Leah Hickson is a writer who is contacted by her ex, Ryan, to help identify a body found in Belgium. Ryan thinks there’s a story to be told about this man who appears to be a WWI soldier and is in possession of 2 strange letters from an H. Canning. Leah’s interest is piqued and she quickly begins investigating the Canning family.
In between snippets of Leah’s investigations — and dealing with her love life — lies the bulk of the novel, which takes place in 1911 in Cold Ash Holt, a fictional town outside of London. Hester is newly married to the Reverend Albert Canning, and they have welcomed a new servant to their household. Cat Morley has just been released from prison and Hester convinces Albert that it is the charitable thing to hire Cat. Through letters to Hester’s sister, we learn of some difficulties in Hester and Albert’s marriage which are increased by the arrival of Robin Durrant, who is a theosophist (from Wikipedia: one who seeks to understand the mysteries of the universe and the bonds that unite the universe, humanity and the divine). Neither Hester nor Cat trust Robin from the start but Hester is unable to convince Albert that his motives may be anything other than honest.
The Unseen is told alternately from Hester’s and Cat’s points of view. Hester wants to be happy in her marriage and to be accepted by the society ladies. Cat is suffering ill effects from her treatment while in prison, as well as guilt surrounding the events that landed her there. While both are wary of Robin, they are both pulled in to his schemes, unable to find a way out. Hester and Cat are very different women, Hester is somewhat meek and Cat knows exactly what she wants, though Hester shows some growth and strength as the story progresses.
The Unseen is a good mix of historical fiction and mystery with some romance thrown in, and features interesting female characters. It’s a fast-paced read and I recommend it.
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Nancy is fascinated by class issues in early 20th century England. She writes about her 2 boys, books and life in Colorado at Life With My Boys and Books.
This sounds like a lot of fun! I really enjoy WWI era fiction.
Kristin D says
I am definitely intrigued by this one!
Lori D. says
I will enjoy reading this one if I win it.
Interesting. I’d love to read it.
Sounds interesting, I’d give it a read. 🙂
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Sandra K321 says
This sounds like a great book, a combination of historical fiction and mystery. Would love to read it.
The story sounds so good about this book.
Sounds fun! I’ve been into WWI books lately.
Barb: 1SentenceDiary says
A story within the story. Sounds good!
thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story 🙂
Cariol Wong says
I love mysteries that are told alternaely and that are historical fiction too. Fast paced really attracts me to this one too.
Cant wait to read this one.
Linda Kish says
This sounds like a very interesting story. One that I would love to read.
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A good book during WWII, sounds interesting.
Staci A says
It sounds like a really interesting book!
This one sounds really good.
This novel sounds fascinating and unique. Many thanks.
samantha w says
yep wanna read this one
Carol M says
I enjoy mysteries and would love to read this!
A good mystery for this summer.
Hailey L. says
So interesting! I would love it!
Angela E. says
This sounds so good.
Beth C says
I’d really like to read this.
Anita Yancey says
I am very interested in reading this book. I really like the time period it covers. Please enter me. Thanks!
Alison S. says
Looks like a fun book to read!
A good historical reading taking place during WWII.
melissa n says
I love historical reaDS!! 🙂
april yedinak says
I love historical fiction and mysteries, so this books sounds like one I would enjoy. I also love the cover art!