HELEN DAVIS FEATURED BOOK: NEWPORT

 

NEWPORT

An intriguing novel about lifestyles of the wealthy in Newport, Rhode Island during the early twenties is Jill Morrow’s Newport.  Attorney Adrian De la Noye has come to the mansion of his client, Bennett Chapman.  Chapman is a very wealthy businessman in his eighties who wants to revise his will.  He also intends to marry a woman half his age.  As is to be expected, his two children are so opposed to these changes that they want to have him declared incompetent.  There is a very rich storyline here.  Early connections between characters are hinted at and there are continued surprises in the plot.  Spiritualism also has a role to play.  Chapman believes his actions are being guided by messages from his first wife who has been dead for twenty years.  It is always expected that this kind of a set- up is a manipulation, but who is motivated and who will profit?  This is both a mystery and a romance.

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