Veronica Swift hopes to indulge her passion to travel the world. But her stepfather is insisting she marry. Packed off to Wyemont Castle for Christmas with her lifelong companion Jane, Veronica is far from Happy. Tristan Ryder is a veteran of the peninsula wars, with not much money, and nothing to recommend him he is surprised to be invited to see Lord George Banthom. Lord Banthom has a proposition for him, he wants Tristan to accompany his son Elliot to Weymont for the Christmas holidays, he would like Elliot to find an appropriate wife. Elliot is not always very bright so Ryder is charged with making sure that Elliot makes the correct choice.
This is another charming period romance from this author. She excels in the historical romance short stories she writes. This one has the added mystery of ghosts and legends all surrounding the somewhat creepy Wyemont Castle. A lovely romantic read with engaging characters.
ARC courtesy of the publisher
on 22 October 2014
Veronica Swift is given an ultimatum by her step-father - she must marry by the New Year or she will have to learn to live without her inheritance. After arguing against this as best she can in those times, she accepts the advice of her companion and goes to visit her friend for the holidays who is hosting a party.
When she gets there she meets two men who are also attending together and feels a strange sense of familiarity to them both. Then the atmosphere of the castle comes into play and people start acting strangely, shadows are cast by no one and music can be heard where there should be none.
The ghosts at Wyemont Castle are real and they are certainly not like Casper! There has been a curse placed on the castle and its inhabitants and the ghosts keep trying to make history repeat itself so that the curse won't be broken.
This is a wonderfully written novella with enough action going on to keep you intrigued as you turn the pages. It is written in a genteel style so completely appropriate for the times. This is not a bodice-ripper but is all proper and above board (unless you count a couple of kisses between Vero and Tristan before they announce their courtship/engagement). With this story you could either read it on the build up to Samhain/Halloween for the ghost story aspect or on the build up to the Winter Solstice as this is when the story reaches its climax. Either way, I would recommend curling up with this book, a hot drink and relax.
I love Elizabeth Cole's writing style and have enjoyed more than one of her books. I can recommend her highly without hesitation.
on 17 February 2014
I got this from somewhere, for free, in return for a review, but cannot remember where!
what the blur says....Veronica Swift dreams of traveling the world, but at the insistence of her stepfather, she must leave her dreams behind in order to find a husband. She retreats to historic Wyemont Castle for the Christmas holiday. There she encounters two very different men...and her childhood memories of a ghostly woman in white.
Tristan Ryder lost everything after a terrible turn of luck during the war. Penniless and disgraced, Tristan's last hope is to help his old friend, Elliot Bantham, find a suitable match during their holiday at the castle.
But the legendary ghosts of Wyemont Castle interrupt the festivities. It seems the spirits have their own plans for the guests. Will Veronica and Tristan unlock the secret surrounding Wyemont? Or will it draw all of them deeper into the tragedy?
what I say.....such a change to get a little paranormal in an historical romance! these ghosts are mean, and are causing problems for all who attend the Wyemont Castle Christmas celebrations. Tristan and Vero find themselves in a whirlwind, if not quite appropriate, romance, and having to deal with ghosts who overtake their friends bodies!!
a short, and very sweet historical romance, with all of the attitudes and words of the time. loved it, just far too short for me! no sex, or violence, one of those books you need to whittle away a couple of hours, or in my case an hour and a half!