About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Beneath His Silence by Hannah Linder

Beneath His Silence

Will Seeking Justice Lead to Her Own Demise?
A Gothic-Style Regency Romance from a Promising Young Author
Second daughter of a baron—and a little on the mischievous side—Ella Pemberton is no governess. But the pretense is a necessity if she ever wishes to get inside of Wyckhorn Manor and attain the truth. Exposing the man who killed her sister is all that matters.
Lord Sedgewick knows there’s blood on his hands. Lies have been conceived, then more lies, but the price of truth would be too great. All he has left now is his son—and his hatred. Yet as the charming governess invades his home, his safe cocoon of bitterness begins to tear away.
Could Ella, despite the lingering questions of his guilt, fall in love with such a man? Or is she falling prey to him—just as her dead sister?


Mystery, intrigue, and a need for revenge fuel this fascinating story but the themes of forgiveness and redemption make it so worthwhile! Beneath His Silence is the debut novel of Hannah Linder and she's completely satisfied my love for Regency and Gothic fiction. A young woman intent on proving that her sister was murdered sets out to trap the man she believes is responsible but ultimately discovers that appearances aren't what they seem. Yes, Lord Sedgewick carries a load of guilt but is it because he actually murdered her sister? What are the secrets and burdens that he's been forced to carry?

This book is fantastic! Ella Pemberton, Henry Sedgewick, and an adorable Peter Sedgewick are characters that I long to know better, and the Regency setting is perfect! Wychhorn Manor is often shrouded in fog and darkness, appearing to be a place where secrets are kept, memories are painful, and danger is lurking. Slowly, as this tale continues, it becomes a place where second chances seem likely, and forgiveness may offer redemption. If you enjoy Michelle Griep's Regency novels and you remember the gothic novels of Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt, do yourself a favor. Treat yourself to this must-read debut novel!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Hannah Linder resides in the beautiful mountains of central West Virginia. Represented by Cynthia Ruchti with Books & Such Literary Management, she writes Regency romantic suspense novels filled with passion, secrets, and danger. She is a double 2021 Selah Award winner, a 2022 Selah Award winner, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Her debut, Beneath His Silence, is releasing with Barbour Publishing this November.

In way of career, Hannah is a Graphic Design Associates Degree graduate who specializes in professional book cover design. She designs for both traditional publishing houses and individual authors, including New York Times, USA Today, National, and International bestsellers (hannahlinderdesigns.com). She is also a self-portrait photographer of historical fashion.

When Hannah is not writing, she enjoys playing instruments—piano, guitar, and ukulele—songwriting, painting still life, walking in the rain, and sitting on the front porch of her 1800s farmhouse. Her greatest desire is to please her Savior and to write in a way that glorifies and uplifts Him. 

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