A Voice at Midnight (Regency Rhapsody #4) by Elizabeth Cole

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Historical Romance, Paranormal

Two troubled souls set out to break a ghostly curse that has tormented the family for generations. Veronica Swift dreams of traveling the world, but at the insistence of her stepfather, she must leave her dreams behind in order to find a husband. She retreats to historic Wyemont Castle for the Christmas holiday. There she encounters two very different men...and her childhood memories of a ghostly woman in white. Tristan Ryder lost everything after a terrible turn of luck during the war. Penniless and disgraced, Tristan's last hope is to help his old friend, Elliot Bantham, find a suitable match during their holiday at the castle. But the legendary ghosts of Wyemont Castle interrupt the festivities. It seems the spirits have their own plans for the guests.

4 out of 5 (very good)

Veronica Swift is given an ultimatum by her step-father - she must marry by the New Year or she will have to learn to live without her inheritance. After arguing against this as best she can in those times, she accepts the advice of her companion and goes to visit her friend for the holidays who is hosting a party. When she gets there she meets two men who are also attending together and feels a strange sense of familiarity to them both. Then the atmosphere of the castle comes into play and people start acting strangely, shadows are cast by no one and music can be heard where there should be none. The ghosts at Wyemont Castle are real and they are certainly not like Casper! There has been a curse placed on the castle and its inhabitants and the ghosts keep trying to make history repeat itself so that the curse won't be broken. This is a wonderfully written novella with enough action going on to keep you intrigued as you turn the pages. It is written in a genteel style so completely appropriate for the times. This is not a bodice-ripper but is all proper and above board (unless you count a couple of kisses between Vero and Tristan before they announce their courtship/engagement). With this story you could either read it on the build up to Samhain/Halloween for the ghost story aspect or on the build up to the Winter Solstice as this is when the story reaches its climax. Either way, I would recommend curling up with this book, a hot drink and relax. I love Elizabeth Cole's writing style and have enjoyed more than one of her books. I can recommend her highly without hesitation.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Elizabeth Cole is a romance author with a penchant for history, which is why she lives in an old house in an old city. She can be found hanging around libraries and archives, or curled in a corner reading, cat on lap. She believes in love at first sight. Then again, she also believes that mac 'n' cheese is a healthy breakfast, so don't trust her judgment on everything. Get in touch with her at http://twitter.com/coleheartedgirl

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