I was intrigued by the synopsis of this new book from Victoria Fox. I was sent a copy of The Silent Fountain by TLC Book Tours at no charge for my honest review.
About The Silent Fountain:
Tragedy sends troubled film star Vivien Lockhart into the arms of Giovanni Moretti—and it seems her fortunes have finally changed. Until she meets his sister and learns that her new husband’s past holds dark secrets…
Tuscany, Present day
Lucy Whittaker needs to disappear. But her new home, the crumbling Castillo Barbarossa, is far from the secluded paradise it seemed. Strange sounds come from the attic. The owner of the house will never meet her in person.
The fountain in the courtyard is silent—but has never run dry.
Across the decades, Vivien and Lucy find themselves trapped in the idyllic Italian villa.
And if they are ever to truly escape its walls, they must first unearth its secrets…
About the Author:
Victoria Fox is a bestselling author in the UK. She used to work in publishing and is now the author of six novels. The Silent Fountain is her breakout novel in North America. She divides her time between Bristol and London.
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Let me begin by stating I am not happy that the time period that encompasses my early life is now considered “historical fiction.” That being noted The Silent Fountain is a story of two women; one who has run away from the world and one is is running from her current world.
Lucy is a young woman living in England when her live implodes. She is presented with an opportunity to work for a mysterious woman at an estate in Italy. The timing is perfect for Lucy for she needs to get away and location is very secluded. The owner of estate, Vivian, is a recluse; an American actress who rose to stardom and then flamed out in the 70ies.
The story alternates between Lucy and Vivian and goes back in forth in time to fully share Vivian’s story. That might sound confusing by Ms. Fox does an excellent job of keeping everything rolling along in an easy to read and organized fashion. The story slowly builds to explain why Lucy is running from her life and why Vivian has hidden from hers. In all truth Vivian’s tale is the more compelling and the driver of the book.
The story is very gothic in nature with twists and turns and possible ghostly goings on. Just when you think you know what is going on you are fooled by a plot twist. Ms. Fox caught me a couple of times like this and that is a welcome feat in a book. The characters are all very well defined and there is not a dud among them. The ending is a little bit of smaltz and perfection all at once.
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