The Woman Behind the Mirror by Jan Selbourne

Marry in haste, repent at leisure is the last thing on Sarah Forsythe’s mind when she and the son of a local minister elope to the American colonies. She wasn’t to know abandonment, misery, poverty and shame would follow. As the colonies rebel against British rule and the siege of Boston worsens, alone and afraid, Sarah hides her desperation behind a hard shell. To survive, she is forced to steal from the safe of her employer. Instead of the cash she needs, she finds Bank of England documents. Sensing they might have some value, Sarah protects them through months of deprivation until she finally secures passage home to England. Unknown to her, two men are following, intent on claiming those documents. At any price.

Bank of England fraud investigator Neil McAllister faces the biggest challenge of his career when a woman from Boston demands a reward for returning lost documents to the bank. Then two men with the same name and nearly identical stories arrive in England, each claiming ownership of them. Who is lying? Or are all three accomplices in a plot to swindle the bank? As the obstinate, secretive woman gets under Neil’s skin, he trusts that she was an unwitting witness to the crime of cold-blooded betrayal and treason before the fall of Boston. Now it’s up to Neil to protect Sarah because the traitor wants her dead.

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About the Author

Jan Selbourne was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia and her love of literature and history began as soon as she learned to read and hold a pen., After graduating from a Melbourne Business College her career began in the dusty world of ledgers and accounting, working in Victoria, Queensland and the United Kingdom. On the point of retiring she changed course to work as secretary of a large NSW historical society. Now retired Jan is enjoying her love of travelling and literature. She has two children, a stray live in cat and lives near Maitland, New South Wales.

My review

The Woman Behind the Mirror is another terrific tale from author Jan Selbourne. Main protagonist, Sarah Forsythe, falls in love with the son of the local minister. Banned from marrying him, by her overbearing father, she elopes with her sweetheart to America. He soon abandons her, and Sarah finds herself alone and destitute against the backdrop of the siege of Boston. To survive she must turn her hand to anything, including prostitution and theft. Hoping to steal money, she raids her employer’s safe to find only documents. From that moment on, her life is endangered. A terrifying cat and mouse chase, all the way back to England, ensues. Not until the end of the book does the reader discover the truth. Many twists and turns kept me turning the pages of this gripping story until the very satisfactory end.

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