"this story has a great spooky atmosphere and unique characters"

When Lady Lydia Bestwick sends for her friend, Lady Anne Adison, Anne goes immediately. Because Lydia seems upset and fearful about the happenings at her new home and wants Anne to determine if the werewolf rumors are true, Anne feels that she must get to her friend's side quickly. After her arrival in Yorkshire, Anne is faced with many mysterious, eccentric characters. Among these characters is Lydia's brother-in-law, the Marquess of Darkefell, who is darkly attractive, but does he have something to hide?

LADY ANNE AND THE HOWL IN THE DARK is gothic in nature, instead of being a true paranormal. With that said, this story has a great spooky atmosphere and unique characters. Although it is not the usual romance story, it has great romantic elements and quite a good mystery. Lady Anne is very eccentric for her times-- she goes her own way and refuses to consider marriage. Darkefell has a rude awakening, when the very intelligent and determined Lady Anne refuses to obey his edicts and gets in very deep with her investigations of all the strange happenings. Darkefell finds himself greatly annoyed but strangely attracted to Anne. Used to being the master of all he surveys, Darkefell is thrown off by Lady Anne and doesn't know whether to kiss her or lock her in her room.

While this story has several kissing scenes, it doesn't go any farther as far as sexual content is concerned. There is some violence in the story, but I would consider it a very acceptable read for teens. All in all, LADY ANNE AND THE HOWL IN THE DARK is a very enjoyable read, and I can't wait for the sequels.

Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
Posted March 29, 2009



Lady Anne Addison is a rational and courageous woman. So when she's summoned by a frightened friend to Yorkshire to prove or disprove the presence in their woods of a menacing wolf - or werewolf - she takes up the challenge. Grim, dank and shadowed Darkefell Castle is an ancient keep with a scabrous history. And now it appears that a preternatural menace is behind the events terrorizing the country folk.

Lady Anne finds the Marquess of Darkefell to be an infuriatingly unyielding man. Rumors swirl and suspects abound. When she finally solves the mystery, the Marquess is indeed at the middle of it, but not at all in the way that Lady Anne had suspected... and now he's firmly determined to win her in spite of everything.

Genre: Historical Romance, Gothic, Mystery


Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark
(Lady Anne Series: Book 1)
by Donna Lea Simpson

Sourcebooks (Casablanca)
April 1, 2009
Available: April 1, 2009
ISBN #1402217919
EAN #9781402217913
416 pages
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