By: Sandra Byrd
Genre: Adult Fiction
SYNOPSIS: An unforgettable romance set in Victorian England, Bride of A Distant Isle is the engrossing story of Annabel Ashton, who fights to save her family home and her mother's honor while trying to figure out if the man she loves wants her—or just wants to use her to achieve his own ambitions.
Miss Annabel Ashton is a teacher at the Rogers School for Young Ladies in Winchester when she takes a brief visit to her family home, Highcliffe Hall at Milford-on-Sea. She believes her stay will be short but soon learns that she will not be returning to the safety of the school. Instead, she remains at Highcliffe, at the mercy of her cousin, Edward Everedge.
Annabel protests, but as the illegitimate daughter of a woman who died in an insane asylum, she has little say. Edward is running out of money and puts the house up for sale to avoid financial ruin. He insists that Annabel marry, promising her to a sinister, frightening man. But as the house gets packed for sale, it begins to reveal disquieting secrets. Jewelry, artifacts, and portraits mysteriously appear, suggesting that Annabel may be the true heir of Highcliffe.
She has only a few months to prove her legitimacy, perhaps with assistance from the handsome but troubled Maltese Captain Dell’Acqua. But does he have Annabel’s best interests at heart?
And then, a final, most ominous barrier to both her inheritance and her existence appears: a situation neither she nor anyone else could have expected. Will Annabel regain her life and property—and trust her heart—before it’s too late?
Author Sandra Byrd has written a great book called "Bride of Distant Isle" about a woman whose name is Miss Annabel Ashton and she teaches at a school for young girls. She decides that she has to leave her job to go to her family home and her life is never the same again. Once she arrives she finds out that her cousin is not letting her go back to the school ever again. Annabel can do nothing about her treatment by him, or that fact that he is selling her home. He has decided that she is illegitimate, and because her mother was insane he has the right to marry her off to save his financial life and future. He tells her that she is going to marry a man who is terrible. As time goes on there are items found in the house like portraits, jewelry and more, Maybe Highcilffe is really hers, not his. The Maltese Captain Dell'Acqua acts like her really wants to help her. But can she really believe him? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review and these are my opinions.