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Forget Me Not Paperback – November 19, 2016
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5 Stars! "Michelle Pillow has created a love story filled with twists and turns that will keep you wondering what will happen next." - Novelspot
5 Stars! "For fans of romance that defies all explanation, this is a story for you." - Romantic Interludes
5 Stars! "When Michelle Pillow was writing THE MISTS OF MIDNIGHT, she brought together all the essential elements that would make this book a winner from every aspect. The intriguing plot is so well developed, I can think of nothing that would have made this story better. Her characters are one of a kind, whose emotional reactions are always credible." - The Road to Romance
5 Stars! "What a new way to look at what goes "Bump!" in the night! Michelle M. Pillow has created a host of characters (some with a little less substance to them!) and created a story to keep readers going till deep into the night. Wonderfully written, with a spine tingling ending. Readers may want to keep their night-lights going!" - My Shelf
"Occasionally a romance comes along that has all of the components needed to make it great, and (this) is just such a book. ... The romance is unique and truly romantic, as is the ending." Romance Reviews Today
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Michelle M. Pillow
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Forget Me Not has all the classic Gothic elements a reader could want, and it draws heavily upon those early novels for its setting and atmosphere. We can also define it as a regency novel—since it’s set in England in 1812—when George IV was still Prince Regent of England. Readers today might call it paranormal rather than Gothic, and, of course, it also falls into the romance novel category.
The story begins when Isabel Drake and her sister Jane are speculating about whether Rothfield Park is haunted. The family has let the manor house from its owner, the Marquis of Rothfield. Legend says that during a fire, a child and servant died in the house. Jane claims that she has seen evidence of hauntings in the castle, but Isabel thinks Jane has just let her imagination get the better of her after reading a “shilling shocker.” (Shilling shockers were popular short books in the nineteenth century that often plagiarized longer best-selling Gothic novels and were abridged to be affordable, costing only a shilling.) This scene recalls Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and the thrills that Catherine Morland and Isabella Thorpe have over reading “horrid” novels by Mrs. Radcliffe and others.
Isabel, however, has bigger problems than ghosts. Her parents do not like how she treats her governess so they have decided to hire a tutor approved by the colonel, nephew to the Marquis of Rothfield, whom they plan for her to marry. Isabel wants nothing to do with marrying the colonel or with a new tutor.
In anger, Isabel goes riding and comes to the woods, where a heavy mist is setting in. She meets there a mysterious child who asks her to play with her, but Isabel refuses, feeling spooked. As she tries to return home, she has an accident with a tree branch and falls from her horse.
Isabel has no memory of the accident, but by the time she recovers, she finds her parents have left her alone at Rothfield with her new tutor, Dougal Weston. Here, I admit, my willing suspension of disbelief was a bit challenged—no self-respecting noble family of this time would leave their daughter alone with just the servants and a handsome male tutor—but Michelle Pillow will provide some surprising and ultimately believable explanations for this chain of events before the novel is over.
Dougal Weston turns out to be unlike any tutor Isabel ever expected. He really doesn’t teach her much of anything—just asks her to read and then discuss with him what she read. Isabel soon starts to suspect he isn’t a tutor but someone with an ulterior motive for being at Rothfield.
Nevertheless, Isabel finds herself falling in love with him and confesses to him that she is now repeatedly seeing the ghost child. Dougal appears interested in the history of the house and the ghost child, but he also tries to comfort Isabel and calm her fears. His comforting eventually goes a bit too far—though Isabel doesn’t object—and you guess it, they have quite enjoyable sex. Before long, Isabel is starting to consider how she might shirk off her social status and marriage expectations to run off and live in a cottage with Dougal.
Eventually, however, Isabel begins to suspect Dougal is just using her to learn more about the ghost child. Dougal then asks Reverend Stillwell to speak to Isabel about the ghosts. Reverend Stillwell is a sort of medium who can communicate with the dead; he explains things to Isabel about ghosts that make her feel more comfortable and realize she isn’t crazy. He also will encourage Isabel and Dougal to seek happiness.
I can’t say more without giving away all the plot twists, but I will just say that I love how Michelle Pillow takes old Gothic themes and makes them new. Before the story is over, there’s even a cursed man who has made a Faustian pact to obtain knowledge from evil wizards in exchange for his soul. However, he can prevent himself from going to hell if he captures other souls for the devil—a classic Victorian twist previously used by authors like George W.M. Reynolds in The Necromancer (1852). Pillow also draws on regency novel conventions—there’s even a runaway marriage to Gretna Green, worthy of a Jane Austen novel. Finally, I didn’t see the final plot twist at the end, though I think I should have, but in any case, I was delighted by it.
Forget Me Not is not quite Jane Austen, but if you enjoyed books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, then Forget Me Not should give you plenty of ghostly pleasure. If you’re a fan of television shows like The Ghost Whisperer or films like The Sixth Sense, you’ll also find more enjoyable modern spins on ghosts and the Gothic in these pages. After you finish Forget Me Not, I suspect you will want to read more of Michelle Pillow’s novels—fortunately, she has written plenty in both the romance and paranormal genres.
Dougal has lived a grand life but all is lost when he's wife leaves him ,and then he looses his daughter to a tragic fire . Some time later he surfaces as Isabel tutor .Isabel is about to married off to a man she cares nothing for but because of his station in life he is thought to be a better suitor for Isabel by her parents choice. Isabel however loves Edward but is not from money like Isabel. She has driven many Governesses away that are their to help groom to become a Lady and prepare her for marriage. Isabel father and mother tell her that she is to have a tutor she is outraged and decides a plan to drive him away to.
When Isabel meet Mr, Dougal Weston she will soon discover she has maybe met her match. Dougal has a secret and Isabel may be the key to helping Dougal only for her to help she first must learn Dougal's secret the only thing holding him back is she might not be ready to learn that just yet. However this secret and Isabel actions to help uncover all comes with a timeline . But first she also must remember something . Will she remember in time or will the truth to what happen to Dougal's daughter be lost to him forever. I love reading this story and was more then happy to leave an review I can tell you that there were many twist and turn along the way . I just didn't want to give to much away in reguards of the story line or how things came to be ......you'll have to buy the book and discover for yourself.
Regency England was not known for its independent ladies or impropriety in any form but Isabel has no real love for the life that her mother has planned for her. They send for a tutor to make her into the Lady that they want her to be, but they may have just given Isabel a saviour!
Mr Weston has a whole multitude of secrets that he is keeping and Isabel is just the kind of girl to ferret them out. But she also sees a small child in the house and grounds and she is reeling from her ghostly visitor.
This is a well written and constructed story and the characters are endearing. I only marked it down to 4 stars cos it's not really my cup of tea.