Thomas Tamasin spends his life chasing rainbows and leaves his daughter Nora firmly ensconced at school as he chases the biggest one of all and heads for the gold fields of Australia. He soon dies and leaves Nora in the care partner/employer Charles Herrick – also known as The Lynx for his dominating personality. Charles’s son Stirling arrives in England to escort Nora to Australia, but they make a curious stop at a country estate called The Whiteladies (named for the nunnery it had been at one time) and Stirling seems to have a strange interest in the estate and it’s inhabitants. Stranger still, when Nora arrives in Australia the Herrick home is a copy of Whiteladies.
Nora soon discovers that The Lynx has a mysterious past of his own, falsely accused of theft in England and deported to Australia as a criminal. As the Herrick family’s fortune increases it leads them ever closer to the obsession of Charles – enacting financial havoc on those he blames for his false conviction. Nora and Stirling return to England with Stirling bent on completing his father’s plans for revenge. They soon insert themselves into the lives of the residents of Whiteladies as Nora fights to stop Stirling before his lust for revenge destroys all their lives.
Whew, that’s more plot description than I care to give but there’s not much on the product page. I found this book a bit slow paced at times and a tad too predictable, especially the murder attempts on Minta. I also found the alternating POV’s between Sara and Minta in the latter part of the book quite distracting. A nice comfort read for a rainy day – it’s a good book, just not a great one.