"Great gothic wih paranormal elements"
Desperately needing to earn money, Olivia St. Claire is
ecstatic when trice widowed Sir Evan Thornton hires her as
governess to his fourteen year old daughter Vanessa in
Northumberland. A bit nervous about leaving London for the
unknown northern most county and caring for her teenage
charge, Olivia travels by coach to her destiny only to have
a wheel break. Waiting for help, a gypsy recognizes Olivia
as a kindred soul even though the latter hides her witch
abilities to communicate with the dead.
After the gypsies surprisingly fix the wagon, a new
passenger Dr. Philip McAllister joins Olivia inside the
coach. She finds Philip a bit to bold in her innocence.
After arriving and settling in at Thornton Manor, Olivia
also finds her employer dark, brooding, and handsome. Both
men court Olivia leaving her confused and wondering whom to
trust with her heart and even more critical her soul as her
channeling with the dead increases.
THE HOUSE IN THORNTON WOOD is a throwback novel that will
remind readers of the golden age of Gothic romances. The
story line contains all the classic elements that readers
expect in a sub-genre novel: the innocent woman, the
brooding dark gentleman, and the Poe-like house. Anne
Knoll brings that and more together in a tale that will
please readers who relish an old fashioned, but well
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 8, 2002