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Sojourn With A Stranger (Gothic Historical Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Keta Diablo
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A ghost haunts the halls of Stafford House. When Raine Brinsley arrives and accepts a position as a house servant, the ghost is determined to let Raine know who murdered her. Derek and Lyman Stafford race against time to produce the first male heir to secure the title to Stafford House. The brothers will do anything to win…including murder.
A dark, gothic novel with romance, mystery, suspense and thrills.

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“I applauded Raine for her strength in the face of her parents’ deaths, especially during a time where women were seen as needing constant protection. Her determination not to accept Derek’s charity was admirable, as was her willingness to tackle any job assigned. Although a strong woman, her gentleness is demonstrated in her concern for the spirit and her attempts to understand its message. This story has everything and then some – romance, birth, death, voodoo, adventure, psychic ability, and a touch of Civil War – and I could not put it down. Keta Diablo has once again done a wonderful job of involving the reader in the lives of her characters, and I highly recommend this book.” Five Stars, Goodreads Reader

“This is a wonderful paranormal romance, which quickly picked up speed as the story progressed. The spiritual undercurrents in the novel are interwoven into the plot with the skill of a great author. Will Lucinda find her revenge? Will the young lovers be reunited in triumph and love? Ah, but what kind of Scot would I be if I told ye the end afore ye gazed upon the first page? We Scots are rather in tune with the paranormal anyway. I enjoyed reading Sojourn by Ms. Diablo. I was hooked the moment I saw the cover, but you got me by the second page. Well done!” Book Marketing Network, Five Stars

“Both hero and heroine had some issues they had to overcome, but I felt more for Derek. He was the one who truly overcame his personal challenges to become a better person. As a groveler, he gets an above average mark. His angst made my day. That added to the intricate plot the author designed and the crooked path to happiness Raine and Derek must travel made this a much enjoyed read.” Night Owl Reviews. Four Stars


Product Details

  • File Size: 1387 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Keta Diablo (November 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006CUFK02
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,305 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOT Historical Romance with Ghostly Element April 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This ghostly historical captivates with its snappy dialogue, broody, mysterious leading man, and naïve but stubborn heroine. Add in sundry delightful secondary characters and a storyline that blends mystery, romance and the supernatural into a tightly woven, beautiful tapestry, and you have a sure-fire dynamite of a read. Ms. Diablo excels at creating characters with depth and charisma and then placing them in unusual, sometimes uncomfortable, situations. The story is outstanding, the characters are delightful and the hot intimate scenes are tastefully described in such a way that is sure to set fire to your heart. Pick this book and be transported away from the ordinary.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars historical masterpiece April 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Derek is a man struggling to find his way in life where the Strafford name is above reproach. Derek, a recent widower, whose first wife Lucinda recently died by drowning, is constantly forced to hear from his father that the first son who gives him a male heir receives the title to the Strafford manor. Suddenly, everything changes when a horrible accident happens on one of his boats

Raine, along with her parents, were traveling on a boat routed to land in Norfolk when there was a terrible accident. Raine's parents were lost at sea. Now Raine has no where to go and nothing to live on. When she is sent to the Stafford Manor to seek employment, she is not expecting to be attracted to Derek the man of the house. Raine is drawn to Derek at first sight. She also finds herself unexpectedly looked after by a friendly spirit that seems to be watching out for her.

What will Derek lower himself to, to get the title to Strafford manor? What will Raine do to get the money to get home to her elderly grandfather? How will blossoming love result to feelings of hate? How will two characters who are meant to stand the test of time be able to be apart? These are just a few questions to ask yourself, while reading this great novel.

Sojourn with a Stranger is absolutely wonderful. I was captivated and submerged from beginning to end. This is not your typical love story, but none the less spellbinding. Derek is a man who is struggling to make a place for himself in a world where his family's name is his life's "golden ticket". Raine is a very strong willed and prideful young lady. These two characters blend together effortlessly while keeping with the normal love/hate relationship that they seem to share. You will be emerced in the pages of this great romantic & historical novel. Keta Diablo is a master when it comes to historical romance and has proven once again that she is a delightful storyteller that deserves to have all of her novels read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical romance, with a twist January 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I ran across this author on Twitter and decided to give her work a try based on the blurb she posted on IAN. The story was an engaging, quick read, for a fun afternoon for me. My one little complaint was the uneven use of dialect in the dialogue; if you can look past that detail, though, the mystery was compelling and the character arcs enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, ghosts & murder! June 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
"The doll was on my pillow when I returned to my room."
"What madness is this?" Derek paced the hallway. "Someone is up to no good." When he stopped to look at her, she reminded him of a frightened child. Her cheeks were pale, her eyes ringed with dark circles. "I'll get to the bottom of this. The Bible and Baby can not walk from that trunk in the attic," he looked toward the ceiling, "and suddenly materialize in your bedchamber."
"Poor man. The master has finally met a problem he doesn't understand and doesn't possess the ability to control."
"What is that supposed to mean? I tell you, someone in the manor dupes you, Raine."
"No, Derek. A spirit placed the objects in my room, a tormented, recently passed spirit."
"You drag the ghost into the conversation again. Tell me, what are you insinuating? You mean to say Cinda's-?"
"How would I know?" She hissed the words and wrung her hands. "You can't expect me to know what evil machinations occurred before I arrived."
"Evil?" He felt his forehead wrinkle. "Nothing evil transpired. Lucinda lost her mind, took her life." Despite the facts surrounding his wife's death, a niggling fear crept up his spine. "If evil played a part, I swear I wasn't aware of it."
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Derek Stafford's father Julian never misses a chance to express to his two sons that the first to provide him with an male heir will inherit Stafford Manor. Lyman, being the oldest of the two has tried unsuccessfully to produce the male heir but so far his efforts have produced three daughters. Derek, through an arranged marriage, tried with the death of each child and his wife Lucinda losing her mind, ending with her walking into the river committing suicide. So, as time goes on, Julian' pressure for an heir strengthens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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SOJOURN WITH A STRANGER by Keta Diablo is an exciting paranormal historical romance set in 1870 Norfolk,Virginia.This is an interesting story full of intrigue,danger,ghost,paranormal,romance,sweet sensuality,family,legend,voodoo and love.When penniless Raine Brinsley arrives in Norfolk,after her mother and father are downed at sea,she is sent to the house of the ship's owner,Derek Stafford,he offers her a proposition she is stunned and outraged. Derek's wife has been dead for several months,leaving him without an heir.For all the children they had either died at birth or she miscarriage,distraught his wife kills herself by walking into the sea.Or so they thought. In order for Derek to inherit his beloved Stafford House,he must have a male heir.So a contract is written with Raine having to spend three nights in Derek bedchamber and follow the rules he and a healer require and give up the said child at birth.She will be paid handsomely for this service.Raine only wants to get back to Maine and her beloved Scottish grandfather.But not only is Derek's deceased wife walking the halls,trying to help Raine also someone will go to great lengths to stop the birth of said heir,if one should exist.After one night in each others arms, guilt,the loss of Derek's soul(so he thinks),Raine's struggle not to fall in love with Derek,becomes Derek's penance.He voids the contract and sets Raine free.Derek leaves Norfolk,telling no one where he is going and leaving Raine alone,thinking she will take the money he left for her and go back to her beloved grandfather and Maine.But while Derek leaves evil lurks in the shadows.This is a fast paced,page turning story of love,finding forgiveness with ones self,and looking forward to the future.Dreams can come true,if you only believe. Read more ›
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More About the Author

Keta Diablo lives in the Midwest part of the country on six acres of woodland. When she isn't writing or gardening, she loves to commune with nature. Keta is a multi-published author in both erotic romance and gay fiction. Her latest paranormal novel, Where The Rain Is Made, has been nominated for a Bookie Award by Authors After Dark in the Best e-novel category. In addition, Keta's books have received numerous Top Pick, Book of the Month, and Recommended Reads awards from the top professional review sites.

You can find her on the net at the following places:

Keta's Keep, http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com
The Stuff of Myth and Men, http://thestuffofmythandmen.blogspot.com
Keta's Author Home: http://www.ketadiablo.com

Keta on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ketadiablo


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