"Part late Victorian, part gothic, part suspense, and part paranormal"
In 1880, as a realistic single orphaned woman, Grace
Templar knows to expect little from life and thus wants
very little in return. Besides keeping a respectable job,
Grace wishes she would stop having the visions that occur
anywhere at anytime.
While in Rome as a secretary and companion, Grace suffers
one of her attacks during a visit to the Forum. Alistair
McLean, the lord of Rossmor, observes Grace's peculiar
behavior, which he recognizes as a gift. He sees Grace as
a tool that he needs to use to gain answers about the
events behind his wife's tragic death. Alistair is also
attracted to Grace and returns with her to Rossmor where
she meets his child Janet. As Alistair and Grace fall in
love, someone fears that the new MISTRESS OF ROSSMOR will
learn and reveal the truth about what happened to the
master's first wife.
MISTRESS OF ROSSMOR is a fun tale that combines elements
from several sub-genres into a wonderful romance. The lead
couple is a delight to observe especially their struggle to
not fall in love. Janet is a sympathetic urchin who the
audience will hope overcomes the trauma of her mother's
death. Part late Victorian, part gothic, part suspense,
and part paranormal, Marianne Willman blends the elements
into a pleasing reading experience for fans of each sub-
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 5, 2002
Raven-haired, green-eyed Grace Templar is a well-bred orphan
who wishes little more from life than a respectable
position, a roof over her head, and a respite from the
dreams and visions that strike her without warning. It is
one such message from beyond that throws her into the arms
of darkly handsome, enigmatic Alistair McLean, master of
Rossmor. It is an encounter that will change her destiny,
putting her heart-and her life-in untold jeopardy...
Grace is like no woman Alistair has ever known. He detects
her talent immediately, and just as quickly determines that
she may provide answers to the questions that have plagued
him since his first wife's tragic death. But his fascination
with Grace's gift belies a far deeper attraction. Bewitched
by her preternatural beauty and extraordinary character,
Alistair soon finds himself married yet again, returning to
Rossmor with a woman who arouses him-body and soul-in the
most unexpected ways.
But Rossmor Manor is a place of secrets. Madness, betrayal,
and revenge haunt its hallways. And the truest test of Grace
and Alistair's newfound love may be the very thing that
destroys them both...