Monday, May 13, 2024

Hannah Linder: The Girl from the Hidden Forest

By Kelly Bridgewater

Enjoy another Gothic Style Regency from Hannah Linder.
Eliza Ellis has stayed hidden in Balfour Forest for as long as she can remember. Perhaps her only friends are the trees, or her little dog, or her story-telling father called Captain. But at least she is safe from the cruel world outside, a world Captain has warned her against and protected her from.
That is, until a handsome stranger named Felton Northwood invades her quiet forest and steals her away. Why does he tell such lies? Why does he insist that her name is Miss Eliza Gillingham, daughter of a viscount, who disappeared fourteen years ago after the murder of her own mother? A murder Eliza is said to have witnessed.
When Felton returns Eliza to Monbury Hall and reunites her with a man who is told to be her father, all she remembers are the strange nightmares that have plagued her since childhood. Why have they suddenly grown worse? Are the answers hidden inside her own mind?
As danger mounts and lethal attempts are made on her life, Eliza and Felton must work together to uncover the identity of a killer who has stayed silent for fourteen years. When she finally uncovers the horrendous memories trapped in her mind, will divulging the truth cost her the man she loves—and both of their lives?


My Thoughts:

The Girl from the Hidden Forest by Hannah Linder has a delightful cover to glance upon. I love the yellow imagery with the lights behind Eliza. As for the plot, I love the idea of a young girl who is taken from what she believes is her home, and then told that was not her home. The mystery element is a nice concept. I do enjoy how Linder does keep allowing Eliza and Felton to believe it is one character, then around and think it is another character. Keeps the readers guessing right along with the characters. However, at times, the story does seem to go over the same plot issue over and over again. Does not seem to move forward that much in solving the mystery element. Not one of my top picks for a historical mystery. As for the characters, Eliza appears to be confused, but it would have been nice to have some of the supporting characters try to explain to Eliza why they think she is the missing girl from this family. A couple of phrases were thrown at her, but they were never done in a nice way. No one really felt sympathy for the plight that she had gone through. There is a touch of romance. It’s there. That is all I can say about that. Overall, The Girl from the Hidden Forest has the makings of what could be interesting overall storyline, but the delivery of it fell a little short.

I received a complimentary copy of The Girl from the Hidden Forest by Hannah Linder from Barbour Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating:  3.5 out of 5 stars

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