About A Haunting at Havenwood
Nothing will keep Louisa from searching for an ancient fortune. Except perhaps a phantom who turns out to be a most eligible bachelor.
When Louisa Banner’s mother announces they are poor, she cannot help her misgivings when her mother sends her away to live with her great aunt in a tiny, Northumberland village. Louisa’s aunt also happens to live near the ruins of an ancient castle. Although Louisa insists she is not the least bit superstitious, tales of lost treasure and ghosts intrigue her.
When Louisa stumbles upon a forgotten graveyard, and a man whose name comes directly from a tombstone, she isn’t certain whether to run away in terror or stay and get to know the handsome spirit.
Erasmus Grey is cursed, and not only because he sometimes hears the voices of ghosts claiming to be his dead grandparents. While most men would count it a blessing to be a wealthy, eligible bachelor, Ras has no hope of finding a bride who will tolerate his stammer or his passion for writing Gothic novels.
Rather than succumb to the matchmaking mothers of London, he retreats to an old family estate at the behest of the ghostly voices. Though he manages to keep his presence in the country a secret, coming upon a lovely young woman during one of his rambles nearly undoes all his careful work. But when he realizes Miss Banner thinks him a ghost, Ras wonders if he might have found someone who truly understands him.
Treasures, castles, and ghosts combine in an autumn romance in a haunted wood.
The haunting in this book was not quite what I expected, but it was delightful! I loved the way the author had Erasmus’ (or Ras as he was called to distinguish him from his great-grandfather) ancestors spend time talking to him and helping him through the things he was doing. It kind of made me think, what if our own ancestors were as invested in our lives as his were. Maybe they are and they’re just not as visible. Anyway…
I really liked Louisa. When she went to Harbottle, I think she thought that her life as she knew it was over. But her Aunt Penrith was kind. She had more freedom than she was used to. And there were kind people to meet. People like Ras. I really enjoyed how she thought he was a ghost for a bit. And there was the treasure to search for. It was really fun how she got interested in that and spent time searching.
Ras is a great character too. He put up with his great-grandparents meddling in his life like a champ. And he was a good friend to Louisa when she didn’t seem to have anyone.
I loved this book! Such a great story.
I was sent an e-copy of A Haunting at Havenwood as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.
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