The Curse of Morton Abbey

· Thornfield Press
4 reviews

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“Clarissa Harwood's latest is Jane Eyre meets The Secret Garden. A resourceful heroine, a gloomy manor, and a dark secret to uncover—who could ask for anything more? The Curse of Morton Abbey is a terrific gothic romp of a novel!” - KATE QUINN, New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code

Solicitor Vaughan Springthorpe knows perfectly well that Sir Peter Spencer’s offer of employment seems too good to be true: he hires her sight unseen, offering a suspiciously large salary to prepare the sale of Morton Abbey, his crumbling Yorkshire estate. But few people in late-Victorian England will entrust their legal affairs to a woman, and Vaughan is desperate to prove herself.

Once at Morton, Vaughan discovers that someone is determined to drive her away. An intruder tries to enter her bedroom at night, gunshots are fired outside her window, and an eerie crying echoes from the uninhabited second floor. Even Netherton, the nearest village, seems odd: the picturesque houses and perfect-looking families are haunted by dark secrets connected to Morton Abbey itself.

To complete her work and solve the mystery at the heart of Morton, Vaughan needs the help of Joe Dixon, the handsome gardener, and Nicholas Spencer, her employer’s irascible invalid brother. But with her questions diverted, her progress thwarted, and her sleep disrupted by the crying, will Vaughan escape Morton Abbey with her sanity intact or be cursed by the secrets within?

4 reviews
Vesper Meikle
October 7, 2021
1897 Vaughan Springthorpe has sent most of her life helping her solicitor father in his work as his assistant. On his death she has applied for and been accepted to work as a legal assistant by Sir Peter Spencer owner of Morton Abbey. But strange things are happening, noisies, and crying from a long dead child. Is someone trying to frighten her away. She even becomes suspicious of the nearest ‘perfect’ village . An entertaining and well-written Victorian Gothic mystery with its interesting characters
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October 26, 2021
Wonderfully written in style and plot, I much enjoyed reading this gothic-flavored tale. A bit of mystery, a wee bit of romance, unexpected twists and turns throughout, the story is told from the POV of Miss Vaughan Springthorpe, a pragmatic young lady of 28 years with the dream of being independent. Another author to add to my go-to list. Don't miss out on reading the author's note at the end (or read it first). I received an advance review copy for free and am leaving this review voluntarily.
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Lorraine Cooper
October 26, 2021
Outstanding!! This Gothic was so good and written so well. Vaughn is so brave and the challenges the author gave her were a bit and wonderful. I was completely with the character every step she took it was a super journey that I took with her. There was the unexpected and unpredictable twist that made this book a first-rate read. Loved the book and highly recommend it. I received this book for free from Booksiren and voluntarily chose to review it.
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About the author

CLARISSA HARWOOD is the author of Impossible Saints and Bear No Malice. Her writing “deftly blends social realism with fairytale lyricism,” according to the Historical Novels Review (Editor’s Choice). She holds a PhD in English Literature with a specialization in nineteenth-century British literature and lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and three neurotic cats. Find her at

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