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  • Series: Candleglow
  • Mass Market Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company (February 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505524589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505524584
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,036,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TheSchemer on August 31, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Castle MacCairn, Scotland

In the year 1425 a priest who has freely confessed to practicing the dark arts is burned to death. As the pyre is lit, he places a terrible curse on Aonghas MacCairn and his descendants. So long as a MacCairn lives, madness will be their destiny.

In the year 1851 Ruairdh MacCairn is a man teetering on the edge of madness. The last of Aonghas' line, Ruairdh is determined that the curse will finally die out with him. However, as laird of his clan he must ensure their economic survival after he is taken by the Shadowing. Even if it means selling his family's castle.

Anne Garthwicke and her father have come to Castle MacCairn to authenticate the keep and its contents. Shortly after her arrival, she finds herself clashing with the brooding laird by day even as her dreams are filled with passionate trysts with him by night. When tragedy strikes, Anne and Ruairdh are drawn closer together, but the Shadowing is waiting to claim the last of the MacCairns.

THE SHADOWING is a gothic treat not to be missed! Classic elements of the genre are interwoven with a supernatural twist that will keep readers on their toes. The interaction between Ruairdh and Anne evolves from acrimonious to tender. Ruairdh is a haunted man who believes his soul is lost. His duty to his clan is the one thing that has kept him from succumbing to the family curse. Falling in love with Anne is a bittersweet reminder of what he can never have. His heroine, however, is no frail English flower. Anne comes across as a strong, resilient woman; she's had to be living with her embittered father. When Anne discovers Ruairdh's secret, she will stop at nothing to save the man she loves.

Joan Overfield displays a masterful touch with this poignant tale.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on April 14, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was good but I felt that the author did not take advantage and follow through with all of the plot lines that were introduced. There was so much that could have been better explained sooner in the book such as the concept of "the shadowing", the importance of the aromory, and the character Beecham. Otherwise the book was good. The things that I mentioned did not deter terribly from the story it would have just made it in my opinion a 5* book instead.
The love story between Anne and Ruairdh is strong and believable. Gothic in nature with plenty of mystery and pain as well as the brooding dark handsome hero kept me reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on March 29, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I finished "The Shadowing" with mixed feelings. On the one hand this was not one of Ms Overfield's better works -- as a previous reviewer has already noted it seemed as if several plot-lines were allowed to fall by the wayside in favour of more explicit bedroom scenes. From the manner in which the novel started and progressed for the first few chapters, I expected either reincarnation or psychic empathy to figure prominently in the novel, thereby explaining Anne's intuitive feelings about the castle and the strange goings on within it. But this was never really explored, and I felt as if the novel suffered a little because of this. Another plotline that was also not satisfactorily developed was the one involving the magistrate, Mr. Beechton. Ms Overfield does provide us with a reason behind Beechton's antagonism towards the laird, Ruairdh MacCairn, but it is more of an afterthought and a tying up of loose ends, rather than an incorporating of the explanation more fully into the story. And again, I felt as if the novel suffered a little because of this. This novel didn't really unfold all that smoothly either, and it really took a while for the attempt-to-break-the-curse bit of the novel to kick into high gear. (Another detraction is that the character of Ruiardh MacCairn is never really developed properly, and all we ever 'see' of this character is that he is bad tempered and sex starved. Understandable perhaps, but it really made me feel as if he was not entirely worthy of someone like Anne.) Over and over again, Anne keeps asking Ruiardh to explain what's going on, but he keeps putting her off, preferring to bed her instead. I felt like screaming with exasperation! Perhaps Anne should have withheld her body until he told her everything.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tish Wells on March 2, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Don't be put off by the shallow advertising copy, this romance has unexpected depths. When Annie Garthwicke comes to Castle MacCain she doesn't expect to meet her destiny -- just to help her father.
What makes this romance unusual is the richness of the evil and the buildup of the real tension in the story. Because it is a romance you know how it will end -- but if were any other genre, there would be considerable doubt if the hero survives!
The only negatives I find is that it has tantalizing loose ends. Why does Annie "know" this place? What is it specifically about the villian that links him to the item-of-power (I'm not going to spoil it for readers)? I suspect that editors ask her to dump plot insights for more descriptions of sex, and more sex, and even more sex. Her characters deserve time to have more depth, and she needs a better cover.
But The Shadowing is worth keeping on my shelf.
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