Title: Darkness at Endersley
Author: S.A. Meade
Publisher: Totally Bound
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
This is book two in the The Endersley Papers series
Joshua thought he’d left his past behind, but there’s something in the darkness at Endersley.
Joshua Endersley is glad to leave a broken engagement and his sordid desires behind in Lon-don and claim his inheritance on the rolling downs of Wiltshire. What he doesn’t need is temptation in the form of artist, Daniel Wyndham, to remind him of all he wanted to forget.
Joshua finds Daniel impossible to resist and the two men embark on a passionate affair that draws them ever closer. Joshua believes that he can find happiness and live his life the way he wants to in the peace and seclusion of Endersley.
But nothing good can last forever. The very remoteness and solitude that Joshua loves about Endersley turns against him—the darkness at Endersley is deeper and more dangerous than he could have ever imagined.
Darkness at Endersley is a compelling tale of passion, lust, mystery and revelation.
The Endersley Papers are books based on journals and papers discovered during renovations to the Library at Endersley House in Wiltshire. They tell the stories of Endersley heirs and their lovers over several generations. Each book can be read as a standalone. Book one, Lord of Endersley, told the story of Jacob Endersley and his lover Captain Marcus Billington. I reviewed Lord of Endersley over at Mrsconditreadsbooks, and the review can be read following the link below. Book two is Darkness of Endersley, which tells the story of Joshua Endersley, Jacobs’s nephew and heir.
Lord of Endersley review http://www.mrsconditreadsbooks.com/?p=14751
Joshua Endersley is an unhappy man, bitter and jaded, full of self-disgust and disillusion-ment. Unwilling to fake desire for woman and settle into marriage, and unable to come to terms with his own desires, Joshua decides to leave London and take up the mantle of stew-ardship of the Endersley estate from his uncle Jacob. Joshua hopes moving to the country will help him come to terms with himself and provide a purpose for his life. When artist Daniel Wyndham arrives at Endersley, commissioned by Jacob to paint Endersley, Joshua finds he can’t hide from himself after all.
Daniel’s desires match Joshua and both men dance around each other while Daniel paints Endersley. Eventually they succumb to the inevitable and embark on a passionate affair, Dan-iel is a proud man though, he won’t be kept by anyone, he needs to paint, to make his own way in the world so once the painting is finished he returns to his own home in London. Joshua starts to visit him whenever he can and the two men learn to accept what they have until disaster strikes Daniel. Returning to the sanctuary of Joshua Daniel is lost and bewil-dered. But Endersley isn’t safe, trouble has followed Daniel, but is Joshua the ultimate target?
I don’t want to give away any more of the story but at times I had my heart in my mouth as it took twists and turns I didn’t see coming, and the ending was just perfect.
I love SA Meade’s writing, it’s haunting and poetic, and her words flow effortlessly. Once I pick up a book of hers I just can’t put it down. She also knows exactly how to construct a character to tug the heartstrings of her readers. I could feel Joshua’s sadness and the melan-choly surrounding him, he wants peace, but he also wants what others have, a love of his own and a reason for being. He’s hiding at Endersley, feeling it’s safer to seclude himself in the country than stay near the temptations of London, and others like him, he just never expected to have temptation turn up at his refuge. Daniel was well written too. Proud and determined to make his own mark on the world. Once of the nicest things about Darkness at Endersley was how we got to see Jacob and Marcus from The Lord of Endersley again. We didn’t just get to see them, they became an integral part of the story, I’ll always have an image now of cranky but loveable Marcus, and it was wonderful to know they had so many great years to-gether, I really felt like I was catching up with old friends. SA’s writing is like that, it makes you feel at home, like it’s always been there, and every book of hers is a treasure to unravel. I loved Darkness at Endersley and look forward to many more books in the series.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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