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"The doll was on my pillow when I returned to my room."
"What madness is this?" Derek paced the hallway. "Someone is up to no good." When he stopped to look at her, she reminded him of a frightened child. Her cheeks were pale, her eyes ringed with dark circles. "I'll get to the bottom of this. The Bible and Baby can not walk from that trunk in the attic," he looked toward the ceiling, "and suddenly materialize in your bedchamber."
"Poor man. The master has finally met a problem he doesn't understand and doesn't possess the ability to control."
"What is that supposed to mean? I tell you, someone in the manor dupes you, Raine."
"No, Derek. A spirit placed the objects in my room, a tormented, recently passed spirit."
"You drag the ghost into the conversation again. Tell me, what are you insinuating? You mean to say Cinda's-?"
"How would I know?" She hissed the words and wrung her hands. "You can't expect me to know what evil machinations occurred before I arrived."
"Evil?" He felt his forehead wrinkle. "Nothing evil transpired. Lucinda lost her mind, took her life." Despite the facts surrounding his wife's death, a niggling fear crept up his spine. "If evil played a part, I swear I wasn't aware of it."
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Derek Stafford's father Julian never misses a chance to express to his two sons that the first to provide him with an male heir will inherit Stafford Manor. Lyman, being the oldest of the two has tried unsuccessfully to produce the male heir but so far his efforts have produced three daughters. Derek, through an arranged marriage, tried with the death of each child and his wife Lucinda losing her mind, ending with her walking into the river committing suicide. So, as time goes on, Julian' pressure for an heir strengthens.
When disaster strikes one of the ships owned by the Staffords, leaving two dead and one 18 year old young lady alive, Derek and Julian come up with an idea that is sure to produce a male child. All they have to do is convince the girl, Raine Brinsley, to go along with their scheme and acquire a little help from the Madeline, the local `healer' and all problems will be solved. What they never expected was the ghost of Lucinda to come into the picture as a protector for Raine. Lucinda tries desperately to make Raine understand that her life and the death of her babies were not natural and that she will be next if the killer isn't exposed. But will Raine understand the clues before it's too late?
Sojourn With A Stranger is a story that includes greed, a touch of history and is iced with the paranormal. By combining all of these into one story Author Keta Diablo has created a beautifully, erotic love story that keeps you on the edge. It was a very enjoyable read.
Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
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Derek Stafford needs an heir. His father has made it very clear that neither he nor his brother will inherit a dime unless they produce a male offspring, and Derek loves Stafford Manor and his lifestyle too much to take the threat of impoverishment lightly. He's determined to never marry again after watching his wife lose her sanity after stillbirth and miscarriage, to the point of her suicide. Raine seems to be the perfect solution.
I know, Derek sounds like a horrible cad. He isn't. There are many scenes with his point of view and the reader can see he is a man who, under the stress of loss, family pressure, and lust, makes a very bad decision. Derek realizes this too, and breaks off the deal with Raine, paying her the full amount and leaving her in peace so he can regain his sense of ethics aboard one of his shipping vessels. The only problem is that he has left Raine pregnant, and there is someone afoot with deadly intentions.
Sojourn With A Stranger has a slightly gothic air with ghosts, and witches of the tea-leaf reading, herbal-potion brewing kind. I loved how the paranormal aspects of the book were in keeping with the historical time period. The presence of bibles and laying-on-of-hands healing, the witchy midwife in the woods, the poltergeists of those wronged give the book that gothic touch I so loved. I really enjoyed the novel and found it difficult to put down.