Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Blog Tour: Newport by Jill Morrow

Author: Jill Morrow
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication: July 2015

In a glamorous Newport mansion filled with secrets, a debonair lawyer must separate truth from deception. . . .

Spring 1921. The Great War is over, Prohibition is in full swing, the Great Depression is still years away. Wealthy families flock to the glittering “summer cottages” they built in Newport, Rhode Island.
Having sheltered in Newport during his misspent youth, attorney Adrian de la Noye is no stranger to the city. Though he’d prefer to forget the place, he returns to revise the will of a well-heeled client. Bennett Chapman’s offspring have the usual concerns about their father’s much-younger fiancée. But when they learn of the old widower’s firm belief that his late first wife, who “communicates” via séance, has chosen the stunning Catharine Walsh forhim, they’re shocked. And for Adrian, encountering Catharine in the last place he saw her decades ago proves to be a far greater surprise.

Adrian is here to handle a will, and he intends to do so—just as soon as he unearths every last secret about the Chapmans, Catharine Walsh . . . and his own very fraught history.

Newport was a very pleasant surprise.  I never know if I'm going to like period stories like this one. But, as I started the book, I found myself drawn into the story.  I even read it straight through in pretty much one sitting.  That was a late night!  Having grown up near Newport, RI and having visited the mansions and Cliff Walk, I could easily picture the setting of this tale.

Basically, Adrian and Jim have traveled to Newport from Boston to re-write the will of a client who is set to marry someone several decades his junior.  The kids are protesting because Bennett claims he has been directed by his late wife to marry Catharine.  He has heard from her through a medium and believes he must follow her direction.  

This was a good solid mystery with a sweet romance in the mix.  There is a reason that Bennett is being directed to marry Catharine.  Through flashbacks and subsequent seances, those reasons slowly unfold.  I liked the twists and surprises, especially the reveal in the end.  I don't want to talk plot points too much because I think it would ruin the whole story. Throughout the entire book, I found myself constantly questioning whether or not Amy was really channeling Mrs. Chapman or if she was a con  artist.  I definitely changed my mind a dozen times and I'm sure you will as well.

I see a bright future for this author and look forward to see what she comes up with next!

About Jill Morrow

Jill Morrow has enjoyed a wide spectrum of careers, from practicing law to singing with local bands. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Towson University and a JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She lives in Baltimore.
Find out more about Jill at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Jill’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, July 7th: BookNAround
Wednesday, July 8th: A Chick Who Reads
Friday, July 10th: West Metro Mommy
Monday, July 13th: The many thoughts of a reader
Tuesday, July 14th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, July 15th: A Bookish Way of Life
Thursday, July 16th: Walking With Nora
Friday, July 17th: View from the Birdhouse
Saturday, July 18th: Luxury Reading
Monday, July 20th: The Book Binder’s Daughter
Tuesday, July 21st: Raven Haired Girl
Wednesday, July 22nd: Charmingly Modern
Thursday, July 23rd: FictionZeal
Friday, July 24th: Staircase Wit

Monday, July 27th: A Book Geek

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like that the author kept you on your toes throughout the book - that's always fun!

Thanks for being a part of the tour!