Mrs. England by Stacey Halls – Simmering with slow-burning menace, Mrs. England is a portrait of an Edwardian marriage, an enthralling tale of men and women, power and control, courage, truth and the very darkest deception.
West Yorkshire, 1904. When recently graduated Ruby May takes a nanny position looking after the children of Charles and Lilian England, a wealthy couple from a powerful dynasty of mill owners, she hopes it will be the fresh start she needs. But as she adapts to life at the isolated Hardcastle House, it becomes clear something is not quite right about the beautiful, mysterious Mrs. England.
Distant and withdrawn, Lilian shows little interest in her children or charming husband and is far from the angel of the house Ruby was expecting.
As the warm, vivacious Charles welcomes Ruby into the family, a series of strange events forces her to question everything she thought she knew. Ostracized by the servants and increasingly uneasy, Ruby must face her own demons in order to prevent history from repeating itself. After all, there’s no such thing as the perfect family—she should know.
Publisher: MIRA; Original edition (April 12, 2022)
Genre: Mystery Thriller
ISBN-10: 0778386317 – ISBN-13: 978-0778386315
About the Author: Stacey Halls grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire, as the daughter of market traders. She has always been fascinated by the Pendle witches. She studied journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and moved to London aged 21. She was media editor at The Bookseller and books editor at Stylist.co.uk, and has also written for Psychologies, the Independent and Fabulous magazine, where she now works as Deputy Chief Sub Editor. The Familiars is her first novel. www.thefamiliarsbook.com
Review of Mrs. England
Mrs. England is a novel set in Yorkshire in 1904 with some Gothic elements. The story gets off to a great start, pulling me in from the beginning and holding my attention until the end. More than one mystery makes this a captivating read, together with the dark atmosphere of Hardcastle House. Mrs. England is one of the most magical and atmospheric novels I have had the pleasure of reading in some time. I look forward to reading more from the author. *I received a complimentary copy in exchange for a review.*