Firstly I wish to thank Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the Blog tour for THE GHOST OF GLENDALE by Natalie Kleinman
At twenty-four years old, Phoebe Marcham is resigned to spinsterhood, unwilling to settle for anything less than the deep love her parents had shared. That is, until adventurer Duncan Armstrong rides into her home wood, larger than life and with laughter in his eyes and more charm in his little finger than anyone she’s ever met before. Far from ridiculing her family ghost, Duncan resolves to help solve the mystery which has left Simon Marcham a spirit in torment for two hundred years.
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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is a truly delightful story set in Somerset where a chance meeting of Phoebe Marcham and her estranged neighbour Duncan Armstrong, leads to romance. There has been a family feud going on for over 200 years with the reason why being lost way back in time. Twenty four-year-old Phoebe, is determined to poke and dig at the past and find out why, especially as she has her 200-year-old ghost of an ancestor, Simon Marcham is nagging her at every opportunity!
How I loved this pair. Phoebe quite head strong for the period the novel is set, determined not to be married off just because she is getting to the point as being thought of as too old. She wants to marry for love not convenience. Duncan is just so sweet but with a very mischievous side that Phoebe seems to bring out in him. He is certainly smitten with her but how can they ever be together when neither family can put the past to rest.
I loved how I stepped back in time as soon as I began to read and have to admit that I did have to swoon a little with the dialogue between Phoebe and Duncan. The unsure and hesitant pair that were bubbling like volcanos inside but had to restrain themselves. They knew that unless they resolved the bitterness between the two families then they wouldn’t stand a chance or being together.
Now one of my favourite characters was Simon, the ghost. He was going nowhere until his questions were resolved. The author is a very visual writer that brings to life a beautiful setting and fashions that would have been the envy of every woman. There is more than one story of love in this book, one which broke the families and one that can bring them together. A lovely novella.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Natalie is a published novelist and short story writer whose addiction to the books of Georgette Heyer and love of The Regency have been the inspiration for her latest book, The Ghost of Glendale.
Working on the premise that you never stop learning, she goes to any and every writing event and workshop she can. In addition she attends The Write Place Creative Writing School in Hextable in Kent, one of the rewards for which is an abundant supply of cream cakes to celebrate the frequent successes of its students.
Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, The Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists. She lives with her husband in southeast London.