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- Listening Length: 14 hours and 23 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: January 24, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N79HX7N
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Have you ever walked into a house or room and it has a ‘feel’ about it? Whether it is good or bad there is just something that surrounds you and makes your emotions shift a certain way. Well Sommersgate house has that definite feel to it to all those who live there and it is unmistakable what the house is feeling.
Worst of all, the house was tense and make no mistake about it, even though it was simply mortar and stone (albeit grand mortar and stone), Sommersgate could most definitely be tense.
The house it seems is haunted by two lovers who were killed shortly after they were married and a horrific way and over the years they are made to relive their deaths time and time again. The curse will only be broken when the master of the house finds true love. But that it seems is hard to come by and so hundreds of years have passed.
While I was immediately drawn into the first book of this series, this one takes some time. The beginning is a little slow at it is being set up and I will say that this is one of the few times I’ve felt like KA is guilty of info dumping. But, once we get the first few chapters in everything starts to pick-up.
Douglas it seems is a broken man and a man of mystery. No one seems to know what he does, he is gone most of the time and once disappeared for two years. Julia had a bad marriage that totally broke her confidence and she hasn’t trusted a man since. When both her husband and father basically abandoned her she decided that she would never let someone that close again…then her brother died.
Julia and Douglas are thrown together to raise the two children left behind when their parents died. It was Douglas’s sister Tamsin’s last wish that he and Julia raise the children together at Sommersgate. It is quickly clear that they are clashing over what each expects from the other and Douglas isn’t used to anyone standing up against him let alone a beautiful woman…..so let the sparks fly.
“As for Tamsin’s wishes, I intend to carry them out to the letter. There was a reason she wanted you here, you and your delectable body and your enticing perfume and your legs that go on forever.”
She was stunned by his words and could barely process them before he went on.
“My sister was a romantic and she cared for us both. She had very specific intentions for this little arrangement she created and I’ve no doubt she talked Gavin around to her way of thinking.”
The story might start out a little slow but that is the feel of coming into a house of morning and trying to bring back 3 children from the depths of despair that is left when both of your parents die. I loved the tender moments that we get as this family starts to put themselves back together. Sometimes it was so incredibly heartbreaking as each child comes to terms with it in different ways.
Douglas is bound and determined that Julia will be his wife and they will raise the children together. But Julia after her horrendous last marriage keeps putting him off and saying no. Seriously even I was starting to get more and more disgruntled with her reluctance because it was taking sooo long. Douglas was definitely playing the long game on this one.
Clearly, Douglas realised what Julia had officially termed (in her own mind) “The Tender Onslaught Strategy (with Vague Tendencies Toward Arrogance)” was working beautifully so he kept right on using it.
Overall though this is one of the more drawn out of KA’s love stories and loved all the small gestures that Douglas makes not only with Julia but also with the children as he learns how to love a family and receive their love in return.
There are always some hiccups along the way and the culmination of the story that will release the ghosts was interesting and really good. But for me one of the best parts of the story was the epilogue that gave little snippets of what all the characters did in the future. It was so interesting to see what sort of future they all had.
Fortunately for the kids, Julia (their dad’s sister) was also appointed as their guardian, but there was a delay in her being able to leave her life in the States to move in with them at Sommersgate House.
We soon learn that both Julia and Douglas have felt an incredibly strong attraction for each other since the very first time they met. For various reasons they never let it show, but now living together and spending more and more time in each other’s presence while caring for their nieces and nephew… well, things start to happen.
Julia is a funny, loving, sassy delightful woman. She made me laugh at her antics and her temper and I just loved how she little by little got under Douglas’ skin and melted his heart.
I absolutely adored witnessing Douglas’ slow but steady progress in getting in touch with his heart. With a less than lovely childhood, although he had everything a boy could dream of, his parents left much to be desired. This works in our favor as we get a bossy, extra alpha, sexy hunk with a title…. Total score!
With an explosive chemistry, these two stubborn souls go (sometimes hilariously) head to head, time and time again. And not only do they need to learn how to care for their grieving charges, but they also have to deal with a conniving viper (aka Douglas’ mother), dangerous criminals and a cursed house.
I just love KA’s storytelling, there’s something that makes me dive into the story and completely engage with each and every character. There were some parts of their inner musings I felt were a bit too lengthy, but I absolutely loved that we get quite a lot of Douglas’ PoV.
I laughed, I sniveled, I smiled through most of the book and my heart melted more than once. I had forgotten just how great this story was and how unbelievably hot Douglas and Julia could be together. I highly recommend reading Sommersgate House a story of true love and magic, a bit different from her other stories but a total KA classic nonetheless.
Douglas knows he is not a warm fuzzy type of person, Julia exudes comfort and warmth and he is entranced with her. When he feels the sting of Julia's temper though Douglas decides that she is the woman for him but Julia is pushing back stating she is not interested in him, or is she. Can Julia trust Douglas and her heart?
This was fantastic, I liked this couple together and the spirit of the story only magnified that. Kristen Ashley is one of those authors that does not disappoint, she always knocks the story out of the park. Loved Douglas, he is a bit of a mystery but you are charmed by him. Julia is delightful and I thought the children in the story were wonderful. Excellent read.