Lady Helena Investigates
A reluctant lady sleuth finds she’s investigating her own family. Step into Lady Helena Whitcombe’s world with the first novel in a series that will blend family saga and mystery-driven action with a slow-burn romance in seven unputdownable investigations.1881, Sussex. Lady Helena Scott-De Quincy’s marriage to Sir Justin Whitcombe, three years before, gave new purpose to a life almost destroyed by the death of Lady Helena’s first love. After all, shouldn’t the preoccupations of a wife and hostess be sufficient to fulfill any aristocratic female’s dreams? Such a shame their union wasn’t blessed by children . . . but Lady Helena is content with her quiet country life until Sir Justin is found dead in the river overlooked by their grand baroque mansion.The intrusion of attractive, mysterious French physician Armand Fortier, with his meddling theory of murder, into Lady Helena’s first weeks of mourning is bad enough. But with her initial ineffective efforts at investigation and her attempts to revive her long-abandoned interest in herbalism comes the realization that she may have been mistaken about her own family’s past. Every family has its secrets—but as this absorbing series will reveal, the Scott-De Quincy family has more than most.Can Lady Helena survive bereavement the second time around? Can she stand up to her six siblings’ assumption of the right to control her new life as a widow? And what role will Fortier—who, as a physician, is a most unsuitable companion for an earl’s daughter—play in her investigations?A new series by Jane Steen, author of the House of Closed Doors series that has delighted thousands of fans (over 300 5-star reviews on Amazon and over 700 5-star ratings on Goodreads.) If you’re looking for an unputdownable Victorian mystery saga, here’s where you start!

Lady Helena Investigates Details

TitleLady Helena Investigates
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 14th, 2018
PublisherAspidistra Press
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Mystery

Lady Helena Investigates Review

  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    Don't think it's cheating to add my own book to my reading challenge...given that the reason I don't have enough time for reading these days is that I've read this puppy ONE THOUSAND TIMES. At least, it feels like it.
  • Trish
    January 1, 1970
    When we first meet Lady Helena of Lady Helena Investigates, she has just lost her beloved husband, Sir Justin Whitcombe. Her brothers and sisters have begun inserting themselves in her life and planning her future. When she meets her husband's physician, Armand Fortier, she is shocked to learn that the doctor thinks her husband was murdered. There is another mystery involving the tenant farmers on her estate ... and she is beginning studying herbalism as well.I love historical fiction and especi When we first meet Lady Helena of Lady Helena Investigates, she has just lost her beloved husband, Sir Justin Whitcombe. Her brothers and sisters have begun inserting themselves in her life and planning her future. When she meets her husband's physician, Armand Fortier, she is shocked to learn that the doctor thinks her husband was murdered. There is another mystery involving the tenant farmers on her estate ... and she is beginning studying herbalism as well.I love historical fiction and especially enjoy historical mysteries. I found Lady Helena Investigates to be an engrossing novel from the first pages. Lady Helena is an intelligent, independent thinking woman in early 1880's England. I really enjoyed seeing her thought process and watching her emerging independence over the course of this novel. I also found Armand Fortier a very interesting character, and I liked his interactions with Lady Helena.The setting was beautifully done. The author, Jane Steen, has done a fine job of creating a world at the estate and the surrounding village. The period details were lovely. I loved some of the old fashioned words and phrases related to herbalism and 1880's life.The mystery was well done and kept me guessing! I am glad to read that this is the first in a new series, because I already look forward to reading more.I recommend Lady Helena Investigates highly for anyone who loves historical mysteries, Victorian manor house settings, and a smart, well written period piece novel.
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  • Emris Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Helena having recently lost her husband had to come to grips with life and what it had to offer her, she was willingly allowing the rest of her family to treat her as a child. She needed to grow some backbone to deal with her brother was trying his best to ride rough shoes over her. She was a bit naive on somethings until the death of her tenant farmer and her eyes and intellect truly became awakened to certain knowledge. To think the helping his daughter was going against her family, and t Lady Helena having recently lost her husband had to come to grips with life and what it had to offer her, she was willingly allowing the rest of her family to treat her as a child. She needed to grow some backbone to deal with her brother was trying his best to ride rough shoes over her. She was a bit naive on somethings until the death of her tenant farmer and her eyes and intellect truly became awakened to certain knowledge. To think the helping his daughter was going against her family, and the said daughter had planned to kill her too. Finding out that her parents were not as happy as she allowed herself to believe, was a jolt to her system and to top it off outside of her mom being ill, the knowledge that she had committed murder was a rude awakening. Within all this dark cloud was a ray of sunshine peeping through that maybe something was brewing between her and the doctor, only time will tell. The storyline was an interesting one and the characters were also interesting a moving sometimes irritating story, my irritations stem from Lady Helena acting so wimpy, and allowing herself to be browbeaten by her family a bit tiresome I believe, but all in all it was an entertaining read.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and Aspidistra Press for allowing me to have early access to this book This is the first book in the series which follows Lady Helena after the burial of her second husband, Sir Justin Whitcome whose death seems to be due to an accidental drowning after trying to rescue one of his sheep that is trapped in the lake. However Armand Fortier (French physician) suspects there is foul play surrounding Justin's death and presents his theory to Lady Helena after it was not believed Thanks to Netgalley and Aspidistra Press for allowing me to have early access to this book This is the first book in the series which follows Lady Helena after the burial of her second husband, Sir Justin Whitcome whose death seems to be due to an accidental drowning after trying to rescue one of his sheep that is trapped in the lake. However Armand Fortier (French physician) suspects there is foul play surrounding Justin's death and presents his theory to Lady Helena after it was not believed at the inquiry. This sets the beginning to Lady Helena investigating the cause of her late husband's death along with a fair few family secrets which results in Lady Helena becoming a stronger woman, who learns to not be pushed around by her family especially her brother, Michael. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, however I did find it a bit slow going in the first half and that the ending was slightly drawn out without much leading to a sequel. However I would highly recommend to read and would carry on reading the series.
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  • Shelagh
    January 1, 1970
    From the moment I started reading this book I could see that Lady Helena was going to face all manner of challenges, not the least of them coming from her own family. Author Jane Steen has done an excellent job of depicting life in nineteenth century England with all its social mores, class differences and prejudices. Unfortunately for Lady Helena, she frequently finds herself at odds with the expectations of both her family and the small rural community in which she lives.With characters that f From the moment I started reading this book I could see that Lady Helena was going to face all manner of challenges, not the least of them coming from her own family. Author Jane Steen has done an excellent job of depicting life in nineteenth century England with all its social mores, class differences and prejudices. Unfortunately for Lady Helena, she frequently finds herself at odds with the expectations of both her family and the small rural community in which she lives.With characters that fairly walk off the page and a plot filled with fascinating twists and turns, this story kept me engrossed throughout. I loved the way that Lady Helena slowly discovered her inner strengths as the story progressed, at the same time growing stronger and more sure of herself on the outside. I found the supporting cast of characters fascinating too. Gutteridge, Lady Helena’s lady’s maid, is one who really endeared herself to me with her no nonsense approach, loyalty and self confidence. I could go on and on, but really it’s better to read this story for yourself. I loved it and eagerly anticipate more from this author.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Helena Investigates is my first introduction to Jane Steen's work. I am now a new fan! I loved this book. It is full of adventure, action, mystery, suspense and intriguing historical details. After reading it, I found myself buying more books to read by this author. Can not wait to read them.Highly recommend!5 plus stars. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*Looking at the summary, it does kind of give away a lot of the plot. It's probably a good thing I only skimmed it before reading the novel.Either way, I REALLY enjoyed this novel. It's not my usual read, not at all, but I found myself wanting to reach the end of it and find the conclusion.The novel isn't exactly a mystery, nor is a romance - it's more of a study into the life of women in the 19th century. Of cour *I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*Looking at the summary, it does kind of give away a lot of the plot. It's probably a good thing I only skimmed it before reading the novel.Either way, I REALLY enjoyed this novel. It's not my usual read, not at all, but I found myself wanting to reach the end of it and find the conclusion.The novel isn't exactly a mystery, nor is a romance - it's more of a study into the life of women in the 19th century. Of course, there is a mystery subplot, but this really isn't the focal point of the novel at all.On reading 'lady sleuth', I immediately think of the Lady Grace Mysteries, set in Elizabethan England, which have a far faster pace; this is what I was expecting. Despite the slowness of the plot (and it really was) I found myself getting lost in the story and enjoying the characters.It's the characters that make this book for me. Helena is certainly an interesting protagonist; at the beginning of the novel, she's a little inconsistent as she sways between mindsets, but she quickly develops and matures over the course of the story. It's all about her finding and accepting herself and her place in society as a widow, which is fairly interesting when helped along by the other subplots.Her family is rather large and difficult to keep track of - this is not helped by the fact that they are all introduced in chapter one. Over time, they spread out, and remembering who's who becomes easier, but being introduced to that many at once is a bit of an assault on the senses.Obviously there is the French Physician, Monsieur Fortier, the romantic interest. I was surprised to find that I actually liked him, and I am interested to see how things progress between him and Helena in the second novel. (I also loved that his horse was called Lucifer. Just. Yes.)There are a couple of minor gripes I have with the novel, like how for a time Helena mentions 'conventions' every ten minutes. Also Thomas's stutter - a while back I wouldn't have been so bothered, but that's...not exactly how stuttering works (or at least, not in my case. It's more of a repeating whole words or phrases, rather than just the first letter.)Little things aside, however, I loved the plot and the characters within it. I shall definitely be keeping my eyes out for the next installment!
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  • Rosanne Lortz
    January 1, 1970
    At first, the death of Lady Helena's husband, Justin Whitcombe, seems nothing more than a senseless tragedy--an accidental drowning while he was trying to help a sheep trapped on the riverbank. But when handsome French physician Armand Fortier insists that the death might in fact be murder, Lady Helena must decide whether to investigate her husband's death or leave the dangerous past alone.The youngest of six sisters, Lady Helena has always had her life managed for her. And now that her husband At first, the death of Lady Helena's husband, Justin Whitcombe, seems nothing more than a senseless tragedy--an accidental drowning while he was trying to help a sheep trapped on the riverbank. But when handsome French physician Armand Fortier insists that the death might in fact be murder, Lady Helena must decide whether to investigate her husband's death or leave the dangerous past alone.The youngest of six sisters, Lady Helena has always had her life managed for her. And now that her husband is gone, her younger brother Michael (the head of the Scott-de Quincy family) is determined to run her estate as he sees fit. But despite the pain of losing Justin, widowhood may have more advantages than Helena could anticipate, if she can only learn to stand up for herself and assert her independence.This multi-faceted book is as much a character study as it is a mystery. Lady Helena is a woman of the Victorian Era, used to being cossetted and confined to the corners of life, forbidden to attend even her own husband's funeral. She yearns to find some usefulness and purpose in her life--something other than simply marrying again as her family expects her to.As her months of mourning drag on, Lady Helena begins to train herself as an herbalist. Her mother had practiced this pastime before the death of her own husband and her descent into dementia. But as Helena explores her mother's journals, more secrets come to light than just plant lore, and she finds that Justin's death may have a sinister connection to secrets none of her family wants unearthed.This book was a slow but satisfying read that fully immersed me in the milieu of the period. Lady Helena moved perfectly within the conventions of her era, avoiding the anachronistic feminism that plagues so many historical novels. Even while she chafes at the role thrust upon her, her solicitous care for her tenants and her dutiful visits to her ailing mother prove her to be the model lady of the manor. The burgeoning romance between Helena and Armand Fortier was delightful, and I look forward to seeing it continue in the next book of this series.
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  • ebookowl
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Helena Investigates begins on the day Helena's husband, Sir Justin, is buried. He was presumed to've drowned, his body having been discovered caught up in a large section of a willow tree that had fallen into a nearby river. An inquest ruled his death a tragic accident. However, a French physician and surgeon by the name of Armand Fortier suspects foul play and, having been ignored by the inquest's panel, he approaches Lady Helena with his theory. What follows is more of a Downton Abbey-esq Lady Helena Investigates begins on the day Helena's husband, Sir Justin, is buried. He was presumed to've drowned, his body having been discovered caught up in a large section of a willow tree that had fallen into a nearby river. An inquest ruled his death a tragic accident. However, a French physician and surgeon by the name of Armand Fortier suspects foul play and, having been ignored by the inquest's panel, he approaches Lady Helena with his theory. What follows is more of a Downton Abbey-esque family saga with long buried secrets than a 'lady sleuth' mystery per se.Set largely at the family estate of Hyrst in Sussex, England in 1881, unusually it's the characters themselves rather than the storyline that ultimately made this title enjoyable for me.Lady Helena has a number of siblings, of which she is the youngest, and we're introduced to several of the Scott-De Quincy clan in the first chapter. As the novel progresses we learn more about each, including Michael, who is head of the family, Ophelia, a Bohemian artist who escaped the family's country estate to live in London, and their mother, Alix, the Dowager Countess of Broadmere, a herbalist in her youth who now appears to be gripped by dementia. Through the journals her mother kept, Lady Helena goes on a journey of self-discovery and comes to realise that the family she thought she knew, had several skeletons in the closet. Affectionately known to her siblings as 'Baby', by the end of the novel she more than shakes off the moniker and emerges a stronger, more self-assured woman for it.The author has done a wonderful job of portraying English life in the 19th century, with the class divide, prejudices and challenges faced by several of the characters at various points in the novel. Lady Helena herself is more progressive in her views than I would imagine most women of the time would've been, which often leads to her being at odds with her brother, Michael, as well as setting tongues wagging in the village. Newly widowed, her friendship with Monsieur Fortier is of particular contention and at times Helena seems conflicted between doing what she feels she should for sake of propriety, and maintaining her friendship with the Frenchman. I found myself quite liking his kind, caring nature and I'm sure if there's a sequel, the friendship will develop further. Gutteridge, Lady Helena's maid, was one of my favourite characters. With her no-nonsense attitude and loyalty to her mistress, I found her rather endearing.With a title like Lady Helena Investigates, I was expecting there to be a little more investigating to go along with the 'Lady'. But although this wasn't the historical mystery I'd expected from the synopsis, all-in-all it was a novel I was pleasantly surprised by.Note: Thanks to the author, Aspidistra Press and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    Received an advanced copy in exchange for a fair review.My only quibble with Lady Helena Investigates is that it doesn't really live up to its title. The titular lady even observes late in the narrative that she has done very little actual investigation, but I gather that is likely to change in future novels in the series. Overall, title aside, Jane Steen crafts a rich world and sets up a series I could happily enjoy.The story opens with a recently widowed Lady Helena and her interfering family Received an advanced copy in exchange for a fair review.My only quibble with Lady Helena Investigates is that it doesn't really live up to its title. The titular lady even observes late in the narrative that she has done very little actual investigation, but I gather that is likely to change in future novels in the series. Overall, title aside, Jane Steen crafts a rich world and sets up a series I could happily enjoy.The story opens with a recently widowed Lady Helena and her interfering family who all think they know what is best for her, the youngest girl. Helena's husband supposedly drowned accidentally but a doctor who was his friend and the first to examine the body approaches her with suspicions of foul play which Helena disregards for most of the books (hence why I object to the title). The doctor is French and serves as a reader surrogate at times to criticize the Victorian upper classes, and Helena develops a faltering friendship with him as she strives for a purpose now that she is no longer a wife.There is little snooping and not much clue-gathering, but the mystery still unfolds around Helena until she cannot ignore it and gets sucked in. The climax had just the right amount of crazysauce for my taste and Steen sets up future adventures nicely. I look forward to going along.
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  • Moriah
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review. Lady Helena Investigates was a 3.75 star read for me. The first entry in a new series, Lady Helena picks up on the same day that Helena's husband was buried following an unexpected death. Found in the river after he had presumably fallen in, Helena's well meaning family (she's the second youngest with a number of old sisters and nicknamed Baby) attempt to settle her future for her, but she resists attempts to sell or rent o I received a copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review. Lady Helena Investigates was a 3.75 star read for me. The first entry in a new series, Lady Helena picks up on the same day that Helena's husband was buried following an unexpected death. Found in the river after he had presumably fallen in, Helena's well meaning family (she's the second youngest with a number of old sisters and nicknamed Baby) attempt to settle her future for her, but she resists attempts to sell or rent out her home. Slowly settling into her unexpected widowhood, Helena is alerted by Doctor Fortier that he believes her husband's death may not have been an accident despite the ruling during the inquest. Although unsettled by the thought her husband may have been murder, Helena decides to investigate. While dealing with Dr. Fortier's suspicions, Helena also finds out the daughter of her tenant is pregnant without the benefit of marriage and decides to take her in and offer her a position helping with Helena's rediscovered passion for herbals that she learned from her mother. On top of the mystery surrounding Helena's husband, there is an interesting secondary plot that I can't say anything about without potentially spoiling it. This book is perfect for fans of Anna Huber and Deanna Raybourn; interesting secondary characters including Helena's family ad Dr. Fortier have me looking forward to the second entry in this series. I can't wait to see how Helena continues to grow and what the future holds between her and Dr. Fortier.
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  • Inishowen Cailín
    January 1, 1970
    An exciting start to a new series. This historical mystery is a little bit darker than most of historical mysteries that I've read lately.Lady Helena at first appears to be quite a mild and meek character who is easily dominated by her older siblings. However as she gets mixed up in an investigation to find out what really happened to her husband Helena discovers hidden depths and a strong will. I enjoyed watching her grow and take charge of her life.There was plenty of mystery surrounding the d An exciting start to a new series. This historical mystery is a little bit darker than most of historical mysteries that I've read lately.Lady Helena at first appears to be quite a mild and meek character who is easily dominated by her older siblings. However as she gets mixed up in an investigation to find out what really happened to her husband Helena discovers hidden depths and a strong will. I enjoyed watching her grow and take charge of her life.There was plenty of mystery surrounding the death of her husband as well as other goings on in their little community. Just when I thought she had everything figured out the story took another turn and I was left completely surprised with revelations about her family. All the threads wove together perfectly to create a wonderful web of intrigue, murder, love, and old family secrets.Lady Helena's investigative partner is the French doctor Armand Fortier. There is an air of attraction between the pair but Fortier proves to be another man of mystery and we are left with the feeling that he is hiding quite a lot from Helena and maybe can't be trusted completely with her heart.I quite enjoyed Lady Helena's interactions with her brother's man of affairs. She is quite snobbish in her dealings with him and she thoroughly dislikes him which I found quite entertaining. I can't help but feel there could be a reluctant friendship and possible romance there if things don't work out with Fortier.I was impressed with this first in the series and I look forward to reading the rest of the series as it becomes published.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I am always happy to find a new historical mystery series and this one looks like the start of a good one. Set in 1881, Lady Helena is the youngest in the family and newly widowed and now faces controlling her money and her future. As is the custom for the period, her older brother sets about to take control of her life, especially her finances. Because of that theme, there is lots of growing for her to do as she learns some hidden truths about her family. Both her older sister and her mother we I am always happy to find a new historical mystery series and this one looks like the start of a good one. Set in 1881, Lady Helena is the youngest in the family and newly widowed and now faces controlling her money and her future. As is the custom for the period, her older brother sets about to take control of her life, especially her finances. Because of that theme, there is lots of growing for her to do as she learns some hidden truths about her family. Both her older sister and her mother were "out of step" with the current norms and Lady Helena finds that she can follow their lead.This isn't a mystery first, character second read but more of a character growing and going against society and family with a mystery attached ......plus hints at future romance. I gave it 4 stars for the historical element and I hope that this, as the start of the series, is setting the stage for a better balance between the setting and the mystery in future books. As a series, it shows promise and I will be looking for the next entry.My thanks to the publisher Aspidistra Press and NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Lokdyer
    January 1, 1970
    This story wasn’t quite what I expected by its name, but I nevertheless found it very interesting. Lady Helena Whitcombe does a little investigating into her husband’s death when Dr. Armand Fortier suggests it might have been murder rather than an accident, but the characters are what interested me the most. I was fascinated with Helena’s siblings, their spouses, and her nieces and nephews. Of all of them, my favorites were “O” (Odelia), Gerry and her husband Ned, their son Thomas, and her broth This story wasn’t quite what I expected by its name, but I nevertheless found it very interesting. Lady Helena Whitcombe does a little investigating into her husband’s death when Dr. Armand Fortier suggests it might have been murder rather than an accident, but the characters are what interested me the most. I was fascinated with Helena’s siblings, their spouses, and her nieces and nephews. Of all of them, my favorites were “O” (Odelia), Gerry and her husband Ned, their son Thomas, and her brother’s wife Julia. All Helena’s siblings were interesting, but these particular characters were the kindest to her and the most understanding. As Helena becomes involved with herbs again, she uncovers secrets better left hidden and discovers the truth about her husband’s death. Dr. Fortier is also a main character as there is an attraction between him and Helena. However, there are obstacles to overcome if they want a life together. I would certainly recommend this book to others. I received an advance reader copy of this book and this is my honest review.
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  • Alexandra Oxley
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Helena has recently been widowed and is under pressure by her family to relinquish the responsibilities for her land. However, she is determined to stand on her own two feet and, luckily, has the income to do so. Enter the French physician with a conspiracy theory that casts doubt over the accidental death of Lady Helena’s husband. The retrieval of her mother’s old journals. And the confessions of the local farmers daughter. Lady Helena slowly uncovers secrets new and old that change the wa Lady Helena has recently been widowed and is under pressure by her family to relinquish the responsibilities for her land. However, she is determined to stand on her own two feet and, luckily, has the income to do so. Enter the French physician with a conspiracy theory that casts doubt over the accidental death of Lady Helena’s husband. The retrieval of her mother’s old journals. And the confessions of the local farmers daughter. Lady Helena slowly uncovers secrets new and old that change the way she sees her past, present and future.I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you’re expecting action then this isn’t for you, it is a slow paced, enjoyable read that gives you the opportunity to really get to know the many characters.I would definitely recommend this book and am hoping for a follow up.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I had not read any of the author's previous books, but after completing Lady Helena Investigates, I will seek out her backlist. Lady Helena is the sixth daughter of a compellingly strong-willed family. After her husband's death, they are certain in their convictions of how she should proceed in her life. The book was a pleasant unfolding with rich detail of the daily life and relationships with the various members of her family. The mystery never felt rushed or invented but rather a natural prog I had not read any of the author's previous books, but after completing Lady Helena Investigates, I will seek out her backlist. Lady Helena is the sixth daughter of a compellingly strong-willed family. After her husband's death, they are certain in their convictions of how she should proceed in her life. The book was a pleasant unfolding with rich detail of the daily life and relationships with the various members of her family. The mystery never felt rushed or invented but rather a natural progression of events that eventually explain themselves. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more in the series. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC .
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  • Teri Donaldson
    January 1, 1970
    This as a wonderful book from start to finish. From the first words, I was endeared to Lady Helena. She is a young widow who is controlled by members of her family. I enjoyed seeing her grow more independent and stronger even as she tried to investigate her husband’s death.All of the characters in the book added interest to the story and set up potential new stories in the series. One particularly intriguing character is Dr. Fortier. He is charming, handsome yet holds a secret inside.Ms. Steen g This as a wonderful book from start to finish. From the first words, I was endeared to Lady Helena. She is a young widow who is controlled by members of her family. I enjoyed seeing her grow more independent and stronger even as she tried to investigate her husband’s death.All of the characters in the book added interest to the story and set up potential new stories in the series. One particularly intriguing character is Dr. Fortier. He is charming, handsome yet holds a secret inside.Ms. Steen gives us a story that intrigues and pleases. The pace is perfect. I can’t wait to find out what will happen to Lady Helena in future books.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    This was an engaging story and even though Helena was the main character, the story encapsulated the whole family. There were many diverse family members that added interest to the storyline. Although the main story revolves round the death of Helen’s husband, Justin, it also gave glimpses of what life was like in a small village. Slowly the secrets of the family revealed, some by Helena’s reading of her mother’s journals. There is also the enigmatic French doctor, Armand Fortier. I found this t This was an engaging story and even though Helena was the main character, the story encapsulated the whole family. There were many diverse family members that added interest to the storyline. Although the main story revolves round the death of Helen’s husband, Justin, it also gave glimpses of what life was like in a small village. Slowly the secrets of the family revealed, some by Helena’s reading of her mother’s journals. There is also the enigmatic French doctor, Armand Fortier. I found this to be a thoroughly entertaining read and look forward to the next in the series. I was given a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an ARC from the publisher via Netgally in exchange for an honest review.I would classify this book as a historical fiction book with mystery elements. It tells us the story of Lady Helena, who recently lost her husband. She finds herself in charge of her own fortune and future, but before she can decide what to do with either, she has to figure out who she is as her own person. I loved reading Lady Helena's story, following her through her everyday life, seeing her stand I received this book as an ARC from the publisher via Netgally in exchange for an honest review.I would classify this book as a historical fiction book with mystery elements. It tells us the story of Lady Helena, who recently lost her husband. She finds herself in charge of her own fortune and future, but before she can decide what to do with either, she has to figure out who she is as her own person. I loved reading Lady Helena's story, following her through her everyday life, seeing her stand up to her family, pick up old hobbies, stumble into mysteries, and evolve as a person. All in all this was a really cozy read and I really hope that this is a series, because I want to see what life has in store for Lady Helena.
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  • Trude
    January 1, 1970
    what an enjoyable book!! I love reading about this time period. Helena is a young woman...recently widowed...and in the process of learning that she is indeed can be a strong woman. Along the way she solves the mystery of her husband's death...but also searches for the answers to a very old one involving her family. There is also a touch of romance with more promised in the future. This is the first book by Jane Steen that I've read, and is the first of a new series..I can't wait for the next in what an enjoyable book!! I love reading about this time period. Helena is a young woman...recently widowed...and in the process of learning that she is indeed can be a strong woman. Along the way she solves the mystery of her husband's death...but also searches for the answers to a very old one involving her family. There is also a touch of romance with more promised in the future. This is the first book by Jane Steen that I've read, and is the first of a new series..I can't wait for the next installment!!
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  • Kaileigh Russell
    January 1, 1970
    I was underwhelmed by this book, which made me upset because I really wanted to enjoy it. The time period and the details that went into creating the setting were on point and I really enjoyed it, my biggest problem was Lady Helena.I just really, really, really disliked her character. I know that it most likely helped build the realism in that time period but I found Helena an annoying mix of constant damsel in distress and courageous woman. It made me angry when she would let herself get mowed I was underwhelmed by this book, which made me upset because I really wanted to enjoy it. The time period and the details that went into creating the setting were on point and I really enjoyed it, my biggest problem was Lady Helena.I just really, really, really disliked her character. I know that it most likely helped build the realism in that time period but I found Helena an annoying mix of constant damsel in distress and courageous woman. It made me angry when she would let herself get mowed over by her brother for the first little bit.
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  • Chelsie
    January 1, 1970
    A fun read with an engaging plot and lots of detail. The familial struggles Helena faces are so relatable and add tangible emotion to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to what is in store for Lady Helena.
  • Mama K
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting characters, contains descriptions of any good period piece. Plot is predictable . And this may just be me, but i have grown quite weary of formula fiction series with very similar characters.I received an ARC from NetGalley.
  • Constance Smiley
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Lady Helena and looked forward to reading the next one. I especially enjoyed the supporting cast of characters and look forward to reading more about her romance with the handsome French Doctor! Jane when to we get the next installment?
  • ReviewerLarissa
    January 1, 1970
    **review to follow soon**
  • Sharlene
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was intrigued by the characters and well developed historical details. I would recommend this book to friends and gave it 4 stars. I will be looking forward to future books from the author.
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