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In the continuation of the short story, The Maxwell Ghost, Ruth A. Casie tells the complete story of Laura, Jamie and the ghost(s) haunting the castle of The Maxwell. If you read The Maxwell Ghost, you’ll be familiar with the first part of this book. But please don’t skip the first half of the story. Casie adds intricate detail to the original story and trust me, it’s worth a re-read. It’ll suck you into Laura’s and Jamie’s romance as well as what else is happening.
Back to the story…
Laura agrees to accompany Jamie, on her mother’s behalf, to help the restless spirits before their time is up. She, like her mother and sister, have certain “gifts” and she knows she can right the wrong. But all is not as it appears to be and it may be Laura the hidden villain is after, not The Maxwell.
Jamie knows he must end things with Laura because his enemy is vicious and would think nothing of torturing Jamie through Laura. So, he makes a clean break and shatters Laura’s heart, although his pain is much worse than hers. He goes undercover to uncover the plot against The Maxwell and even goes so far as to “pretend” to be in love with one of women associated with the plot to overthrow The Maxwell.
Laura, in an effort to get over Jamie, befriends an old friend who falls in love with her. He proposes marriage and seeing no other choice, aligns herself into a political marriage. Laura is playing a deadly game and all those she loves may pay the consequences. Can Jamie save her or is all lost?
I loved this historical romance and while it was written years after The Guardian’s Witch, this prequel’s continuity is exceptional. Casie blends the supernatural with historically accurate romance with precision and flair. The plot has several twists and surprises (I won’t reveal any here) which I wasn’t expecting. The monk scene is priceless!
If you’re a fan of historical medieval romance set in both Scotland and England with dashes of the supernatural, pick up this book right now! It’s a gem and I highly recommend it! Can’t wait for the next installment in the Stelton Legacy by Ruth A. Casie!
This is a standalone, as is The Guardian’s Witch, but I recommend you read this first.
Favorite Character: Laura. Strong, independent and full of passion, Laura knows what she wants and goes after it. She’s in love with her childhood friend, Jamie, and when he pushes her away for another woman, her pain is acute.
He kissed her fingertips. “I thought I lost you forever.”
My Rating: 5 stars
Firstly, the ending of book 1 (which is half way through this book) led me to believe that childhood friends Jamie and Laura had gone from friends to would be lovers. I see now that that was just an illusion since there wasn't a huge amount of romance in the first part, it was more the solving of a murder and helping a pair of ghosts to go towards the light. Here Jamie immediately begins to distance himself from Laura because he discovers a traitorous plot. He feels he has to protect the h by making her hate him, so he takes up with a widow in the castle. Imagine the h's dismay when her true love treats her so cruelly. She then falls into a relationship with another of their childhood friends. This childhood friend was a nasty piece of work when they were younger but he seems to have changed and begins to court the h in earnest. The H looks on but continues on his way with the widow and his mission to expose the traitor. There are loads of secondary characters including the ghost of the h's brother. Once again the story is not romantic but rather more of a mystery. In fact there was more romance between the h and the villain. There is quite a bit of the supernatural and some of it wasn't particularly logical but that's just me. I didn't like this tale because of the lack of romance and the H's treatment of the h for most of the second half. Honestly, I believe that this author made a tactical error with the way she released this book and I doubt I'll read any more of her books.