Another tale from the Casebook of Barnaby Adair centers far more on the fascinating central characters than on the detective himself, and the plot allows Laurens to focus on issues of reinvention, redemption and the transformative power of love. These themes are woven into the story with her usual emotional and sensual style. Readers may find this one of Laurens’ most intriguing novels.
Five years ago a broken Malcolm Sinclair washed up near a monastery. It took years for him to heal, and he reinvented himself as Thomas Glendower and pledged to make amends for his past. However, the day comes when Thomas must return to London. En route, he stops at his country manor, which has been in the care of a lovely housekeeper. Rose has felt protected at the manor, accepted as a widow with two children. She fears that once Thomas discovers her identity she’ll have to flee. But Thomas earns her trust and love. The path to his salvation is one filled with danger, yet one he must follow if he is to keep Rose safe. (AVON, Aug., 380 pp., $7.99)