Book Review: The Death of Jane Lawrence – by Caitlin Starling

(Saint-Martin press)

Jane Shoringfield is a pragmatic woman with a head for numbers; She keeps the accounts of her guardians, the caring couple who took in her after her parents died in the recent war, but it’s time for Jane to make her own way. She makes a list of potential husbands, Dr Lawrence tops the list, so naturally she proposes a marriage that is akin to a commercial arrangement, in which she could keep her books and be his wife too, and all would have been fine. tidy did not have fate, and magic, intervened. Fate in the form of an undeniable spark and attraction between Jane and Dr Lawrence, and magic in the form of a mysterious dark shroud enveloping Dr Lawrence’s mansion in which Jane has agreed never to spend time. night. When a storm ravages the causeway, Jane has no choice but to sleep in Lawrence’s ancestral home and the eerie nature of Lindridge Hall is revealed in this gothic version of near-reality Victorian England after the premiere. World War, where superstition and ritual partially replaced religion. This dark, very delicious and scary tale is perfect for your All Saints’ Eve.

– Commented by Jenny Lyons. Connect with her on Instagram @jennysbookshop to find more book reviews and recommendations. Look for these titles and more at your local bookstore.

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