I received a free ecopy of Tyringham Park from the publisher for my honest review.
About the Book:
The country estate of Tyringham Park is the epitome of wealth and privilege. Home to the Blackshaws, it finds itself the backdrop to tragedy.
It is a beautiful day in 1917, and Tyringham Park is in an uproar after Victoria Blackshaw, an innocent toddler, disappears without a trace. The feverish search for Victoria soon uncovers jealousies and deceits that both the upstairs and downstairs inhabitants of the grand estate have fought for years to keep hidden.
As time passes, Victoria’s disappearance casts a long shadow over all of their lives. Charlotte, the Blackshaws’ less-favored eight-year-old daughter, finds herself severely impacted by the loss of her sister. Charlotte’s greatest wish is to escape the confines of the estate, but Tyringham Park and its many mysteries may never release their hold on her. Like all those at Tyringham Park, she is caught in a web of passions and secrets, trysts and betrayals that seems to ensnare everyone connected to this once great house.
About the Author:
Rosemary McLoughlin is the bestselling author of Tyringham Park, her debut novel. She lives in Ireland with her family. Please visit RosemaryMcLoughlin.com.
I will start this review with a shocking statement – I have never seen and installment of Downton Abbey. That is important because this book has been called the Irish “Downton Abbey.” I cannot write to that as I have no concept as to whether that BBC production is a depressing morass full of unlikable characters. I have no idea if the TV show goes on and on full of bad happenings to a family who should be on top of the world because of not having to worry about things like money and having enough to eat. I can tell you that Tyringham Park is inhabited for the most part by unpleasant, self centered, unaware idiots. Only a couple of the “downstairs” people are close to nice and even they have serious issues. Until a friend of the son of the family appears; but he gets sucked into the family.
Gah. I kept reading because I hoped that somewhere along the way something good would happen. That somewhere along the way redemption would be made. Perhaps it was after the ending. Perhaps the one good person in the book went on to live a happy life. I certainly hope so. He didn’t deserve the Blackshaws. Neither did I but that doesn’t mean the book wasn’t well written. The characters were awful but the writing was very good. So this is a hard review to write. I enjoyed the descriptions of the places and the times but I really could have done without most of the people.
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