Delighting in Your Company

Delighting in Your Company

by Blair McDowell


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When Amalie Ansett visits her elderly cousin on the Caribbean island of St. Clements, the last thing she's looking for is romance. Just out of a disastrous marriage, she's ready to swear off romance forever. That is until she meets local plantation owner Jonathan Evans—tall, good-looking, and incredibly sexy. What more could a girl ask for?

Then Amalie discovers the man she loves is a ghost. He was murdered two hundred years ago. Only she can see and hear him.

To save Jonathan, Amalie agrees to return with him to the 1800's—to a time when the sugar trade reigned supreme, and the slave trade was making fortunes for wealthy planters and ship owners. During a slave uprising their love is put to a test, and when murder and deceit rear their ugly heads, Amalie wonders if taking a journey to the past is worth losing her life.

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ISBN-13: 9781509224463
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: 02/04/2019
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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Delighting in Your Company 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
Love knows no bounds in “Delighting In Your Company”. Amalie Ansett has just come out of a disaster of a marriage and is just looking for some time alone in the Caribbean, but that all changes when she meets the handsome and mysterious Jonathan. Things get even weirder when she learns that he is a ghost from the past and in need of help to solve a centuries old murder. Amalie fears that if she helps him she will lose him forever, but she cannot bring herself to be that selfish to the one she loves so she goes with him to the past. It is there that she must face dangerous enemies, outwit a murderer, and discover a love that knows no bounds. The romance was sweet and I was anxious to see how things would work out between the characters, but the action and adventure kept me riveted. There is so much more than just a great romance in this book. Amalie’s journey to the past was fraught with peril, but it also taught her a lot about herself and who she was. Seeing the growth in Amalie from the start of the book to the end was really interesting. I also couldn’t help waiting to see what kind of trouble she got into next. Solving the murder was a lot of fun I was actually worried for the characters a few times and then would jump for joy when they made it out alive of the many dangerous situations they got themselves in. Amalie was so easy to relate to and I had a great time getting to know her as a character. She is brave which is a good thing because she needed all of the courage she could muster to go into a past knowing a treacherous murderer could strike at any moment. Jonathan was sweet and I can see why Amalie fell for him even with her horrible past experiences. He was kind, but also loyal and brave. Falling in love with this character was the easiest thing to do and I loved seeing how the relationship between him and Amalie grew throughout their perilous journey. This was a captivation adventure with a great romance that I highly recommend!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Delighting in Your Company is the latest novel by Blair McDowell. Amalie Ansett has just gone through a rough divorce and was forced to sell her family home. She is cleaning out her mother’s sewing room when Amalie comes across an unopened letter from Josephina Ansett from St. Clements Island. Amalie contacts Josephina and arranges to visit. Amalie is taken with the island and her newly found relation, Josephina. One day Amalie notices a man dressed in old fashioned garb whistling as he walks along the beach and stops to chat with him. Josephina shares the family history with Amalie who is surprised to discover that she looks just like a two hundred year old ancestor, Amalie Ansett Benstone who has an intriguing history. Curious to know more about her forebearer, Amalie digs through the local historical society archives. A slave ledger provides Amalie with a vivid dream and the discovery that Jonathan is a ghost. Jonathan was to marry the original Amalie, but a terrible tragedy happened. To help Jonathan, Amalie must go back in time to 1810. Amalie will need to use what she has learned from the archives and Jonathan. Is it possible for Amalie to change to past? Delighting in Your Company in an intriguing paranormal romance. The book begins with Amalia in Los Angeles and then travel with her to St. Clements Island. The story fluctuates between the present and the past. Jonathan’s story unfolds and then we have Amalia traveling back in time with him. There was some repetition as Amalia traveled back to fix the past. She had to learn from her mistakes (reminded me of a recent episode of The Flash). I like Blair McDowell’s conversational writing style. It has an ease to it that helped me to become immersed in the story. The author did her research for this tale. We get to experience life on this remote island in the early 1800s where sugar plantations thrived thanks to slave’s hard work (unfortunately). Slaves were sold on the island and some owners did not treat them properly. Women were also treated as property and they had few rights. I like how we get to see the past from a modern woman’s perspective. Delighting in Your Company held my attention as this emotive story played out. I kept wanting to find out what would happen next. I admit that I was not a fan of the descriptive steamy intimate scenes (they took the novel in a different direction). Delighting in Your Company gets more stimulating as the story progresses. I appreciated the author’s epilogue that wrapped up the various storylines. I am giving Delighting in Your Company 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). Delighting in Your Company has romance, mystery, history, a ghost, time travel, tropical island, desire, and lovely characters.
Raymond_Mathiesen More than 1 year ago
Blair McDowell’s Delighting In your Company is an exciting, action packed novel of the paranormal romance/erotica genre. Much more than this, though, the book gives a glimpse of life in the early 1800s, especially for women and slaves. Most of all this is a novel about Amalie’s need to come to terms with her very present and very ‘real’ life problems. Delighting In Your Company is written in omniscient narrator mode, but mainly centres on Amalie’s perspective. There are, though, a number of shifts to Jonathan’s perspective, and that of other characters. The novel contains a number of surprise plot twists and “Oh my God!” chapter endings. There is also some humour, especially in the early part of the book, including a “hair-raising” drive from the St. Clements airport, chauffeured by Andrew, Josephina’s half-blind, hired hand (Ch. 2). There is also here and there a touch of irony to remind us of the bitter truth of life’s suffering. All of this goes to make an interesting and well written text with plenty of stylistic flair. It should be noted that sex is quite openly depicted in the novel and that this may offend conservative readers. While it containing erotic elements the novel is not pure erotica. McDowell’s ‘good’ characters are suitably likable, though most not perfectly so, and we relate to them even though many come from a past, unfamiliar time. Amalie is a capable woman, but in emotional need. Josephina, at 80 years old, is suitably wise and motherly, though perhaps a little “fey” (Ch. 3). Jonathan is caring and kind, but is certainly to some extent trapped in the male bigotry of his era. McDowell’s ‘bad’ characters, chiefly Charles Benstone the 1800s “Island Administrator” (Ch. 2), is suitably dastardly, though as a point of criticism he is perhaps slightly too evil to be ‘real’. Perhaps just a bit more insight into his history and motivations could have made him more rounded past. The novel very much resolves around the theme of possession. How firmly do we hold our land or place in society? Should one person ever ‘own’ another (slavery)? More broadly are we free to think beyond our culture, or are we trapped in it, ‘possessed’ by it? We all surrender a little of our ‘control’ to others, whether we like it or not, but surely the human spirit reaches for the maximum freedom pragmatically available? In another direction we as free individuals often choose to co-operate, and this indeed is a theme relevant to Western culture, and perhaps particularly to U.S. society. We value frontier individuality, but much of the ‘West” was won by teams of people working together. In modern society the 1960’s marked the beginning of the ‘I” culture, but as Rollo May has pointed out in Freedom and Destiny (W.W. Norton, c1981) we have the restraint of responsibility to others on us, and beyond this history has shown that we truly achieve by co-operation (Robin Dunbar, Louise Barrett & John Lycett. Evolutionary Psychology: A Beginner’s Guide: Oneworld, c2007, Ch. 11). What are the limits of the hard headed U.S. individualist? Indeed they can achieve much, but at what cost?
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
Someone said ‘The course of true love never did run smooth’ or something like that and that is certainly the case in this story. Amalie starts out the story having just divorced, lost her parents, and is all alone in the world with only her friend and business partner left. Then she finds a note from a distant cousin who turns out to be the last in her line also. Amalie visits her cousin on a small Caribbean island, falls in love, but there are problems. The she tries several times to prevent a murder… the same murder… from 100 years ago. Eventually she succeed but at the cost of love. This story is intriguing. I love the idea that a ghost could find his reincarnated love and take her back with him to find out how and why he died. Of course solving the murder allows him to stay in the past and sends her back alone. This story is a unique idea and cleverly written. I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds. This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
DebR97 More than 1 year ago
This was such a unique story..paranormal, time travel, romance, suspense, has it all! One of those books that just kept getting better and better the more you read. It was very interesting to watch Amalie's character grow as the story progresses and Jonathan was so easy to fall in love with. I was fascinated with the history and beliefs of the Caribbean of the 1800's. I read this book in two sittings, I just lost track of time while reading, and that is the sign of a great book to me, if it can "take me away"! Ms. McDowell you definitely have a new fan! Review copy courtesy of the author.