Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Beneath His Silence by Hannah Linder (Austenprose PR Book Tour)


Do you read or watch any suspense novels / movies?  What about historical suspense?

I was originally supposed to post this review on the 12th and I apologize for the delay.  My Grandma is not feeling well so I made a surprise trip back to Michigan to visit her.  I feel you need to cherish the moments that you can with family.

I love historical suspense novels.  I blame Daphne Du Maurier, Mary Stewart, and Victoria Holt for my love of this genre.  It was my escapism reading while I was in college.  Beneath His Silence by Hannah Linder lives up to the legacy of these suspense authors and was a riveting novel.

Ella Pemberton’s older sister Lucy married a mysterious man, Lord Sedgewick, in the north and died years ago.  Her father was haunted by Lucy’s death and spent the rest of his life trying to determine what happened to her. He is sure that Lord Sedgewick, Henry, is the cause of her death.  Ella decides to change her last name and apply for the governess position to her young nephew that she has never met.  As part of the household, will she be able to uncover what happened to her sister?  Is Lord Sedgewick the villain that she thinks he is?

I loved this novel.  It was a perfect blend of gothic suspense and romance.  I always love a good governess story.  It also had great Jane Eyre vibes to me, but it was its own unique story.  It also had shades of Pride and Prejudice with Lucy and Henry starting with misconceptions about each other and learning that maybe their first impressions were wrong.  They were great characters.  I loved how the plot developed with each chapter and it kept me guessing on the overall mystery.    The setting was wonderful in a remote estate by the sea.  It’s even better that this was author Hannah Linder’s debut novel.  I enjoyed it so much and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

Beneath His Silence is a Christian novel and a clean read.  I liked how faith was introduced in the novel with Henry and Lucy both struggling with it.  There are sweet moments where Henry helps Lucy to find her faith.

Favorite Quote:

“In her moments of greatest despair, she would return to this view.  She would open her heart to the beauty, tranquility, and brightness of the endless waves.”

Review Copy from Barbour Publishing as part of the Austenprose Book Tour.  Thank-you! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.



·       Title: Beneath His Silence

·       Author: Hannah Linder

·       Genre: Historical Suspense, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction

·       Publisher: ‎Barbour Publishing (November 1, 2022)

·       Length: (320) pages

·       Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook 

·       ISBN: 978-1636094366

·       Tour Dates: October 31 – November 13, 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?







·       "Fast-paced danger and suspense from an exciting newcomer to Regency fiction."— Julie Klassen, award-winning author of A Castaway in Cornwall


·       "A strong story of loss and forgiveness, resentment surrendered to faith, and the mercy of God. Readers will enjoy this turbulent mystery with a smile-worthy ending."— Kristen Heitzmann, Christy Award-winning author of Secrets and The Breath of Dawn


·       "This book has everything I love...a dark and broody hero, a spunky heroine on a mission, and a deeply delicious creepy manor home. Beneath His Silence is a rather gothic tale set in Regency England, filled with plenty of intrigue, danger, and romance to make for a very satisfying read."— Michelle Griep, Christy Award-winning author of Lost in Darkness






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.



1 comment:

  1. I like the governess bit, especiallyif it ends well.