About the Book
Book: Beneath His Silence
Author: Hannah Linder
Genre: Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance
Release date: November, 2022
Will Seeking Justice Lead to Her Own Demise?
A Gothic-Style Regency Romance from a Promising Young Author
Second daughter of a baron—and a little on the mischievous side—Ella Pemberton is no governess. But the pretense is a necessity if she ever wishes to get inside of Wyckhorn Manor and attain the truth. Exposing the man who killed her sister is all that matters.
Lord Sedgewick knows there’s blood on his hands. Lies have been conceived, then more lies, but the price of truth would be too great. All he has left now is his son—and his hatred. Yet as the charming governess invades his home, his safe cocoon of bitterness begins to tear away.
Could Ella, despite the lingering questions of his guilt, fall in love with such a man? Or is she falling prey to him—just as her dead sister?
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Guest Review from Mindy
Though I am oftentimes hesitant to try out new authors, I wanted to read Hannah Linder’s debut novel because I enjoy Regency Era and the book had quite a few endorsements from authors I love. The plot had more Gothic overtones than I expected, but Henry’s resounding faith even in the midst of his suffering, Peter’s delightful presence, and Ella’s impossible spunkiness allowed hope and brightness to enter the dark, eerie, and brooding atmosphere of Wyckhorn Manor.
The plot had a good deal of suspense as secrets and past regrets slowly came forward. The pace of the plot picked up a bit towards the latter half of the book. There were some aspects to the premise of the story that confused me, but my confusion did not interfere with my understanding of the story going forward. Though lonely, depressed, and sometimes harsh, I liked Henry and sympathized with his inner turmoil. His loyalty and deep care for those around him won me over. His interactions with his young son Peter were highlights of the story. I didn’t completely connect with Ella in her impulsivity, brash outspokenness, one-sided determination for vengeance, and then clinginess that seemed uncharacteristic later in the story. Still, Henry and Ella’s banter was fun and witty, quite in line with the time period.
If you enjoy Regency books with a Gothic overtone, you will likely enjoy this book.
I received the book from the publisher via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Hannah Linder resides in the beautiful mountains of central West Virginia. Represented by Books & Such, she writes Regency romantic suspense novels. She is a double 2021 Selah Award winner, a 2022 Selah Award finalist, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Hannah is a Graphic Design Associates Degree graduate who specializes in professional book cover design. She designs for both traditional publishing houses and individual authors, including New York Times, USA Today, and International bestsellers. She is also a local photographer and a self-portrait photographer. When Hannah is not writing, she enjoys playing her instruments—piano, guitar, and ukulele—songwriting, painting still life, walking in the rain, and sitting on the front porch of her 1800s farmhouse. To follow her journey, visit hannahlinderbooks.com.
More from Hannah
People always ask me what inspired a story. Where did I get the idea? Who was my inspiration? What true-life event motivated these characters into existence?
And the truth is, I don’t know. I’ve never known. When I was younger, I’d look clueless and shrug my shoulders. A few years ago, I would have probably answered “people”—and maybe there’s truth in that. People do inspire me. The way they walk, the places they go, the things they do, the way they dress.
But lately…well, I think it’s more than that. I don’t think it’s people so much as feelings. The nitty-gritty. The raw emotions, caught deep in someone’s chest, at the most pivotal points in their life.
Like the old man seated at a booth, alone in a restaurant, with his veiny hands cupping a mug of coffee. It’s not his shabby fedora that inspires me. Or the knotty cane leaned against his seat. Or the envelope stuffed into the pocket of his woolen overcoat.
It’s the look on his face. The slow blinking, the red nose, the flash of moisture as he takes another sip of coffee. Why does he sit alone? Who left him? Who caused the tears? What emotions render that lost, helpless, longing expression—and how will he cope?
If you would ask me what inspired Beneath His Silence, I probably wouldn’t have much of an answer. No concrete idea or moment would rush to remembrance. If anything, inspiration for Beneath His Silence was nothing more than a small thought. A feeling.
I wanted to write about a girl who learned to love someone she hated. I wanted to explore every aspect. The poison of her hate. The weight it pressed into her heart. The process—slow, startling, and healing—that sucked out that poison and replaced it with something unexpected. Love.
I guess that’s what I love about writing. Not the people. The characters. Not even the storylines and the plot twists and the fun settings.
I love the emotion. That’s what inspires me.
And if you find yourself in the pages of Beneath His Silence, I hope it will inspire you too.
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