The discovery of some old diary pages within the walls of her home are yet another distraction that prove to become an obsession as Nina becomes absorbed in a century old mystery involving young English woman Tilly Kirkland and her charge Nell. Tilly spent time in the very same house as a governess after escaping an unhappy marriage in England. Her intriguing story unravels slowly parallel with Nina's own.
Ember Island is beautifully written with a delicious underlying state of suspense throughout. The pace is moderate and I loved the location. Both characters are wonderfully drawn and the historical elements are accurate while easily blending the fictitious location to make the story work so well. A great read.