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Posted August 31, 2010
Originally posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com ***** Regency with a difference. Set in the period of the Prince Regent with its social codes and restrictions, this book blows a refreshing breeze through the conventions of the age. The hero and heroine step outside the accepted roles of lady and gentlemen, but not enough to outrage anyone.
I have not read any of the previous novels in this series but found this didn't cause any concern as The Ghost and Roman Trent stands alone and is a complete novel. A young man and woman fall in love, which is typical... but, the unusual part is the ghost who is determined to play matchmaker. Roman asks the dower-less Serena to marry him. She thinks he's asking out of pity and refuses him. She then tells him to go away. Unlike most men, he does as he's told and goes!
The book starts when he returns to find Serena has sworn never to marry. This is really the core of the story. Both hero and ghost set out to make her change her mind. Even her own grandmother is hoping she'll listen to another proposal. Serena's steadfastness to what she believes to be her true focus in life, is put to great strain as the story continues.
This is a really good read. The characters come across as real people, which is often not the case in Regency romances. With these characters I could imagine giving Roman advice on how to deal with the problem of Serena, and telling Serena to wake up and see what's under her nose.
I would love to read other stories in this series and will certainly go looking to see what else is available. Well done Ms Savery. Definitely a book for lovers of Regency.