Rebecca Seabrooke is fascinated by more than the Hollinworth family’s house in On Sparrow Hill by Maureen Lang. Rebecca is the curator at ancient Sparrow Hill manor and grounds. Her family has served this British house and family for generations. However, Rebecca has more than a love of history; she also has a crush on her boss, Quentin.
Rebecca’s hard work at Sparrow Hill starts to draw national attention in England, as well as earn Quentin’s personal admiration. But, how can the daughter of a servant ever expect to develop a romantic attachment with the son of a Duke? Suddenly, however, Rebecca discovers a surprising link between Quentin’s long dead ancestors and unraveling events of the current day. These revelations have potential for both danger to the family’s reputation and opportunities for revealing new aspects of the family’s history.
The novel’s overall storyline is interesting but a bit confusing in the beginning due to the ancestor flashbacks. The American relatives of Quentin add a new aspect to the plot. The character development of Rebecca is well done, although she speaks more like an American than someone of British descent. Quentin also has limited British turns of phrases, which is odd for an English aristocrat. Lang’s description of the landscape and house are well done. On Sparrows Hill is a great book to get lost in for people who like a modern setting yet an old world flavor of baronial estates and bygone elegance. -- Khrista Beckmann, Christian Book Previews.com
As the commercial manager for Quentin Hollinworth’s family estate, Rebecca Seabrooke is focused on just two things: making hers the most successful historic home in the country and forgetting the childhood crush she’s had on Quentin since her father worked as his family’s valet. After all, they don’t exactly run in the same social circles.
But when she and Quentin uncover letters in the family vault written over 150 years ago by Berrie Hamilton—one of Quentin’s ancestors—Rebecca discovers that Quentin isn’t the only one with a legacy to appreciate. Only Berrie’s words can prepare Rebecca for the dramatic turn her life is about to take.