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My Lady Ghost (Regency Romance) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1998
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Eventually, for the sake of the comfort of her mother, Allison agreed to stay at one of the lesser cottages bordering the Silverthorne castle in the hope of encountering the Silver Lady - a ghostly spectral vision she had seen a few times as a child. She knew herself to be one of the heirs to the treasure rumored to be buried in the castle. If she could find the treasure, she would be financially independent and able to live away from Thorne, the man she loved but knew she could not have.
This was a very romantic and intelligent love story. - It took being trapped together for them to realize that they could learn to be partners and not try to dominate one another. This was a fast paced and exciting romance, filled with sexual tension, ghostly encounters, and good secondary supporting characters. Just enough excitement, thrills and chills in the escape sequence and really an intelligent romance that didn't have any of the silliness that so often is found in these lighter regency type romances. I really loved the Silver Lady ghost and the `guard geese' that I thought was an unusual but effective plot in the story. The imprisonment and the escape were also extremely well written and will keep you on the edge of your seat. This was a fully satisfying read that I highly recommend!
Generations later, the fabled treasure has never been found. Most do not believe it exists, but there are some who say that Lady Elena, The Silver Lady, haunts Silverthorne--but is she there to drive away thieves or to lead the rightful heir to the trove?
Thorne doesn't believe either treasure or ghost exist--he is sure that the childhood sightings of the Lady by his distant cousin Allison were only the products of a young imagination. Besides, he doesn't need the wealth--and indeed, tales of it have only brought him grief, as his father and brother died trying to find it. He ardently desires and cares for Allison, his childhood friend, but he knows he cannot marry her (even if he wanted to marry!) because he must produce an heir--and she did not have any children even though she was married for six years before being widowed.
As Allison has grown up, her affection for her friend and playmate Thorne has grown into love. But he says he doesn't want a wife who openly and frankly airs her educated opinions on everything from politics to literature--even though he seems to fully enjoy their discussions. Allison is not willing to become his mistress, so she and her impoverished mother must find another place and means to live.
MY LADY GHOST is a lovely regency story of two people who grew up as friends and fell in love--but who have reasons to believe that a marriage between the two of them would never work. The parts of the story concerning the Silver Lady and the treasure of Silverthorne are very well done, providing adventure, mystery, and a slice of the paranormal (and some marvelous love scenes) without taking away from the romance. All in all, MY LADY GHOST is an enjoyable way to spend an evening, especially for readers who want just a twist of something different in their regency.
Some readers may wonder if this book is related to Ms. Calvin's November 1996 regency MY LORD GHOST (also a fun read): some of the characters in MY LORD GHOST are *very* briefly mentioned in MY LADY GHOST, but the stories aren't related, and it is certainly not necessary to read one before the other.
Kimberly Borrowdale, Under the Covers Book Reviews