Sunday, January 24, 2016

"The Inheritance" by Irina Shapiro (A Short Review)

Published:  2011
Setting:  Modern Day / Historical alternating story-lines

Back Cover Synopsis:

Katie Price is baffled when a man claiming to be her grandfather leaves her his entire estate in the Scottish Highlands. The bulk of the estate consists of a thriving whisky distillery and a moldering castle, where the eccentric old man actually lived until his death. The Will stipulates that Katie must travel to Scotland and claim her inheritance in person. 

As Katie’s stay extends from weeks into months, she uncovers the secret that led to her mother’s birth, and begins to unravel a two-hundred-fifty-year-old mystery surrounding the beautiful young wife of the last laird of Clan McBride. According to local lore, Isobel McBride vanished from the castle without a trace shortly after the Battle of Culloden, and some believe that her ghost still walks the battlements at night. A strange dream in Isobel’s tower room leads Katie to Isobel’s hiding place, where she discovers love letters from a man other than Isobel’s husband, his initials being the only clue to his identity. 

As Katie begins to unearth the clues to Isobel’s fate, she embarks on a romantic journey of her own and finds a new life she never expected. 

First and foremost, I would not categorize this book as a gothic romance, particularly in the sense of a vintage gothic.  Yet it does have some of the same, great, appealing and mysterious elements that you find in any good gothic.  Perhaps this book would be better described as a historical mystery romance.  Or a historical gothic romance, at best.

The book does begin much the same as any great unsuspecting female inherits a Scottish castle and goes there to claim it.  She then finds herself immersed in a historical mystery of a romantic legend as well as her own love affair.

The book alternates between past and present.  There are two voices in this book...the narrator of the present and the romantic female of the past.

I could not put this book down.  You have an engrossing romance, such descriptive pieces of Scottish history that you have to know more.  Then there is the historical romance aspect.  You just have to read this book to understand how great it is!

So, yes, if you enjoy gothics of the historical variety, or romantic historical suspense/mystery, you'll love this book as much as I!

Best Gothic Elements:  a fatal romance, old legends of ghosts, rambling Scottish castle, single woman inherits a castle from a relative she never knew existed, family secrets, secrets and lies

My Rating:
5 Stars

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