Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: 2
When Australian botanist Ellen Quinn travels to her ancestral home in Ireland determined to complete her family tree, she expects quaint villages and a rustic countryside. What she finds are the cold dark walls of Banth Manor and much more than just dusty old books. The manor's handsome, but mysterious, caretaker has captured her imagination…and her heart. As terrifying nightmares and visions of the past threaten to send Ellen to the brink of madness, a shocking truth will put her life in jeopardy.
Rowan O’Connell wasn’t expecting to find a stranger wandering Banth Manor's conservatory. But Ellen is no ordinary trespasser. Though many visitors have come and gone over the years, few stayed long enough to get to know him. Ghosts rarely make a good impression.
Faced with a future more haunting than the past, Ellen would rather sacrifice life itself than lose the man who brings out her deepest desires.
Clare C's Review
Parts of this novel were really, really good. Ms. Grace has demonstrated a gift for creating a ghost that’s as real and complex as any good hero needs to be. Rowan haunts an estate, bound by fate as penance for one grave sin. Once Ellen, a descendant of the man he murdered, comes to visit, sparks fly between them—of the good variety.
Some of the minor conflicts seem to come out of nowhere, and some of the character development is bumpy. There were a couple of times I went back and reread sections to find out what caused an action or a reaction that seemed out of character. I didn’t find anything new. Most of these are easily overlooked because the momentum of the action between Ellen and Rowan kept me interested.
The twist at the end was completely unexpected and totally cool. The big, dramatic scene is the perfect climax for this ghost story. Ms. Grace brings everything together by showing the redemptive and healing powers of love and forgiveness.
3 ½ Tea Cups!