Book Review: The Lost Girls of Foxfield Hall by Jessica Thorne

Genre: Paranomal Romance

Imagine stepping through time, at first unexpectedly, and then again and again in hopes of preventing a horrible tragedy? That’s what happens to Megan Taylor. Called to assist in the restoration of the grounds and maze at Foxfield Hall, an estate steeped in mystery and home to a ghost everyone calls the Green Lady, she soon finds that ancient magic is alive and well, even in the year 2019.

 

With characters that are easy to connect to, and an interesting twist of Arthurian legend and time travel, this book has hints of Outlander and The Clockmaker’s Daughter. The plot is supported by well-defined characters, strong historical details, and though the genre is listed as paranormal romance, the romance doesn’t overpower the strong paranormal storyline. There are also themes of acceptance, love, friendship, and sacrifice.

 

As a Army wife and a lover of all things magical, this book hit the spot for me. There were a few places I felt the storyline slowed a bit, but it all works out in a tension-filled, emotional climax that had me flipping pages as quickly as I could read them.

 

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a little history with their magic.

 

This book is available for pre-order on Amazon and is due to be released on March 26, 2021.

 

I received a free ARC copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange or my honest review.

Book Blurb

September, 1939. The moon shines silver on the looming yew trees. Thinking of her fiancé, fighting for his life and country in the war, breaks Eleanor’s heart, but also gives her courage. She takes a deep breath, picks up her camera, and follows the dancing lights into the maze.

 

Present day. With her little brother Missing in Action, gardener Megan Taylor runs from her grief to take a job at Foxfield Hall – a centuries-old place full of myths and folklore – restoring the wild maze in the overgrown gardens. Throwing herself into shaping the tangled ivy, Megan soon becomes drawn into the mystery of Lady Eleanor Fairfax, the Hall’s most famous resident… the villagers say she disappeared without trace at the Harvest Festival in 1939, leaving behind a grieving father and a heartbroken fiancé.

 

Leafing through delicate old newspaper cuttings and gazing at an ornately framed portrait of the missing woman, Megan is full of questions. Although no body was ever found, could Eleanor have been murdered? Did she run away, unwilling to marry the man who loved her? Or, with her father working at the War Office, did Eleanor stumble upon a secret she shouldn’t have?

 

Then, one night under a full moon, a mesmerising light inexplicably draws her to the entrance of the maze. Megan is filled with a strange certainty that, if she follows it into the shadows, it will lead to the truth about Eleanor… but could Megan herself be the next occupant of Foxfield Hall to be lost forever?

 

A spellbinding, magical and addictive tale about the mysterious and ancient legends at the heart of the English countryside, and how to find those who are lost. Perfect for fans of Outlander, Susanna Kearsley and The Binding.

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