Thursday, February 16, 2023

Review: Four Hidden Treasures (The Secrets of Hartwell Book 1) by H L Marsay

Welcome to Hartwell, an English village full of cobbled streets, ancient curses, and buried secrets.

Reeling from the last few years of uncertainty, the villagers of Hartwell are adjusting to their new normal. When two new women separately move to town, they attract local attention and quickly realise Hartwell isn’t as sleepy as it appears.

Lady Lucy Hanley is beautiful, friendly, and struggling to preserve crumbling Hartwell Hall for her son as rumours circulate about her husband’s disappearance. Rachel Foxton feels trapped. She’s lived in Hartwell all her life and is exhausted from teaching during the pandemic, grieving her father, worrying about her mother, and battling heartache. Dr. Meera Kumar has always been the good girl, but as her sham marriage unravels, she seeks a fresh start for herself and her young son. And former London detective Jo Ormond has been transferred to Hartwell in disgrace. With her career in tatters, a quiet village in Yorkshire where everyone knows your business is the last place she wants to be.

Secrets run through this close-knit community like a loose thread—with just one tug, everything can unravel. As the women’s friendship grows, and a body is discovered, will the secrets of Hartwell bring them all closer together or tear them apart?


My Review:

An amazing start of a new series.

Secrets, curses and rumors are part of life in Hartwell.  But in the center of it all, are the great friendships formed between the four main characters in this book, even though they all are a little bit different from each other.  I enjoyed seeing the new friendships start as well as the old friendships go through changes and end up stronger.  These women are there for each other no matter what happens.

I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next to see what happens next.

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