I picked this book up expecting to read a typical modern romance but was delighted to find a story within a story. A new painting in the mysterious Siren collection is discovered in a dusty old house in France, by art hunter, Fitch Wilder. After testing he discovers there may be more paintings than previously believed.
Art Professor Brenna Anderson has studied the Siren series at length. She is determined to view the Siren series, but they are kept by a private art collector who refuses to grant her permission to view them. With her career in jeopardy she finds a clue to the identity of the mysterious model and sets out to unravel the mystery.
Reluctantly joining forces Brenna and Fitch set out on to discover a centuries old mystery.
Interspersed in Brenna and Fitch’s story is the tale of the Swan. The model in the Siren series. Once London’s premiere courtesan she is now the subject of a scorned wife’s revenge. Thrown overboard by pirates she wakes up with no memory of her earlier life and is saved by a man known only as The Artist.
Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan combine their talents to create a compelling and riveting read. One is a historical writer, the other a contemporary writer. The intertwining of two separate stories is masterfully done. While Brenna and Fitch are the main source of romance in this book, the mystery of The Swan is beautifully told and so engaging. It’s full of twists and turns that keep you hooked until the end. It is a story that remains with you long after you have finished reading.
I haven’t read anything quite like this before and I anxiously await any further offerings from these two master wordsmiths.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.