Sojourn With A Stranger: (Gothic Historical Romance)

Sojourn With A Stranger: (Gothic Historical Romance)

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by Keta Diablo
     
 

A ghost haunts the halls of Stafford House. When Raine Brinsley arrives and accepts a position as a house servant, the ghost is determined to let Raine know who murdered her. Derek and Lyman Stafford race against time to produce the first male heir to secure the title to Stafford House. The brothers will do anything to win...including murder.
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Overview

A ghost haunts the halls of Stafford House. When Raine Brinsley arrives and accepts a position as a house servant, the ghost is determined to let Raine know who murdered her. Derek and Lyman Stafford race against time to produce the first male heir to secure the title to Stafford House. The brothers will do anything to win...including murder.
A dark, gothic novel with romance, mystery, suspense and thrills.

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"I applauded Raine for her strength in the face of her parents' deaths, especially during a time where women were seen as needing constant protection. Her determination not to accept Derek's charity was admirable, as was her willingness to tackle any job assigned. Although a strong woman, her gentleness is demonstrated in her concern for the spirit and her attempts to understand its message. This story has everything and then some - romance, birth, death, voodoo, adventure, psychic ability, and a touch of Civil War - and I could not put it down. Keta Diablo has once again done a wonderful job of involving the reader in the lives of her characters, and I highly recommend this book." Five Stars, Goodreads Reader

"This is a wonderful paranormal romance, which quickly picked up speed as the story progressed. The spiritual undercurrents in the novel are interwoven into the plot with the skill of a great author. Will Lucinda find her revenge? Will the young lovers be reunited in triumph and love? Ah, but what kind of Scot would I be if I told ye the end afore ye gazed upon the first page? We Scots are rather in tune with the paranormal anyway. I enjoyed reading Sojourn by Ms. Diablo. I was hooked the moment I saw the cover, but you got me by the second page. Well done!" Book Marketing Network, Five Stars

"Both hero and heroine had some issues they had to overcome, but I felt more for Derek. He was the one who truly overcame his personal challenges to become a better person. As a groveler, he gets an above average mark. His angst made my day. That added to the intricate plot the author designed and the crooked path to happiness Raine and Derek must travel made this a much enjoyed read." Night Owl Reviews. Four Stars

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781501005510
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
08/24/2014
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Keta Diablo lives in the Midwest part of the country on six acres of woodland. When she isn't writing or gardening she loves to commune with nature.

Keta is a multi-published author in both erotic romance and gay fiction. Her erotica novel, Decadent Deceptions was a finalist in the MOLLY contest sponsored by Romance Writers of America and has been nominated for a Red Carpet Award in 2014. Her paranormal novel, Where the Rain Is Made has been nominated for a Bookie Award by Authors After Dark. Her historical novel, Sky Tinted Water, has been nominated for a RONE Award by Ind'Tale Magazine.. Keta's books have received numerous Top Pick, Book of the Month, and Recommended Read awards from the top professional review sites.

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Sojourn With A Stranger 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put thi book down. Wonderful story with just the right amount of passion thrown in.
Martha-A-Cheves More than 1 year ago
Sojourn With a Stranger - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat "The doll was on my pillow when I returned to my room." "What madness is this?" Derek paced the hallway. "Someone is up to no good." When he stopped to look at her, she reminded him of a frightened child. Her cheeks were pale, her eyes ringed with dark circles. "I'll get to the bottom of this. The Bible and Baby can not walk from that trunk in the attic," he looked toward the ceiling, "and suddenly materialize in your bedchamber." "Poor man. The master has finally met a problem he doesn't understand and doesn't possess the ability to control." "What is that supposed to mean? I tell you, someone in the manor dupes you, Raine." "No, Derek. A spirit placed the objects in my room, a tormented, recently passed spirit." "You drag the ghost into the conversation again. Tell me, what are you insinuating? You mean to say Cinda's-?" "How would I know?" She hissed the words and wrung her hands. "You can't expect me to know what evil machinations occurred before I arrived." "Evil?" He felt his forehead wrinkle. "Nothing evil transpired. Lucinda lost her mind, took her life." Despite the facts surrounding his wife's death, a niggling fear crept up his spine. "If evil played a part, I swear I wasn't aware of it." * * * Derek Stafford's father Julian never misses a chance to express to his two sons that the first to provide him with an male heir will inherit Stafford Manor. Lyman, being the oldest of the two has tried unsuccessfully to produce the male heir but so far his efforts have produced three daughters. Derek, through an arranged marriage, tried with the death of each child and his wife Lucinda losing her mind, ending with her walking into the river committing suicide. So, as time goes on, Julian' pressure for an heir strengthens. When disaster strikes one of the ships owned by the Staffords, leaving two dead and one 18 year old young lady alive, Derek and Julian come up with an idea that is sure to produce a male child. All they have to do is convince the girl, Raine Brinsley, to go along with their scheme and acquire a little help from the Madeline, the local 'healer' and all problems will be solved. What they never expected was the ghost of Lucinda to come into the picture as a protector for Raine. Lucinda tries desperately to make Raine understand that her life and the death of her babies were not natural and that she will be next if the killer isn't exposed. But will Raine understand the clues before it's too late? Sojourn With A Stranger is a story that includes greed, a touch of history and is iced with the paranormal. By combining all of these into one story Author Keta Diablo has created a beautifully, erotic love story that keeps you on the edge. It was a very enjoyable read.
AAR More than 1 year ago
SOJOURN WITH A STRANGER by Keta Diablo is an exciting paranormal historical romance set in 1870 Norfolk,Virginia.This is an interesting story full of intrigue,danger,ghost,paranormal,romance,sweet sensuality,family,legend,voodoo and love.When penniless Raine Brinsley arrives in Norfolk,after her mother and father are downed at sea,she is sent to the house of the ship's owner,Derek Stafford,he offers her a proposition she is stunned and outraged. Derek's wife has been dead for several months,leaving him without an heir.For all the children they had either died at birth or she miscarriage,distraught his wife kills herself by walking into the sea.Or so they thought. In order for Derek to inherit his beloved Stafford House,he must have a male heir.So a contract is written with Raine having to spend three nights in Derek bedchamber and follow the rules he and a healer require and give up the said child at birth.She will be paid handsomely for this service.Raine only wants to get back to Maine and her beloved Scottish grandfather.But not only is Derek's deceased wife walking the halls,trying to help Raine also someone will go to great lengths to stop the birth of said heir,if one should exist.After one night in each others arms, guilt,the loss of Derek's soul(so he thinks),Raine's struggle not to fall in love with Derek,becomes Derek's penance.He voids the contract and sets Raine free.Derek leaves Norfolk,telling no one where he is going and leaving Raine alone,thinking she will take the money he left for her and go back to her beloved grandfather and Maine.But while Derek leaves evil lurks in the shadows.This is a fast paced,page turning story of love,finding forgiveness with ones self,and looking forward to the future.Dreams can come true,if you only believe.If you enjoy paranormal,ghosts,historical romance and a great love story this is the story for you.I so enjoyed this story and would suggest you go to your favorite on line site and purchase "Sojourn With A Stranger".This book was received for the purpose of review from the author and details can be found at BWLPP, Amazon Digital Services,Smashwords -EBKS and My Book Addiction and More.
WritesRomine More than 1 year ago
Sojourn with a Stranger is captivating and spellbinding. I loved it from beginning to end. Not a typical love story and so very enchanting. Derek and Raine are character that will stand the test of time. A man struggling to find his way in a world where the family name is above honor. A woman whose pride will not be denied. They meld together effortlessly. Keta Diablo is by far among the best romantic historical novelists of our time. You will get lost in the pages of this enthralling tale!