I was very excited to dive into Darry Fraser’s latest book, ‘The Prodigal Sister.’
Set in 1900, Prudence North has traveled home to Melbourne from Scotland where she has been living with her uncle, aunt, and cousins while she furthered her education. When her uncle passed away, her aunt no longer welcomed Prudence in their home, and as her mother was sick she headed for home.
When she arrived home, she had to deal with the passing of her mother from Huntington’s, an inherited and degenerative disease. Prudence is concerned to learn from Everard Bankston that her father is at risk of great trouble with the law, as he has been dabbling in illegal activities.
Everard is a long-standing family friend and high-ranking police officer. He enlists Prudence’s help to spy on a Mr. Jasper Darke. Prudence soon discovers that Mr. Darke is very good-looking, charming, and gentlemanly. As much as she fights her emotions she finds she is falling for the handsome Mr. Darke.
But she knows that she can not allow herself to have these feelings as she is at risk of Huntington’s just like her mother. Prudence is well aware that if her father is charged with the crime that their family friend has said he is guilty of, then the family’s income will be at risk.
And it will fall to Prudence to earn the money to be able to look after her sister. To ensure that her family, as well as her future, is looked after she must find out as much as she can about Mr. Darke. When Prudence discovers the body of a man after hours at her father’s doctor’s clinic things start to become more intense and more and more questions run through her mind.
Why is her father not answering her questions? Can she really trust Everard? Is the Handsome Mr. Darke really not to be trusted?
I was instantly dragged into Prudence’s story and every time I thought I had it all worked out I was to be proven wrong. I hated to have to put this book down and just wanted to keep reading so that I could find out what was to happen next.
This is a wonderful holiday read.
Copy courtesy of Harpercollins
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