by Thea Devine

January 2002
ISBN: 0-7582-0097-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Kensington Publishing
Mass Market Paperback

Diandra Reynell is the second wife and widow of the Earl of Skene. After his death, she decides to go to London to meet her stepson, Justin Reynell, the new Earl and give her sister, Serena, a season. Serenaís ongoing fascination with the occult and superstitious beliefs is what has prompted Diandraís journey to England.

Upon her arrival in London, Justin and Leonie, his aunt by marriage, meet her with hostility. Leonie has been in love with Justin for a long time. Justin and Leonie believe that Diandra is responsible for the deaths of Justinís mother, Pamela, and his father, Guthrie.

When strange sounds and ghostly apparitions begin to appear, Diandra is accused of causing these events and Justin begins his campaign to make her leave.

The twist and turns this book takes are too tiresome to get into. Although I figured out who is behind everything about half way through the book, the accomplice is a surprising revelation.

Justin is a spoiled brat. Throughout the first two-thirds of the book, I wanted to tell him to grow up. Diandra is strong, levelheaded and thank god not TSTL (To Stupid to Live). Serena is your typical jealous younger sister and Leonie is the stereotypical territorial female out to protect her position in Justinís life. I was put off by the thoughts of the characters written in Italics, but overall, this book is an okay read.

If you are a Thea Devine fan, this is a reissue of a 1997 release.

Reviewed in April 2002 by Carolyn.

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