Gothic romance? What is a gothic romance? Don’t ask me I wouldn’t know!
Is it the old castle? The ghost? The arrogant hero accused of having murdered his wife? The young and virginal heroine moving into the castle? If that is what it takes to be a gothic romance, then you’ve got it in Rebecca Brandewyn’s The Love Knot. Does it make a good read? Well…
Verity Collier is hired as the new governess to Lord Jago Ransleigh, Earl of St. Aubyn’s two children. Traveling all the way to Cornwall she not only encounters a mysterious stranger, but is also accosted by a “charming” highwayman. Once she arrives at the old estate she is told about the former mistress’ mysterious demise, comes across a ghost, a French spy and she hears voices – urging her to leave.
Of course the Earl is handsome and he’s fair and so it comes as no surprise that she falls in love with him and of course his children. And because she is so loving, honest and brave the Earl can’t resist her. And they lived happily ever after.
Yup, nothing more to the story. To fill the close to 400 pages you get lengthy descriptions – fascinating in proving the author’s vivid imagination. Interesting for the choice of words and pictures painted, but slow paced and sometimes tedious in its length.
The story is not sensual - one kiss is all you get – and it’s not really much of a romance – the main protagonists are hardly ever in one place together. It comes across as very old-fashioned, but then that might be needed and necessary to make a gothic romance reader happy. I’m not that reader, as it failed to impress me. Although I did find elements of it interesting, just not enough to warrant a return to this author’s books and maybe even the sub-genre’s ones.