Secrets of the Hall, to be published in 2018. Fiction, mystery, action-suspense, historic fiction
Meet Addie Simmond. Smart, attractive, green-eyed and red haired, Addie is too energetic and inquisitive to settle for simply “comfortable” in her life. She is ready for some new interests and excitement. Divorced and over 40 does not mean life should be boring, right? An impulsive decision to trace her English ancestry leads Addie to the beautiful and historic Towneley Hall in northern England. There, among the lush rolling hills and daunting Pennine Mountains, she finds a mystery. What happened to the valuable art collection acquired by the family in the fourteen and early fifteen hundreds?
A long-hidden secret immerses Addie in the world of Elizabethan England religious persecution, Medieval art and the current art collector market. Addie ventures from her home in Texas to Burnley and London, England, and Antwerp, Belgium. Along the way Addie meets the very handsome and appealing Edmund, curator of Egyptian artifacts at the British Museum. Addie’s quest in Antwerp to solve the ancestral riddle collides with an unfolding high-stakes event and places her in serious peril. And Edmund may be at the center of it all.
Based on true 1500s historic events, people and places, Secrets of the Hall explores the love and perseverance of John and Mary which saved the family estates, and features the very modern Addie, whose curiosity and persistence are bound to continually lead her to find answers to the questions in her life.