The Misbegotten, Hardback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The spellbinding and unsettling new novel from the author of bestsellers THE LEGACY and THE UNSEEN. Dark truths. Beautiful lies. Bath, England, 1821. Rachel Crofton escapes the binds of her unhappy employment as a governess by marrying a charming self-made businessman.

She sees a chance to create the family and home she has so long been without, but her new life soon takes an unexpected turn.

Through her new husband's connections, Rachel is invited to become the companion of the reclusive Jonathan Alleyn, a man tortured by memories of the Peninsula War, and tormented by the disappearance of his childhood sweetheart, Alice.

Starling, foundling servant to the Alleyn family, is convinced that Alice, the woman she loved as a sister, was stolen from her.

Did Alice run away? Or did something altogether more sinister occur? Starling is determined to uncover the truth. Others want only to forget, and will go to extreme lengths to do so. Rachel's arrival has an unsettling effect on the whole Alleyn household, and suddenly it seems that the dark deeds of the past will no longer stay contained. Shattering truths lurk behind Bath's immaculate facades, but the courage Rachel and Starling need to bring these truths to light will come at a very high price.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9781409131465



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Rachel Crofton is unhappy as a governess, so when she marries Richard Weeks her life will change forever. She is employed to read and be a companion to the reclusive Jonathan Allen. Starling a young maid in the household is convinced that Alice her ‘sister’ that has been missing for several years has been murdered by Jonathan.My Thoughts:I have read all previous books by Katherine Webb and loved them. This book however I did not love as much. I always find these genre like a pair of comfy slippers, stories that I can curl up with. Plenty of dark family secrets, rambling old houses and a love story or two. This book I found was way too long and I hate to say I was getting fed up with it and just wanted the story to end. I wouldn’t go as far to say the book was boring because it wasn’t I just felt myself getting bored as I wanted it to draw it’s conclusion so I could move on to my next read I also found the story a little predictable and I could quite easily work out who was really related to who and who the real murderer was. I normally love these type of books, but this one was a little of a let down.Years ago when I was in my early teens I used to love a good Catherine Cookson and these type of books due remind of them, and this I don’t mean as a bad thing. Catherine Cookson for me let me enter a world fantasy world where the servant girl was going to make good, or the squire was going to get his comeuppance. So these books by the likes of Katherine Webb and Kate Morton take me back to my teenage years.Anybody who has never read a book by Katherine Webb will probably enjoy the story as I would have done myself, but having read her previous books this one is not half as good. Katherine Webb is an author who I enjoy and will always look forward to more books in the future.

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