"Fun Regency romance"
Abigail Parkinson, owner of Sibel Hall, needs to sell the
place, but Sir Boundefort, a ghost she has never seen,
scares away prospective buyers. She writes to ghost chaser
Christian Reade, whose unwanted reputation is based on
debunking a spectral claim at Belles Corner. Though he
prefers not to go, Christian travels to Sibel Hall as a
favor to his beloved ailing grandfather.
His reception by the owner is cold as if Abigail is angry
with him, but Christian finds he can't get the "Governess"
out of his mind and cannot ignore her smell of lilac. On
the other hand, her three live-in cousins run the gamut of
welcome. Mercia hopes he finds the ghost and the reported
treasure; the Colonel welcomes a fellow adventurer but
believes he wastes his time; Emery the intellect treats him
with disdain. However, the worst is Abigail who he badly
wants to admire him considers him a miscreant though he
knows not why. As he tries to uncover the mystery of the
haunting and his hostess, Christian and Abby fall in love,
but she has not forgiven him for forgetting that as
children she was once his wench and he her pirate.
This is a fun Regency romance due to the delightful lead
couple. The three "cousins" are minor irritants as readers
will want to tell the trio to shut up after constantly
hearing the Colonel's loud voice, Emery's sneering
comments, and Mercia's inane gibberish. However, when it
comes to love among the lilacs, fans will appreciate this
entertaining ghost-busting romance with a pinch of suspense
that comes from an unlikely source.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 25, 2003
In this Regency romp, Viscount Moreland is a reluctant
ghost-router, having debunked a haunted house quite by
accident. Although he wants nothing further to do with any
specters, he is inundated with requests for assistance,
including one particular post that finds him offering his
services to the intriguing Miss Parkinson of Sibel Hall.