Ravenscroft Darkwater Author:Dorothy Eden Two Gothic Novels by Dorothy Eden — Ravenscroft: — Isabella McBride is orphaned and homeless when she accepts an offer of marriage from Guy Raven, the dynamic young reform politician of Victorian England. Guy, who has made it clear that theirs will be a marriage "in name only,: takes his bride to Ravenscroft where every room is haunted by the mem... more »ory of his adored first wife, who died there in childbirth. Determined to win her husband's love, Bella entices him one night to yield to her sensuous beauty. But Guy's desire takes a brutal form that leaves her humiliated, bewildered and more in love with him than ever -- especially when she learns that she has become pregnant with his child.
Darkwater is one of England's vast and ancient estates. Spirited, beautiful Fanny Davenport has been raised there as a poor relation in the family of her Uncle Edgar, the master of Darkwater. Fanny's plans to escape to London are thwarted by the arrival of two young children, the orphaned son and daughter of Edgar Davenport's brother, accompanied by their Chinese nurse and a handsome stranger, Adam Marsh. Almost at once, the nurse is brutally murderedc, and the shadow of an anonymous killer hovers over every life at Darkwater.« less