The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox – A town gripped by fear. A woman accused of witchcraft. Who can save Pale Harbor from itself?
Maine, 1846. Gabriel Stone is desperate to escape the ghosts that haunt him in Massachusetts after his wife’s death, so he moves to Maine, taking a position as a minister in the remote village of Pale Harbor.
But not all is as it seems in the sleepy town. Strange, unsettling things have been happening, and the townspeople claim that only one person can be responsible: Sophronia Carver, a reclusive widow who lives with a spinster maid in the eerie Castle Carver. Sophronia must be a witch, and she almost certainly killed her husband.
As the incidents escalate, one thing becomes clear: they are the work of a twisted person inspired by the wildly popular stories of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe. And Gabriel must find answers, or Pale Harbor will suffer a fate worthy of Poe’s darkest tales.
Publisher: Graydon House; Original edition (September 17, 2019)
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction, Gothic
About the author: (from Amazon.com) Hester Fox has a background in the museum field as a collections maintenance technician. This job has taken her from historic houses to fine art museums, where she has cleaned and cared for collections that range from paintings by old masters to ancient artifacts to early American furniture. She is a keen painter and has a Master’s in historical archaeology, as well as a background in medieval studies and art history. Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband.
Review of The Widow of Pale Harbor
The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox is an intriguing gothic romance that is full of drama, suspense, mystery, and the fear of the unknown. Set in along Maine’s coastline during the 1800’s, this historical fiction is sure to draw you in from the beginning with twists and turns that are sure to keep you second-guessing never knowing who to really blame or fear. Fox draws us into a world that is dark and gloomy that is full of well-written characters who have backstories that all tie into the main character’s past.
When Gabriel Stone arrives in Pale Harbor he does not know what to expect but the mysterious widow who lives in Castle Carver captures his attention with her mysterious allure and suspicious rumors. Sophronia Carver is the talk of the town and not in a good way. The townspeople of Pale Harbor blame her for the death of her husband but the real mystery is his past and the person he really was. When dark secrets from the past come to light no one knows who is to blame and what the future will hold.
The Widow of Pale Harbor is a novel that will not disappoint with just the right amount of creepy mystery to keep me guessing and turning pages. I loved the dark feel of the story, and yet for historical fiction, the book reads so quickly and effortlessly. The Widow of Pale Harbor is the perfect mysterious romantic read for the fall season. **I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.**