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In the Shadow of Lakecrest by [Blackwell, Elizabeth]
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When Kate, the plucky heroine of In the Shadow of Lakecrest, marries into a family with a wickedly sordid past, she has only an inkling of what she’s getting into. The world in the 1920s didn’t have the benefit of today’s quick Internet searches and online histories. Kate has a sense that something’s not quite right, but no proof other than her own observations and creeping sense of unease. She can’t help but notice how overly affectionate and close her husband and sister-in-law seem to be. Meanwhile, her mother-in-law is a little too interested in Kate producing an heir. Nevertheless, Kate sets her worries aside, convinced that any family is better than the one she was born into.

It’s not until her mother-in-law restricts a very pregnant Kate to the dark, dank confines of the family estate that Kate realizes she’s really in trouble. This is where the book takes a delicious turn that’s a little bit Flowers in the Attic and a little bit Rebecca. Trapped, Kate must rely on her wits to unravel the family secrets to protect what’s her own. And what she uncovers is a shocker that will surely make anyone think twice before grousing about their in-laws ever again.

- Jodi Warshaw, Editor


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The year is 1928. Kate Moore is looking for a way out of the poverty and violence of her childhood. When a chance encounter on a transatlantic ocean liner brings her face-to-face with the handsome heir to a Chicago fortune, she thinks she may have found her escape—as long as she can keep her past concealed.

After exchanging wedding vows, Kate quickly discovers that something isn’t quite right with her husband—or her new family. As Mrs. Matthew Lemont, she must contend with her husband’s disturbing past, his domineering mother, and his overly close sister. Isolated at Lakecrest, the sprawling, secluded Lemont estate, she searches desperately for clues to Matthew’s terrors, which she suspects stem from the mysterious disappearance of his aunt years before. As Kate stumbles deeper into a maze of family secrets, she begins to question everyone’s sanity—especially her own. But just how far will she go to break free of this family’s twisted past?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1739 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (1 February 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01IH81XZC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By NicShef❤️Reading #1 REVIEWER on 1 January 2017
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Oh my what a saga... ! Is it Downtown Abbey or Flowers in the Attic?! This book asks...Is it possible to be haunted by the future?
The year is 1928. From the most innocent flirtation on a boat bound for the US... the two most unlikely pair - Matthew and Kate become acquainted...
"Why would someone like him be interested in someone like you? I had no answer. There was nothing to set me apart from the hundreds of prettier, more sophisticated girls Matthew must have met in his lifetime. I still couldn’t quite believe it myself."
Kate Moore is looking for a way out of her poverty stricken life but she can't quite believe it when the handsome heir - Matthew Lemont seems so besotted by her, despite her social standing... she thinks she may have found her escape from her tiresome existence—as long as she can keep her past concealed. But of course nothing is as it seems. The Lemonts have this motto, ‘It is done.’ It means they always get their way. Kate realises soon after moving into Lakecrest - the family manor that she has hardly escaped at all. "My life felt like the grounds of Lakecrest: trapped under a layer of frost, as lifeless as the bare trees that formed a stark tableau against the lake. "
She fears the home, the family and especially her mother-in-law - Hannah. "Hannah looks at me sometimes like she’s biding her time until the baby comes, but after that, who knows? They have this cell in the basement, and she could lock me up, anytime, without anyone knowing. She’s got all sorts of doctors in her pocket who could declare me crazy."
I simply adore our heroine, there is an ongoing theme through-out the novel of relying on herself and making her own luck, she was incredibly self determined... "I had to pretend none of that mattered.
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By I taylor TOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 January 2017
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When Kate comes to Lakecrest having snagged a rich husband, she arrives with a truckload of secrets. What she doesn’t realise is that Matthew’s secrets are bigger and more destructive than hers. The more she delves the harder it gets to keep her sanity and with her mother-in-law’s cruel treatment of her, she wonders if she will get out of it unscathed.
This book immediately gripped me and I appreciated the gothic romance that reminded me very much of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. This story had a very similar style of narrative and a familiar chilling danger the protagonist seems to border on. It made me nervous and I couldn’t put the book down because I had grown quite attached to Kate. The uncomfortable subjects that Blackwell touches on only add to the mystery and suspense that carry the reader through the book.
As for placing the book in a specific genre, I would classify it as a gothic thriller romance with a historical backdrop.
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well written but very ordinary plot.
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