A gothic romance of temptation and possession
Barbara Darke - schoolteacher, vicar's widow and natural medium - reluctantly accepts the position of companion to her former pupil Emily, now the bride of young Sir Arthur Haggard. At Haggard Hall, Barbara finds her friend beset by ghostly noises and unexplained deaths.
In a maelstrom of dark spirits and wicked emotions, Barbara battles the family's disapproval to lay Emily's ghosts - both hampered and helped by Arthur's sceptical cousin Patrick, who provokes and attracts her in equal measure. It would be a mistake to trust such a secretive, guilt-ridden man already suspected of driving his wife to suicide, if not of actually murdering her. And it could well be lethal to give in to her own desires, confused as they often are with the lusts of the dead.
But Arthur and Emily are in genuine physical danger from someone at Haggard Hall, and suspicion is falling on the man who haunts Barbara's sensual dreams, Arthur's cousin and heir, Patrick...
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Loved the story and cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
THE DEAD OF HAGGARD HALL by Marie Treanor is an interesting PNR/Historical Romance. "Darke of Night", Book 1, which promises to be an interesting series. Steady paced, and filled with surprises, ghosts, a haunted castle, spirits, mystery, suspense, and romance. Oh, add a medium, a scandalous journalist and of course some romance, mix in some intriguing, suspicious activity, the reader is sure to be transfixed into a world of possession, of the heart and soul. Barbara Darke, a widow, a medium who truly sees and is often possessed by spirits, and Patrick Haggard, cousin to Sir Arthur Haggard, Barbara's friend Emily's husband. Patrick has been accused of causing his wife's suicide, but did he? Strange happenings, ghostly appearances, danger and tragedy strikes at Haggard Hall. Can Barbara, find the truth before it's too late? Is her attraction to Patrick, true or only sensual dreams? Is Patrick truly guilty of such tragedy, since he stands to inherit Haggard Hall, or is he being set up? Many questions will be answered, as the reader follows Barbara on a journey of dark spirits, with deadly consequences. Well written with deep insights into the world of spirits, and possessions, characters who are strange, captivating and uniquely engaging. The storyline is unique, in many ways, as well as intriguing, and strangely satisfying. Fans of PNR, ghosts, strange happenings, dark spirits, and powerful attraction, will find "THE DEAD OF HAGGARD HALL" a memorable and enjoyable read. A must read for PNR and Historical Romance fans. Enjoyable and memorable! I look forward to the next installment of the "Darke of Night" series. Don't read in the dark! Ms. Treanor is a gifted storyteller, and an outstanding author of strange and deadly things that go bump in the night. Great read, indeed! Received for an honest review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Rating: 4 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
This was so much fun and different from other things I've read. I've not read many books involving ghosts, and the few that I have were definitely not of this caliber. The story was one that gets inside you and makes you question the bumps in the night. Barbara is a medium who is cast out of her post as a teacher because of an encounter with a spirit. She normally can block out those wishing to possess her, but if she isn't careful, one will sneak in. She takes a job as a companion for a former student, who has a small agenda for inviting her to their family home. She has issues with some lingering ghosts, and she wishes for Barbara to seek answers and make sure they are safe. Barbara, while trying to do her job, is inexplicably attracted to Patrick, a sceptic and possibly dangerous man. What I thoroughly enjoyed was the explanations of the different things Barbara could feel, and I found I could feel the emotions along with her. I felt like I was learning things about the spirit world as she was providing her explanations. If the author is not a medium herself, she must have done some excellent research to capture the feelings and the descriptions of a possession (for lack of better word). Also, the emotions definitely ran high, and my heart was pounding right along with the characters. Our leading man, Patrick, was a mystery throughout, yet my heart ached for his pain at losing his wife. There were times when I was in tears over the agony. If you like historical romance, and enjoy when there is a twist of something else, I'd recommend trying this book. The blending of spirits with historical romance made this highly entertaining for me and I couldn't put it down. I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.