THE ECHO OF TWILIGHT, by Judith Kinghorn, is a novel set just as WW1 is knocking on Europe’s door. Lady Ottoline Campbell is looking for a lady’s maid. She’s got a roomful of young women to interview. But none of them hold a candle to Pearl Gibson. Pearl is perfect and pushes the envelope to get what she believes is a peach of a job.
Pearl Gibson is ready to move up in the world. So when she travels to Lady Ottoline’s Scottish estate she truly feels as if she’s set for life. But is she? Everything is quite peachy for a while. As Pearl settles into Scottish country life she begins feeling like part of the family. Is treated like part of the family. And is totally taken under the wing of Lady Ottoline. They become friends. It’s quite an unlikely relationship. And then the war begins to take its toll. The men begin leaving, slowly, one by one. Lady Ottoline’s two sons, her husband, sons of friends, and then the man she’s fallen in love with…
If you loved Downton Abbey. If you are a true fan of intrigue. Then this is the winter read you’ve been looking for. You can settle in, sip a cuppa tea or a glass of wine, and enjoy the show. For show it is. Well-written, filled with scandal and characters who are anyone other than who they appear to be.
I found this new novel to be very convincing and looked forward to returning to the page when I had to put it aside. Kinghorn has two other novels which now I look forward to reading. I think she’s got sense of place and the characters down pat.
This might be your first really good book of the New Year. Cheers! My lovely trade paperback copy arrived from the publisher Berkley, a division of Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. I loved it!