"A haunting romance"
Journalist Nick DeSantis meets RN Dana Etheridge at the
Danvers State Mental Institution in Danvers,
Massachusetts. Both feel an instant attraction and begin
seeing one another. Eventually Nick wants more from their
relationship, but Dana fears commitment. After Nick meets
Dana's grandmother Hannah, a retired nurse who worked at
the closed mental facility, she gives them a journal that
one of her patients Emily gave to her.
Dana and Nick read the journal together. In 1918 when
Emily was sixteen she met Jonathan who was a decade older
than her. Because of the age gap, they hid their
relationship from their family, knowing both sides would
try to destroy it. When they are found out, their fears
proved true. Jonathan's very powerful father forbade him
to see Emily and her mother had her committed at Danvers.
Will Dana learn the message that heartbroken Emily left in
her muses: that for love one must risk everything and she
would willingly go for it again even knowing the
consequences or will the nurse stay safe hiding behind a
This is a haunting romance that uses a sad tragic
historical relationship tale to provide the message to
readers and the lead couple that love is worth the danger
of a broken heart. The story line is well written enabling
the audience to see deep inside to the core of Dana's
hesitation, but is at its best during the ill fated 1918
romance. Terri DuLong shows tremendous talent as she
leaves her audience somewhat disturbed yet spiritually
uplifted with LOST SOULS OF THE WITCHES' CASTLE.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 23, 2003