July 6, 2017 by kitmoss
The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Browne is an eccentric nobleman, who lives in the West of England in a huge ramshackle house with most of the rooms completely closed up. He spends his time in a tower where he conducts scientific experiments that basically amount to telegraphy. His relatives are concerned that he is mad. When a young man is sent to examine his life, that young man becomes intrigued and compelled. In the meantime, the nobleman begins to find the young man very pleasant and easy to work with. The basic conflict in the story is how the conman feels compelled to be honest with the nobleman, and the nobleman tries not to act quite so mad. When the nobleman’s strange son comes to visit, things heat up with the relatives trying to grab the estate. The conman disappears, leaving the nobleman devastated, but the dedication and determination of both these men save the day. I found the story fascinating, with its crew of uniquely realistic characters and their relationship.