|About the Book|
Charlotte Bourne, aged twenty-four, is working as a picture restorer for Dufferyn’s, a prestigious London auction house. Her family has been ruined in a financial disaster and she has lost her home in the country. Henry Bevis also works at Dufferyn’MoreCharlotte Bourne, aged twenty-four, is working as a picture restorer for Dufferyn’s, a prestigious London auction house. Her family has been ruined in a financial disaster and she has lost her home in the country. Henry Bevis also works at Dufferyn’s. Following his grandfather’s death, he is in danger of losing Thorncombe Hall, his home in Wiltshire, because heavy Death Duties have to be paid and the farms are losing a lot of money.While staying at Thorncombe Hall, Charlotte discovers an old, neglected painting which she hopes may save the Bevis family fortunes. She enlists the help of the predatory Aubrey Pelham, an adviser to the Ministry of Fine Arts.Colonel Bill Bevis, suffering from health and financial pressures, decides to make the estate over to his son, Henry. Henry is apprehensive because no eldest son has ever inherited the estate. Meanwhile, the baleful prophecies of an ancient family curse are working towards their realisation.On the estate, is a lakeside temple with the sculpted heads of Cassandra on the outside. It was built by one of Henry’s ancestors who turned his back on the church when his prayers went unanswered. The local villagers lost their land when the lake was created and the passing of many years has done nothing to reduce the bitterness that caused. The sculptures emit a haunting, wailing cry which always presages disaster for the family.Henry is arrogant, selfish and weak. He will need all Charlotte’s strength, courage and resourcefulness if he going to survive the approaching crisis - but his determination to marry her and her commitment to her work are on a collision course.