Matilda’s Secret

Amazon Crossing. (The Inheritance, Bk. 2). Jun. 2022. 542p. ISBN 9781542016827. pap. $14.95. F
Bomann’s second “Inheritance” novel (following The Inheritance of Lion Hall) is well written, thought-provoking, and full of intrigue and mystery. In 1931 Sweden, Matilda Wallin is a young woman with plans: Once her sweetheart, Paul, comes of age and she finishes business school, they will marry and then run his family business together. But when she becomes an orphan, she learns that her mother’s will stipulates that her new guardian will be the Countess Agneta Lejongård of Lion Hall. Reluctantly, Matilda moves in with the countess, her husband, and her twin sons Magnus and Ingmar, trying to reconcile her past and her future. Trouble brews in Germany that threatens to come to Lion Hall, while a different threat already lurks within. One of Bomann’s strongest skills is character development, and readers will feel as if they are living and growing around these individuals and feel connected to them. Another plus is that even though this title is part of a series, it stands by itself as a fulfilling saga.
VERDICT Recommended for fans of interwar-era and World War II–era historical fiction, and general historical fiction, especially with a European setting.
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