This is a Regency story with a complicated mystery to unravel along with renewing old friendships, estranged family relationship with undercurrents of secrets. Charity Halliwell grew up near the Cavanaugh family at their home, Loxby Manor, in the English countryside but has been in Ceylon with her family for five years. Her parents are now in Boston visiting her brother and she is going to be staying with the Cavanaugh family. Something happened to Charity in Ceylon that was traumatic and she didn't want to travel to America. She can tell right away that something is strange at the manor upon her arrival when no one is around. She has a brief visit with Seline, her friend, but then she disappeared. Soon, the family is turned upside down trying to find out what has happened to Seline. There are lot of strange things going on with all of the family members. Mrs. Cavanaugh has emotional issues, Avery, the middle son, is hiding something, Mr. Cavanaugh is bedridden and blind from an accident with his horse, Piers, the oldest son, is living near Liverpool because of a scandal although he did return after Seline's disappearance. Piers and Charity were close at one time but things are strained between them now. The two do decide to put their heads together to figure out what is going on with the others and Seline's disappearance. The atmosphere, setting, time period, and characters all make this story so rich and the mystery of everything going on is complicated and makes for a story that kept me engaged. I was quite surprised with how things turned out. Things are not always how they seem. Definitely recommend this story for a historical mystery with complicated relationships, light faith thread, and some romance. I received a complimentary ARC from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

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