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A gothic tone plays center role in Blessed Doom by Alyssa Brooks. Belle Garret inherits an old southern plantation, Rosewood. The only one left in her family and the last heir to the Landers estate, Belle decides to accept her ‘out-of-the-blue’ inheritance. Once there, she’s involved in a serious car accident. When she manages to make it, on foot, to the plantation, she’s met by the house’s caretaker Noah Carver. Attraction between them is instant and hot. Belle is frightened by the gothic feel of the house, and that she’s sure she’s already seen ghosts there. She’s even more confused by the strange control Noah has over her, and she of him. Without telling the story’s secret, suffice to say, a few surprises are coming Belle’s way that will lead to an unusual-but-very satisfactory happily ever after with Noah. This story was entertaining and well wrote.
In Sweet Patience, by Melissa Schroeder, readers get to re-visit the old southern plantation of Rosewood when Patience Sawyer and her business partner Chance MacGuire buy it at auction and decide to make it into a Bed & Breakfast. While working together to refurbish the old place, Patience and Chance finally break down and admit their true feelings for one another. Their feelings escalate and scare them both. But in the end, true love triumphs and they get their happily ever after. This was a good character drawn story.