In 1851 Anne Garthwicke accompanies her father to
Castle MacCairn in Scotland so they can examine, appraise,
and catalogue the edifice's contents. Anne's first
reaction to the foreboding castle is a combination of déjà
vu with a strong sense of evil and power.
When Anne meets the owner Ruairdh MacCairn, she feels
empathy and more misfortune. Ruairdh wants to sell the
castle so that he can use the money to help his tenants
before the four centuries old curse placed on his family by
a monk disables and ultimately kills him. Though they
avoid each other, Anne and Ruairdh feel strongly attracted
to one another. As Ruairdh steps closer to insanity, Anne
becomes his last thread of normalcy as love blossoms
Regency author Joan Overfield provides readers with an
exciting gothic romance that includes a foreboding castle,
a brooding hero, an innocent woman, and a nasty curse. The
lead couple makes the tale interesting as well as fun
because readers will empathize with both of them.
Ruairdh's last grasp is his love for Anne while she
struggles with mourning the death of her father and
helplessly observing her beloved going insane. Gothic
romance readers will thrill to THE SHADOWING.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 17, 2002