by Candace Camp

October 2004
ISBN: 0-7783-2085-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Three years ago, Anna turned down Reedís offer of marriage. Reed had not set foot in his mansion house, Winterset, since Annaís refusal preferring to stay in London, but after a disturbing dream where Anna cries out for his help he goes back to the old house.

This is an exciting historical. It makes a riveting read when you get a really baffling mystery and plenty of suspense with a couple of murders as well in the one story, especially in a historical. This story offers all that plus it delves into the world of the paranormal with Annaís visions. These are so powerfully described that it will make the readers spine tingle with fear.

Romance is not neglected in any way as the attraction between the hero and heroine is powerful and a lot of sexual tension thrums between them because Annaís reason for turning Reed down still exists. I wonít spoil the story by giving even a hint of the reason but believe me it is well worth reading Winterset to discover the startling reason and the even more surprising outcome of that secret.

The setting is well described and sounds idyllic but the hidden terrors disturb that idyllic way of life. Winterset, the mansion, plays an important role in the tale and it has a gothic feel to it, yet has a charm as well.

I liked some of the secondary characters too, particularly Reedís sister and her husband and his young twin brothers who are delightful.

I highly recommend this story. If, like me, you enjoy a good mystery with your romance then this is an excellent example of the genre. A lovely romance and plenty of spine-chilling suspense, a five rose review for me. Spoil yourself and go and buy it! You wonít be disappointed.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Mary.

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