The Bracelet by Dorothy Love

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko


About the Book:

The mystery surrounding Celia’s home in Savannah threatens her family reputation . . . and her very life.

Celia Browning is counting the days until her childhood sweetheart Sutton Mackay returns to Savannah after two years in Jamaica looking after his family’s shipping interests. She’s certain he will propose marriage, thus joining two of the city’s most prominent families. But just as Sutton returns, an unsavory newspaper reporter arrives in town, determined to revive interest in the secret tragedies that occurred in the Browning mansion on Madison Square when Celia was a child.

A series of mysterious notes arrives at the house, followed by an anonymous gift—a bracelet imbued with a sinister message. Is it merely a coincidence, or is someone out to harm her?

As war clouds gather over Savannah and her beloved father’s health worsens, Celia determines to uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

Inspired by actual events in one of Savannah’s most prominent 19th-century families, The Bracelet combines romance, rich historical detail, and breathtaking suspense as one young woman embarks upon a dangerous quest to free herself from her family’s tragic past.

My Review:

This story takes place in picturesque Savannah, and is wrought with mystery and intrigue. The way the story is written, this book would be well suited for teens. It does have some minor romantic themes, but they are very lightly woven throughout. Since it is a mystery, there is mention of unsavory details such as murder, adultery is also briefly mentioned in passing. However, they are done in such a way that it is not the focus of the story. The anonymous gift giver that plagues Celia during a hard time in her life, forces her to want to discover who it is. Will it be the one she thinks is bothering her, or someone else?

I took a lot longer to read this book than many others. It was not because I didn’t find it is engaging, but it was not one that kept my attention and made me want to go back to it right away. It did make me want to finish it! I enjoyed this book and others by this author.

This book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher for review. The opinions contained herein are solely my own.

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