Book three of Melby’s Lost Shadows series has touches of romance, a mysterious Victorian house and secrets that really should stay hidden away. The characters are amazing in their strengths and also in turning their fears and weaknesses into something positive. Melby has a flair for bringing the past alive in her stories.

When Heather Conrad agreed to housesit her former boss’s house, there was nothing said about also being a nanny to the boss’s 6-year-old daughter. During one of Heather’s snooping sessions, she stumbles upon a hidden stairway and the detective in her takes over. While peeling back the layers of the past, Heather learns things about herself she didn’t know were inside of her. Can the actions of a woman in 1911 alter Heather’s future? (BARBOUR, Dec., 320 pp., $12.99)

Reviewed by: 
Patsy Glans