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An Inheritance of Many Mysteries
Reviewed in Australia on 6 April 2019
Olivia, an American food magazine writer inherits a large English estate, "Rosemere" from her artist mother, Caroline. There is so much that Olivia doesn't know about her mother. As this contemporary story unfolds, there are underlying mysteries that add further complexity. Where are the missing people and why? What will the keys open? What clues are in Caroline's paintings? Will Olivia be able to save "Rosemere"?
Barbara O'Neal writes in an easy-to-read, narrative style. There were villains to dislike and heroes to cheer. I especially enjoyed the atmospheric English village descriptions and characterisations of the local people. "Rosemere" had a personality of its own. The tastes and smells of food and cooking formed an integral part of the story and were often quite tantalizing.
The love scenes were a bit 'Mills and Boon'-ish and detracted from the flow of the general storyline. I wondered if there would be a sequel, as the ending was quite rushed and left me hanging in the air? There were more questions than answers.