By Kelly BridgewaterAbout the Book
Book: Beneath His Silence
Author: Hannah Linder
Genre: Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance
Release date: November, 2022
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
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?
His Silence by
Hannah Linder combines a Jane Eyre type story with a mystery. When
readers start the story, they will notice a number of similarities to Charlotte
Bronte’s Jane Eyre. An old house with a Lord who has rumors spread throughout
the countryside about him. Even though the story is not a mirror image of the Jane
Eyre plot, it does have some similarities, so the story does ring as not
original. The plot does feature a mystery, and the story does move through the
daily lives of each characters. While the plot does ring familiar, I wanted
more explanation near the end of the mystery. What actually happened to Ella’s
sister? Was the reasoning behind the person upstairs realistic? It was truly
never explained either. I wanted more backstory on his story. As for the
romance, it was awkward and weird at times. When Ella and Lord Sedgewick
started to feel emotions toward each other, I, personally, did not buy it. The
snide remarks that they have been sharing the whole story kind of kept their
emotions at a distance. Overall, Beneath His Silence by Hannah Linder
was a nice try for a debut author, but I needed more backstory and information
to make the story realistic and believable.
I received a
complimentary copy of Beneath His Silence by Hannah Linder from Barbour Publishing,
but the opinions stated are all my own.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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About the Author:
Hannah Linder resides in the beautiful
mountains of central West Virginia. Represented by Books & Such, she writes
Regency romantic suspense novels. She is a double 2021 Selah Award winner, a
2022 Selah Award winner, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers
(ACFW). 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. She is also a local
photographer and self-portrait photographer. When Hannah is not writing, she
enjoys playing her instruments—piano, guitar, and ukulele—songwriting, painting
still life, walking in the rain, and sitting on the front porch of her 1800s
farmhouse. To follow her journey, visit hannahlinderbooks.com.
More from Hannah
People always ask me what inspired a story. Where did I get the idea? Who was my inspiration? What true-life event motivated these characters into existence?
And the truth is, I don’t know. I’ve never known. When I was younger, I’d look clueless and shrug my shoulders. A few years ago, I would have probably answered “people”—and maybe there’s truth in that. People do inspire me. The way they walk, the places they go, the things they do, the way they dress.
But lately…well, I think it’s more than that. I don’t think it’s people so much as feelings. The nitty-gritty. The raw emotions, caught deep in someone’s chest, at the most pivotal points in their life.
Like the old man seated at a booth, alone in a restaurant, with his veiny hands cupping a mug of coffee. It’s not his shabby fedora that inspires me. Or the knotty cane leaned against his seat. Or the envelope stuffed into the pocket of his woolen overcoat.
It’s the look on his face. The slow blinking, the red nose, the flash of moisture as he takes another sip of coffee. Why does he sit alone? Who left him? Who caused the tears? What emotions render that lost, helpless, longing expression—and how will he cope?
If you would ask me what inspired Beneath His Silence, I probably wouldn’t have much of an answer. No concrete idea or moment would rush to remembrance. If anything, inspiration for Beneath His Silence was nothing more than a small thought. A feeling.
I wanted to write about a girl who learned to love someone she hated. I wanted to explore every aspect. The poison of her hate. The weight it pressed into her heart. The process—slow, startling, and healing—that sucked out that poison and replaced it with something unexpected. Love.
I guess that’s what I love about writing. Not the people. The characters. Not even the storylines and the plot twists and the fun settings.
I love the emotion. That’s what inspires me.
And if you find yourself in the pages of Beneath His Silence, I hope it will inspire you too.
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