Miranda Courtney has seen better days. And the humiliating aftermath of a very public Fall from Grace as a lifestyle influencer, she has been accustomed to disappointing people. But when a distressing letter arrives from her 12-year-old cousin asking for help, Miranda is genuinely alarmed. For one thing, the return address is Barnsley house, the English family estate immortalized in her mother's best-selling memoir, the house of brides. For another, the letter is dressed to her mother, Tessa summer, who has been dead for almost 20 years. Since her mother's death, Miranda's only connection to Barnsley house has been through Tess's family book - A chronicle of the generations of women who married into the infamous summer family. From Gertrude summer, a family crime novelist, to Miranda's grandmother beatrice, who killed herself after setting fire to Barnsley while her children slept, each woman in the house of bride is more notorious than the last. The house is current "bride" is the beautiful, ever I sent daphne, a celebrated chef who success has saved Barnsley from ruin. Miranda decides that I returned to England may be an opportunity to escape the fallout at home, reconnect to her family, and possibly redeem herself in the process. But she arrives to a very different Barnsley house from the one portrayed in The House of brides. The renowned hotel and restaurant are shuttered, and Daphne is nowhere to be found. Miranda is greeted by the forbidding housekeeper, Miss men's, and meets her aloof Uncle Max and his children, one of whom is confined to a wheelchair after mysterious accident. Not knowing whom to trust, Miranda quickly realizes she must conceal her identity. And she also realizes that she's not the only one at Barnsley who is hiding something. What happened in this house? Where is daphne? And is Miranda destined to follow Doom path of the summer woman who came before her?