Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber.
What would you do if you were mute from the trauma of your mother dying, not entirely sure how to act, when you can’t speak, in the presence of high society, and had found out that the painting you’re fascinated with actually contains a man with whom you’ve found you fancy?
I sure as hell would freak, no question.
But the main character, Natalie Stewart, certainly handles it much, much better.
I seriously liked this book. It had a different idea that any other book I had read, the main character (a female in the late 19th century, and a mute at that) was intelligent and cunning, and the love-interest is trapped in a painting. I loved the mystery behind the entrapment, too. Though I do wish it had been just a little less rushed (I thought it was kind of).
I will definitely be reading the sequel, though I’m really curious just exactly how the sequel will play out.
My rating: 5/5