The Splendour Falls by Susannah Kearsley
Susannah Kearsley proves herself a worthy successor to Mary Stewart with this lovely, relaxing book. It provided me with many hours of enjoyment in a time of great stress and hurt.
Set in a beautiful part of France near the Castle of Chinon, the story involves a young woman who finds herself drawn into a world of intrigues and murders. She is joining her cousin who is researching a historical mystery, but when she arrives, he isn't there. What has happened to him? Emily must find out if there is anyone she can trust amongst the diverse group of people she meets at the hotel.
She also has to work out her feelings for the enigmatic Neil and lonely Armand.