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Reviewed by Hayley Haun for Readers' Favorite
In 1886, the poet Edward Barrington takes his sick wife to heal and enjoy the fresh Australian air. If she can overcome her illness, then perhaps they can lead the life they have wanted together. But things take a turn for the worse and create a mystery that lasts for 130 years. Twenty-five years after the poet’s disappearance, Archie Hargraves plans on writing a biography, but what he uncovers is the truth of what truly happened, and it’s not what anyone expects. Come 2018, Ellie Cannon, a burnt-out Ph.D. student, is on the verge of giving up her thesis on the great poet. Upon hearing of the discovery of a body on his homestead in Goolwa, she jumps at the chance to find answers and complete her work. Except, it is not at all what she expected. It is more. Ellie learns of Archie Hargraves and his own journey to find the answers about Edward Barrington.
Australia has a vast landscape and is a perfect setting for a mystery. Amidst hope and change, life and death, the Outback has everything. In the case of Widow’s Lace by Lelita Baldock, Australia is a place for second chances, and discovery. Widow’s Lace is most certainly a surprise, to say the least. I wanted to know the truth as much as Ellie and Archie did. It had me hooked until the end. There are secrets, anger, love, and loss. Sometimes these things go hand in hand, and Baldock has made use of those emotions in her characters. The beauty of the storyline and the characters within it are what made Widow’s Lace for me.